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Nizza
Avg. Customer Review (4.7 Palms): 5.0 Palms
Number of Reviews: 6

Review Type: Restaurant
Location:
630 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10036
Dedicated GF: No
Phone: 212.956.1800
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Gluten free Italian dining in New York City,

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

4.0 Palms
4.0 Palms
This is a GIG trained restaurant that was recommended by a gluten free friend living in New York City. We had made reservations here, since we had a big group (9 of us). The service was terribly slow, to be honest. However, the food was good. To start, we ordered a couple of their gluten free "pizzas" (called Socca) which are made using chickpea flour and cooked in a brick oven. The resulting taste was similar to many brick oven type pizzas (gluten free or not). They also serve very good gluten free bread (like foccacia) with ricotta cheese and olive oil for dipping, but it took us over an hour from the time we entered the restaurant until we were served this (and regular) bread at our table -- and this was after asking for it twice! The aforementioned Socca pizzas arrived shortly after. Then, for our entrees, most of us ordered pasta (4 ordered gluten free pasta, and 4 ordered regular pasta). Favorites were the Sunday Pasta, Pasta with White Clam Sauce, and Pesto Pasta (pictured below). They use La Veneziane corn pasta, which is one of our favorites (I buy it on Amazon). There is a wide range of items to choose from on their dedicated Gluten Free Menu in addition to Socca and Pastas. You can view the menu on this page by clicking on "More Menus" ( http://nizzanyc.com/menu ). There is fish, chicken, veal, lamb, steaks, antipasti, salads, and soups. My mother-in-law ordered the Branzino fish from the gluten free menu, but it wasn't her favorite -- a bit salty and not served with much of anything else on the plate. Only two desserts were ordered (a warm chocolate cake which is NOT gluten free and the Affogato, which is espresso poured over hazelnut gelato and IS gluten free). I enjoyed one of their signature cocktails, a Peach Bellini, and they also had a good wine list, which several of the other adults in our party ordered from.

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gluten free in NY city,

Reviewer: from logan utah - See all reviews by Skyblueink

4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
Excellent gluten free pasta, intelligent staff, good service. They had bread along with the meal which was hot and fresh. quick service,and food that was appealing to my 14 yr old.


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A Culinary Oasis for the Gluten Free Traveler in New York City,

Reviewer: from Washington, DC - See all reviews by Malitzj

5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Simply put, Nizza is a gluten-free culinary oasis among the vastness of eatery choices in NYC. Located on the western edge of NYC's theatre district, it makes for the perfect pre or post-theatre stop and is also well worth its own trip to fuel the discriminating Gluten Free taste palate.

The daughter of Nizza's original chef suffered from Celiac Disease which was the impetus for developing varied and tasty Gluten Free options and the tradition has carried on to today. Nizza works in cooperation with the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) as a service to its customers in providing information about their food and their handling of food. The results are fantastic menu options along with the sense of comfort in one's dining experience.

The Gluten-free menu breaks options down into 4 categories: Antipasti, Socca ( a gluten see version of pizza that is described as a "crispy chickpea pancake cooked in a brick oven," Pasta (they serve La Veneziane corn pasta), and Main Dishes. All options have many possibilities (5 pasta, 8 main courses, 10 socca, and 11 antipasti choices) to choose from to make Nizza a go-to candidate for multiple reeturn visits.

I started off by ordering a Margherita Socca for an appetizer. It was chock full of fresh mozzarella which was a welcome relief from the shredded mozzarella that adorns many pizzas. A dining companion ordered the Vegetarian Bianca Socca which was full of fresh spinach, mushrooms, artichokes, peppers and parmesan cheese. We were both extremely happy with our choices. While we were waiting for our second course we were surprised by two separate bread baskets. Yes, without even having to ask we had our own gluten free bread, and this was no lame excuse for bread, it was as good as the non gf bread (or so said other table guests).

For my main course I had Spaghettini with Clams. The pasta was perfectly al dente and the clams were fresh and chopped with white wine, garlic and herbs. Having my own bread allowed me to "fare la scarpetta," mop up the sauce from a plate of food with a piece of bread. The perfect complement to finish up a great plate of food.

We had no time to check out their desert menu but we certainly didn't need any. Besides, I had my own secret dessert planned for the next day. For the train ride back to DC from NYC, I pulled out my leftover Socca and prolonged by a day my visit to Nizza. The perfect end to an NYC visit.

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One of the best gluten-free dinner menus in New York City,

Reviewer: - See all reviews by DGFReviewers

5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Our family loves traveling to New York City to experience the big city lights, the magic of Broadway and of course, amazing food. We began our most recent trip at Nizza Restaurant on 9th Avenue between 45th and 46th Streets. In the heart of the theater district, Nizza features one of the best gluten-free dinner menus in the city. First came fancy cocktails, with everyone ordering Nizza’s famous peach bellini, which comes with fresh peach puree and champagne. When they serve you your drink, you also get a large basket full of crunchy gluten-free breadsticks. The breadsticks are served with a delicious dipping oil and ricotta cheese. After a round of cocktails it was time for food. We started with the Nizza Caesar Salad (sans croutons, of course) and the delectable Eggplant Involtini. The involtini is a perfectly marinated piece of eggplant rolled and stuffed with herbed sheep’s milk ricotta and finished off with a spicy marinara sauce—it’s so good it’s hard to believe it’s gluten-free. For the next course came pasta just the way I like it: al dente, loaded with large pieces of sweet Italian sausage, and topped off with Parmesan cheese. Nizza calls it the Sunday Pasta, but I say it’s a dish good for any day of the week. My dad joined me on the pasta train and ordered the pasta pesto. The large bowl of fettuccini came with a creamy, nutty, pesto sauce and finished with Crescenza cheese. All gluten-free pastas at Nizza are made with Le Veneziane corn pasta. On a lighter note, my sister chose the Chicken Paillard, which came with a gigantic piece of flattened chicken and a beautiful tomato and mozzarella salad layered on top. The paillard is large but is a lighter and healthier option than my pasta and definitely a delightful, healthy alternative to most pasta-heavy Italian menus. The service was impeccable, and all of the waiters knew their gluten-free dos and don’ts. Eating at Nizza was truly a remarkable experience and I know you’ll love it as much as my family did! Review by Stacey Maltin at Delight Gluten-Free Magazine www.DelightGlutenFree.com


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Delightful Bistro in Theatre District,

Reviewer: - See all reviews by Momat32

4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
A great place for dinner before or after the theatre. Wonderful French ambiance. Ask for the GF menu -- a copy of the regular menu on which the chef has marked GF options.


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Nizza -- Mediterranean restaurant in NYC,

Reviewer: - See all reviews by NJKen

5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Nizza serves Mediterranean-style food at a restaurant near the Port Authority bus terminal in New York City. (Nizza is the Italian name for the city of Nice, France.) Their special GF menu includes socca, a crispy chickpea pancake that is baked in a brick oven, along with corn-pasta and meat dishes. Polenta and risotto are available as side dishes. My wife and I tried the endive salad and the "classic socca" (topped with sage, onions, and pecorino) and the "quattro formaggi" (topped with mozzarella, fontina, ricotta, gorgonzola, pesto, and pinenuts). The server brought GF breadsticks as an appetizer; dessert was a hazelnut gelato with crushed hazelnuts. (Other GF desserts are also available.) Everything was delicious, and different from other GF meals that we have enjoyed in New York. We were there on a warm afternoon; the front windows (nearly floor-to-ceiling) were opened up to give the atmosphere of a seaside cafe (minus the waves and seagulls); a few tables were available on the sidewalk in addition to those inside.


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