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Merriman's Fish House
2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka Street
Koloa, HI 96756
United States

3.5 Palms
3.5 Palms
Gluten free dining at seafood restaurant on south shore of Kauai

Reviewer: Gftraveler from South Riding, VA
Reviewed on Dec 19, 2017

I knew this restaurant had been reviewed on this site, and coincidentally, we found ourselves in this shopping center on a lunch stop with our tour of Kauai (our tour took us around most of the island, including Waimea Canyon and the Wailua River). Our tour guide gave us an hour for lunch, and there were many spots to choose from here in this nice, upscale shopping center of shops and restaurants. Ruth's Chris had opened recently, but this was not the "quick lunch" we were looking for (but note that all their locations are very GF friendly, so if you are looking for a fancier -- albeit expensive -- steak dinner, this is the place). However, when we saw Merriman's Fish House, we were happy, because we knew we could get a safe gluten free lunch for our son. With only an hour, we didn't have time to go from restaurant to restaurant comparing menus. This restaurant doesn't have gluten free markings on the menu (at least not the lunch menu), but when I asked the hostess before we were even seated, she told us that the salads, burgers (with a lettuce wrap instead of a bun), and all tacos were gluten free. My son and I both wanted tacos, so we ordered one order of fish tacos and one order of pork carnitas tacos to share. The tacos are expensive ($15-$17, as I recall), and you only get two small tacos. The meat is topped with cabbage and avocado and various salsas/sauces. They were pretty good...just kind of small for the money. Just a couple small pieces of fish in the fish tacos and a small portion of carnitas in the pork tacos. We also got a couple orders of fries for our family to share, since they were gluten free and fried in a dedicated fryer. They were awesome. My husband had one of the best turkey burgers he said he's ever had. Unfortunately, though, they don't offer GF buns (he isn't Celiac and therefore isn't gluten free so he had the regular bun). It would be a nice addition to keep GF buns in stock for those that need them. It would make the burger experience better (as opposed to just offering a lettuce wrap). All in all, a decent experience if you're on the south coast of Kauai and want to go to a restaurant that knows how to keep Celiacs safe.

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Antiche Sere
10 Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi
Bevagna, 06031
Italy

4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
Gluten free at restaurant in Bevagna, Italy (Umbria)

Reviewer: Gftraveler from South Riding, VA
Reviewed on Oct 30, 2017

When we stayed right outside Bevagna on a recent tour of Umbria, we dined at this restaurant one night. Not everyone in our group was gluten free, but the restauranteurs sure knew how to accommodate those of us who were! Or, rather, they didn't need to accommodate us too much, because much of the menu was already gluten free. I ordered the eggplant parmesan, which, believe it or not, is not covered with breadcrumbs, so it was naturally gluten free. And it was truly delicious. Most of our table ordered the same thing and also loved it! I also had an appetizer of polenta with steamed greens (spinach or kale?), along with an omelet-type appetizer with truffles. This is a popular appetizer in Umbria (omelettes with truffles). The Italians aren't big on eating eggs at breakfast, however! The final thing we tried at dinner was a rabbit entree, which we passed around to share. It was really good...had some spices that made it taste like sausage. Knowing we were coming, the restaurant owner also made us a type of gluten free chocolate cake for dessert, which was delicious. If you're planning to dine here, I'd just recommend calling or emailing in advance to let them know of your gluten free dietary requirements. That way, perhaps they can be ready with some special GF items for you, as they were with our group!

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Trevi 41 Boutique Hotel
41 Via della Panetteria
Roma, 00187
Italy

4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
Really loved this boutique hotel in the heart of Rome

