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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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Trattoria Da Nico
Rialto Bridge, Venice View On Map
Another restaurant we stumbled upon and seemed to know about coeliacs was the Trattoria Da Nico, between the Rialto and St Mark's Square. We had the naturally gluten free classic of parma ham and melon followed by freshly prepared mushroom risotto. The risotto was just right, still with a bite to it and creamy without being glutinous, and excellently seasoned.
Recommended By: @downwithgluten / downwithgluten.com On: 2012-11-11

Hostaria Vite Rossa
Venice Mestre, Venice View On Map
We turned up one night without booking, which was a mistake, because the place was spilling out onto the pavement. Despite the crowds, and while we couldn't get a table, a waiter took the time to sort us out with some gluten free cicchetti (snacks) in the bar, including aubergine with cheese and anchovies, a couple of chicken legs, and pickled artichoke. When I eyed the gratings on the cicchetti dubiously he explained they were parmesan and not breadcrumbs.

We booked a table for our last night and had tasty plate of seafood and white fish followed by the most enormous Florentine T-bone steaks. As it was in Venice Mestre and not in Venice, the price was very reasonable. A good value option where we weren't treated like 'tourists' and a great finale to our holiday.
Recommended By: @downwithgluten / downwithgluten.com On: 2012-11-11


Hotel Tritone
Venice Mestre, Venice View On Map
We stayed in the Tritone in Venice Mestre on the mainland, a 15 minute bus ride from Venice itself, because it was convenient and a third of the price of many Venetian hotels. And then we found they provided breakfast items for coeliacs! There was a special plate of gluten free products including mueseli, cakes, biscuits and crackers (no bread) in the breakfast room. The very helpful waitress also pointed out the ham I couldn't have. She brought several extra items to our table as well.
Recommended By: downwithgluten.com On: 2012-11-11


MyGuestRoma
Nomentana, Rome View On Map
I remember MyGuestRoma with great fondness. We stayed there for some days during a celebration of our 46th wedding anniversary. The owner's (Stefano) knowledge of a gluten-free diet is accurate and dependable. A kosher diet is also possible. The accomodations at this bed and breakfast are excellent ...quiet, immaculate, beautifully appointed. The quiet location is but a short distance from the 'sites' and affords the traveller peace and quiet, but easy access. We ate many times at Ristorante Franco which can 'do gluten-free' ..one of the staff there has a child who is celiac. There is a supermarket very nearby as well!
Recommended By: Holly Bristow On: 2012-09-21


Trattoria Antipastoteca di Mare alla Voliga
Trieste, Adriatic Sea View On Map
This small restaurant on a quiet side street away from the bustling areas of the city, but just under the Castle, does not look like much. Although empty when we arrived, its 10 tables quickly filled with locals. It has excellent seafood. The waiter/chef/owner was very familiar with gluten-free (senza glutine) food. Upon hearing my additional allergies to corn and milk, he shook his head in amazement, and then cooked something specially for me. It was exquisite. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
Recommended By: Cecily Morrison On: 2012-06-05


Ciro & Sons
Florence, Tuscany View On Map
Located in the historical centre, just behind the Basilica di San Lorenzo. Ciro & Sons website even states they can offer gluten free food. Thankfully I'd booked a table in advance because the restaurant was packed on the Saturday night we visited. I'd also notified the restaurant in advance that I'd like to order a gluten free pizza. They request that you do this so that the gluten free base can be prepared.

Even though we'd booked, we still had to wait a short time for our table. Our standing spot was just inside the door and right in front of the guys making pizza in the open wood burning oven. It was fascinating watching the chefs pick out the pre-prepared dough from a tub using an implement that looked like a chisel, roll and shape the dough into a round, add the toppings and then slide the pizza onto a specially shaped wooden paddle, stretch it and finally sliding it in to the oven. Despite my interest in watching the activity in front of me, I stood there wondering how they would prepare a gluten free pizza in there without the risk of cross contamination? And then I saw another chef appear from a separate kitchen carrying a separate paddle with a pizza ready for the wood fired pizza oven on top.

