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Review Type: Restaurant
Location: 1 5th Avenue New York NY 10003
Dedicated GF: No
Phone: 212-995-9559


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Gluten free dinner near Union Square in New York City,
August 28, 2014
Reviewer: from South Riding, VA

4.0 Palms
4.0 Palms
We'd heard this restaurant, owned by Mario Batali, had plenty of gluten free options. They did, but the choices were a bit more limited than I'd envisioned. There is no gluten free pizza, because of the potential of cross contamination (I applaud them for their vigilance), but the pasta entrees can be made with gluten free pasta. They use a brand I've not heard of or seen before called Rusticella d' Abruzzo. It is gluten free AND organic, which I love because I hesitate eating corn-based pastas like this unless they are organic. I ordered the gluten free pasta Alla Carrettiera, which was prepared with baby plum tomato, black pepper, garlic chives, and basil. It was quite good. They also have a very extensive wine list with plenty of our favorite Italian reds. We enjoyed a bottle of Sopra Berruti Barbera d' Asti. Our salads were good (I ordered the Spinach, Ricotta Salata and Truffle Honey without the croutons), so it was generally a nice meal. There are other items on the menu that can be made gluten free (meat and fish dishes), but this is generally a pizza and pasta restaurant. If you have room for dessert (we didn't), there are quite a few options that are gluten free. They do take gluten free orders very seriously, using a separate pot of water for GF pasta even without being instructed to do so (they automatically do this for all gluten free pasta orders). Worth a visit if you're in the area.

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