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Gluten-Free Italian, and not just spaghetti

3 Comments 08 December 2010

Gluten-Free Italian, and not just spaghetti

Italian food on a night out is usually out of the question for the gluten-intolerant diner.  But every once in a while, we happen upon a restaurant like Maggiano’s Little Italy that surprises us by providing a rice or corn pasta option.  That makes a gluten-free cat like me purr with happiness to be able to eat pasta somewhere besides my own kitchen.  Usually there’s one type of pasta offered, maybe spaghetti or spirals, and the chef is willing to work with me to make sure that the sauce is gluten free as well.  I always want to hug him.

But rarely do we find an Italian restaurant that will offer a gluten-free menu that provides delicious options that you wouldn’t think were possible.  Can you imagine ordering gluten-free lasagna or manicotti while out for dinner?  How about ravioli or cannelloni? Or what if the waiter asked if you’d like gluten-free bread once he found out that you were gluten intolerant?  Would you ask him to marry you?  I almost have.

My family discovered such a gluten-free dream come true just outside of Chicago, and let me tell you, DaLuciano’s is a restaurant worth flying to Chicago for.

Luciano and Ignazio, owners of DaLuciano’s, share their story of why they began offering a gluten-free menu here.  It’s a touching story that you can read on your own.  But take a look at their delectable gluten-free offerings from my eyes.

For appetizers, we ordered the bruschetta on gluten-free bread.

This treat was fresh in my mind on Thanksgiving Day, inspiring my bruschetta recipe.

And while gluten-free spaghetti is a nice offering, DaLuciano’s far surpasses that thoughtful gesture with entrees like this:

Yes, that’s cheese ravioli with meat sauce in all of it’s steamy deliciousness.

And this:

Homemade Cannelloni!  Yes, the tender cannelloni are down there under that rich sauce, stuffed with pure goodness.

And should I mention dessert?  Or do you need a little time to recover first?

Homemade Cannoli?  Yes, that’s right, magical enough to bring back memories of Italian Christmas Eves with Coleen’s family and walking down the brick-paved streets of Little Italy in Boston while munching a cannoli from an Italian bakery.  Mmmmmm.

But hold on, there’s more.

Tiramisu!  Unbelievable!

And that’s just a small sampling of the incredibly extensive gluten-free menu you’ll find at DaLuciano’s.  Just take a look at it!

If you’re in the Chicago area, give DaLuciano’s a try.  If not, jot this restaurant down on your “must try” list for the next time you’re even close to Chicago.  No travel plans in the near future?  Well, you’re in luck.  DaLuciano’s also has an on-line Gluten-Free Shop offering their dried pastas, frozen entrees, and frozen bread.  I’m thinking we just may need to do a little shopping for Christmas Eve dinner.

This restaurant definitely gets two paws up from the Gluten-Free Cat.  Meow!

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  1. Mark says:

    WOW! Heather, I am an Italian food lover! (minus the parsley of course) My favorite is the Cheese Ravioli! I may need to take an early lunch now!

  2. Betsy says:

    Wow, that looks incredible! I can’t wait for our June trip to Chicago.

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I'm a curious girl, wife, teacher, fitness fanatic, gluten-free foodie, high-raw vegan, and Mama Cat living in NYC. I've made the transition from baking and cooking gluten-free to creating raw vegan recipes that are naturally gluten free. My gluten intolerance opened up my diet to a whole new world of nutritious plant-based foods. While I'm not 100% vegan, it's my favorite way to eat, and making and sharing raw foods makes me giddy. Living in the City has its joys and challenges, and I enjoy sharing my experiences with you.

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