When our ringside seat for the pizza action was interrupted to take our table, I asked the waiter about the gluten free pizza. I'd mentally prepared myself for steak and salad if I didn't think it would be safe enough. The waiter explained they take precautions to avoid cross contamination and that although the pizzas do go into the same wood fired oven with the regular pizzas, a separate paddle is used and the gluten free pizzas are placed on an aluminium base to protect them from any stray flour which they might come in contact. The waiter told me Ciro & Sons been making gluten free pizzas there for 10 years and that many Coeliacs safely eat with them. Just after I ordered I overheard the Italian lady on the table next to me saying "lo sono celiaca" (I am Coeliac) so I guess the waiter was right. She also ordered a gluten free pizza.

The pizza arrived and - oh wow - was it good! The tomato base was fresh and tasted like a Tuscan summer. The pizza base was thin and wonderfully crispy from being baked in the wood burning pizza oven. I didn't have room for dessert but the menu did have three gluten free options including a cheesecake. I'd recommend Ciro & Sons for a deliciously crispy gluten free pizza. Providing an alternative to bread with our drinks before the meal scored highly with me as did the long established precautions they take to prevent cross contamination.
Recommended By: @GlutenFreeMrsD / glutenfreemrsd.com On: 2012-04-24


Hostaria Il Desco
Florence, Tuscany View On Map
Best freshly baked gluten free bread ever found on this planet so far and double choc cake very good too. Loved my bolognese pasta starter. Mains were good but not off the chart in the same way - salad was so so. I had salmon. Very very celiac friendly and huge menu with plenty of vegetarian dishes too.
Recommended By: @FlyMe2VSpoon / hungryglutenfreevegetarian.wordpress.com On: 2012-04-15


Il Desco Bistrot
Florence, Tuscany View On Map
This place caters for everyone and the guy running it is a vegetarian so you will find seitan and proper protein rich veggie stuff here as well as meat. They can do gluten free and understand it well. We had a table in the street which was nice as street does not have that much traffic given it leads to the cathedral. Open 12-3 for lunch only. Loved my gluten free pasta starter with white meat ragout. Staff can get a little stressed in lunchtime hurly burly but their heart in the right place obsessing about perfect food from their farm!
Recommended By: @FlyMe2VSpoon / hungryglutenfreevegetarian.wordpress.com On: 2012-04-15


Ristorante Il Santo Graal
Florence, Tuscany View On Map
We walked down into town from the hotel the evening we arrived and none of the restaurants en route that Saturday night were willing to feed a hungry gluten free vegetarian until that is we walked into here. The guy was so friendly and so helpful. The kitchen so careful. They took our bit of paper explaining what could and could not be eaten in Italian and kept hold of it to make sure. 10 out of 10 for effort but they did bring us normal bread basket (a waitress we had not spoke to) and we failed to usher it away quickly enough so bit of a waste. I had a lovely bit of steak with crispy leeks although I failed to manage to successfully order potatoes to go with it which would have cost extra. The free first course they brought out was a yummy potato based soup which really hit the spot. The house wine from Antinori Andrew found the best of the whole trip. He ate poached eggs on a delcious cheese sauce so good for protein. Had he got fries with this it would have been a perfect meal. Excellent service in a lovely restaurant with lots of brickwork arches and not forgetting delicious modern Italian food. Menu is much bigger than that on the website by the way.
Recommended By: @FlyMe2VSpoon / hungryglutenfreevegetarian.wordpress.com On: 2012-04-15


Osteria Del Teatro
Cortona, Tuscany View On Map
On a day out in the hill-top town of Cortona with our friends at Villa Rossi Mattei in Arezzo, we came across Osteria Del Teatro. It's a delightful place and it was great to stumble upon a coeliac-friendly restaurant like Osteria Del Teatro. For lunch I chose the GF gnocchi which was very nice but quite rich, washed down with a chilled white wine. The GF dessert option was oven-roasted pears with cinnamon, drizzled with chocolate. The chocolate was more than a drizzle, which I endeavoured to work off climbing the steep cobble-stoned Cortona streets.
Recommended By: gluten-freeaustralia.blogspot.com On: 2011-12-24


