First, the food is absolutely gluten free, and I felt very safe eating here (I have celiac). They served GF bread wrapped in foil, no chance of cross-contamination, and all of the food was clearly gluten free. GF selection was excellent - separate menu for both food and dessert, although pasta was limited to penne (this was fine for us!) Second, the food was delicious - very tasty! We shared a seafood salad, veal piccata, gnocchi with sage butter, and shrimp scampi. Everything was flavorful and we practically licked the plates. The downsides: the portions were very small, and quite expensive for what we got. Scampi was 5 shrimp and maybe 1.5 cups of penne. Piccata was 4 small thin slices (3-4" in diameter) and a small scoop of mashed potatoes. Total bill for what we had was $100 plus tax + tip (we did not have drinks). Although the menu said salads were included, only one salad arrived, and it was also small. The greeting was friendly and the staff were very lovely. While the staff was attentive to the point of hovering at times, we did not get our salad, we didn't get an additional GF roll that they offered and we would have liked (given the smaller portions) and we had to wait for the check. Overall, I rate restaurants here on GF food, and they would get 5 stars for that. The cost and service dropped a star, but as a celiac, I would recommend. Just don't come too hungry.
Wow Maria is a major BIT*H. After placing my order off the very disorganized and limited gluten free menu, the staff waited 45 minutes to inform us that they could not make my dinner as ordered because the meatballs are “pre-made.” Gross. They are probably bought pre-made... On top of this major disappointment, Maria had a horrible attitude and spoke to us in a very condescending tone. I was literally in shock as she stood there with her eyes bulging out pretty much scolding me about how to order from her menu that a toddler could have written more clearly.
Best place ever for celiacs who love Italian food! I am ready to move to New Jersey from western NY! Great & knowledgeable staff .. Maria is so wonderful... offered to make trays and sell me bags of their GF gnocchi... best eating experience since 3 kids and I were diagnosed !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so happy I want to cry.
I would give them 10 stars if I could. What a great find. Service, food, atmosphere all top notch. If you're planning to dine here MAKE RESERVATIONS! Very popular restaurant. Their GF menu had a good variety of appetizers, salads and meals to choose from. You can also order vegetarian and vegan here. Terrific place.
Our Celiac son, who goes to Montclair State, raved about his meal there recently and how attentive they are to gluten free. So my wife and I decided to join him and his girlfriend, and it was fantastic! Literally the first question asked before we were seated was whether anyone was gluten free, and when told my son was celiac, he was given a GF menu when we were seated. Great food, very attentive service (the owner even came over to chat about GF), and they will even be at the Gluten Free Expo in October. Reasonable prices, great service, food and atmosphere with no worry about cross contamination whatsoever. We will definitely be back.
Soooo many GF items in all areas (appetizers, main course and desserts). Very attentive and knowledgeable regarding cross contamination and safety precautions. Plus the food was DELICIOUS both gluten and non gluten meals!! Duke, the owner, was so informative and my son just loved it!!
Do yourself a favor and skip this place and go to Roberts Scratch Kitchen instead. the gf menu lis imited and when I asked for pasta dish on "regular" menu but with gluten free pasta they would not accommodate this simple request. Additionally, the prices are very high. Lastly, we didn't ordered dessert but our server brought a gf creme brûlée because we had a birthday in our party - and then charged us $10 for the dessert we didn't order.
