I was just visiting Boston this last weekend, and found this restaurant on the app. At first I was very excited, reading the great reviews, and speaking with the friendly and with what seemed to be knowledgeable staff about gluten-free options for Celiac patients. I was sitting at the bar and was able to watch the chefs at work. I first asked if they were familiar with cross-contamination. They said yes of course. I asked to make sure that my gluten-free pasta was going to be in a clean pot with new water, and they said "of course!". I was feeling very settled, being from out of town I was happy to have found a place that gets it.... About a minute later, I noticed that the Chef, who had placed a celiac's gluten-free pizza in a special cross-contamination free pan for cooking, grab a ladle, the same one he had used on what was clearly a gluten-filled pizza prior, and dip it into the same pizza sauce and right onto the 'GF' pizza. And...there goes the cross-contamination. I asked if that had been a mistake or if they usually use separate pizza condiments for gluten-free pizzas...and they said they do not. So here's my issue. They should not advertise that they are familiar with gluten free, as it pertains to Celiacs, and are aware of cross-contamination, when it seems they are not invested in it 100%. I feel like if you are going to advertise that you very well understand how important a cross-contamination free environment is for someone with Celiac Disease, you must be 100% committed to it. My pesto pasta and gluten-free garlic bread were very yummy to say the least...but I am currently experiencing bad gluten symptoms. Seems fair for me to guess that the pasta from Beneventos might be safe, gluten-free and cross contamination free, but items like pizza and garlic bread are not... :(
Pizzas were great. Staff was knowledgeable but seemed rushed and like they didn't want to deal with us.
Loved it! They were great with GF and you would never know you were even eating GF pasta.
The staff was amazingly friendly and helpful with their gluten free options. The pizza and shrimp scampi was amazing. We will definitely return here often.
ok - complaint here against this website: do you confirm if a restaurant has a GF menu? Because Beneventos appears on your map as a restaurant WITH a GF menu and they don't have one. In fact, it was pretty ridiculous as the waitress would coverup items on the menu BY HAND to show me what I couldn't order. Beyond that complaint, here's my review from TripAdvisor about this, overrated place, in my opinion: September 16, 2014 - 7pm: My wife and I wanted to experience some Italian food in the North End and Benevento's is highly rated and also received honorable mention as being gluten-free friendly. We made a 7pm reservation and showed up a few minutes early. I ordered a gluten-free pizza and my wife a regular pizza. We did not order appetizers. 40 minutes later my wife and I remark to each other "where the Hell's the food, we did order just pizza, right?!" The waitress shows up with an appetizer we didn't order to compensate us for, and I quote "the cook made a mistake and punched your ticket as complete because HE IS REALLY OLD". This doesn't explain why the "very young" waitress forgot to check on our meal prior to 40 minutes. She explained that the pizzas had just gotten into the oven and my wife and I stated we were leaving and declined the appetizer. Most people tell me, that the restaurant should have compensated us for the cost of the meal. Instead, all we were offered was a free appetizer we did not order or want. I felt a responsibility to leave $10 cash PLUS A TIP on the table for the cost of my wine and we started to leave, having indicated we weren't waiting any longer. Unfortunately, this experience only got worse. My wife asked to speak to the Manager and the waitress said, "you can talk to the manager but he's probably going to ask you to pay for the entire meal". My wife responded, "Oh, you mean the meal I didn't get?!" I can't imagine the Manager would have said that and I think the waitress was also covering for her failure to check on our meal. Your experience at Benevento's will probably be better, but for us ... not going back. Management needs to train staff in better customer relations. I don't want anyone to get fired. But some re-training is needed here.
Very nice place. I had the margarita pizza and it was delicious! I had the gluten free garlic bread too which is a pizza crust but still worth it. There is gluten free pasta too which I'm sure is just as good.
