Gluten free dishes prepared with and without meat are offered, which truly makes this a restaurant for all your friends. There's a good-sized list of gluten-free pasta selections. Here is a gluten-free pasta-less vegetarian dish, actually an appetizer, which, when combined with a socca or a salad makes a perfect meal. It is Nizza's eggplant involtini with sheep's milk ricotta. It's not the least bit oily, as eggplant can often be. Perfectly cooked.One of the star menu items for gluten free adventurers is the socca, a northern Italian or southern French chickpea flour pancake, traditionally prepared with fresh sage leaves, onions and grated pecorino cheese. Intensely flavorful. In texture, somewhere between a flat crust pizza and a well done crepe. It is also delightful prepared as a pizza. The pomodoro is excellent, but more complex toppings are available, too: four cheese with pine nuts, taleggio and prosciutto, smoked mozzarella with sausage, to name a few.
Nizza's breadsticks are complimentary, gluten free, gelatin-free (vegetarian) and absolutely delicious.
A note about the service: the waitstaff take the time to enthusiastically answer any and all questions about ingredients and are well-trained in the needs of their gluten-free clientele. They are well-informed and welcoming, an all-too-rare combination in celiacs' dining experiences.
For more info: Nizza, 630 Ninth Avenue (44-45th Street) 212) 956.1800
Sun - Thurs: 11:30am-1am, Friday, Saturday: 11:30am-4am