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Mamma Lucia
12274 Rockville Pike
North Bethesda, MD 20852


3.0 Palms
3.0 Palms
Italian restaurant on Rockville Pike serving gluten free fare

Reviewer: Gfmom from
Reviewed on Dec 02, 2013

Mama Lucia has 7 locations around the DC suburbs. We went to this location in Rockville last weekend, having dined at their Fallsgrove location several years ago. They offer gluten free pizza and gluten free pasta (penne). Even though they don't have a gluten free menu, they said most of their pasta offerings could be made gluten free, using the gluten free penne. Other items on the menu could be made gluten free as well. Our son (Celiac) ordered a gluten free pizza, which he really enjoyed and did not have a reaction to. However, my mother-in-law (also Celiac) ordered chicken parmesan, which she ordered gluten free with gluten free pasta as a side. I think there must have been some miscommunication -- she must not have stressed (or asked) that the chicken be made gluten free. It came, and as she cut it, she noticed it was breaded, and became concerned it wasn't gluten free breading. Fortunately, she didn't eat it, and we called the waiter over to ask. It wasn't gluten free. She switched her meal with my gluten free penne with Putanesca sauce. I'm not Celiac or GF…I'd just opted to order my pasta with the gluten free penne so I could see how it was (their GF penne is good….I found out from the manager that it is Sam Mills brand, which I like because it's non-GMO -- great!) Anyway, at that point in the meal, we didn't want to order something else, so my mother-in-law took my GF pasta dish, and I ate her regular chicken parmesan and GF penne.
I spoke to the manager afterward, and he was very apologetic and understanding. He said their staff should know to clarify and ask questions when a gluten free order is placed. But my feeling is that the kitchen should have noticed this, too -- chicken parm being ordered with GF pasta. Doesn't this send up a red flag? I'm glad I pointed it out. I'm confident this was a rare occurrence, but just be careful here (or anywhere you go) and ask a lot of questions. I would recommend this restaurant, based on what I've generally heard from others in the gluten free community. Just be sure to specify that each thing needs to be gluten free. Since they don't specify which of their chicken dishes can be made gluten free on the menu, you need to ask, and I'd recommend talking directly with the manager. Lesson learned. I honestly don't know what to rate this restaurant -- I'd obviously rate it higher if it weren't for this potentially serious mistake.

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The V Eatery & Brewhouse
44630 Waxpool Road
Ashburn, VA 20147


4.0 Palms
4.0 Palms
Nice gluten free meal at Ashburn, Virginia restaurant

Reviewer: Gfmom from Ashburn, VA
Reviewed on Nov 25, 2015

We've been meaning to try this restaurant in Ashburn, set back a bit in a small shopping center (that's mostly restaurants) along Waxpool Road. We went on a Sunday evening, and the place was very quiet. It has a great outdoor seating area with comfortable seating, canopies, a fire pit, etc. It would be perfect for relaxing over cocktails with friends. This outdoor area wasn't open the night we were there, as it was too cold. The inside of the restaurant was really nice with comfortable booths, as well as high tables in front of a very large screen TV. It would be a great place for viewing any game on TV. The bar area is nice as well. We wanted to try the restaurant because it offers gluten free options, which are marked on the menu. It is our son that's gluten free, and he is typically happy with a burger or steak. However, their steaks were 12 oz ribeye (a bit more than he wanted), and they don't have gluten free buns for the burgers. I was able to convince my son to split two gluten free entrees with me, so he could try both and decide which he liked better...the Red Snapper and the Blackened Sea Scallops. I fix both fish and scallops at home, both of which he likes. He and I enjoyed both entrees, with a huge shout-out going to the scallops. There were 4 of them, perfectly cooked and arranged atop a sweet potato "hash" with bacon, onions, and red and green peppers. It was really delicious. The snapper had an orange glaze and was served atop a cauliflower mash. The only thing missing, in my opinion, was some sort of green veggie. Other choices for gluten free diners at this restaurant, which are marked with a star on their restaurant menu (but not online) are a grilled Cajun shrimp appetizer, six salads (some side, some entree size), the ribeye, surf and turf, grilled port chop with white wine and apple reduction, and asparagus and mushroom risotto. Keep in mind, the menu changes seasonally, because what is currently on their website is not the same menu we were presented with just a few nights ago (I think they need to update the menu on their website, which also does not currently denote gluten free items). But many of the items on the online menu are still offered...I think they just vary their risotto, based on the season. Same with the fish. There are plenty of gluten free sides, with the exception of the french fries which are not listed as gluten free (probably a shared fryer, although we didn't ask). They also serve New Planet Gluten Free Amber Ale. The only thing that drove me crazy (and this is a pet peeve of mine) is that the menu noted the GF items as "gluten friendly," a mistake many restaurants make these days. Hopefully they are not gluten friendly, but rather "gluten-FREE friendly!"

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Rubino's Pizzeria
43170 Southern Walk Plaza, Suite 110
Ashburn, VA 20148


4.0 Palms
4.0 Palms
Casual Italian restaurant with gluten free in Ashburn, VA

Reviewer: Gfmom from Ashburn, VA
Reviewed on Jan 21, 2016

We tried this new Italian restaurant after noticing that they serve gluten free pizza and pasta. They have both a 10" gluten free pizza (for an upcharge of $1) and 14" gluten free pizza (for an upcharge of $2). The meats, like the ham my son ordered for his Hawaiian pizza, are Boar's Head brand, so are gluten free. The pizza was good -- a pre-bought crust that comes in its own pan for safety when cooking. They also offer gluten free pasta for an upcharge of $2. We will have to try that next time. This is a great place for large groups, teams, etc. Everyone orders separately at the counter, and then they deliver your order to the table. The place is quite big with many large tables that can be pushed together for a big group.

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