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Villa EldaSiena, Tuscany View On Map
This excellent hotel is minutes walk from the old city of Siena. It was clean, spacious and the staff went out of thier way to ensure our stay was enjoyable. I suffer from Coeliac Disease and as always I checked what was available on the breakfast menu that I could eat. After checking in we went to explore the town. On our return we were called over to the reception desk to ensure that the Gluten Free Bread they had gone out and bought was suitable. This was completely unexpected and made us feel truly valued by the people there. Recommended By: colinus On: 2010-11-17
Il Tulipano Nero
Trastavere, Rome View On Map
We found an amazing restaurant in Rome called Il Tulipano Nero that caters specifically for gluten free. The only place we found like it in the whole of Rome. They make the pizzas themselves from scratch and not only are they delicious; they're also HUGE. Quite expensice (11Euro for my pizza) but it was so very worth it.
Recommended By: Vikki On: 2010-11-15
Best Western Premier Hotel Laurus
Florence, Tuscany View On Map
The location is excellent just along from the Duomo.
With the hotel being so good, with friendly staff and good attention to detail. My wife has Coeliac which means no wheat etc. I had informed the hotel before hand and they took notice as each morning at breakfast there was a tray of gluten free products for her. Our room 701 was at the top of the hotel with a balcony with views over Florence and the Duomo. The only only negative point was the bed was hard, OK for me but not my wife.
When we went to Italy I must say we expected the worst, but having read up and found a book 'The Gluten Free Guide To Italy' it was not as bad. They have a good understanding of gluten free.
Recommended By: 58PDH On: 2010-11-01
Via P Calvi, Milan View On Map
Mr D decided to indulge me for our 1st wedding anniversary and we booked a table at a gluten free pizzeria for our anniversary dinner. I had originally wanted to dine at an art deco style pizzeria I'd read a lot about before travelling to Milan. Unfortunately, Italy, August, well everything is more or less shut so after a few frantic calls by our hotel concierge, a table was booked at Le Specialita located at Via P. Calvi 29, Milano. In truth the slightly plain restaurant frontage didn't exactly fill me with warm fuzzy feelings for an anniversary dinner but step inside and - wow - we were almost knocked over by the warmth and hospitality of this friendly family run restaurant. Despite it being a Sunday evening and the restaurant not being centrally located, the place was heaving with local Milanese having a great time. Ours was the last table remaining unoccupied. Good job we booked.
When the hotel made the reservation they must've told the restaurant I couldn't eat gluten because the waiter immediately brought me a menu and instructed me what I could eat. Guess what?? Nearly the WHOLE menu could be made as gluten free. And that included pizza! They even had a gluten free beer to help get over my shock and help in the selection process.
So, beer in hand I finally selected a pizza with Gorgonzola and a locally produced Prosciutto Crudo. So how did it taste? One word. Amazing. Thin crust, baked in the wood fired pizza oven with chunks of intensely flavoured Gorgonzola with truly delicious prosciutto crudo reclining majestically on top.
After that I decided to have a semifreddo for desert. A chocolate one. I was well and truly stuffed after all this but then the waiter appeared with a jar full of Amaretti biscuits, well, who would refuse? I've later discovered these delicious almond packed biscuits normally don't contain gluten, which I hadn't realised.
If you're looking for a place to eat gluten free in Milan, I thoroughly recommend Le Specialita. The food and atmosphere were both fantastic. Really can't wait to go back! At least Mr D knows where to take me for our 2nd year anniversary!
Recommended By: @GlutenFreeMrsD / glutenfreemrsd.com On: 2010-10-18
Grand Hotel Diana Majestic
Diano Marina, Italian Riviera View On Map
A family party of three, we chose the Diana Majestic because one of us needs gluten-free food. We didn't use a travel agent, we booked directly with the hotel and we were impressed with the helpfulness of their response. The breakfasts and five-course dinners were wonderful. Coeliac and non-coeliac, we all enjoyed the imaginative, varied and high quality food. Everything in the starter salad buffet was really fresh and tasty - I think much of it came from the hotel's own garden - and the choice was amazing. Service in the restaurant was first class and the surroundings were elegant. Our room was very comfortable and clean and we had a spacious, pleasant balcony with side sea view.
