93% of 15 votes say it's Celiac friendly

7875 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45236 Directions

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9 months ago

I previously came here once in the past and let them know that I have celiac disease. They were very accommodating and even brought out the chef to make sure I was okay. However, the second time that I came was very different. The server seemed to brush off my illness and said that she would handle it all without needing to bring out the chef. Unfortunately, I became ill within 10-15 minutes and was throwing up all night. I won’t be coming back here.

2 years ago

one of my most favorite places to eat, chef Karl is the best

2 years ago

Not only the best Italian food I've eaten, the service was incredible, and the staff took exceptional care to provide safe food. The chef spoke directly to me to ensure that my meal was GF. I am so impressed with them! We will visit every time we are in Cinci!

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Celiac
3 years ago
Celiac friendly

Chef Karl is amazing. My favorite place to eat.

Celiac
3 years ago
Celiac friendly

Upon hearing celiac, the server brought the chef to the table to discuss options. The chef was very helpful when discussing options, and brought the salads and entrées to the table himself. Their corn/rice based pasta was delicious, as was the creme brûlée. This was one of our best dining experiences. We'll definitely be back.

Celiac
3 years ago

Food is delicious!! The chef comes out and actually talks with you. The chef made grilled eggplant Parmesan for me and it came with gluten free penne noodles. It has become my son's favorite place to get gluten free pasta.

Celiac
3 years ago
Celiac friendly

Excellent service and server. They knew all about celiac and made every accommodation to make sure my dinner was safe. Viva Italia.

Celiac
4 years ago
Not celiac friendly

NOT CELIAC FRIENDLY! We've been there many times and really liked the food (based on food it gets more than one star, but this a gluten free review). Unfortunately the last two times we've been there the gluten free meals have been contaminated with non-gluten free pasta (it's a different pasta shape so it is obvious)!! That can make people with celiac ill. They claimed to have spoken to the people behind the scenes after the first time it happened, but it happened again. They gave us our take-home meal but we gave that to a family member because we can't trust that is gluten free. Not sure what they can do to make us believe that they are serious about being gluten free. Not worth the risk!

4 years ago
Celiac friendly

Staff are very knowledgeable about celiac. One of our favorite places to go. Chef or manager will come out to the table if they know that you have celiac to explain the menu options and how the food is prepared. Food is great also and you can get enough to take home for the next day.

Celiac
5 years ago
Celiac friendly

As mentioned in other reviews, the chef comes out to talk to you about the GF options and to make sure you are comfortable with how your food is being prepared. I've never had issues eating here except that I over eat and complain about being overstuffed... It's the "good" kind of bloating! ;-) This is one of the only places I will add "celiac friendly" to the rating.

Not celiac
5 years ago
Celiac friendly

I am sitting at Maggianos as I write this review because they absolutely deserve it. I came to eat here mid day and the chef himself came to my table to talk to me about my options and the pasta and my mom and I both had (both gluten free but different dishes) was by far the best gluten free pasta I have ever had whether at home or I'm a restaurant. They care about allergies and made sure I was satisfied and I am leaving full with leftovers I can't wait to eat later.

5 years ago
Celiac friendly

Great food and the server I had was very aware of celiacs/gluten intolerant diet.

Celiac
5 years ago
Celiac friendly

person who cooks your food comes out to review options with you and takes notes on your needs. my son has celiac, and they graciously accommodated his picky kid taste buds, as well as his dietary needs. he devoured the gf pasta, and I had some too. it was quite tasty and had a nice mouth feel. great dining option! we'll be back again and again!

