Since moving to Connecticut, I have discovered a couple of great places to buy gluten free foods, but finding gluten free restaurants has been difficult - until now. Fairfield Weekly just put together an amazing gluten free CT restaurant list that will keep me busy this summer trekking around to try them all. Here are a couple of the places that stand out the most to me:
Bell’ Amici Pizza Restaurant
(516 Route 80, Guilford, 203-457-9111, bellamicirestaurant.com).
Gluten-free menu includes chicken Parmigiana, wild mushroom ravioli, three-cheese tortellini in Alfredo sauce, pizzas and more.
(991 Danbury Road, Wilton, 866-421-1366, cogolulucafe.com).
A 100 percent gluten-free restaurant. Serves comfort foods (gluten-free beer battered fish-n-chips, for example) and offers gluten-free baked goods made by Wilton’s Sinless Confections. Overseen by an on-staff nutritional counselor.
(932 State St., New Haven, 203-764-2069).
Chic martini and chocolate bar with modern American small plates, including several gluten-free choices (such as cavatelli), marked “GF” on the menu.
Eggs Up Grill
(1462 Portland Cobalt Road, Portland, 860-342-4968, theeggsupgrill.com).
Offers a great gluten-free menu (including pancakes, French toast, muffins and bagels). Co-owner Kimberly Greenlaw herself eats a gluten-free diet and understands first-hand the needs of preparing gluten-free food.
Gilbert’s Gourmet Goodies
(Sandy Hook, 203-733-8217, gilbertsgourmetgoodies.com).
Cookies and ready-to-bake cookie dough made without wheat, gluten, peanuts, nuts, soy, milk, corn, corn syrup, trans fats or preservatives, sold in stores across our state and by mail order. Their apple crumb pie was awarded first place in the “outstanding gluten-free” category in this year’s Connecticut Specialty Food Association product awards competition; last year — the first year the category was introduced — their snickerdoodle cookies took first prize.
The Melting Pot
(14 Grove St., Darien, 203-656-4774, meltingpot.com).
Serves a gluten-free fondue menu and offers gluten free substitutions for other menu items.
Sugar & Olives
(21 Lois St., Norwalk, 203-454-3663, www.sugarandolives.com)
Gluten free breakfast bars and cookies.
(2889 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport, 203-521-3872, sweetglutenfree.com).
Elegant, gluten-free baked goods, including customized wedding cakes, cookies, cupcakes. Dairy-free and vegan options, too.