Update - 04/28/2017 Three years ago I found out I had celiac and we found this place. Back then it was a treasure. We go a few times a year. On the past few visits we noticed the attention to GF customers has declined. The GF menu has shrunk. One of the things I miss most about being celiac is the pizza. This place use to make awesome pizza and it was the reason I continued to go. They took it off the menu. Don't offer it any more. Very sad. The GF champion, Maria, the daughter of the owners is not as active in the restaurant, so the attention to the GF patrons is not there. The GF creations that she would experiment with and offer are no longer part of the specials or menu. What is offered is standard pasta, eggplant, and parmigiana. That's about it. They are cooked excellent. The taste is amazing. But again, extremely limited menu. This is now a regular Italian restaurant that offers a few gluten free dishes, not "the best GF restaurant I have ever found" place that I previously raved about. Ps - the only pasta that GF is penna. if you want spaghetti or something else GF it does cost you $5 extra. That's an unwanted change too. 5/24/2014 - I just found out that I have Celiac. Maria, the owner, could see in my face that I was scared and hesitant to start a new diet. She was courteous and explained a lot of things to me. She gave me websites and literature regarding proper care of the disease. I was seated close to her and the staff, and they explained every dish and every process taken to prepare the food. And it tasted AMAZING! I was completely surprised at how good wheat free pasta and bread tasted. I strongly recommend this place.
I so wanted to love this place and patronize it frequently since it is very hard to find safe gluten free Italian prepared in a dedicated space in the kitchen to ensure no cross contamination. The owners daughter Maria was very assuring and explained how careful they are with GF. The first time I came here the GF food and desserts were delicious so I could forgive the very small portions and high prices for a restaurant that was not upscale and had outdated decor. The second time was a huge disappointment. The food was flavorless and the service was very slow and inattentive. My family who ordered from the regular menu said the food was flavorless as well. My daughter asked for spaghetti instead of penne on the side and they charged us $5 extra because they said they only offer penne. The only thing I enjoyed that evening was the GF dessert. We all left so disappointed because we thought we found a place we could go to regularly. I'm amazed at the great reviews because the food was so inconsistent.
Everyone here is very friendly and accommodating. They owner explained that everything gluten free is prepared with designated gluten free pots and utensils. I felt very safe eating here and the food is delicious! All the desserts are gluten free and two were even gluten and dairy free!
My wife and I went here a few months ago. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. One of the best Italian restaurants we have eaten at. Amazing GF options. I couldn't believe how amazing the GF dishes are. Great place for a dinner for two or with family and friends.
Absolutely incredible meal tonight! Great GF bread, amazing Penne Vodka, followed by a fight over the D'Apple Crumbcake (because it was so good!!!). Definitely our new go to place! Maria, who has celiac, oversees everything - so there are no worries about cross contact with gluten. AND she has a GF catering menu!!!!! 8/8/15 - just had another FAbuLOUS dinner here! Stuffed artichokes, penne bologna de, and chocolate cake made by Maria's brother Duke! Our favorite restaurant!!!!!
Went in for an Anniversary dinner with my husband and had the most amazing meal since going gluten free 2 months prior. Will definitely go back. My husband ate the Gluten Free food too and he loved it. It was a wonderful treat to not have to worry about cross contamination and have delicious, varied options on the menu. I can't wait to go back - the only minus is that it is a bit pricey - but it will be our special occasion go to from now on.
Excellent restaurant for people who eat gluten free and people who don't. I have Celiacs disease and it can often be anxiety provoking to go out to eat. The owner was really accommodating, super friendly and I wasn't worried about any cross contamination. If I lived closer, I'd go every weekend!
I love this place. They have a completely separate GF menu. The appetizers and main course we had were excellent. I'm a harsh critic when it comes to food. The bread and dessert we had could have been better but, at least we had options. The staff, specifically Maria, was AMAZING. She suffers from Celiac and explained the menu and everything there for us with such care. I will definitely be going back.
The best Italian restaurant period, gluten free or not. Family owned and operated, when you are there, you are family too. Maria has celiac and has "gluten free" dinners three or four times a year on Monday nights when the restaurant is closed. The food is served family style and "Pop" make the most amazing dishes ever. You will never know they are gluten free. You also get to meet other people and network information on what items to try and where to get it. Great Restaurant!!!
Just finished eating here and the food was excellent. Nice size portions for your money. The fact that everything is made to not be cross contaminated is awesome. They even brought out gluten free bread to start off with. Will deffenitly be coming back