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Pizza and Pasta, is there really any other food in Italy? Obviously for a Coeliac sufferer we hope so and fortunately with our help you should be able to get by without the two Italian staples.

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Ristorante Il Viaggio
Quartiere III Pinciano, Rome View On Map
We had lunch at Ristorante Il Viaggio, which offers an entirely gluten free menu and cooking classes. They did have gluten-filled bread and pasta available for my family, but I was served housemade gluten free bread. We started with the fried calamari with crunchy vegetables, which was the best calamari we had in Italy. The fried zucchini slices were incredible as well, and we loved all the other vegetables on the plate, which we think included fried sweet potato.
For entrees, my husband and I shared spaghetti alla carbonara, and the homemade gnocchi with cheese, pepper and pears. The gnocchi Cacio e Pepe at Il Viaggo was one of my favorite pasta dishes in Italy. The gnocchi were light, and complimented so well by the cheesy sauce and pears.
For dessert, I chose the apple crumble with custard, which was another one of my favorite non-gelato desserts in Italy. It definitely tasted as good as it looked, and I had a hard time keeping my daughters away from my dessert.
Recommended By: @GlutenFreeAdv / alexisgfadventures.com On: 2018-08-28

Voglia di Pizza
Municipio I, Rome View On Map
Our first full day in Rome, we had lunch at Voglia di Pizza, an AIC certified restaurant with a separate kitchen for gluten free food preparation.
I ordered the four cheese pizza with rocket (arugula), minus the gorgonzola. The only thing that could have made this thin crust pizza more perfect was if the arugula had been dressed with some olive oil, pepper, and maybe a little balsamic reduction. We liked Voglia di Pizza so much, on our last night in Italy, my husband and I took a shuttle from the Rome Marriott Park Hotel into the city to have a date night, while our daughters stayed with my aunt and uncle. I ordered the same pizza, except this time, I asked for bufala mozzarella subbed for the gorgonzola.
Recommended By: @GlutenFreeAdv / alexisgfadventures.com On: 2018-08-28


Vecia Cavana
Cannaregio, Venice View On Map
Our last night in Venice, we had dinner at Vecia Cavana. I had plenty of options to choose from on their menu for celiacs.
Our meal started with complimentary mimosas for the adults, and orange juice for our daughters. The bread was not housemade, but it was nice to have the option along with some gluten free crackers that I saved for later. Vecia Cavana's ravioli with butter and sage was incredible, and one of the best pasta dishes I had on our trip to Italy. I found myself withing that I had not ordered anything else, because I wanted a second bowl of pasta. I almost did not order the ravioli, because I rarely like savory dishes with ricotta, but it was delicious, and there was not too much filling. I shared fried shrimp and calamari with my husband. I liked the zucchini it was served with, but overall, it was a little too salty for my taste.
I ordered two gluten free desserts to share with my family at Vecia Cavana. Their tiramisu was good, but not great. I kept wanting to love the gluten free tiramisu I had in Italy, but that was not the case at any restaurant we ordered it at. I am not a huge fan of wine, but I loved the moscato that was served with my second dessert, gluten free biscuits and sweet wine. The best dessert we had at Vecia Cavana was actually a complimentary dessert - a housemade cookie topped with nuts and chocolate hazelnut spread. Even my daughters, who can be a little wary of desserts with nuts, enjoyed this one.
Recommended By: @GlutenFreeAdv / alexisgfadventures.com On: 2018-08-06


Frary's
San Polo, Venice View On Map
Occasionally, it is nice to take a break from Italian food in Italy, so we decided to have lunch at Frary's, an AIC certified restaurant specializing in Middle Eastern and Greek cuisine. This is a great restaurant for people looking for vegetarian, vegan, and dairy free options. I was given corn and rice cakes, while my family was served gluten-filled pita bread. I opened the package of corn cakes to eat with my hummus, which was so delicious.
Our server recommended I try the falafel, which is described on the menu as spicy fried chickpea balls. I have never been a huge fan of falafel, but this was my favorite dish at Frary's. I ate each bite dipped in their incredible hummus.
My husband and I shared two entrees. Our favorite was the Moroccan chicken with rice, honey, and raisins. We both agreed that there seemed to be prunes instead of raisins in this dish, but whatever they were, they were good, so we had no complaints.
My daughters ordered a gluten free dish I really wanted to try, the Iranian rice with chicken, pomegranate, and walnuts. There were several other entrees that we were interested in, but they were not available the day we had lunch at Frary's, which I read can be an issue on the islands of Venice.
For dessert, my daughters and I shared cinnamon and ginger ice cream. I don't remember which flavor I liked better, but they were both good, though a tad icy. The dried flowers sprinkled on top were a nice touch for presentation, flavor, and texture.
Recommended By: @GlutenFreeAdv / alexisgfadventures.com On: 2018-08-04


