Benvenuto! Today's roundup is heavy on the garlic, so to speak, with new places to enjoy gluten-free pizza and pasta around town.
Let's start in the First State. Caffé Gelato in Newark (90 E. Main St., 302-738-5811) offers gluten-free pasta, which is cooked to order in a separate sauté pan. Most of the restaurant's gelatos are safe as well, save the cookie-flavored ones.
Still Riding's gluten-free pizza crusts are now available at - where else? - Crust in Bryn Mawr (872 W. Lancaster Ave., 610-525-7300).
Queen Village's Ulivo (521 Catharine St., 215-351-1550) offers at least one gluten-free option per course, including pasta.
The Tomato Bistro in Philadelphia's Manayunk neighborhood (102 Rector St., 215-483-2233) developed its own-recipe dough for gluten-free pizza, made with separate sauce and cheese and baked on a disposable tray. The pizza will soon be available its downstairs sibling Couch Tomato Cafe, and coming soon will be gluten-free panini.
Not only can you get pizza and pasta at Carola Family Pizzeria in Woodbury Heights (564 S. Evergreen Ave., 856-579-4844), but wings, wraps, sandwiches, steaks and hoagies also are on the gluten-free menu. A dedicated fryer is used for fried gluten-free items and separate sauce and cheese is set aside for the pizza.
New Delhi (4004 Chestnut St., 215-386-1941), with gluten-free items noted on the menu. Thanks to reader Tom P. for the tip.
Redstone Grill, with area locations in Plymouth Meeting (512 W. Germantown Pike, 610-941-4400) and Marlton (500 Route 73 S., 856-396-0332), has updated its gluten-free menu, adding BBQ chicken and ribs.
Also recently swapping some menu items on and off its gluten-free menu is local chophouse chain Charlie Brown's.
Chinatown's own Joseph Poon (1010 Cherry St., 215-928-9333) can once again prepare his New Year's Banquet with gluten-free selections. Guests should notify the kitchen of the request when making a reservation. The dinner is available through March 31.
Cheers to reader Pat L., who got the manager at Red Robin's Langhorne location to bring in Redbridge beer to go with the burger joint's gluten-free burger buns and fries.
If you want to know more about Dogfish Head Brewery's new gluten-free Tweason'ale, last Tuesday's Q-and-A with founder Sam Calagione has the scoop.
Next Saturday, January 28, Weaver's Way Co-op in Chestnut Hill (8424 Germantown Ave., 215-843-2350) will host a Gluten Free Day from noon to 4 p.m. In addition to product demos and samples, the hot bar and salad bar will be completely gluten free for the entire day. The event will also feature a raffle of a basket of gluten-free items, with proceeds going to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness.
Gluten-free Warrior Genevieve Sherrow is leading several several courses next month at the Mt. Airy Learning Tree. Wednesday, February 1 is Gluten Free 101; February 15 is an intro cooking course; and February 29 is an intro baking course. Each class runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Have a great weekend -