If you’ve gone gluten-free, you don’t have to give up the pleasure of twirling spaghetti around your fork or mourn the joy of cutting into a piled-high square of lasagna. Here are nine Philly restaurants where you can order dishes that’ll satisfy your craving for a nice bowl of pasta, no gluten in sight.
Tradition reigns at this Italian dining room in Bella Vista, where patrons seated below art and antiques that cover the brick walls have sipped the same gin martinis for more than 47 years. Modern tastes are also accommodated, however, and imported Molino di Ferro noodles are available for those avoiding gluten. Listed on the menu with escarole, spinach, peas and basil, they can also be swapped into almost any pasta dish.
A special menu fully stocked with appetizers, entrees, pastas and desserts greets gluten-averse diners at this Italian steakhouse on the second floor of the historic Provident Bank Building in Rittenhouse. Brown rice pasta forms the base for seven different dishes, each available in appetizer or entree portions, and there's also a gluten-free housemade potato gnocchi with mushrooms and white truffle oil.
BYO wine or gluten-free beer to this cozy Italian on Pine Street just east of Broad and pair it with picks off a celiac-friendly menu that features both pizza and pasta. Brown rice linguine and ziti are always available, along with a wild mushroom risotto, and you can also sub in the gluten-free noodles for nightly specials or preparations off the regular list.
Matt Levinson's quick-service cafe on South Street West has offered pasta dishes with no gluten since its opening three years ago. Options go beyond the expected penne and spaghetti to include gluten-free ravioli, something that's rarely offered. It's even available in three flavors: cheese, spinach and wild mushroom.
Chef Rosario Romano searched long and hard for a gluten-free pasta he felt comfortable serving at this elegant Italian wine bar in the Penn's View Hotel. He found it in Italy, from where he imports truRoots organic, GMO-free pastas made from ancient grains like quinoa, amaranth and brown rice. Top the noodles with just about any sauce on the menu and you'll still be gluten-free.
If gluten-free ravioli is hard to come by in restaurants, gluten-free lasagna is even more of a unicorn. But Peter McAndrews' kids aren't able to tolerate the stuff, so he's made an extra effort to provide interesting offerings at his petite Italian on Girard Avenue. In addition to carrying gluten-free penne and spaghetti, his GF lasagna with Bolognese is topped with a fried egg, then served with crusty slices of baguette — don't worry, that's free of gluten, too.
Though they're originally from Albania, the cousins who run this always-open dining room near Rittenhouse Square are fully versed in the cuisine of Italy — they also have two Italian restaurants at the Jersey Shore. Gluten-free pasta has been on the menu here for at least eight years; it's a brown rice variety imported from Italy, available in shapes of either penne or spaghetti.
At this adorable corner BYOB in Washington Square West, chef Ryan McQuillan tested several gluten-free pasta brands before he settled on Severino's rice flour version. He carries both fettuccine and rigatoni, and will gladly swap it into any of the dishes on the oft-changing menu, like the sage and pancetta creation pictured here.