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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 …

A new pizza place: Rossopomodoro

Here’s another restaurant to add to the gluten-free list: Italian chain Rossopomodoro. I hadn’t heard of these restaurants before but noticed on Facebook that gluten-free brand Dietary Specials (DS) announced a pizza partnership with them. They have developed a new gluten-free pizza dough, which will be available in their restaurants across London and Birmingham. ‘ROSSOPOMODORO is Italy‘s favourite Neapolitan pizza restaurant. Born in Naples over 20 years ago it’s now offering its delicious and authentic Neapolitan pizza and specialties across its restaurants in UK.’ – copyright Dietary Specials The picture posted looks pretty tasty! Their pizza has been certified NGCI (No Gluten-Containing Ingredients) and here the chain describes the steps they take to minimise contamination. They do not guarantee zero contamination, but I am glad to see that they are upfront and honest about this (unlike others I could mention!). The gluten-free pizzas will reportedly be available in the following branches, they do suggest booking at least 24 hours ahead to be sure of getting one. ROSSOPOMODORO Covent Garden  ROSSOPOMODORO Notting Hill  ROSSOPOMODORO Chelsea  ROSSOPOMODORO Camden  ROSSOPOMODORO Wandsworth  …

Another delicious Isabel’s Pizza

Cooking pizza from scratch is one of my favourite ways to relax. Now that I have got the hang of Isabel’s mix (reviewed here), I can make myself a delicious meal and wind down at the same time. Kneading the dough for a good 5 minutes is both cathartic and makes for a more stretchy and supple base. This time I did a simple topping of tomato paste, red peppers, basil, mozzarella and plum tomatoes. Yum.

Eating out: Gluten-free at Pizza Express

I used to avoid Pizza Express like the plague. One too many times being told that the only thing I could eat was the salad leaves (no dressing, no croutons, eugh) had led to me crossing the restaurant off my list. I was overjoyed when last year there was a sudden influx of Italian restaurants doing the gluten-free thing, and finally, FINALLY I could order a gluten-free pizza at a restaurant, without having to take my own base or worry (too much) about cross-contamination. Pizza Express, Zizzi, Bella Italia, Pizza Hut…and er, Domino’s. Pizza Express is the one I keep returning to. Here’s why. First off, they have a great gluten-free menu. Pizza Express have clearly put some effort into making this. From their website: ‘We’ve worked hard to ensure that you can be fully confident of no issues on entering any PizzaExpress. This includes changing processes in our kitchens – including labelling and storage, using new equipment only for gluten-free food, as well as changing the flour we use for tossing and stretching our …

New favourite: Homemade Gluten-free Pizza

I made a fantastic pizza. Not too soggy, not too hard, not too small (why do GF companies think that coeliacs don’t want a normal-size pizza?) and perfect amount of crunch. Mmmmm. I used Isabel’s Pizza Base mix, which I have long been a fan of but have increasingly found difficult to source. Most of their high street stockists are located in the north of England (I was unreasonably excited when I found some in a little health food shop in the Lake District) but if like me you are in the South, you can now buy it online at Ocado, Asda and Amazon! The things I love about Isabel’s pizza bases are the stretchiness (how often have I seen ready made supermarket pizza bases that are already broken in the pack?), the great taste and texture, and the fact you can make your pizza(s) as big or small as you like. I find so many gluten-free pizza offerings bland and floury-tasting (and tiny!), but this is the real deal. Interestingly, Isabel uses a lot …