It’s hard to say goodbye to a friend, to someone who has been there through thick and thin, long hair and short, natural and light, and all phases between hating and falling in love with New York.
It’s painful to say goodbye to someone I met just one month after going gluten free in 2004, who made me realize that eating gluten-free wasn’t a death sentence. Someone who showed me that pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and cupcakes were not gone forever. Someone who I dreamed about. Someone who I purchased plane tickets to visit. Someone who made me want to move to New York. Someone who put the most satisfied smiles on my face for the past 12 years.
But it is time to say farewell, because Risotteria NYC closed in March of this year, and I didn’t even get a chance to say goodbye. Their lease was up, and according to owner Joseph Pace, “the 45% increase would have made it impossible to carry on”.
Heart wrenching loss.
Risotteria was a tiny space that has left a huge hole in the gluten-free world.
So this is my farewell, and my thank you, to the restaurant that changed my perspective on gluten-free food and kept me coming back for years.
Thank you for the gluten-free breadsticks on every table year after year.
Thank you for every flavor pizza imaginable on thick and thin crust.
Thank you for the paninis. Actual sandwiches on freshly baked and grilled bread.
Thank you for the gluten-free beer.
Thank you for the goodies that we could purchase pre-made as well as mixes we could take home to bake a memory when you were far away.
(Yes, this was a purchase from one visit.)
Of course there was always your irresistibly creamy risotto.
Thank you most of all for the cupcakes.
Those dreamy cupcakes.
Those decadent, fanciful cupcakes.
That I couldn’t resist no matter how full I was.
Thank you for the delicious memories.
Thank you for giving so many Celiacs a place to eat safely.
For being one place where we didn’t have to ask whether something was gluten free.
We miss you already.