Mar 10

Experience Tesca’s Wine Grotto & Gluten Free Menu Options

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Recently BEELINE held a contest and I won the grand prize—an exclusive dinner at Tresca’s romantic Wine Grotto. WOW is right! This was much different than your typical night out. It was an experience like no other. Jeremy and I were treated to a 4-course meal seated at one of the most exclusive and romantic tables in Boston. Tresca, located in the North End, has one private table in its Wine Grotto, secluded from the rest of the restaurant and other diners. We felt like we were dining in our own private restaurant. The Sommelier was incredibly helpful in helping us pick the perfect wine to pair with our meal. He was incredibly knowledgeable about Italian wines and after discussing our likes and dislikes (honestly, I don’t really dislike anything… Read More »

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Mar 03

Product Review: Nantucket Pasta Goddess Gluten Free

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Pasta is a staple food of most Americans’ diets and one of the hardest losses felt by celiacs and people with gluten intolerances. You know the feeling. Since starting my gluten free diet in 2009, there has been a huge increase in the amount— and variety— of gluten free pastas now available. Although we can now find every type of pasta from brown rice, corn, quinoa and legumes, in every shape and style— penne, rotini, angel hair spaghetti, fettuccini, elbows, farfalle, rigatoni, etc.—it is still extremely rare to find homemade pasta and ravioli that is both fresh and flavorful. Now, that is where I want to introduce you to the Nantucket Pasta Goddess. Seeing the need for a better gluten free pasta that didn’t skimp on taste or texture, Liliana… Read More »

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Nov 14

Nebo Restaurant Review – Gluten Free Pizza, Pasta & More

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On June 20, 2013, Nebo opened in its new location on Atlantic Avenue, just next door to Trade. The restaurant, owned by sisters Carla and Christine Pallotta, was originally located in the North End before moving to its new location. Their mother and grandmother’s classic Italian recipes inspired them to first open the restaurant in 2005. Last week I was invited to check out Nebo’s gluten free menu with Amelia from Altus Marketing & Management. We had such a great night. I really liked the open layout and the industrial décor. It was a bit noisy, and there were times we had to strain to here each other. Nebo also offers outside seating along Atlantic Ave. While I was there I met both sisters, who informed me that Nebo has… Read More »

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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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