I Quattro Amici
Florence, Tuscany View On Map
In Florence we enjoyed a nice GF meal at I Quattro Amici which is close to the city's main Santa Maria Novella railway station The staff were very knowledgeable and all the GF options were highlighted on the menu. My main course choice was the grilled sea bass with potatoes,olives and red pepper, followed by creme caramel for dessert.
Recommended By: gluten-freeaustralia.blogspot.com On: 2011-12-24


Il Portale Trattoria-Pizzeria
Florence, Tuscany View On Map
We dined at Il Portale Trattoria-Pizzeria. Around the corner from I Quattro Amici, at 29 Via Luigi Alamanni, it turned out that this restaurant shared the same kitchen. The entree servings of pasta were huge and easily served as a main meal. I enjoyed the spaghetti allarrabbiata with garlic, olive oil, red pepper and tomato.
Recommended By: gluten-freeaustralia.blogspot.com On: 2011-12-24


Osteria del Gallo
Vatican, Rome View On Map
This is a cute little restaurant in one of those typical narrow Roman streets not far from Piazza Navona. While it was a bit windy the night we dined there we persevered in sitting outside as it was fun watching the passing traffic and taking in the atmosphere in Vicolo di Montevecchio. Perhaps the most delicious part of this meal was the bruschetta served on toasted GF bread. The traditional tomato and garlic bruschetta was nice but the eggplant and zucchini one was sensational. For the main course I chose one of my favourite sauces - pesto with GF spaghetti. There were plenty of GF choices for dessert including panna cotta and torta al cioccolato (gf chocolate torte).
Recommended By: gluten-freeaustralia.blogspot.com On: 2011-12-24


Il Fornillo Restaurant
Positano, Amalfi Coast View On Map
On our first evening in Positano we decided to walk down the cobblestone pathways and through alleyways heading towards the center, which surrounds the beach. Halfway into our journey, we came across a restaurant overlooking the cliff and the ocean called "Il Fornillo". It was nestled, as most everything is in Positano, against the cliff itself. Very inviting, with candlelit tables, fresh white linen tablecloths, and a welcoming "ciao" of the owners who greeted strollers. We couldn't resist and decided to dine alfresco to enjoy the evening breeze, overlooking the moonlit ocean and under the Amalfi stars. Four friends enjoying a marvelous pinot grigio, seated in a lovely, romantic venue.

Our very gentile host explained that apart from the regular menu, we had the option of ordering gluten free entrees which included homemade pasta and pizza! In Italy they are very aware of the benefits of eating gluten free and accommodating celiacs and those choosing to eat gluten-free for any reason. So put your linen napkin under your chin and manga! At Il Fornillo you can enjoy freshly prepared and delicious pasta, pizza, and fresh fish caught that day... fruits from the ocean and from the orchards of the surrounding waters and hills of Positano. I could have ordered the entire menu as everything sounded delicious. And everything was. We all savored our dinners.

Dining at Restaurante Il Fornillo made our first night in Positano a real delight, both a relaxing pleasure among friends, and a great way to begin our stay in this beautiful resort area of Italy.
Recommended By: @CeliacCorner / celiaccorner.com On: 2011-11-01


Ristorante Da Paolo
Camogli, Italian Riviera View On Map
I've been to this restaurant three times and they always know what to do. I believe the chef has Coeliac disease. The meal is pricy, but worth it. I recommend going at lunch, but make a reservation! Fresh grilled calamari with olive oil, herbs and garlic, with a insalata mista was fantastic!
Recommended By: delectablyglutenfree.blogspot.com On: 2011-07-06


