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A Dairy Free, Coeliac Travel Guide to Rome

by Laura

Whilst this weekend I find myself on the sofa watching copious amounts of ‘Queer Eye’ on Netflix – how great is this show by the way? Last week, I was frolicking around Rome for my birthday weekend; I had the most fun and had some incredible food; I had to share two restaurants with you and our hotel which was really great for a gluten and dairy free breakfast!

Disclaimer: I ate and ordered way too much – when in Rome and all that…

When I was telling people about going to Rome they always ask how I found the food, and over on my Instagram (shameless plug –  come say hi!) they’d seen I’d been posting pics of delicious pizza, pasta, bruschetta – the lot. So whilst no, I couldn’t eat in every restaurant and gelato is kinda out of the question, I did find some great places to eat.

So, whether you’ve visited Rome with a gluten free/ dairy free diet before or you’re thinking of going but are nervous about the food situation, let me share my top places with you; because even in the land of gluten – Italy – we can still go and have a ball exploring, then tuck into a fabulous meal.

Voglia Di PizzaVia Dei Giubbonari 33, 00186 Roma

I went to Voglia di Pizza last time I was in Rome and hoped to go back this time if we were near. Almost all the menu can be made gluten-free and so it’s no suprised I ordered with eyes bigger than my belly! I’d been eyeing up some bruschetta all weekend so took my opportunity to order some tomato topped bruschetta and french fries. Afterwards, we followed with pizza and pasta; I shared with my mum who is lovely enough to go gluten and dairy free for me when ordering out so we can try half and half.

I went to Voglia di Pizza last time I was in Rome and hoped to go back this time if we were near. Almost all the menu can be made gluten-free and so it’s no suprised I ordered with eyes bigger than my belly! I’d been eyeing up some bruschetta all weekend so took my opportunity to order some tomato topped bruschetta and french fries. Afterwards, we followed with pizza and pasta; I shared with my mum who is lovely enough to go gluten and dairy free for me when ordering out so we can try half and half.

The pizza base was light and crisp which is was exactly how I like it, with an incredibly delicious tomato sauce and a generous heaping of mushrooms on top. The pasta was cooked to perfection – al dente pasta isn’t my cup of tea so this slightly softer pasta was much better for me. With small prawns mixed in, along with the most incredible tomato sauce; the duo was incredible and it was great to be able to try both.

Pantharei, Roma Pantheon, Via della Minerva, 18/19

With a beedy eye eternally looking out for a ‘gluten free’ or ‘dairy free’ restaurant sign, we hit the jackpot after we’d visited the Pantheon. Just to the left of the Pantheon (if you’re looking at it straight on) down one of the streets, you’ll find a sign for Pantharei, and just down the alley, you’ll find what I’d say is the best gluten free food in Rome. We actually went here for lunch and it was so good that we were back later that evening for my birthday dinner!

For lunch, we went for tomato bruschetta (again – oops!) followed by a chicken and mushroom pizza (not on the menu, I just requested chicken.) With a slightly thicker base than Voglia, it was no less delicious and was cooked to be crisp despite being thicker. For dinner, I had the spaghetti with shrimps and ginger. There was just a slight ginger tang to this which I was a little worried about as I’m not a big fan of an overpowering ginger taste and I did have to make my mum take the prawns out the shell as I don’t like doing it but – after all that, it was extremely tasty! You might see a slight peek of chips in the background – I like to eat carbs with my carbs. My mum got a salad and said it was amazing – such a huge salad packed full of goodness!

Since you might be in the same boat as me with having non-GF/DF relatives or friends, it’s always hard to find somewhere that everyone’s eating something they’re enjoying and not having to compromise either way as to who can eat. So here was great as they were accredited by the Italian coeliac society, but their non-gf pizza according to my dad was utterly delicious and he was the one that suggested going back that evening it was so good. It’s a great place for everyone to have an incredible (and contamination free) meal and not have to worry that everyones having to eat gluten free (though I doubt there’d be any complaints if it was this good!)

Also worth noting that price wise, it was amazing value for money here.

Hotel Forum, Via Tor de’ Conti, 25-30, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

We stayed at Hotel Forum and honestly it’s an ideal hotel to stay at – dreamy location wise we had breakfast every morning looking down onto the Forum and across you could see a peak of the Colusseum in between buildings with the Altare della Patria to the right.

There was an Italian politician staying at the hotel when we were there so there was a constant swarm of paparazzi sitting outside which we took great joy in twirling out of the hotel every time pretending they were for us.

They provided me with a little plate full of gluten free goodies including cornflakes, a muffin and bread – as well as providing soy milk. They also gave me a few little packets of what looked like delicious brownies but unfortunately they had butter in; thought it was worth mentioning though incase you’re thinking of booking and are just gluten and not also dairy free.

The second morning (after scoping out what everyone else was eating on a rekkie to find some juice) I ordered a few boiled eggs which I enjoyed on my bread. Can we also take a moment for Italian coffee – the best.

Also, just a quick note that I’ve blogged in the past about Grom ice cream and I went to one by the Piazza Navona. I asked which were dairy free and he asked if it was an allergy or an intolerance, I told him an allergy and he said he couldn’t serve me because its all made in the same vat with the dairy ice-cream. I’m not sure if this is true of all Groms or if this was just a small one with just one mixer – I’ve always said in the past that I’ve got a dairy allergy and never been refused before but thought it was worth a mention so you’re not receiving the same disappointment!

Do you have any recommendations for gluten and dairy free in Rome? Let me know in the comments or on social media!

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