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Mama Frites Dedicated Gluten Free
Avg. Customer Review (5.0 Palms): 5.0 Palms
Number of Reviews: 2

Review Type: Restaurant
Location:
28 Borgo Pio, Roma, 00193
Dedicated GF: Yes
Phone: +39 06 8351 390
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Amazing gluten free Neapolitan style pizza,

Reviewer: from South Riding, VA - See all reviews by Gftraveler

5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
I found myself back in Rome only 16 months after my family's last visit. This time I was with a friend, and we were going on a food/wine tour of Umbria. We flew in and out of Rome, and because I love this city so much -- and because my friend had never been -- we decided to spend a night on either end of our Umbria journey in Rome. On the first night after arriving in Rome, we stayed close to the Vatican, so we'd be close by for our early morning tour. I had, of course, remembered this amazing little cafe on Borgo Pio, which ended up being right down the street from our hotel. So, after our morning tour of the Vatican, and before rushing off to the train station to catch our train up to Umbria, I just had to stop in at Mama Frites and order one of their amazing hard-to-believe-it's-gluten-free Neapolitan pizzas. I'd literally craved this pizza since leaving Rome the last time. This time, I ordered it with ham on top. The entire restaurant (tiny, with only a few tables, and offering take-away) is gluten free, and there are plenty of other things other than pizza on the menu. However, I really think pizza is the thing to order here. I didn't have time to order dessert on this particular visit, but their desserts are amazing, too! You can find a larger restaurant in Trastevere that's owned by the same folks. It is called Mama Eat! (also reviewed here on this website). There is a Mama Eat! in Naples as well. Those two Mama Eat! restaurants aren't 100% gluten free like Mama Frites, but they are very careful and have separate kitchens for the preparation of their gluten free orders.

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Gluten free dining near Vatican City in Rome,

Reviewer: from South Riding, VA - See all reviews by Gftraveler

5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
This restaurant is owned by the same people that own Mama Eat! (locations in Trastevere and Naples). Mama Frites has this location near the Vatican, along with another in Trastevere. Mama Frites is a more casual, small café that also does a big take-away business, versus Mama Eat! that is more of a typical restaurant/café (although also relatively small). Mama Frites specializes in Cuoppi, an "original Neapolitan small paper bowl filled with a cone shape used to contain fried food. Generally, it is used by street food shops to serve their fried special dishes so that people can eat while walking." Absolutley EVERYTHING in this café is gluten free! All the pizzas, the rissottos, the lasagna, the Cuoppi. Our boys each ordered one of these Cuoppi cone-shaped baskets (we did not do take-away -- we ate in the café). One ordered the Cuoppo Amalfi, cod fried in olive oil, served with fries. Our other son ordered the Cuoppo Napoli, thin fried chicken tenders served with fries. I opted for the lasagna, which was outstanding. My husband ordered a pizza (the Mama Frites with San Marzano sauce, basil, and cheese) at my recommendation. I had told him how amazing (and hard to believe gluten free) the pizza was that I'd ordered at Mama Eat! the night before. He, too, was not disappointed and couldn't believe it was gluten free. True Neapolitan pizza -- thin with a slightly thicker, chewy crust. For dessert, we indulged in the Cuoppo Delizioso, small balls of pizza dough covered with sugar and Nutella (like warm, fresh donut holes). Our Celiac son said they were the best thing he's ever eaten! We would have liked to have gone back to this restaurant (or Mama Eat!) every day, but for the rest of our time sightseeing in Rome, we were in areas that didn't make it convenient. So be sure to work in a stop at Mama Frites before or after visiting the Vatican (or any place near there). Trastevere, where Mama Eat! is located, is a fun area of Rome to visit anyway, so that restaurant should be top on your list when you explore its cobblestone streets and medieval architecture. Just always be sure to check the restaurants' opening times. Also note that with Mama Frites, certain items may not be available right after the restaurant opens. For example, the day we went there, after an early visit to St. Peter's Basilica (we had been on a lengthier Vatican tour the day before but wanted to go back to the Basilica) Mama Frites opened at 10 am. We arrived at about 10:45. However, the person taking orders proceeded to let us know that only lasagna and risotto was available then. If we wanted Cuoppi or pizza, we'd have to wait until 11:30 because the pizza oven (and perhaps the fryer) was still heating up. We waited and were glad we did!

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