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Gluten Free in Italy

From Historic Rome to the islands of the Mediterranean. From the canals of Venice to the Alps. Italy is one of the most popular countries to travel to. However, where can you eat Gluten Free in a country famed for pizza and pasta when travelling across the country? Find previous recommendations here and do share your own as well.

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Tuscany|Rome|Venice|Bologna|Italian Riviera
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

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

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

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

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

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