Reviewer: Gftraveler from South Riding, VA
Reviewed on Oct 30, 2017

This was my second visit to Rome in 16 months. On the first visit with my family, we stayed in an apartment. However, on this visit, which was a week-long tour of Umbria with a friend, with a night in Rome before and after, we didn't need a full apartment. So we went with this hotel recommendation made by my travel agent, Ellen Morse of Gluten Free Travel-Us (she specializes in taking care of travel arrangements for gluten free travelers). This is a small boutique hotel with only 15 or 16 rooms. They also have an "annex" around the corner with more rooms, but we didn't see that. We stayed in the main hotel. The lobby is tiny...just a front desk and a couple chairs. There is no lift, but our room was only one flight up. There is a bellman to help with your luggage, so you don't need to worry about hauling heavy bags up yourself! The rooms aren't huge, but they aren't cramped, either. What I liked about this hotel was that it was clean and modern with all the necessary amenities. Free WiFi, good hair dryers, comfortable beds and nice bed linens, room for hanging clothes, a desk, private bathrooms (small but nice toiletries), and good air conditioning. The staff was also extremely polite and helpful. The breakfast, included free with our room, was also quite impressive. Because there is no lobby to speak of, breakfast is delivered to the rooms. It consisted of coffee/capuccino/tea/hot cocoa, juice, fruit or yogurt, cured meats (prosciutto or ham), cereals, and croissants and toast with Nutella spread, cream cheese, butter, etc. It was quite a bit of food...and nicely presented. If you need gluten free substitutes, which we forgot to request in advance, they can get gluten free bread or other items from a local store. (The bakery they use to supply the croissants, etc. doesn't have gluten free options.) However, the manager said that honestly the gluten free substitutes they'd be able to get from the store wouldn't be that exciting. Still, you will have plenty to eat with the yogurt, fruit, meats, juice, coffee served. The hotel was also kind enough to deliver breakfast to our room a bit earlier than they typically start serving breakfast, as we had an early plane to catch. The prices at this hotel were also quite reasonable, especially considering the IDEAL location in the heart of Rome (right near the Trevi Fountain and other tourist sites). You can't go wrong staying at this hotel.

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Il Giardino degli Elfi
Via delle Pietre, 10
Bevagna, 06031
Italy

4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
A wonderful place to stay (and eat) in Umbria, Italy

Reviewer: Gftraveler from South Riding, VA
Reviewed on Oct 27, 2017

This is the agriturismo (like a B&B) where we stayed during our 7-night Food and Wine Tour of Umbria. It is a beautiful restored farmhouse, and it is actually a sustainable farm. The owners have animals, hazelnut trees, and gardens. I believe they even produce their own electricity and heat the water via solar energy. The couple that owns the property, Giancarlo and Fabiola, bought and restored the old farmhouse and property 10 years ago and have turned it into a beautiful and relaxing space that will welcome you. The location is perfect for touring Umbria, as it is centrally located among all the Umbrian towns we visited during the week (Assisi, Spoleto, Montefalco, Trevi, Bevagna, Orvieto, Perugia, and Foligno). It is only about 20 minutes from the train station in Foligno, where you can catch a train to either Rome or Florence. My friend/traveling companion and I had one of the smaller rooms, with two twin beds. I believe all the other rooms are larger, and there is even a suite with a kitchenette available. All rooms have private bathrooms. Breakfast is included each morning, and although the homemade cakes are not gluten free, there are other gluten free options for you like fresh fruit and yogurt, eggs, and tea/coffee. They had the most amazing fresh-squeezed blood orange juice each morning. Now that I'm back at home, oh how I miss that! There is a gluten free store and bakery called The Gluten Escape in nearby Foligno, where we purchased some gluten free cakes and tarts (also reviewed on this website) to supplement the breakfast offerings at the agriturismo. You can also eat dinner at the agriturismo. We dined here twice. One night, our group helped prepare parts of the meal, and the other night, Giancarlo and Fabiola prepared everything for us. The food is delicious, and they made all the necessary gluten free accommodations for things that weren't naturally gluten free (you just need to give them advance notice). Bruschetta was served on gluten free toast, risotto and polenta as side dishes instead of pasta, and the dessert was made with a gluten free crust. We enjoyed many delicious dinner items here like the most amazing chickpea soup, braised pork over polenta, and roasted chicken with sweet local onions and peppers. It is a nice atmosphere sitting at the long table in the family dining room and being served course after course of wonderful food, accompanied by wine. I'd recommend this as a wonderful place to stay when touring Umbria. The tour company we traveled with, Bluone Tours, often has their guests stay here, but you can certainly stay here even if you're not with a tour group. It is not what you'd call a "luxury" property, but it is a comfortable and very clean property...and an authentic way to see Umbria.

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Be Well Chocolates
8 Via dell' Agricoltura
Perugia, 06135
Italy

5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Gluten free chocolates in Perugia, Italy

Reviewer: Gftraveler from South Riding, VA
Reviewed on Oct 27, 2017

I purchased some of this company's delicious chocolates at the annual Perugia chocolate festival. They had a huge stand selling their many varieties of chocolate bark, fudge, etc., and all of it was gluten free. I think the address above -- on the business card they gave me -- is the address of their shop, but maybe it is just their headquarters. Not sure. But if you see chocolates in Umbria made by this company, they are gluten free (as we found were many of the chocolates from the Perugia area, which is known for their chocolate).

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