Mar 26

Restaurant Review – Gluten Free Options at Bin 26 Enoteca in Beacon Hill

Bin 26 Enoteca is a Beacon Hill neighborhood restaurant with an Italian, seasonally driven menu and wine list. Bin 26 Enoteca boasts an international wine list with over sixty wines by glass and over two hundred wines by bottles. Wines from around the world are each carefully chosen for its quality, value, and for the simple (but no less important) fact that it is delicious.

En-oh-TECK-a, a common term used mostly in Italy, refers to a place where one can find simple foods to accompany the wines served there. Bin 26 Enoteca offers a menu designed for snacking and sharing, or a full meal. You can simply drop in for an informal dish of pasta or more formal, multi-course, haute cuisine.

We opted for a bottle of organic Spanish wine— Mas Picosa de flor en flor— from Capcanes ($40), a Catalan village in the province of Tarragona in northeastern Spain. I love Spanish wines and I love trying new wines, especially when they are from regions I have visited.IMG_6614

The wine was a winner. A combination of Grenache, Merlot and Tempranillo. It was earthy, smooth, light and spicy all at the same time. It was well balanced, each element not overwhelming the others.

Bin 26 Enoteca has a quite a few gluten free options (*note kitchen is not dedicated gluten free, many of the menu items just happen to be naturally gluten free).

For appetizers we shared the Braised Octopus with Potato, Cannellini Beans, and tomatoes in a Cabbage Nest ($14) and the Warm Salad of Jerusalem Artichokes, Brussels Sprouts, Chili Flakes, Pine Nuts, and Crispy Pancetta ($12)IMG_6615 IMG_6617

We loved the octopus, but just wish there was more of it! The salad was delicious and also very flavorful.

For my entrée I had the Chicken “Alla Diavola” with Root Vegetable Medley ($26). The chicken was incredibly moist, but the sauce was way too spicy for me! Once I removed the skin I was able to eat it just fine.

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My mom had Stuffed Pork Chop “Valdostana” with Prosciutto, Fontina Cheese, Sage in a Wild Mushroom Sauce ($27). The pork just melted in our mouth. Although a bit too salty for my taste, she loved every bite of it.

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Bin 26 Enoteca also offers gluten free penne pasta that can be substituted for any of the pasta dishes.

Overall we had a great night and loved both the décor—  chairs made from recycled seatbelts, wine bottles filling the walls and a back wall covered entirely with wine labels— and the vibe of the restaurant. The bar was much bigger than I expected, and I will definitely be going back for more wine!

 


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