Stickhouse
, Chain View On Map
While walking to MEA Libera Tutti our first day in Venice, we stumbled upon Stickhouse, which sells artisan gelato on a stick. The employee I spoke to confirmed that everything in the shop is 100% gluten free, but I was skeptical about eating gelato on a stick, so I did not try it until our second day in Venice.
Stickhouse has several dairy free options, including fruit sorbetto and chocolate, which seems to be common at gelaterias in Italy. At Stickhouse, you can buy plain gelato on a stick, pre-dipped gelato selections that are available in the case, or you can customize your own.
Our last full day in Venice, I tried amaretto (almond cookie) gelato dipped in white chocolate, and rolled in pistachios. This combination might have been the best gelato I had in Italy. I loved it so much, I plan on tracking down the Stickhouse gelato shops in Naples and Milan next summer on our Mediterranean cruise.
Recommended By: @GlutenFreeAdv / alexisgfadventures.com On: 2018-08-04


Grom
, Chain View On Map
In Florence and Venice, we ate a lot of gelato at Grom, a 100% gluten free gelateria with locations throughout Italy. In Venice, I finally tried one of their cones with chocolate and nuts, but found that I much prefer the plain ones.
I didn't realize until our last full day in Venice, that there was a Grom inside the train station, which was less than a 5 minute walk from our Airbnb. I indulged in one last Crema di Grom before we took a train back to Rome for our flight to Oakland the next day. Crema di Grom is a delicious pastry cream gelato with chocolate chips and pieces of corn biscotti.
I highly recommend the chocolate biscotti at Grom. I have a bag hidden in my kitchen at home that I am saving for a day when I just need something amazing with chocolate.
Recommended By: @GlutenFreeAdv / alexisgfadventures.com On: 2018-08-04


Fiordaliso
Via Nazario Sauro, Bologna View On Map
In Bologna, we had lunch at Fiordaliso, a 100% gluten free restaurant, pizzeria, coffee bar, and confectionery. We all loved their bread service, and it was my aunt's favorite gluten free bread in Italy. Fiordaliso offers a pizza crust with charcoal dough, so I assume that the darker bread in the basket contained charcoal. We were also really impressed with the complimentary amuse-bouche we received, which was a crostini on top of broccoli puree with balsamic reduction, a a roasted tomato, and some type of Italian meat.
I wanted to try local dishes while we were in Bologna, so I ordered the house made tortellini in capon broth. My daughters, who ordered the same dish, added cheese to their broth, but I thought it was flavorful enough on its own, and the tortellini were incredibly delicious. I loved my husband's entree as much as my own. He chose the tortellini with ham in a cream sauce, which was one of my favorite pasta dishes in Italy. For dessert, I chose a selection of small pastries, and my daughters shared a slice of chocolate cake.
Everything we tried at Fiordaliso was delicious, and I would be dining there at least once a week if we lived in Bologna.
Recommended By: @GlutenFreeAdv / alexisgfadventures.com On: 2018-07-30


Il Veliero
Piazza dei Martiri, Bologna View On Map
Unfortunately, I only managed to have two pizzas during my time in Bologna, both of which I ate in this restaurant. The restaurant is located near the train station, and is open for dinner from 18.30-01.00, so is the perfect spot to refuel if you arrive into Bologna by train late at night. The gluten free pizza's were great value, with a margherita costing only 4-5 euros. However, the staff did not speak great English, so knowing the phrase 'senza glutine', Italian for gluten-free, would come in handy.
Recommended By: naturallyfuelled.com On: 2018-01-02