The hotel is recommended by the Italian Coeliac Society and I have to say that I felt very safe in their care. Almost everything on the dinner menu was either naturally gluten-free or could be adapted for me. The bread rolls were delicious. The only slight disappointment was in the gluten-free desserts - the fresh fruit salad, creme caramel and sorbet, although good, were not very exciting choices. (I have had gluten-free tiramisu, strawberry gateau, pastries, chocolate mousse and ice cream dishes in other Italian hotels and restaurants, so I had very high expectations - and dessert is my favourite part of the meal!) The hotel's normal ice cream was probably gluten-free, but the waiters were really careful and would not let me have it because they were not certain about it. However, this is a very small criticism - I would highly recommend this hotel to any person on a gluten-free diet.
We had a thoroughly wonderful time for five nights at the Diana Majestic. We only wish we could have afforded to stay for a fortnight!
Recommended By: gluten-free-tourist On: 2010-09-22
Trattoria alle Due Torri
Genoa, Italian Riviera View On Map
Trattoria alle Due Torri offers an extensive choice of traditional Ligurian dishes in a historic building in the centre of Genoa. We chose this restaurant because one member of our party needs gluten free food and all three of us really enjoyed the meals. We ate there on three out of the five nights we stayed in Genoa and found the food delicious and the waiter friendly and caring. Our favourite main course was sliced beef with rocket and parmesan.
There is a separate gluten free menu, which offers everything from appetizer to dessert, including lovely fresh pasta and homemade bread. The staff are well informed and the restaurant is accredited by the Italian coeliac society. The only disappointment was that there was a limited choice of gluten free dessert. Only one was on offer (creme caramel) on all three days. However there were several gluten free choices for all the other courses.
About 30 Euros per person for a starter, main course, side dish of vegetables or salad, and a dessert. Closed Saturday lunchtime and all day Sunday.
Recommended By: gluten-free-tourist On: 2010-09-22
Rapallo, Italian Riviera View On Map
Ciro offers tasty pizzas in a pleasant family-friendly pizzeria some distance from the seafront. In addition to a large range of normal pizzas and desserts, this restaurant offers a choice of about eight gluten-free pizzas and a couple of home-made gluten-free cakes (I had pear and chocolate). Coeliac and non-coeliac, we all enjoyed our meal. The staff were helpful, service was efficient and prices were reasonable.
Recommended By: gluten-free-tourist On: 2010-09-22
Sant Agnello, Sorrento View On Map
Stayed at Hotel Caravel in Sant Agnello about a 15min walk from the centre of Sorrento. The hotel advertised on their website that they cater for gluten free diets and they certainly did that! We went half board and on the first evening (we arrived quite late) I asked what was gluten free. The waiter explained what I could have from the set menu and said if there wasn't anything I liked I could have GF pasta and tomato sauce. The pasta and fresh tomato sauce was delicious! The following morning breakfast was fruit and yoghurt, hams, cheese, eggs, etc. We had to decide in the mornings what we wanted to eat that evening. The waiter would sit with me every morning and go through the menu. If there wasn't anything I liked they would make something else. I was told to tell them what I wanted. That evening they gave me gluten free bread! It was lovely. Nothing like what we get at home! We went out for lunch every day to different restaurants, all happy to help with gluten free food. Had carbonara, pizza, spaghetti bolognese, risotto, gluten free bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The Brits should really take a leaf out of the Italians book! I have never eaten so well and felt so great!
Recommended By: LauraG On: 2010-09-13
Historic Centre, Rome View On Map
We were anxious about booking a hotel at the last minute but found it very easy to book this hotel through their own website. We stayed in a deluxe room which was very clean and comfortable...and the kingsize double bed was greatly appreciated. Buffet breakfast was great with lots of choices for both of us and Coeliac friendly for me which can be difficult at times. Carlo confirmed at the time of booking that their would be suitable food for me and that a pharmacy was located across the street if I need supplies of gluten free breads and things...it was great to know that the hotel staff knew what 'gluten free' would involve. The location of the hotel couldn't have been better - 20mins from the Vatican and 10mins from the Spanish Steps...this was very central for us on our first trip to Rome so we were within walking distance of most sites and places we wanted to visit. I would highly recommned this hotel...
Recommended By: NoPlaceLikeRome On: 2010-09-02
Antica Locanda Viareggio
Viareggio, Tuscany View On Map
Just returned from Viareggio today and really wanted to say a huge thanks to Luca the owner of this super restaurant. I am a coeliac and nothing was too much trouble for him, super antipasto, and even had gluten free pasta. So good we returned for another meal a couple of days later and had completely different meal, all great.
The entrance is through his hotel which is next door and called pinoblu so next time I'll be staying there so that I can eat in his restaurant all the time.
Recommended By: tellas On: 2010-09-02