Sunday, May 29, 2011

Gluten Free Vermont - Sarducci's Restaurant


*Update - The Gluten Free menu is now on their website.  Also, their chicken stock is now gluten free, so risotto and most of their soups are safe to eat.  They tell me gluten free pizza is in the works!*

My parents own an Italian restaurant.  Which is a bit ironic given my recent celiac diagnosis.  It's been open for 17 years, which means for most of my life I've been eating free pasta, bread, and fried calamari.

We ate or took food home from Sarducci's a lot growing up.  Every time I come home we go at least once.  So when I learned I was gluten free I thought bye bye Sarducci's.

Not so.  Shortly after I went gluten free my mom told me they put gluten free pasta on the menu.  She acted as though it was no big deal, but I thought it was just about the sweetest thing I had ever heard.

Not only do they have gluten free penne, but she worked with the chef to figure out what could and what couldn't be gluten free on the menu.  It turns out most things can be gluten free by substituting gluten free penne for the pasta and mashed potatoes for risotto (their chicken stock is not gluten free).

I'm home for Memorial Day weekend and took it upon myself to type out a gluten free lunch and dinner menu for them.  There are 4 appetizers, a soup, 6 salads, 13 pastas, 10 entrees, and 5 desserts on their gluten free dinner menu!  It should be on their website soon.

I'm very happy my parents have jumped on the gluten free bandwagon.  Not just for me, but for all the gluten free people in the area and the tourists that need a good place to eat close to the highway.

Sarducci's is located on 3 Main Street in Montpelier, Vermont.  They are open for dinner 7 nights a week and lunch Monday-Saturday.


  1. ooh! I am so glad I found your blog. I live near Montpelier, but haven't tried Sarducci's since I was diagnosed Celiac 5 yrs ago! I have had VERY, VERY bad experiences with gluten-free at Italian restaurants, so I didn't want to risk it. But knowing that they have a fellow Celiac in the family makes me feel much more comfortable trying it out. You can be sure I'll be making a trip to Montpelier soon!

  2. Be sure to let your waitress know you are gluten free when you are ordering. I hope you enjoy it!

  3. This is great! We live near Albany and haven't had much luck finding GF options for daytrips to Vermont. Your parents may want to reach out to the owners of Mama's Pizza in Hackettstown, NJ. They have been serving amazing GF food for years and are always coming up with new menu items and ways to improve service for GF customers safely.

  4. Mama's looks great! I hope I get the chance to try it sometime! Thanks, Colleen.