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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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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


Hotel Gallo
Lake Garda, Lombardy View On Map
Even if I wasn't a coeliac, which Hotel Gallo specially cater for, the food is really good and we have never been in a cleaner hotel. Located on the edge of a pretty hillside village above lake Garda it is ideally located for walking in the town,countryside and for lake Garda. A car is really an essential but it is well worth the ten minute drive up from the lakeside. All the balconied rooms have a stunning view of the lake and Fulvia and Renata the owners care about the comfort and wellbeing of their guests and help in very many ways to ensure that guests who stay in Hotel Gallo have a lovely holiday. We have never been back to the same place twice but are doing so in September 2011 again.
Recommended By: ErylWalesUK On: 2011-01-22


Ristorante Marco and Gloria
Via della Scrofa, Rome View On Map
Excellent ristorante! After wandering Rome for hours we came across Marco and Gloria. The staff are kind and helpful. Two of us are Coeliac and were unable to eat wheat (talk about difficulty in Rome!). The owner brought in (we think his daughter) to translate for us and made sure our meals were senze glutine/farina. The food was delicious and at a great price! We have great wine, dessert and limonchello! They didn't rush us and would do their best to converse and joke around with us. The atmosphere is lovely, it is in a former monastery. We went back twice! Great experience!
Recommended By: PondCrosser82 On: 2011-01-05


Hotel Palazzo Stern
City Centre, Venice View On Map
Our family met in Venice at the beginning of October to visit our daughter. We had two beautiful rooms; the Junior Suite with balcony and a room on a higher floor facing west with rooftop views and beautiful sunsets. Roberto, the manager, organized our dinner reservations and most important, gluten-free food for my son's girlfriend who suffers from coeliac disease. The gluten free cookies and crackers were ordered from a pharmacy and delivered to us upon arrival. It made all the difference in the world to her.

The rooms and bathrooms were well appointed, spotless and the location was excellent. The real reason to stay at the Palazzo Stern is the accomplished, considerate and gracious staff. It was always a pleasure to ask Ludovico or Domenico a question about how to navigate Venice's streets. Irwin met each guest with a smile while taking late afternoon drinks or coffee orders. Many people believe that a hotel's success is based on location, location location. Whilst this is true, I would like to add special thanks to Roberto for his hotel's successful management. I look forward to our return next year to Venice and the Palazzo Stern.
Recommended By: Palmosa On: 2010-11-28


Hotel Al Fiore
Lake Garda, Veneto View On Map
We arrived at Lake Garda with nothing booked. Found this Hotel driving around and decided to check it out. We walked into the lobby, Grand Piano to one side, absolute 'class' everywhere you turned. We thought 'there is no way we can afford this'. We were wrong - the price was excellent, the room was hugh, the bed (king size double) was great after a day of driving. As I suffer from Coeliac Disease I have to check the menu carefully for what I can eat. When I explained this to the Waiter he went out of his way to help with menu selection and brought me gluten free bread rolls that the keep on hand for people like me. Overall we received excellent service from every staff member we dealt with.
Recommended By: colinus On: 2010-11-17


Studio83
Pompeii, Campania View On Map
Originally booked for 3 days. So much to see in Pompeii and surrounds we ended up staying 5 days. The rooms, Fabio and Pompeii is everything all the other reviews say they are. I have Coeliac Disease so I checked on what was available for breakfast when I booked the room. When we arrived Fabio had gone out and purchased gluten free bread, cakes and biscuits for my use. He had also found a restaurant nearby who could cater for my needs (La Bettola Del Gusto). I really can't say enough to show just how good this place is.
Recommended By: colinus On: 2010-11-17


Villa Elda
Siena, 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


Le Specialita
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


Pizzeria Ciro
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


Hotel Caravel
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


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