Saturday, January 8, 2011

GLUTEN FREE VEGETARIAN CHOICES AT BISTANGO





The bread pictured above and the one to the right are made by Everybody Eats of Brooklyn, NY, and they are delicious. One is their baguette and the other, their whole grain high protein loaf. Both are served toasted and warm as soon as you declare yourself a gluten-free diner. It's that kind of welcoming place.




This was our favorite appetizer, a portobello mushroom with roasted figs and toasted walnuts in a balsamic reduction.




If you've been eating gluten free rice spaghetti when what you've really wanted was a delicious filled pastas, this wild mushroom ravioli should fit the bill. We selected the butter and sage sauce, topped with grated parmesan.




I'd been craving cheese tortellini for two years. Before going gluten free, I'd had them several times a month. These, my first in such a long time, were so satisfying that I almost cried when I ate them.


This is an apple torte on a chocolate-coated nut crust, served with vanilla ice cream and cubes of fresh pineapple. If it sounds a bit complicated, it was. The nut crust might have been better done with finely-ground almond flour, and the chocolate didn't quite fit, as well the pineapple, which seemed a strange afterthought.

This dessert, a flourless chocolate cake served with whipped cream and the ubiquitous pineapple, made up for any missteps in the previous sweet. This was intensely perfect and even with several efforts, impossible to finish--it was that rich!

It's hard to remember Bistango being as popular as it is now when the restaurant was servng gluten-free options. Possibly because of the word having gotten out to the gluten-free community, reservations are a definite necessity, even on weeknights. This is a casual neighborhood restaurant, nothing fancy, but a wonderful find, if you're gluten-free (and even gluten-free and vegetarian!).

BISTANGO 415 THIRD AVENUE AT 29TH STREET 212 725 8484

4 comments:

Wendy @Celiacs in the House said...

Oh, to have a place like this nearby.

G.F.Veg said...

yes, i have to say it's really something to be able to RELAX!

Heather @Gluten-Free Cat said...

I LOVE Bistango! I almost hugged Antonio when he greeted me at the table and said, "How are you feeling? Is your health good?" They really care about their celiac diners. And then I almost kissed him when he said that he could make me gf ravioli!

G.F.Veg said...

Yes, he is the ultimate warm host and then food, ah, such a delicious relief...no worries, just great flavors!