Italian restaurants. One of the restaurant types I wrote off for the most part when I was diagnosed with celiac. All of my favorite dishes are full of gluten so I usually don’t even bother going to Italian restaurants. That’s why I was so excited when I came across Café Formaggio in Long Island, NY.
One issue I have with eating at Italian restaurants is that even if they offer gluten free pasta, many times it is cooked in the same water as regular pasta which defeats the purpose (especially for very gluten sensitive people). Café Formaggio has a dedicated preparation area for gluten free foods to put your mind at ease.
Now, let’s move on to the real meat and potatoes – errrr spaghetti and meatballs – of this post. THE FOOD…
All tables are provided a bread basket with a nice trio of parmigiana cheese, sundried tomato spread, and olives ?. The restaurant offers gluten free flatbread as an alternative. The GF flatbread is tasty and holds up well against the sundried tomato spread, but I was eyeing that pizza bread in my friend’s non-GF bread basket ?. Se la vie. I was still satisfied.
Next up were our appetizers, of which we ordered way too much. It’s ok. It was all in the name of getting information to my readers…at least that’s what I tell myself. But I digress.
We ordered calamari arrabiata and clams oreganato. The calamari was so tender and the clams were delicious! Peep the cute green gluten free stickers which are stuck in each GF dish with a toothpick.
Lastly, our main entrée arrived. We were absolutely stuffed at this point and had to take most of it home, but not before we tasted it. Lobster fra diavolo with gluten free spaghetti. This sauce. As you may know from my previous post on gluten free Chicago pizza, I am serious about my tomato sauce and this fra diavolo did not disappoint. In addition, the lobster was fresh and tender, and the clams (oh did I forget to mention it came with clams) were also yummy.
For more info, check out http://cafeformaggio.com.