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Mamma Lucia (MD/VA chain)
Avg. Customer Review (3.0 Palms): 3.0 Palms
Number of Reviews: 1

Review Type: Restaurant
18224 Village Center Drive, Olney, MD 20832
Dedicated GF: No
Phone: 301-570-9500
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Mamma Lucia in Olney,

Reviewer: from Northern Virginia - See all reviews by Steven3

3.0 Palms
3.0 Palms
Our family went to Mamma Lucia after hearing that they have gluten-free pasta and pizza! We called ahead to make sure this particular location (Olney -- there are 7 others in MD and one in Reston, VA) had both the gluten-free pizza and gluten-free pasta available. It's a good thing we did, because on that day they happened to be out of gluten-free pizza. That was fine...we figured we'd just order gluten-free pasta. We were planning to talk with the manager when we arrived to find out if any of their sauces were gluten-free (you can never assume, after all!). However, when we arrived, the manager was on a delivery, so we just ordered the pasta with a little olive oil and parmesan cheese. We made sure the pasta was cooked in a separate pot and that a separate colander was used. It was good (I think it was Schar pasta -- the best). However, it would have been nice to have some sauce (others in our party who are not gluten-free raved about the tomato/cream "vodka" sauce). The manager did return as we were finishing up our meal, but he seemed a little uncertain about whether the sauces were gluten-free, or at least a bit confused about what that meant in terms of sauces. If you go and have the time to have a conversation about sauces, you'd also want to make sure there are no issues of cross contamination with the sauce/ladles coming into contact with gluten pasta. I think next time we'll try the pizza. We are thrilled that Mamma Lucia is offering gluten-free pasta (and a good kind) and gluten-free pizza. This has always been a favoirte with others in our family who are able to eat gluten. It would just be helpful if they took the time to determine whether their sauces are gluten-free. There are plenty of other things on their menu, like chicken, veal, and seafood dishes that could probably be prepared to be gluten-free as well, but at this point it would take some work/a detailed conversation with the manager and chef to be sure cross contamination was avoided.

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