La Rosa dei Venti
Magenta, Milan View On Map
Just had the most amazing dinner in Milan at a lovely restaurant La Rosa dei Venti, The chef Matteo has celiac disease and has created incredible pastas and breads that are gluten free. Fabrizio the maitre was wonderfully attentive and helpful picking out dishes and wine. He even brought the fresh fish to the table for us to select for the chef to prepare! Truly a treat to eat everything from bruschetta, fried breaded shrimp, seafood gnocci, fresh fish and spatzle, freshly made and senza glutine (gluten-free). Everyone in the group was delighted with the food, but as a celiac I was treated as a special guest! What a pleasure to recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great dining experience in a charming intimate restaurant. Fabrizo and Matteo welcomed us as if we were guests in their home.
Recommended By: celiaclady On: 2011-05-31


Trattoria Locanda Il Porticciolo
Manarola, Italian Riviera View On Map
As a coeliac travelling Italy it was heaven to find a trattoria that catered to our needs, with no fuss, and with absolutely delicious local food. The seafood, especially the baked whole fish with vegetables, was to die for, and the pasta (gluten free of course) was also delicious. The free schiaccatera (the renowned local dessert wine) at the end of the meal was an added bonus. Giuliana and her staff were fantastic.
Recommended By: CoeliacGuy On: 2011-05-19


La Soffitta
Vatican, Rome View On Map
Just around the corner from the Vatican was the Restorante Renovatio La Soffitta, on the corner of Via Crescenzio and the Piazza. Walking there I was somewhat concerned by the terrible looking food the restaurants nearby were churning out. But I needn't have worried. When we walked down into the friendly (and it turned out, large) restaurant I could see we were a million miles from the cheap, reheated frozen lasagne being served nearer to the Vatican.

The waiter brought us the menu and I got the opportunity to try out my newest trick. That morning I'd been given (another!) lesson by the hotel concierge on the correct pronunciation of the Italian for "I'm Coeliac". The Italian phrase is "lo sono Coeliaco" and he made me repeat over and over again Eliza Doolittle syle the word "coeliaco" as "chilli-a-ka" until he deemed I'd finally got it.

When I explained this to the waiter he said no problem and would I like a gluten free beer while I read the menu. Hmmm...now let me think...The Lebensfreude gluten free lager turned out to be crisp and light in flavour but fairly strong at 4.8%.

If the prospect of a gluten free pizza wasn't enough, they also offered gluten free pasta, calzone and even gluten free lasagna! The list of pizzas on offer were huge and it took me a while to decide.

In the end I settled on the Capriocciosa. The gluten free base was thicker in Milan. The pizza had a lot of topping so it was very filling.

What I liked about this friendly restaurant (apart from the gluten free pizza and beer!) was that the staff seemed really proud of the fact they offered gluten free options. How nice to be treated as someone special, rather than as a customer with a problem allergy the kitchen were going to have to deal with.

As we left I passed by a girl grinning inanely at the table. As I looked further I could see she had also ordered the gluten free pizza while her friends were tucking into their 'normal' pizzas. Her look of pure joy made me smile too.
Recommended By: @GlutenFreeMrsD / glutenfreemrsd.com On: 2011-05-05


Le Specialita
Porta Vittoria, Milan View On Map
If you are looking for a dinner with the locals, then this is the place. The menu is varied and had many options for Coeliacs - including Gluten Free pizza, pasta and dessert. The atmosphere was fun and the service attentive - they really went out of their way to ensure that I had many Gluten Free choices.
Recommended By: FionaandJames On: 2011-02-16


La Soffitta
Vatican, Rome View On Map
We were aware that this restaurant did gluten free food so when we visited the Vatican we made sure we went there. It is half way between the metro and Vatican - we did the museums in the morning, came here for lunch and then went back to do the basilica and cupola in the afternoon. The restaurant is down some stairs off the square, so no views or sunshine.

The menu is a regular Italian one - full range of antipasti, pasta, pizzas and meat dishes. All of the pasta and pizza is available as gluten free for 2 euros extra. It was an absolute delight to be able to order and eat without the usual trials and tribulations. I had spaghetti carbonara and a spicy pizza, both were very good. We had good service, it is better value to order off of the wine list than just off the regular menu.

It would be a decent place to visit anyway, but if you are a coeliac and are visiting Rome , this is an absolute must and will be as memorable as the Vatican or Colosseum!!
Recommended By: 2202 On: 2011-02-15


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