Oct 19

Product Review: Barilla Introduces a line of Gluten Free Pasta

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Starting this fall, Barilla is introducing a line of gluten free pasta to help anyone living a gluten free lifestyle enjoy pasta once again. Barilla’s gluten-free line launched in select U.S. grocery stores in September, with national availability starting in early 2014. For over 100 years, Barilla has prided itself on making authentic, high-quality pastas, and continues to be committed to making pasta accessible for everyone to enjoy. The new certified gluten free pasta lives up to the quality standards that pasta lovers have come to expect from Barilla. Barilla’s gluten free pasta is produced in a dedicated gluten free facility in Italy and is made from a combination of non-GMO corn and rice. The four varieties—spaghetti, penne, rigatoni, and elbow macaroni—have the same color, texture, and taste as other… Read More »

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Sep 03

Gluten Free Italian at Ristorante Olivio in Arlington

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Open in Arlington for eleven years now, Ristorante Olivio is a hidden gem offering authentic Italian cuisine. Chef Angelo came to America from Italy, bringing with him home-style cooking and traditional recipes from his native country. (click here to save 50% off) Sitting at a dark wooden table in a simple dining room with white walls and Italian décor, I felt like I was back in Europe again. One of the walla displays vases filled with wine corks, another displays traditional serving dishes and pieces from Italy. The open kitchen can be seen from the main dining room and invites guests to get a sneak peak at their dishes being prepared. You wouldn’t know from their website, but Olivio’s offers a gluten free menu complete with two types of gluten… Read More »

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Aug 20

Gluten Free Restaurant Week – Lucca Back Bay

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Lucca is an Italian restaurant in the North End that opened a second location in the Back Bay in 2010 (where I ate). Pasta dishes range from $23-$36 and main courses or “secondi” range from $28-$38. However, a bar menu is offered, which is slightly different from the main dinning room, but is less expensive, with prices ranging from $11-$20. My girlfriends and I decided to eat here during Restaurant Week. While we waited for our table to be ready we had a drink at the bar. The martini’s were strong, and the margaritas were sour. We were at an Italian restaurant, we should have known better then to order margaritas.  The wine list offers a nice selection of not only Italian wines, but wines from South America and the… Read More »

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Aug 02

Salvatore’s Gluten Free Review

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Looking for great Italian food but don’t want to go to the North End? Salvatore’s is a great choice for high quality, authentic cuisine at reasonable prices. Salvatore’s opened about 5 years ago by Sal Lupoli, famously known for his approximately 30 pizza restaurants around New England called Lupoli Companies. Salvatore’s offers a gluten free menu with many options to choose from. I was very impressed with this menu, which offers seven appetizers, two salads, seven pasta dishes, and nine entrees. This is bigger than most gluten free menus in Boston. The appetizer menu includes both fried calamari and breaded chicken tenders, a rarity in the gluten free restaurant scene. It’s not that often I find these dishes on gluten free menus, and if I hadn’t had calamari the night before… Read More »

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May 16

Gluten Free Vegetable Lasagna

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This delicious Gluten Free Vegetable Lasagna can also be made dairy free by omitting the cheese. Recipe by Katelyn Dennis Ingredients: 1 Box GF Lasagna Noodles (I used Tinkyada Brown Rice Lasagna) 8 small mushrooms 1 box frozen chopped spinach 1 egg 1 16 oz container of fat free ricotta cheese Half of one white onion 1 garlic clove 1 zucchini 1 jar gluten free pasta sauce Shredded Italian cheeses (mozzarella, Parmesan) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.   Bring a large sauce pan of water to a boil. Cook the lasagna noodles so they are just under al dente (about half way cooked). When done, drain the noodles and set aside. Chop up the onions, mushrooms, and zucchini.  Sautee onion and garlic for 3 minutes then add in mushrooms and zucchini… Read More »

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Feb 14

Gluten Free Pizza & Pasta at Beneventos, North End Boston (Restaurant Review)

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In the past year numerous restaurants in the North End have begun to offer gluten free menus. Diners with gluten sensitivities or celiac – and those who are dating us – should definitely make their way to the North End, a neighborhood many of us thought we would never be able to dine in again. Many restaurants are now offering gluten free pasta and pizza, and are becoming more aware of food allergies and how to cater to this group of diners. Beneventos on Salem St is just one of the many Italian restaurants I’ve dined at in the past year that offers gluten free pizza and a variety of pasta. The first thing you notice as you walk into the narrow restaurant (there is a basement with additional seating)… Read More »

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Jan 17

Gluten Free Pasta at Nico Ristorante North End Boston

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We had a great dining experience at Nico last night. Our waiter was terrific. Not only was he professional, friendly, and welcoming (I felt like I was a dinner guest in his home), but he was also extremely knowledgeable about the menu. He was able to accommodate almost anything for us. Nico is part of the Varano Group, which owns Strega and Strega Waterfront. Both have gluten free pasta everyday. Nico, you must call a few days in advance, let them know you are coming, and voilà, they will have gluten free pasta ready for you! There’s a great groupon deal available! Get it here. You can choose tow options $30 for $60 or $35 for $80. Go for the $80, you will want it, especially if you have 3… Read More »

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Sep 25

Gluten Free Baked Eggplant Tomato and Mozzarella

This recipe is courtesy of my sister Katie. We went to Sowa Market today and bought fresh vegetables, and more gluten free spinach fettuccine, my new obsession. We spent the majority of our walk home talking about what she should make for dinner using the eggplant she just bought. She lives in the North End and has the luxury of fresh cheese and Italian spices right at her finger tips – yes we should all be jealous. So when she got home she picked up a few more ingredients and made a layered baked eggplant dish with tomatoes, spinach and mozzarella, our take on eggplant Parmesan without breadcrumbs, and then put it on top of fettuccine to make the meal complete. Ingredients: 1 eggplant, sliced into 1/4 inch thick pieces… Read More »

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Aug 26

Gluten Free pasta at Artu Restaurant

When my sister turned 23 a few weeks ago we had a big family dinner at Artu in the North End (they also have a location in Beacon Hill). We all loved it. The food was great; everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals. We went on a Sunday night and had the upstairs space all to ourselves. I loved the ambiance here, semi modern but with the traditional Italian restaurant feel. Located on Price Street, right off of Hanover Street, it was little quieter than other restaurants right on Hanover. Jeremy ordered the Veal Piccata was a flavorful dish of thin slices of veal, capers and mushrooms in a white wine lemon sauce. The veal was not breaded or coated in anything and was gluten free, as was the sauce. I… Read More »

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Aug 20

Nebo

I heard about Nebo last year from a coworker of mine who has celiac. I’ve also heard other people rave about it and saw it on the Chronicle or Date Line last year. So when there was a Living Social deal last month I bought it without hesitation. I had been dying to go and last night I finally went. I was not blown away. The flavors were amazing, so fresh and so bold. But I was let down by the over price menu and extra chargers for gluten free substitutions. We started with two appetizers; the olives and timballo de melanzana. The olives were served warm in oil with orange zest and rosemary. This was delicious. I loved the warmth and citrus flavor mixed with the saltiness from the… Read More »

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