was diagnosed with celiac disease about five years ago, I have grown to
love foods that have bold flavors. I love Mexican food because of the
fabulous spices like cumin, cilantro and garlic. And Italian food is
incredible with its combination of tomatoes, basil, oregano and
cheeses. I was lucky enough to sample several incredible restaurants during a recent trip to Chicago.
have always heard that Chicago has some pretty good gluten-free food,
but after this trip, I' m willing to brave the extreme weather again just
to have another slice of pizza and a bowl of guacamole!!
The first piece of gluten-free pizza I had in Chicago was from Lou Malnati' s Pizzeria. Lou Malnati' s is the one of the oldest family pizza restaurants in Chicago, dating back to
the 1940s. Lou Malnati' s if famous for its deep-dish pizza that is
handmade and each pizza is prepared to the customer' s specification. In
my case, I needed a gluten-free pizza, which I thought might be a
problem for a pizza place, but not Lou Malnati' s! There is a Crustless
Deep Dish Pizza available that is certified gluten-free on the menu and
is delicious! The crustless pizza is made from a large round sausage
base and can be topped with all of the same toppings as any regular
pizza! Lous Malnati' s came highly reccommended to me before I left on
my trip and I have to say that I definitely agree...it is delicious!
The second gluten-free pizza I had in Chicago came from Marcello' s: A Father and Son Restaurant. The restaurant is fabulous about preparing the gluten-free pizzas in a safe
envioronment and even hands out a flyer to customers that explains the
handling procedures and lists all of the ingredients! They prepare
their gluten-free pizza crusts in a sterile environment and cook the
crust on parchment paper so it never touches the oven. All of the
toppings are handled with caution to ensure there is no
cross-contamination. I ordered a gluten-free pizza with
tomatoes,spinach, mushrooms and basil and topped with mozzarella &
romano cheese that was absolutely incredible! My mouth is watering for
My last gluten-free dining expereince in Chicago was at the Adobo Grill.
I was immediatly excited when I learned that not only did they have a
gluten-free menu, but also a Tequila Bar! There were tons of
gluten-free options including grilled flank steak in chile morita adobo sauce,roasted butternut squash & wild mushroom enchiladas,quesadillas
stuffed with huitlacoche, cheese, fresh corn and ancho salsa and even a
chocoalte tamale for dessert! This is just a brief glimpse at the
gluten-free menu. There are tons of delicious options! And, don' t
forget the guacamole bar! Instead of chips, Adobo Grill serves jicama
chips to those on a gluten-free diet!
next time you' re in Chicago, have no fear! There are tons of options to
more than satisfy even the largest of gluten-free appetites!