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Gluten Free Promised Land

October 7th, 2008 by Brandi

Yes. That is right. I have discovered the “promised land.” It is heaven in a wheat-free (casien-, dairy-, animal-free, if you choose) wrapper. 

Risotteria Breadsticks

After a 48-hour quick trip to New York for a successful press event at a mid-grade, portions-are-huge, food-is-delish, service-is-subpar restaurant at lunch, the team celebrated in true glutie fashion … Well, let’s be honest. It was far from the standard. 

At Risotteria (on Bleaker and 7th), we noshed on meatballs, pesto fuselli, penne bolognese, tirimasu, cupcakes, apple pie, breadsticks and Green’s Triple Blonde. The traditional New York City deli is anything but. The specialty of the house is gluten free. Like specialty wine, cheese and ethnic shops, Rissotteria has fancy house-made mixes – breads, brownies, cakes – to go. If you’re local, prepared frozen comfort foods are in the case, including pigs in a blanket. And the waitstaff gets it. Not just on the surface, but they’ll chat about the types of flours that go into the crispy-on-the-outside, moist-on-the-inside breadsticks and they’ll gossip about the best GF beers. 

While a trip on the Acela train may not be the best choice for GF comfort foods (the restaurant also serves paninis, risotto and pizza in addition to pastas and sweets), they deliver. DC gluties can have the joint’s best baked goods shipped fresh, including traditional New York City Black & White cookies, vanilla pound cake and chewy chocolate brownies (and more) to their doors. You can also get staples like breadstick and pizza dough mix, house blend cake flour and cookie and brownie mixes shipped too. 

Visit online to order your own slice of heaven, or walk through their doors for a taste of paradise (says the woman on the train rubbing her tummy and staring at a fudgie, yet to be eaten). 


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