Your ultimate guide to navigating a celiac-friendly Rome
One of the most nerve-wrecking parts of traveling to Italy with a gluten intolerance or allergy is exactly that which excites most people: the traditional pizza, the homemade pasta, the fresh bread. For those with celiac disease, it can be an outright nightmare.
All the worry will end right now though, with this list of the best gluten-free restaurants in Rome. They all have set-apart gluten-free kitchens, so there is no concern over cross-contamination. The only part you need to remember is to say “gluten-free” or in Italian “senza glutine” when you order.
La Soffitta RenovatioPiazza del Risorgimento, 46a (Vatican)
They have gluten-free Neapolitan-style pizza, pasta and desserts. Everything can be cooked both gluten-free and normally, and it is optimal quality. The only downside? It takes almost an hour to get the main course, so grab an appetizer while you wait. They are all good!
Mama EatVia di S. Cosimato, 7/9 (Trastevere) | Viale di Tor di Quinto, 21 | Mama Eat Lab Borgo Pio, 28 (Vatican)
06.5806222 | 06.5740874 | 06.45508771
This is my absolute favorite gluten-free restaurant in Rome, mainly because of the desserts. Their menu offers a wide variety of options, with both gluten-free and normal choices. The servers are very friendly, but the restaurant can get crowded, so try to call ahead for a table on the weekends. The must try? The tiramisù, which is available in pistachio and coffee! Just a heads up, the house red wine is not my personal favorite, but the white is sure to impress! Belonging to the same restaurants line you can also try Mama Eat Lab, which offers mainly street food: pizza, hamburgers, fried fish, chicken and fries.
ÉcruVia Acciaioli, 13 (Piazza Navona)
Écru is a lifesaver and a delight for people who are gluten intolerant or simply prefer to avoid it. Their raw food menu offers a wide variety of options, including colourful fruit and vegetable salads, veggie sushi, avocado tartare, chickpea hummus and more. They are open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, but do not follow the ordinary Italian eating rhythms: you can mix it all up and have breakfast at dinner, with a bowl of fruit and muesli, have lunch for breakfast with one of their salads and so on.
StrafornoVia del Casale di San Basilio, 19 (San Basilio)
Along with their classic menu, this Roman pizzeria has launched a gluten-free pizza and bread selection. Thanks to their vast indoor and outdoor space, which counts 750 squared meters total, they were able to dedicate a separate kitchen to gluten-free cooking, with ad hoc tools, ingredients and equipment. The must tries on the menu are the “Strafornazzo” and the “Stra-stuffed”.
PandalìVia di Torre Argentina, 3 (Pantheon)
This is a bakery with brownies, mini pizzas, fresh bread and other sweets. The flavor is not typical American-style, so don’t go expecting this. It’s not necessarily a restaurant, but rather a “pick-up on the go” stop. The only downside is that it is pretty expensive and it closes at 4pm everyday. So go early if you want to grab a snack for the road or a quick lunch!
La gallina biancaVia Rosmini, 5-12 (Termini)
Close to Termini Station, for travelers and non-travelers. Restaurant, pizzeria, and steakhouse where you can taste selected Italian meats. here you can find grilled specialties and pizza, both Roman and Neapolitan, cooked in a wood oven. Excellent homemade desserts. They promise attention to customers and guarantee in the preparation without flour plate, refinement in the preparations and genuineness. They keep their promises fairly well, combining them with a careful service.
Voglia di PizzaVia dei Giubbonari, 33 (Campo de’ Fiori)
This restaurant, located near Campo di Fiori, has essentially nearly every type of pizza you could want. And to top it all off, they offer gluten-free beer to accompany your pizza and other pasta, salad and dessert options.
Pantha ReiVia della Minerva, 18/19 (Pantheon)
Don’t be discouraged from walking down the tiny street by the Pantheon with this restaurant. While the menu is a bit small, the service is very good and the staff take extra care for those with celiac disease. This place also offers both gluten-free and normal options, with a buffet brunch option on weekends.
Le Altre Farine del MulinoVia di Porta Cavalleggeri, 155 (Vatican)
This bakery is owned by a woman who has been celiac since she was very little, so they organize their bakery so that everything is without gluten. They offer a full spread for breakfast, change to accommodate the lunch crowd with sandwiches and then are prepared with a full gluten-free apperitivo later in the evening. Everything is handmade from scratch and they have little cakes, donuts, fresh baked bread and so much more.