Saturday, August 6, 2011
Risotteria is hands down the most well known gluten free restaurant in New York City. I have been several times, even before I knew what gluten was or that I couldn't eat it. The food is excellent, whether you are gluten free or not. But, if you are gluten free, you are in some luck. Risotteria has pizzas, paninis, pastas, salads, desserts, and of course, risotto. Almost everything on the menu can be made gluten free.
Risotteria is located in the West Village where I am bound to get lost every time. But, once you find this small bustling restaurant, it's worth it. To start they bring you the most delicious gluten free bread sticks. These are the standard bread sticks for everyone, gluten eating or not. Then you have the daunting task of deciding what to order. I've tried several of the risottos, a few pizzas, a few salads, and the meatball appetizer. I've never had something I didn't like here. This is a perfect restaurant to order a few different dishes and share with your lovely companions. I've heard great things about the desserts, but I've never had the room to eat any desserts after a hefty portion of creamy risotto.
The only problem with this restaurant is that it's very small and they do not accept reservations. With a seating capacity of 20, it's best to arrive early and with only one friend. I highly recommend this place - especially in the fall or winter when the risotto can warm you from the inside out.