La Capriata
Santo Stefano, Bologna View On Map
This hidden gem can also be accessed by Santo Stefano and served amazing gluten-free tagliatelle al ragu. It also provided gluten-free bread with the meal. It's also one of the few restaurants that is open all throughout the day, so you can even go for a pasta lunch.
Recommended By: naturallyfuelled.com On: 2018-01-02


Zoo
Strada Maggiore, Bologna View On Map
This was definitely one of my favourite spots in Bologna. It's located on Strada Maggiore, a 5-10 minute walk from the due torre. This cafe has such a relaxed atmosphere that you could stay there for hours and has a gluten free option on its brunch menu.
Recommended By: naturallyfuelled.com On: 2018-01-02


Rosa Rose Bistrot
Via Clavature, Bologna View On Map
I got the gluten-free tortelloni here, and I can't recommend it enough. They also offer a wide variety of other gluten-free dishes including little packs of gluten free cookies for desert. It's located on Via Clavature, a lovely little street right in the heart of Bologna.
Recommended By: naturallyfuelled.com On: 2018-01-02


Le Serre Dei Giardini Margherita
Giardini Margherita, Bologna View On Map
Unfortunately I only discovered this place on one of my last days in Bologna. It's such a little hidden gem in the Giardini Margherita, and had a range of gluten-free dishes like falafal on the menu!
Recommended By: naturallyfuelled.com On: 2018-01-02


Volare
Rione I Monti, Rome View On Map
We were initially looking for a specific restaurant near the Coliseum, however they were closed. I require gluten free food due to Celiac disease, so we began to wander the area just looking for anything to eat. We walked by Volare and the host told us that she had gluten free spaghetti. It was delicious and she made such a specific effort to ensure that there would be no cross contamination. My boyfriend is vegetarian and they had plenty of options for him as well. Would definitely recommend.
Recommended By: thecanadiansoutherner.weebly.com On: 2017-03-17


Ristorante Pizzeria 08cento24
Benevento, Campania View On Map
This restaurant overlooks the arch of Trajan in Benevento which is at the entrance to the main city. The restaurant is often closed during the day and then re-opens for dinner (as most of the town does). I suffer from Celiac disease and my boyfriend is pescatarian. They had food to accommodate both of us and it was delicious. We went two nights in a row- each night I ordered gluten free spaghetti with fresh tomatoes and parmesan. We also had a fish tartar appetizer which was delicious and my boyfriend enjoyed their pizza.
Recommended By: thecanadiansoutherner.weebly.com On: 2017-02-26


Osteria Da Peppino
Pompeii, Naples View On Map
There is nothing bad I can say about this place, it was absolutely wonderful. It is located down an alleyway off of the main square of the town. When you walk in you are greeted by the loveliest people and brought back out onto the terrace. I found this place initially because it is AIC certified. Everything on the menu can be made gluten free and this does not mean it suffers in taste- at all. My boyfriend normally consumes gluten however on our vacation offered to eat gluten free as well so I could try as many dishes as possible (he is a sweetheart) and he said his meals here were some of the best of his life. We went here three nights in a row. Our constant was the Gnocchi - we both gave it a 10/10. It was amazing. The seafood is wonderful - it tastes like it was caught 20 minutes before you eat it. The ravioli was also amazing and they make amazing gluten free bread! Be sure to ask what the special for that is, we got a pumpkin and mushroom pasta (which was also to die for). The house wine is great and very inexpensive. It was a wonderful place that I wish I could visit daily.
Recommended By: thecanadiansoutherner.weebly.com On: 2017-02-26


La Soffitta Renovatio
Rione XXII Prati, Rome View On Map
I cannot say enough good things about this place. We were staying near the Lepanto metro and walked to this restaurant 6 of our 8 nights in Rome. I have Celiac disease and my boyfriend does not, however, he chose to eat gluten free due to the quality of the food at this restaurant. Every time we visited we ordered the fried appeztizer, it came with fried zucchini and eggplant, dumplings with rice inside one and then potatoes and cheese in the other. It also had two type calzone things on the plate. Our first night in we had the seafood risotto and the gnocchi. Both were good however the risotto was very rich. We then proceeded to get the Buffalina pizza every time we went back (which is a very large pizza for one person) and then a pasta with seafood. After being here a few times they offered us free limoncello (which was delicious) and their house red wine was wonderful. Massamiliano was our waiter and was super nice. We have never felt more looked after in a restaurant. Wish we could go to this restaurant weekly.
Recommended By: thecanadiansoutherner.weebly.com On: 2017-02-26


