Thursday, May 6, 2010


How convenient to be able to tell your friends you know of a great pre-theater eatery right on lively Ninth Avenue's restaurant row that you, as a gluten-free diner, can enjoy as well. Nizza is a great Italian spot, full of energy and a great gluten-free menu and a bar featuring several gluten-free beers.
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.
Dessert for the gluten free menu consists of sorbet or gelato, (gluten-free biscotti would be a welcome addition). The hazelnut gelato was devoured so rapidly (because it was powerfully hazelnutty) that there is, unfortunately, nothing to show of it but what you see above. A tasty ending to an extremely satisfying meal.

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



Erin S. said...

I went to Nizza for lunch today and it was absolutely delicious. I am the only one who was eating gluten-free, but two of us ordered the socca for our meal. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and answered all of our questions both gluten-free and non-gluten-free.

Someone must have read your review, because my hazelnut gelato came with a gluten-free biscotti!

Gluten-Free Fun

G.F.Veg said...

oh im soooo glad you enjoyed it. my family, about 7 of us, went there last year for thanksgiving, then we were two vegetarians and one gluten-free vegetarian with four omnivores and we all had a great time. been there several times with different people, and i'm always the only gluten-free person and everyone's been happy. thanks for the news about the biscotti!

(for brunch i had socca with eggs--excellent)

Ricki said...

Wish I'd known about this place when I was in NYC in October--I was right near restaurant row! Sounds fabulous. And who doesn't love socca?? ;)

G.F.Veg said...

went back again and took some more pix.

im just crazy about that place!