Gluten Free Restaurant Dining in Potomac, Maryland
|Location:||1093 Seven Lochs Road, Potomac, MD 20854 (in the Potomac Woods Plaza)|
|Phone:||301-545-0966 and speak to Roberto Delas, the Manager|
|Vacation Type:||Adults meal|
|Date Visited:||April 6, 2011|
|Review Posted:||April 27, 2011|
|Summary:||Amici Miei -- My New Best Friend!|
Many of the lunch specials, antipasti, insalate, and secondi are naturally gluten-free or easily modified. (Just be sure to always alert either of the owners about needing gluten-free food.) For example, when my friend lamented that we couldn’t share a Calamari e Gamberetti (shrimp) appetizer because the squid was fried, our waiter said it could be grilled as an alternative. Presented atop a mound of deep green arugula and sprinkled with parmesan cheese, my first bite of the flawlessly seasoned seafood transported me to the small northern Italian town where my husband and I had lived for two delicious years. The flavors were that true, that fresh. So authentic was the experience of that first mouthful I even imagined I heard my fellow diners speaking Italian. Turns out they actually were.
For my pasta plate I ordered Bucatini all’Amatriciana. Bucatini is thick-stranded pasta; I was served gluten-free pasta twists in its place. The dish is often associated with Rome in the Lazio region, though the town from which it gets its name, Amatrice, used to lie within the borders of the region of Abruzzo to the east. Its simple tomato-based sauce is traditionally prepared using salt-cured pork jowl. Amici Miei uses bacon that added a rich smoky depth, and tiny bits of hot pepper pleasantly contributed to the customary zing.
Amici Miei may easily become my new best friend. I’m making dinner reservations there for next week. Maybe I’ll even take my husband!
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