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Gluten free in Italy- Naples and Ischia1 (1)

Gluten free in Italy: Naples + Ischia – aka the joy of pizza

Eating gluten free in Italy is the stuff of dreams for people with coeliac disease. I’ve written before about how great it is that Italians don’t automatically assume you’re a fad dieter, how Italian chefs think it is no big deal to cook for a coeliac (and are in fact offended that you think it will be), and how Italian gluten free food actually tastes good.  This summer I spent five glorious days in Naples and Ischia, and I want to share the gluten free joy with you. Naples Within about half an hour of arriving in Naples, I was eating a gluten free pizza. I hung out in Naples on the way to and from the island of Ischia, and on both visits, I filled my happy face at Ciro Oliva Concettina ai Tre Santi, a cosy little pizzeria in central Naples. They serve some of the best gluten free pizza I’ve ever had. I chose this pizzeria as it is listed by Gluten Free Roads. I didn’t experience any problems after eating here, but it wasn’t 100% clear to me what steps they were …


Gluten Free in Sicily – Coeliac heaven in Marina di Ragusa

You might imagine that pizza and pasta-loving Italy wouldn’t be very coeliac-friendly, but Sicily was the easiest gluten free holiday I’ve ever had. Back in June, my boyfriend David and I set off for Marina di Ragusa, Sicily, armed with my coeliac restaurant cards, emergency snacks and a list of gluten free restaurants. We needn’t have worried. In Sicily, I didn’t once have to explain what gluten was. I didn’t feel like I had to apologise for ‘bothering’ staff about gluten, or explain that I wasn’t a fad dieter when asking about cross-contamination. Even though my Italian is rudimentary at best, I barely needed to use my Coeliac translation card. 99% of the time, all I had to do was mention that I was ‘senza glutine’ or ‘lo sono celiaco’, and staff would nod in recognition, and point me to exactly the things that I could eat. It seems that the ‘gluten free fad diet’ hasn’t made it to Sicily; when you ask for gluten free, the assumption is that you have a medical need for it. It was awesome. David …