John Porriello


  • Stew Leonard's

    4 starsFebruary 07, 2015

    3475 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT 06111

    Stew's offers a nice selection of frozen GF products and one GF freshly baked chocolate cookie. I am waiting for freshly baked GF chocolate chip cookies.

  • Wood-n-Tap Bar & Grill

    5 starsJanuary 10, 2013

    12 Town Line Rd, Rocky Hill, Connecticut 06067

    Wood n Tap's gluten-friendly menu with several GF beers demonstrates that they get it. I would imagine someday their freedom fries will be cooked in a gluten free dedicated fryer. The food and service are good.

  • Burtons Grill

    5 starsJune 21, 2012

    100 Evergreen Way, South Windsor, CT 06074

    I refer to Burtons Grill in all of my reviews of other restaurants because Burtons does gluten free right. This approach has lead to repeat business and happy referrals to other diners both gluten-free and "normal". Burtons approach does not make me feel like a second-class citizen, like other restaurants do. I am at ease and not in fear of receiving food that will hurt me while eating at Burtons. Give it a try.

  • J. Gilbert's

    3 starsJune 21, 2012

    185 Glastonbury Blvd, Glastonbury, CT 06033

    While J. Gilberts is one of my favorite restaurants, they certainly make absolutely no effort to go out of their way to accommodate the gluten-free diner. Of course grilled meat and fish and potatoes are naturally gluten-free so you will not leave there hungry. J. Gilberts makes no effort to make the short trip to the very good gluten-free bakery in town to purchase gluten-free bread, croutons or dessert. None of the desserts are gluten-free. Ice cream doesn’t count as a dessert in a nice restaurant, in Friendly’s ice cream is a dessert. I have previously suggested that they add a flourless chocolate cake to their menu for everyone to enjoy. I have made this suggestion for the past five years. If you want gluten-free done right go to Burton’s Grill in South Windsor until J. Gilberts wakes up. The one gluten-free diner in a group determines where the party of four, six or eight dines out. Once restaurant owners realize this economic fact instead of viewing our dietary needs as an inconvenience, they will benefit from the increased business we bring to them. The dollar size of the whole check including the bar tab needs to be taken into consideration to offset the additional cost of a few gluten-free rolls and croutons.

  • Alforno Restaurant

    3 starsJune 21, 2012

    1654 Boston Post Rd, Old Saybrook, CT 06475

    An extra charge for gluten-free pasta is not right. What the owner needs to realize is the "picky" people who must follow a gluten-free diet are the people who determine where the dinner party or family will eat. If the establishment does not take care of the gluten-free diner, they get nothing at all. The owner needs to look at the big picture, the check amout of the whole party including drinks and dessert, instead of the added cost and work of accomodating the needs of the gluten-free diner. I would like the owner to post when they have eliminated the up-charge for being gluten-free. Once owners realize this simple fact that gluten-free diners bring in business we will beat a path to their door. The other benefit is all the free advertising that forums like this provide. All owners can learn from Burton's Grill in South Windsor, who do gluten-free right, not as an afterthought.