ah, I apologize for these photos. dark restaurants are not conducive to gluten-free food snaps.
so this is a bit of a novelty for me - the UPPER EAST SIDE! Can you believe it? my parents were in town so we came here after a nice afternoon at the Met. This is Alloro.
their menu does say that they have GF pasta. the waitress also told us that they cook to order and they could basically modify anything - although when I tried to have the eggplant parmesan for an appetizer, she said they couldn’t do that. so I settled for the meatballs, which were EXCELLENT.
I partly chose Alloro because they have a traditional menu and an “adventurous” menu, and I chose my pasta from the adventurous side. here is the description from the menu: “house-made jumbo rigatoni with duck ragù, foie gras, thyme, & shaved chocolate.”
(obviously mine was without the house-made jumbo rigatoni, they substituted nicely-cooked GF penne, probably corn-based.)
this was awesome and weird and cool. the chocolate just sort of hit you now and then, it was sweet but not overpowering. the duck was delicious.
dessert was a little iffy. I saw the panna cotta on the menu and decided to get that because we Celiacs must often stick to the panna cottas, creme brulees, and flans of the world. for some reason a different waitress took our dessert order, so I had to explain again that I was GF. she said that the panna cotta had a stabilizer in it that contained gluten.
um, what? that seems really weird, especially for a small Italian restaurant. do you think they had stabilizers when panna cotta was INVENTED?
luckily she went back and checked with the kitchen, and the panna cotta was safe. I do think it’s interesting that some restaurants are very capable of handling gluten-free meals, but fall apart at dinner. is it really so hard?
anyway, Alloro is out of the way for me, but very much recommended, especially if you want to try something a little different!!