Celiac
7 years ago

Today I found a hidden gem of the gluten free foodie world. My best friend and blogger – Sara Wyen of Words To Run By went with me to the Celiac Awareness Tour in Cincinnati, Ohio today. We were excited to see all the fun, new gluten free goodies with all the vendors. Another blog post coming soon on that… While we were there, Maggiano’s Little Italy chef Karl Lenz was there speaking and doing a gluten free demo. Well, I knew exactly where the Maggiano’s Kenwood was located and we zipped on over there for lunch. I am so glad we did. Upon entering the restaurant, I asked for the gluten free menu. They explained rather than having a gluten free menu, the Assistant Manager would come out and explain the gluten free options and ensure my meal was allergy safe. Matthew Powell, the Assistant General Manager came over to the table after our waiter quickly brought us drinks and very thoroughly explained how 90% of their menu items can be made into gluten free dishes. He walked me through the menu and made sure I was clear on food preparation, ingredients and options for celiac disease. This was the most gluten friendly and celiac aware place I’ve been to yet. 90% of their menu items could be made gluten free – surely it wasn’t so. This place isn’t on any of the safe lists or gluten free places to eat. Oh boy, did they knock my socks off. I decided to try their corn pasta. It. Was. Amazing. Gluten Free Corn Pasta Maggiano’s Sara and I ended up sharing a meal because it was really big. You know what the best part was? They have several menu items that you can get a to go item FREE if you order from the list. Yup – I got 2 meals for the price of one. 1 being a gluten free specialty menu item – without paying extra. Our entire lunch with the meal, Cesar salad for Sara and 2 iced teas was $24. Can you tell we didn’t like it? Just kidding. Matthew even came out after the meal and ensured everything was ok and up to my gluten free liking! Of course I explained. The chef that was doing the demo at the Celiac Awareness Tour, Karl Lenz – was back before we finished lunch and he even came out to welcome us and explain their cooking methods and showed me their pastas! Maggiano’s Corn Pasta I felt completely safe eating here, had no stomach ailments after my meal and will certainly make this a go to spot when we are in Cincinnati. The manager, chef and waiter all made me feel comfortable and took care of me the way a restaurant should with people suffering from food allergies. We already have a big enough burden of having this food allergy, we shouldn’t have to feel like one while eating out.

Reviews of this Chain

11 hours ago
Not celiac friendly

I ordered a gluten free pasta and had several regular pieces of spaghetti mixed in. The chef and manager came to the table to apologize, comped the meal, and offered gift cards to come back. The chef essentially said it was a “busy night in the kitchen and a noodle might of fallen in.” Yet there were several mixed throughout. I’m not sure if they use the same utensils or it’s pre made sauces. I thought it might be a fluke thing but apparently this has happened to almost every person who ordered GF. Do yourself a favor and avoid the pasta dishes- aka don’t eat here.

Celiac
yesterday
Celiac friendly

Pasta taste amazing, chef comes out and talks to you before making your meal

Celiac
3 days ago

Told several staff members that I have Celiac and need gluten free. I was given regular pasta. Spent the evening sick in the bathroom.

Celiac
1 week ago

For a Celiac, the chef coming out and paying attention is a no-brainer. Had an issue with take out once because just dealing with that person, who was new, so be super clear, but no issues with in restaurant ever.

Not celiac
1 week ago

We heard this restaurant was rated the best chain for folks with allergies and I saw many great reviews on Find Me Gluten Free so we went in with high hopes. I was very disappointed by how few options I had to choose from. They do not have gluten free bread (so no bruschetta), most of their appetizers are breaded and/ or cooked in a shared fryer. They have ONE GF pasta choice (penne) that they can convert SOME of their dishes with. The pasta wasn't cooked well and was a bit rubbery. Limited dessert menu but I will say they do a great creme brulee.

Celiac
2 weeks ago
Celiac friendly

Really pleasantly surprised! Used the Nima on a Caesar salad and GF pasta and both came back fine. Good option in the area.

Celiac
2 weeks ago
Celiac friendly

Was in town for a conference and so glad I ate here! Not only was it delicious, there were SO many options and our server right off the bat asked if anyone had a food allergy. He then explained what I could eat or modifications that could be made, and upon ordered my salad (the chopped starter salad - which was DELICIOUS!) and our server suggested I leave off the crispy pancetta because even though it itself is GF, it was apparently cooked in a fryer shared with the calamari so he suggested I omit it from my salad which was so appreciated! Portions were huge, food was delicious, and atmosphere was neat. Definitely book a reservation ahead of time if you can - we had one and by the looks of the line it saved us a lot of time. Definitely would return here!

Celiac
1 month ago

Delicious gluten free food! Amazing service! The waitress notified the chef of our dietary restrictions and the chef came to our table and spoke directly to us, giving us options to choose from. After the meals were served, the chef returned to ask us how everything was. The waitress also returned a few times to ask how everything was. The dinner was delicious and I will definitely return to Maggianos next time I visit Las Vegas.

Celiac
2 months ago
Celiac friendly

Who would’ve thought Maggiano’s was able to successfully accommodate someone with Celiac?? Well they can! (At least at this location). I hadn’t been to a Maggiano’s since I was diagnosed and was a little skeptical. But they blew me away. The manager Jake personally went over the options and along with our server Katie, made sure my meal was safe. Caprese appetizer, gf pasta (ALL of their sauces are GF), and even creme brûlée dessert. Perfect meal, absolutely delicious with no reaction. Can not wait to go back!!

