Sunday, April 5, 2009

Big House, Good Food in Little Collingswood

UPDATE (4/9/09): Casona has updated the adult and children's menus on its website to note items that are gluten-free.

Casona is a lovely Cuban/Latin BYOB in Collingswood, New Jersey where we've dined on several occasions since the restaurant opened in 2006. Prompted by an article in this month's South Jersey magazine mentioning that many of Casona's desserts are safe for celiacs, we paid another visit over the weekend.

Owner Mark Infantado presented us with a designated menu that listed more than half of the items, from appetizers to entrees to sides, as gluten-free. This time we skipped our favorite starter, the nacho-style mariquitas (fried plaintain slices topped with marinated pork, ground sirloin and swiss cheese), so that we could share the delicious lechon asado (citrus-marinated pork) and the ropa vieja (flank steak). On the children's menu, the Casona burger (without the bun) and the citrus pork are gluten-free. Notably, the restaurant uses a dedicated gluten-free fryer for its plantain chips, tasty yucca fries and french fries.

All of Casona's desserts except for the tres leches cake are gluten-free. We tried the key lime pie and the chocolate cheesecake, both of which were excellent. Other options include carrot cake and several varieties of flan.

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  1. This is awesome news! Sounds like Casona has a nice assortment of gluten free menu items (the desserts sounds fantastic!). Can't wait to check it out :)

  2. I dined at Casona because of their gluten free menu selections. I could not have been more impressed with the wide variety of options. The food was absolutley amazing and I can not wait to go back. My new favorite restaurant!