For anyone that suffers from an allergy or intolerance to gluten like I do, coming to Italy can be a bit of a daunting experience seen as most of their main dishes are full of gluten. There is nothing worse than walking past the pizzeria or a nice restaurant and seeing a big bowl of pasta!
Thankfully there are more and more Italians that have also developed an allergy or intolerance to gluten and the gluten free industry is really taking-off here! Piano di Sorrento even has an entire café/restaurant dedicated to gluten free products! Only gluten free products are offered in this café, so there is no risk of contamination from products containing gluten.
Supermarkets in Sorrento and the surrounding areas also have gluten free sections so finding something to cook or something to prepare a picnic with should not be a problem! In Italy, the pharmacy also stocks gluten free products…so no matter where you are, you’ll be able to find something you can eat!
Thankfully Sorrento is a touristy place and therefore the restaurants are very good at catering for people with various allergies. Having tried many of the restaurants here I would recommend Il Fauno and The Foreigner’s Club to anyone with a gluten allergy or intolerance. They both have a page in the menu specially designed to display the gluten free options….this saves the embarrassment of having to ask about the ingredients in each dish! Both of these restaurants also offer handmade gluten free bread in the cover charge (with no extra charge!) and it is yummy! They are also the only two restaurants that I have found that have a list of gluten free puddings.
Unfortunately not all of the restaurants here cater to this standard for people with allergies. However, the waiters are always very nice and helpful and often offer to make you something that isn’t even on the menu. Last week I went to a lovely restaurant at Marina Grande and was hoping to get a bowl of gluten free pasta. Although they didn’t have gluten free pasta, the owner offered to make me a risotto with the sauce and ingredients of my choice! It was delicious!
Most of the restaurants have menus outside which means you can always check the menu and make sure you are happy with the gluten free range before you sit down!
If you have an hour free I would definitely recommend walking or taking the bus to Piano di Sorrento to go to NO GLU. They have a great range of food and it is the tastiest gluten free food I have ever come across ! I could spend all day there trying all the different cakes, pizzas, breads, biscuits….they all look so scrumptious!