Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Gluten-Free Watercooler-Bistango

I cannot tell you how many times I have eaten at Bistango and have never blogged about my experience.  Bistango is one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants and I think the amazing staff deserves a shout out!

Their manager and wait staff whether you dine in or dine out are extremely understanding of the gluten allergy.  Their entire menu can be catered gluten-free with the exception a two or three dishes (and their staff will tell you either way).  All pasta's can be made gluten-free as well as their Calamari dish and even their chocolate cake or apple tart!  Can we say yum?!

I have had the pleasure of trying almost everything on their menu that I would desire gluten-free.  I have eaten their pastas-Penne ala Vodka is my fav, but you have to ask for it, because it's not even on the menu! Their gluten free raviolis are fantastic.  I can never decide between the mushroom ricotta and their spinach ricotta and their cheese tortellini is so good, you forget they are all gluten-free!  Their GF pizza with prosciutto, (which tastes like a gourmet pizza, not a slice from a city joint) to their variety of salads and veggies are always unforgettable.  I love their Grilled Salmon sauteed in white wine with capers and lemon.  It's amazing.  I am also a continuous customer for their Pollo Aromatic-sauteed chicken with grilled peppers, artichokes, sun-dried tomato with white wine.  And don't forget to try their Ceasare salad!! Their MENU changes seasonally, so there is always a new palate to try at Bistango.

I LOVE how they serve gluten-free bread too.  I am a big fan of take-out from Bistango but on the occasion I eat there.  When you walk in, it is home like.  It has a wonderful neighborhood feel and everyone says hello.  Smiles fill the room as you sit down.  You are immediately offered bread.  For those who are gluten-free, they have amazing gluten-free bread.  It is served with olive oil.  

Whenever I call for take-out their staff recognizes my address and then they say Hi how are you! or Hello again.  It's so nice.

Although the restaurant does in fact serve gluten they are very careful of cross contamination and use separate cooking utensils and pots.  Their kitchen staff is well aware of gluten and what it can do to a customer to Celiac Disease or a gluten allergy.

Some of their desserts are made in-house and some are brought in by other gluten-free bakers like their chocolate tart which is superb.  Even their ice cream is free of thickening agents you would find in most ice cream and Gelato.

Don't forget to take a look at their reviews!  There is even a section on reviews from other gluten free rescources like Everybody Eats, GF Guidebook and The Celiac Cite

Bistango is located in the heart of Murray Hill NYC on 415 Third Avenue at 29th Street.  Be sure to stoop on by and have a bite!  (212) 725-8484


xoxo Julie

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