Absolutely amazing food. And I felt very safe as a silent Celiac. I had the chicken Saltimbocca and my husband had GF pasta with Bolognese sauce. We were both really happy with our food and even had enough for dinner the next night. The GF garlic bread is likely the pizza crust but SO yummy with lots of garlic and spices. Loved it. The service was a bit slow but atmosphere, GF knowledge and food quality make it a 5 star GF winner!
I eat here all the time and have never had a problem!
amazing food! Great chill atmosphere.
Gluten free pasta and garlic bread were authentic Italian and on point!!! GO.
Gluten free garlic bread and giant pasta portions- for all your free carb cravings
The pizza crust is not dairy free, so I had the pasta instead, which was delicious. We got both clams and calamari for appetizers too, which were amazing! Our server was very friendly and accommodating.
Gf pizza was good and there were lots of topping options!
Crust was the usual gf crust found everywhere. Nothing special. Though the toppings were delicious. The pasta was reheated and fell apart, but the sauce was great. All in all the flavors were great but the gluten free vehicle was subpar. They took it very seriously though
Ordered pizza (North End) with gf crust based on other reviews, but I wasn't as excited as others found it. Crust was pretty thin, yet very tough and chewy, which surprised me. While not the worst crust ive had, i think there are better ones out there for the price! Good news is restaurant understands gf crust cannot interact with non gf crust or flours and I didn't get sick.
Loved the pizza and so did my husband, who doesn't have to worry about being GF. Staff not as knowledgeable about the sauces/toppings as you would expect, but I had no issues. Next visit I ordered the pasta with a tomato sauce? which was tasty enough. Prefer the pizza.
I typically don't go out to eat bc I sm so highly sensitive to gluten, but after a day at the Aquarium I was too hungry to wait until I got home! I got the GF pizza w/ ricotta cheese topping!! it was so good!! I had a few peices to take home & I couldn't wait to eat them when we got home!! I can't wait to go back here & try more GF dishes! Our waitress was very nice & didn't make me feel like a pain!
The pasta portion is really generous and so very delicious. I loved talking with our waitress, Ernestina, and every dish in our party was adored!
BEWARE .... I had a rare 1 on 1 day with my daughter and came in to Boston for a special lunch with her dad. He works in the financial district and in advance he selected the place to eat. Our food was awesome and our daughter was thrilled to get GF pasta she loved. However, before we were to our car she was doubled over. Bathroom dash in my husband's office and I knew she had cross-contamination. I had to make three stops on our 45 minute ride home. She was a trooper. I was mad. I sent an email to Beneventos. I am sure the pasta was GF (I tried it) but I assume it was cooked in water also used for non GF pasta. I got no reply. We are back in Boston tonight for dinner with all the kids -- using this website to find a different place to eat.
Pizza was great but service left a lot to be desired. We waited at our table for 10-15 minutes before a server came over while they chatted at the bar. There was only 1 table of 3-4 people and 1 person at the bar. Plus we had to leave a tip because it's automatically added to your bill. Not worth it!
Excellent knowledge about cross contamination. Delicious food and and many GF options. You'll be so glad you went. Everyone was happy!
Was visiting from Chicago and found out about this place. Did not have a reservation but the manager went out of his way to seat us anyway. Food was outstanding, both GF entries and regular entries. If you are walking on the Freedom Trail through this neighborhood, I would recommend stopping here.
Have been here multiple times and it's the best gluten free restaurant I've ever been to. The pizza is absolutely amazing and the service is incredible! The Vanessa's pesto is my favorite pizza but everything is amazing. Very knowledgeable about gluten free even with their alcoholic drinks. Highly recommended!!
They have a fabulous gluten free crust and personal sized pizzas that are GREAT! I just got a gluten free pie with vodka sauce an carmelized onions that was just as good as the real thing. will definitely be back!
I have eaten pasta here twice. Delicious, good service, friendly service and a heavy pour on the wine. .my husband loved the regular pizza...so next time I will try the GF pizza. Bolegnese was extra yummy.