Eating gluten free in Bologna seems an uphill battle.
Surrounded by kms of tagliatelle, bowls of tortellini and layers of lasagne it seems a terrible place for celiacs,
Fortunately there are restaurants that care about celiacs too, where you can get so much more than a green salad or boiled rice.
Sea bass tartare (with apricots, green chili peppers, thyme and red pepper from Madagascar)
It's one of the most romantic restaurants in Bologna where to have excellent Italian food in an intimate and romantic location.
They offer an Italian cuisine with different influences and they pay special attention to the ingredients like pasta (Benedetto Cavalieri), balsamic vinegar tradizionale of Modena or Parmigiano Reggiano.
Some of the dishes are prepared with rice flour suitable for celiacs.
At Casa Monica you can find also gluten free pasta with the same sauces of the standard menu, cooked avoiding contamination.
Via San Rocco, 16, 40122 Bologna
Tel: 051 522522
Gluten free tagliatelle with bolognese ragù at Osteria Broccaindosso
We did our best to make our Classic Bologna food tour and Modena food tour suitable for celiacs.
But Osteria Broccaindosso is the demonstration that you can also eat great gluten free bolognese pasta.
It's a popular Osteria in Bologna, famous amongst locals for its dessert trolley: for 13€ you can order this trolley full of all their desserts and eat as much as you like (three of them are gluten free). But I recently found out that they really know how to make celiacs comfortable at dinner.
They offer a gluten free version of tagliatelle al ragù (12€) and provide crackers if you order ham or other cured meat or cheese. Starters and second courses are so appetizing, for this reason I suggest you the tagliata, really well made.
Every portion is copious.
Booking is recommended because the place is small and well known.
Via Broccaindosso, 7, 40125 Bologna
Tel: 051 234153
Roasted octopus, a typical greek fish dish ideal for celiacs
If you're in Italy you probably want to taste Italian food, but our cuisine is mostly based on pasta, bread and pizza so it's not a bad idea to discover other types of cuisines.
Bologna has a huge greek community which expresses itself in a couple of amazing greek restaurants like Delogo or To Steki. There you can try many fish and meat dishes with rice or a greek salad which is one of my favorite summer meal.
So a delicious dinner with a lot of gluten free choices.
Reservation is mandatory.
Coming back to Italian tradition you can always complete your dinner with one of the best gelato in Bologna ;)
Via Zaccherini Alvisi, 19, 40138 Bologna
Tel: 051 245734
Right in front of the new entrance of the railway station and near the awesome Trattoria di Via Serra, stands the first real Japanese restaurant of Bologna.
You can find hundreds of former Chinese restaurants converted to the all you can eat sushi mania, but I'm not interested in these kind of places.
Yuzuya is owned by Tsuruko and Takako, two Japanese ladies who want to share their knowledge of their food culture.
So not only sushi, but also okonomiyaki, miso soups, takoyaki, ramen, tofu salad and several daily meal with selected ingredients.
Via Nicolò dall’Arca, 1/I-L 40129 Bologna
Tel: 051 0415021
[Photos: Klearchos Kapoutsis, Jessica Spengler]