Senza Gluten (http://senzaglutennyc.com) located at 206 Sullivan Street is an entirely 100% gluten free Italian restaurant. Without carrying any gluten containing products, this restaurant makes a safe environment for those with gluten allergies or Celiac Disease. Yes, you read that correctly: 100% GLUTEN FREE! How cool is that?! Important to note: this restaurant is CASH or American Express ONLY and their prices are definitely not cheap! Keep that in mind and prepare ahead.
Location & Atmosphere: Senza Gluten is conveniently located in lower Manhattan, boasting a very warm and friendly décor. The place was very decorated for Christmas time, which I loved. The space itself was on the smaller side so I would recommend making reservations or you may be left with a long wait as this restaurant is super popular. You can easily make reservations online through their website.
Menu: HUGE selection on both the lunch and dinner menu! Keep in mind that their options and prices for lunch and dinner vary greatly. We went for lunch in order to try more things plus they offer pizzas and sandwiches at lunchtime that are not offered at dinner. Unfortunately, after being seated, we were informed that Senza Gluten would not be offering their lunch menu for an undisclosed amount of time—the waitress thought maybe after the holidays they would bring it back but was not sure?
Side note: For vegetarian and vegan individuals, they are happy to accommodate your needs! Vegetarian options are marked on the menu. Vegan can be accommodated as well. YAY!
Our entrees: We were served a free basket of bread, which was delicious!! So soft and fluffy—even Ryan thought it tasted like “normal” bread. I ordered the Pollo alla Parmigiana ($26, normally $16 on their lunch menu, not found on their dinner menu, but was a Christmas special). This breaded chicken came with gluten free spaghetti. The chicken was a decent sized portion.
From a non-gluten free perspective: Usually when Ryan and I eat out, he eats gluten free to avoid me accidently getting glutened from him. Therefore, I deem Ryan the “judge of gluten free cooking from a non-gluten free person perspective.” Ryan settled on the penne al pomodoro ($17.00). His was definitely on the much smaller size and should have been a lunch special rather than dinner special.
Summary: Would we return? Yes, for sure. We would LOVE to try their lunch menu and their desserts. 100% gluten free, tons of options. HOWEVER, this food is completely safe for celiacs and those with wheat allergies, so I enjoyed my meal—no worries about cross contamination plus so many options. I cannot begin to describe how nice it was to be able to pick anything off the menu I wanted and for celiac disease to be treated with respect. I appreciated how this restaurant is founded on being 100% gluten free. I can’t wait to try their lunch menu, if it returns. This is a must try for Celiac disease/gluten allergies as it is safe with lots of options.
What were your experiences at Senza Gluten? Any menu item that you would recommend?
**Please note that this review solely reflects my own honest opinion. I was neither paid nor compensated for my visit here. All photos were taken and are owned by me (Paige, Gluten Free and Glittery)**