Celiac
2 months ago
Celiac friendly

I am so impressed! Not only was our server familiar with celiac disease, but the chef actually came out to speak to us about our planned order, providing personal recommendations and a great explanation of how they safely prepare gluten free dishes. This was such a great experience, and the first to make this celiac’s dining experience a relaxed one!

Celiac
2 months ago
Celiac friendly

Fantastic experience! Chef Brandon came to our table to tell me what was safe and to take my order. He also offered me a gluten free bread loaf and a complimentary GF appetizer. I have a wonderful meal. The staff was amazing. Highly recommend this place! We’ll be back!

Celiac
2 months ago
Celiac friendly

Chef Alex came out and inquired specific allergies. Grilled chicken and veges-delicious. Staff very friendly and accommodating.

Celiac
2 months ago
Celiac friendly

Very good with gluten-free, especially celiac. Food is fantastic, and you get get one to take home for FREE!

Celiac
2 months ago
Not celiac friendly

I’ve eaten here 2 times. The first time I ordered pasta and had no problems with it and it was delicious. The second time I ate there, I ordered the same meal and noticed the noodles were a different type than the last time. When I asked about it, I found out that they had given me non gluten free noodles. Luckily I hadn’t eaten any yet. They fixed the mistake and brought out the correct meal, which I had no problem. Staff needs to be more attentive. I won’t go back.

Celiac
2 months ago

The first time I went here, they told me they could make chicken parm gluten free, so I ordered that. Well, what I got was an unseasoned piece of grilled chicken with an unmelted piece of cheese on top and some tomato sauce. Not good. The second time I went here, I ordered gluten free pasta. The pasta was undercooked, the sauce was watery and bland. I’ve never gotten sick from eating here, but the food is awful and I wouldn’t recommend this place.

Celiac
3 months ago
Celiac friendly

Amazing GF pasta with lots of variety and options! Staff was very helpful and understanding.

Celiac
3 months ago

They seem to try to be careful about cross contamination. Two out of our three GF dishes came out correctly. They put croutons on the salad. The food was blah though. We won’t be back.

Celiac
4 months ago
Not celiac friendly

Our server was not well informed.... got sick - everyone else seems to have had good experiences

Celiac
4 months ago
Celiac friendly

Chef comes to your table to understand your dietary restrictions and then custom prepares and cooks you a meal. 100 percent celiac safe when you talk to the chef. The food taste great and the service is excellent!

Celiac
4 months ago
Celiac friendly

Tonight my husband and I shared the chicken parmigiana and the grilled chicken caprese salad both were made gluten free. It was so delish. The chicken parmigiana was “breaded” in crushed potato chips and it was sooooo crispy. After I ordered everything gluten free with the waiter, the sous chef (who was preparing our meal) came out and talked with me about the food and any other allergens I needed to be careful of. The restaurant can get busy and they take reservations with a minimum of an hour before.

4 months ago
Not celiac friendly

Ate at Maggiano’s in the Springhill Mall. We’ve had no problem with Maggiano’s anywhere else, and have always been told that sauces were gluten free with the gf pasta. At this location, we were told every sauce had gluten except for marinara. We were also told that mashed potatoes had gluten. We lost faith that the chef even knew what gluten was and decided against ordering anything for our two celiac children.

Celiac
4 months ago

Gluten free pasta and GF sauces are delicious!

Celiac
5 months ago

It's hit or miss, got GF pasta, a piece if regular pasta was stuck to the bottom of the plate. They were like, oh well. I was sick.

Celiac
5 months ago
Celiac friendly

Able to customise most of menu to gluten free. So delicious and staff are very accommodating and friendly even offering to introduce us to the chief for peace of mind. I feel so safe eating here.

Celiac
5 months ago
Not celiac friendly

Manager took my order, assured me everything would be fine but I’m horribly ill within 30 minutes of eating there

Not celiac
5 months ago

This is my second time visiting and it was amazing. They have a gf penne pasta that can be paired with different sauces. I've had the baked ziti both times. The chef came out to discuss my allergies and assure me of their practices and wanted to know if I would like some gf bread. He said they just got it in and it takes 10 minutes to bake which of course, yes please! They were yummy squishy goodness!

Celiac
5 months ago
Celiac friendly

All their sauces and drawings are GF, so almost everything in the menu can be prepared gluten free. Staff was knowledgeable. Manager came out and confirmed my order and said he would take care if it. When food was served, they mentioned that it was prepared GF. Food was very good and I felt very confident eating

Celiac
5 months ago

This place was wonderful. The chef came out and talked with me because I have multiple allergies. I got beef medallions and potatoes that he fixed according to my allergies. The food was wonderful, waiter extremely nice and helpful.

