Earlier than I left for Italy recently, I sat down for lunch with a friend of mine at a popular restaurant in Westchester, NY. I asked the waiter if the chef might prepare me gluten-free meal and he eagerly responded, “Sure no problem, they'll make something with out sugar!”
Every week later, I sat down for lunch with a buddy in Rome in a popular restaurant and I requested the same query. The waiter stated to me “Yes, no downside, we now have tons of shoppers who're gluten-free.” (By the way, this restaurant is: La Scaletta and it is right near the Pantheon on Through della Maddalena forty six/forty nine –tel. 066792149.)
As I devoured my delicious gluten-free pasta with mushrooms, I mentioned the gluten-free scene in New York with my Roman good friend. She was not a celiac, however she was nicely conscious of celiac disease and had herself been tested at an early age. This was no coincidence; it was merely because she was Italian. Italians all find out about celiac illness and are all tested for it.
Great for them, but in addition nice for us as a result of as vacationers we benefit!
So many individuals have expressed to me an curiosity in exploring a relatively underdeveloped space of Italy, namely the heel of the boot, Puglia. However they’re typically afraid as a result of this area will not be but as well geared in direction of tourists as, for example, Tuscany is. So I decided to test it out for myself: I brought two associates of mine (who don’t have celiac illness, but are generally severe foodies) along for the ride.
This was great enjoyable as a result of every time the restaurant homeowners brought out some gluten-free meals that they'd prepared, additionally they introduced out the “gluten model” of the identical thing. My pals tried every version and described to me the variations. And similar to the gluten-free pretzels in the US are tastier than the wheat pretzels, we found that there have been numerous gluten-free foods in Italy that were tastier than the gluten version of the identical meals! These fried calamari received one of the taste exams:
We had a great time and met some people who find themselves actually dedicated to the gluten-free cause. Take for instance Luigi, the pizza man (Atelier della Pizza Capri ’91), who has gained awards throughout Puglia for his outrageously good pizza (check out his trophies within the background of the picture!)
He has a family friend who has celiac illness, and so he determined to make gluten-free pizza as properly. Now on the weekends he makes 50 to 60 gluten-free pizzas an evening in a particular “laboratory,” a room to the facet of his regular kitchen. He has a separate oven, separate utensils, mainly separate every part. He said it makes him so comfortable to see youngsters get excited about having gluten-free pizza. And let me inform you, that pizza was the perfect pizza I’ve ever had! (Notice the range: part mushroom, half pepperoni, half prosciutto, part artichokes and part plain!)
A few ideas for vacationers who're going wherever in Italy this summer and fall:
plan your day rigorously: Use Google maps to determine where the websites are that you simply wish to go to, and the place the close by eating places are that serve gluten-free food. It's always a good suggestion to call forward to the restaurants to make reservations, request a gluten-free meal, and make sure that they're truly open! This final half may seem slightly silly, however for instance, once I was in Bari on a Sunday and Lecce on a Saturday at lunch there weren’t many restaurants open, for varied reasons, particularly due to personal parties being held within the restaurants.
Keep in mind that when you inquire about getting gluten-free meals in a restaurant, the first response might be “no”. In this case, ask again in a different way! Right here’s the deal: the Italians have a national, very properly coordinated celiac society that works intently with restaurants to serve gluten-free food that has been ready in a totally uncontaminated atmosphere. The restaurants are equipped with a separate “laboratory” with a separate oven, stove, utensils, and cookware to prepa