While we did not have much time for sightseeing, we did get the opportunity to have dinner with Renee Zonka from Kendall College,Carol Fenster from Savory Palate, and Jean Duane from Alternative Cook. Carol and Jean follow a gluten free diet and Renee was kind enough to bring us to Da Lucianos, a family owned Italian restaurant specializing in gluten free pastas and baked goods. The food was amazing and the desserts even better.
Jean (left) and Carol (right) reviewing the gluten free menu- so many options!
The Libreri family was very kind and takes gluten free cooking seriously; with four of their seven children having celiac disease, they fully understand what cross contact means. The family prepares all of their gluten free pastas and desserts in the morning and all of their gluten-containing pastas in the afternoon. The kitchen is scrubbed after preparation of the gluten-containing items and again after the restaurant is closed to prevent any gluten from lingering.
Rosalia Libreri personally ensured that all of the special dietary needs of our party were met and even brought out a special plate of cookies that were dairy-free, gluten-free and out-of-this-world. You can order their pastas, sauces and desserts online at their website.
Here I am pictured with Lori and Renee (right), enjoying the warm atmosphere and good company.