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Trattoria Al Gazzettino
Avg. Customer Review (5.0 Palms): 5.0 Palms
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Review Type: Restaurant
Sottoportego delle Acque San Marco, 49977, Venice, 30124
Dedicated GF: No
Phone: +39 041 521 049
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Two wonderful gluten free meals in Venice, Italy,

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After two failed attempts to find a gluten-free friendly restaurant on our first night in Venice, we ended up going to a restaurant we had planned to dine later during our stay. At this point, after seeking out the other two restaurants (who were not equipped to serve gluten-free meals), it was getting late, at least for us. The Italians eat later than we are used to (prime time is 8 pm), and so we were hitting the restaurant right at their busiest time. For the first time during our 2 week trip to Italy, we had to wait to be seated at a restaurant! However, the lovely owners made it so much fun. They brought out a pitcher of spritzers, some salami, and then small plates of pasta. After waiting about 30 minutes out in the narrow street with other hungry tourists and locals, we were seated. The entertainment continued. The place was very lively, and at the end of the meal, we were served complimentary biscotti, grappa, and sweet wine -- as well as a bag of pasta to take home (not gluten free). Such nice touches that made the wait worth it. Now, on to the details of the dinner...they do not have a gluten free menu, per se, but they offer gluten free pasta (spaghetti, penne, and tortellini -- a rarity), gluten free bread, and gluten free desserts. Many other items on the menu are -- or can be made -- gluten free (like the meats). For example, our boys ordered a steak to share. They each also ordered a pasta dish -- the spaghetti with pesto and the spaghetti with clams (vongole). Both were amazingly good, and of course, you could not tell that the spaghetti was gluten free at all. My husband ordered the gluten free tortellini with pesto. Like the spaghetti, it had the perfect taste and texture. I enjoyed the best antipasto I'd ordered during out stay: a slice of cantaloupe melon (coincidentally shaped like a gondola) and draped with fresh prosciutto and shaved parmesan, garnished with arugula and artichokes. Absolutely delicious! I can't believe I actually at the whole thing by myself! I also ordered the lemon veal scallopine as my main course, but that didn't come with any sides, so it wasn't terribly filling (but was very tasty). It was supposed to come with fresh vegetables, but I think they forgot to serve them. For dessert, we ordered the gluten free profiteroles. They also offer gluten free tiramisu. This restaurant was so good we decided to go back two nights later, on our last night in town. On that night, went went earlier -- and had made a reservation -- so there was no wait. We were still treated to all sorts of samplings of food once seated, however. On this evening, I again ordered what I enjoyed immensely the first night: the prosciutto served with shaved parmesan, melon, and figs (I requested all three), all on a bed of arugula. I also ordered a caprese salad, another Italian favorite. I wanted to enjoy fresh Italian specialties as only the Italians can do it on our last night in Italy. Those two items were enough for me for dinner -- both generous portions to say the least. The rest of my family ordered gluten free spaghetti Bolognese, spaghetti with pesto, and a filet mignon. And again, we ordered gluten free profiteroles and various homemade tortes (nutella and amaretto) for those family members that aren't gluten free. Like the first night, we were brought other dessert samples, biscotti, grappa, sweet wine, and a bag of pasta. Once I gave them my business card and told them I looked forward to writing a positive review of their restaurant on my website, the owner gave me a kiss, brought his wife Margheridha (who does some of the cooking and makes the wonderful desserts) to our table to meet us, and brought us a half bottle of their house wine to take home. Despite the warm exchange, they were anxious to turn our table, given the 20+ people waiting for a table outside this small (yet very popular) restaurant! We bid them farewell, and it was the perfect ending to a perfect trip.

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