Having guests in town gave us the perfect opportunity to try Porta Via Italian Kitchen and their gluten free pizza that I'd heard amazing things about. I was astounded that they had gluten-free pasta as well. AND the waiter brought gluten-free rolls with olive oil. They were incredible. I dare say they were the best gluten-free rolls that I’ve ever had outside of my kitchen. They were piping hot from the oven, steamy, tender, and perfect. These were not rolls kept in the freezer saved for the occasional gluten-free diner who pops in. These rolls were freshly made. With such attention to the quality of the delicious free bread, I knew that the upcoming meal would have to be amazing.
With not just two gluten-free options, but two entire gluten-free categories to choose from, I knew we had to order both pizza and pasta, especially since Porta Via makes their own pizza crust. I haven’t found that outside of NYC.
So we ordered the Fettuccine al Pesto, which was delicious. The pasta was tender, yet substantial, not mushy as many gluten-free pastas tend to be. And the pesto sauce brought back memories of last summer’s perfect pesto made from freshly picked basil leaves.
We also ordered the Margherita D.O.C. with tomato sauce, fresh mozzerella di bufala, cherry tomatoes, and basil was worth sharing my pasta.
PortaVia has been certified by the Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN) organization, which has specific regulations for how Neapolitan pizza must be made.
We went back to PortaVia the next evening after our guests left. That’s how incredible this pizza is.
We tried another pasta too: the gluten-free Bucatini al Pomodoro, which had an authentic Italian tomato sauce. We finished off the evening with a generous scoop of gelato. Porta Via has two locations in the Nashville area. I highly recommend that you try one if you’re anywhere close. You won't be disappointed.
For meal pictures see http://www.glutenfreecat.com/2012/05/portavia-italian-kitchen-best-gluten-f