Gluten free dining in Padua, Italy,
October 30, 2015
Iowa City, Iowa
Knowing I had celiac disease and needed to eat gluten free, the proprietor of our B&B, Filipo, recommended this restaurant and called in the reservation. We were greeted at the door with, "Are you dining gluten free?" (senza glutine?) Then, as we were being seated, the maitre de double checked with me that I was celiac! I thought I was going to cry...I love Italy!! He pointed out the gluten free meals on the menu. My husband and I shared a whole baked flounder, roasted vegetables, tomatoes, olives, salad, rolls, dessert, espresso and gratis homemade Baileys. All were delicious. (Also had a bottle of Padova red Reserve). The dessert was called semifreddo and is made with pistachio and hazelnut. It's a cross between gelato and mousse. Fantastico.
Oh yes, fish is sold by the etto, which is 100 grams or 3.53 ounces. Average price of whole fish on the menu is 10 euros per 100 grams, often requires a 2 person minimum. Sounds confusing, but just ask what they recommend for 2 people and don't be shy about asking quanta costo? (total price of fish, since it may be listed per atto).
Very homey, warm, welcoming restaurant and personnel with plenty of charm and a touch of elegance. Yes, go here!