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Experience Tesca’s Wine Grotto & Gluten Free Menu Options

Recently BEELINE held a contest and I won the grand prize—an exclusive dinner at Tresca’s romantic Wine Grotto. WOW is right!Screen Shot 2014-02-23 at 5.56.24 PM

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.IMG_6035

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 about wine, except Chardonnay), he chose the perfect bottle for us.IMG_6036

Our server was very professional and friendly. He and the chef put together a wonderful tasting menu for us. They were spot on with our likes; seafood for me, meat for Jeremy. With so many delicious sounding menu choices, we were glad to be getting the tasting menu. This meant we didn’t need to choose between the Osso Bucco Veal Shank or Surf & Turf with aged black angus tenderloin and Maine lobster tail scampi. Quite frankly I don’t know how I would have picked just one.

Tresca labels their gluten free (GF) and dairy free (DF) options right on the menu. They are also willing to make substitutions and accommodations as necessary.

Capesante Veneziane ~ Pan seared Diver Scallops served over a warm salad of roasted corn, fresh peas and apple wood smoked bacon.IMG_6047 IMG_6049Steak – 10 oz marinated hanger steak, with a rosemary demi glaze with arugula salad.IMG_6044

Bucatini Bolognese ~ Traditional northern style veal & pork ragout enriched with pancetta & tomatoes, served with gluten free penne. IMG_6051
Costata di Vitello ~ Veal Chop Naturally raised milk-fed veal chop, served with glazed baby carrots, garlic mashed potato and salsa cruda.IMG_6052
Pesce Della Sera (Fish of the day) ~ The chef’s hand selected fish special, oven roasted salmon with herb roasted potatoes, and pear salad with baby arugula Barlett pear, pine nuts tossed with lemon thyme vinaigrette.IMG_6056
Unfortunately, for dessert, there wasn’t anything available that gluten free. The chef brought out a cannolis sampler for Jeremy and of course I had to try a bite of the fillings! Each one was decadent, rich, and very sinful. Usually, Tresca offers gelato and a gluten free chocolate cake, which I would have loved to try!

Every dish was delicious and full of flavor. The main course portions were very generous, and the wine list was intense, filled with an array of classic and more unique Italian wines.

We loved being able to take our time, not be rushed, and enjoy our night together.  We were treated like VIP throughout the night and impressed with the quality of the food and the excellent service. IMG_6038

This was such a wonderful experience and we would like to thank Tresca and BEELINE for such a magnificent and unforgettable evening!

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Jessica

I've been on a gluten free diet since January 2009. It's been an adventure, and a challenge at times. I love to go to new restaurants and try new foods, and being gluten free can make eating out difficult at times. But I will not let my dietary restrictions get in my way of finding new restaurants and products. These are my stories of being a young women in a big city, eating out and trying new foods, all while trying to NOT eat gluten. Like I said, it's an adventure and you are welcome to come along... Please note that as I try to eat gluten free 100% of the time, my intolerance is not as severe as others so please use caution when dining at restaurants that are not certified gluten free.

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