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)
Daily, 10.30am – 12am
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)
Daily, 12pm – 1am
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!
StrafornoVia del Casale di San Basilio, 19 (San Basilio)
Daily, 12am – 11pm
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”.
Mama FritesBorgo Pio, 28 (Vatican)
Daily, 11.15am – 11pm
This restaurant is also in the same line as Mama Eat and offers mainly street food: pizza, hamburgers, fried fish, chicken and fries. It takes a bit of time to cook as well… about 30 minutes, depending on your rush. The must try? They make their own donuts and pour Nutella or sugar on them!
PandalìVia di Torre Argentina, 3 (Pantheon)
Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm
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!
Il ViaggioVia Isonzo 14 (Salario)
Sun – Fri, 12.30m – 3pm; Mon – Sat, 7pm – 11pm
They have the options for gluten-free (which are marked by a drop of balsamic vinegar on the edge of the plate) and normal. If you are also weary of dairy, they have lactose-free options, which have an asterisk by them on the menu.
Voglia di PizzaVia dei Giubbonari, 33 (Campo de’ Fiori)
Daily, 12pm – 12am
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)
Daily, 12pm – 11pm
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.
Il MaggiolinoVia Alessandro Cruto, 9 (Marconi)
Mon – Sat, 5pm – 12am
This restaurant is on the far outskirts of Trastevere and has a variety of gluten-free options. It’s a very casual restaurant, with some outdoor seating. The best part is seeing the desserts and being able to choose while you eat your main course. There are also wine and gluten-free beers if you feel so inclined.
Le Altre Farine del MulinoVia di Porta Cavalleggeri, 155 (Vatican)
Mon – Fri, 8.30am – 8.30pm; Sat, 9am – 9pm; Sun, 9am – 3pm, 6.30pm – 9pm
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.