Il Desco
Casa di Giulietta, Verona View On Map
The restaurant was so stylish from the moment we set eyes on the beautiful green terrace outside, walking into the dark chic ambiance of the restaurant entrance. We had an extremely attentive waiter who ensured we had all we needed at all times.

The menu was very decadent and reflected the character of the restaurant very well. I had explained that I needed gluten-free, or 'senza glutine', dishes and the staff were very accommodating. We ordered our starters and mains, but before we began, our waiter brought out an amuse bouche of a trio of taster dishes. The mini dishes themselves were colourful and beautiful. My favourite was the cooling tomato gazpacho-like dish. The starter was served with warm gluten-free homemade bread. Oh, the bread. It was most definitely one of the best GF fresh bread rolls I have ever had.

We then had yet another amuse bouche before our main, which is one of the most amazing things I have ever eaten in a restaurant. It was a poached egg in a small glass, but the egg consistency was almost like a foam. It really was incredible and so delicious. It really is something of a fantastical menu.
Recommended By: @GlutenFreeAlex_ / glutenfreealexblog.wordpress.com On: 2017-01-28


Trattoria Madonna
Campo San Polo, Venice View On Map
Lovely very busy restaurant near the Rialto bridge. Staff not at all fazed by my request for GF menu, I had taken my Italian GF restaurant card with me. Spider crab salad to start, any pasta dish available with GF pasta & served at the same time as my companions, no long wait for me. No GF puds on the menu but the waiter had the kitchen make me a strawberry and sweet wine concoction that was delicious. Relatively inexpensive for Venice and bags of noisy atmosphere!
Recommended By: Ann James On: 2013-10-19


Le Botteghe di Donatello
Florence, Tuscany View On Map
Before going to Florence I dutifully wrote down the names and address of many places that catered for a gluten free diet but, frankly, this was the easiest to find, namely because we had to walk quite close to it on the way back to the hotel, and also as the hotel receptionist recommended it for having a coeliac menu. Indeed it does...all the time. The coeliac menu, at Botteghe di Donatello, is available all the time and is proudly posted beside the normal menu. In fact when you open up the physical menu the first page you see is the coeliac menu on the first page taking pride of place rather than hidden in a back page. How wonderful!

The nice thing about this restaurant is that the whole gluten free menu is very easy and simple to manoeuvre. They have a small but sufficient selection of items which are gluten free and also listed separately so it is very clear what you are ordering. The first time I went I opted for the seafood pasta which was absolutely gorgeous. Just before the meal came the bread was delivered. A few minutes later he reappeared with some warmed up gluten free bread for me! Yay! I thoroughly enjoyed my seafood spaghetti. The seafood was fresh, the sauce was quite dense in tomato taste but at the same time it tasted of the sea. I was really pleased to have the bread to mop up the left of sauce with. Yummy!

Finally I had to go back for dessert! I choose the chocolate tart which frankly can only be better described as "Nutella cake" it was gorgeous! I think it was made using a nut flour as it had the density of nut taste but it also meant the cake was quite soft and delicate. Yum yum!!
Recommended By: @itsgottobegf / itsgottobeglutenfree.wordpress.com On: 2013-10-05


Ristorante Il Tinello
Capri, Amalfi Coast View On Map
Some of our best delights, however, were unexpected. By which I mean you turn up expecting a limited menu and then they surprise you entirely by bringing out something special. This happened to us twice. The first time was on the island of Capri in a truly fabulous little place called Ristorante Il Tinello. It was down a winding back street away from the crowds. I mentioned coeliac disease and the waiter reappeared with a posh-looking bag of gluten free pasta, tied with a ribbon! Needless to say, I had the pasta, which was perfectly cooked, with a simple basil and tomato sauce.
Recommended By: @downwithgluten / downwithgluten.com On: 2013-08-25


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