Interesting facts for celiacs in Italy
Celiacs in Italy receive a monthly allowance from the government for gluten-free foods. Gluten-free foods by law must be available to celiacs in schools, hospitals, and public places. All pharmacy products are required to indicate the presence of gluten on food products on labels. All food labels must indicate the presence and amount of gluten in products.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder caused by a reaction to gluten, which is a protein commonly found in wheat products. Celiacs must avoid eating bread, pizza, pasta and flour desserts. Therefore the Italian diet may be considered not a good option for those with celiac disease, however it is in fact a very gluten friendly Country.
The Associazione Italiana Celiachia, is an organization who inform celiacs about their condition, and focus on the promotion of research of celiac intolerant suffers. Click on the link for of an example of an Italian gluten-free restaurant card for Celiacs.
If you are planning a trip to Italy, Marie Ann Roglieri’s ‘The Gluten-Free Guide to Italy’, is a comprehensive guide to gluten free dining throughout Italy.
Below is a list of good options of gluten free restaurants in Rome.
Il Viaggio’s offers an original and a gluten-free menu, offering delicious dishes including traditional Roman dishes as well as unconvential Italian dishes. Choose between 3 variegated tasting menus. The restaurant also offers gluten-free cooking classes.
Via Isonzo, 14 (Nomentano)
Tel. 06 97997043
Voglia di Pizza
Located in the center of Rome, Voglio di pizza for over 15 years has been offer fantastic gluten free options. Favorites include flour-less Roman pizza, rice suppli, potato croquettes, various desserts, 5 types of gluten free beer and more.
Via dei Giubbonari, 33 (Campo de’ Fiori)
Tel. 06 6875293
Il Capriccio is a fun Sicilian trattoria, located in the lovely neighborhood of Trastevere. They offer a large gluten free Sicilian menu.
Via Roma Libera, 19 (Trastevere)
Tel. 06 5816469
Since 2007, Insomnia has been offering a huge selection of gluten free options including red and white pizza, pasta, bruschetta and desserts. Insomnia is a approved by the AIC.
Via Portuense, 469
Tel. 06 55389376
La Piazzetta di Roma
La Piazzetta di Roma cooks up some of the city’s best homestyle Roman cuisine, specializing in gluten free pizza, pasta and fritture.
Piazza dei Visconti, 8 (Aurelio)
Tel. 06 66014164
O Masto Pizzeria
This quaint pizzeria located in Eur, serves traditional thick crust Napolitan-style, as well as thinner Roman style gluten free pizzas. There are daily deliveries of fresh, juicy mozzarella di bufala from Campania. Be sure to try the delicious ambrosial fritti, with celiac-approved breadcrumbs.
Largo Salinari, 8/16 (Tre Fontane)
Tel. 06 5413448
A recently opened restaurant based in Trastevere offers gluten free pasta, pizza, fritte, sandwiches, desserts and beer.
Via di San Cosimato, 7 (Trastevere)
Tel. 06 5806222
Caffe Universal offers an ideal place for breakfast. Mouth watering gluten free pastries and sweets are offered with coffee, teas and other hot drinks. This is a well-priced, modern establishment, close to Piazza Navona.
Via delle Coppelle, 16/a (Pantheon)
Tel. 06 68392065