Celiac
5 months ago
Celiac friendly

Really enjoyed eating here. The food is good, and they have many GF items.

Celiac
5 months ago
Celiac friendly

The staff was brilliant. The soups chef came and spoke with us to make sure my daughter had a safe meal she would enjoy!

6 months ago

UPDATE: They no longer carry gluten free rolls. Said they are lookimg for a new vendor, but it's been about 6 months. Also no GF lunch specials unless you want 2 half salads w/out protein. Original Review: The first time I ate here was fine. The second time they were out of GF rolls so they asked if they could comp by sending me an additional pasta home. I thought that was great and ordered the veggie penne with GF noodles (obvs). Well they sent me home with WHEAT pasta!!!! I ate 1/4 of the dish before realizing something was wrong. The noodles looked exactly the same as the GF option except orange, and the texture was softer. I became extremely ill that night and the entire next day. My boyfriend ate the rest of the dish and confirmed it was exactly the same as what he has eaten at the restaurant (ie wheat noodles). I'm not sure if I want to eat here again. GF control is pretty good for dining in, but I'll never do take out again. The gluten free rolls are awful, imo and not worth the calories. They could buy any brand of rolls literally anywhere and they would taste better. Not sure why they haven't caught on yet... they also take FOREVER to come out even though they supposedly start them as soon as you sit down.

Not celiac
7 months ago
Not celiac friendly

I’ve been here twice now. The food is great.. but the last time, when I was almost done eating, I found a piece of fettuccini in my dish. I asked if they have any pasta other than penne that is gluten free (since most places don’t) and the waitress confirmed they do not. I pointed out the piece of fettuccini and said “so this is not gluten free?” and she said no it’s not and apologized several times. I told her I’m not celiac so cross contamination won’t hurt me but it’d be much different if it happened to someone who was. She offered to remake the dish but I declined since I was practically done anyway but asked that she please address it with the staff. The manager came out seconds later and apologized repeatedly. He said he was extremely embarrassed and he had already ripped the cooks a new one. He said they pride themselves on accommodating food allergies so he was very angry that it happened. He removed the dish from the bill, comped two desserts my friend and I ordered, as well as an extra side my friend had. His response left me confident it’s not a common occurrence and it was/would be appropriately handled. I would be hesitant to go back if I were celiac, but since I’m only gluten sensitive, I will return. I wanted to share my experience though for those with celiac since this could be a major issue for them.

Celiac
7 months ago
Celiac friendly

Great food, gluten-free penne pasta, creme brûlée and they even have gluten-free bread!!! I’m not sure how much they control cross contamination, but they really try.

Celiac
7 months ago
Celiac friendly

Surprisingly had a very good experience here allergy wise. Though there is not a separate gf menu and the chef did not come out, our waitress was highly knowledgeable about which items could be modified to be gf. In fact one of the first things she asked us was if anyone had an food allergies. She really took the time to go over the menu with me and assured it would be prepared carefully. My pasta was brought out separately and it was announced gf. Creme brulee for dessert. No sickies and I was very happy.

Not celiac
7 months ago

Eat here regularly. Wuickly becoming my favorite place in the area. Staff is knowledgeable and Chef is always willing to come out and chat if needed.

Celiac
7 months ago
Celiac friendly

Three celiacs ate here and had a wonderful experience. The chef came out to talk to us so we knew what we could order. He made chicken parmesan without the breading, and two meals with alfredo sauce gluten free. He assured us he could do it without getting us sick and he was right. No one got sick and my dancer did great the next day. I would definitely come again.

Celiac
7 months ago
Celiac friendly

Wonderful experience and delicious food. The gluten free bread basket was a yummy treat (we got a refill, too!) and it was so nice to have many options to choose from. Our waitress had the manager come over and talk to us about the different options and the food was prepared separately. Everything was so good! We’re excited to return.

Celiac
7 months ago
Celiac friendly

Perfection is an understatement! The atmosphere and service was excellent! We had the Lobster pasta dish and supplemented the GF pasta. It was superb. The Chef came at and assured us he would make ours separate with no risk of cross contamination. Finished our meal with Creme Brûlée, also superb!

8 months ago
Celiac friendly

Waitress explained that they cater to people with allergies. The chef came out and talked to me: all sauces are gf, they have a gf penne pasta. Most dishes, with the exception of the lasagna, can be modified to be gf! Food was amazing!!!

Celiac
8 months ago
Celiac friendly

Just ask to speak with the chef. Chef took the bread we brought and made it into garlic bread. It was amazing!! Extremely pleased and will definitely go back again. Our chef was Terrance.

Celiac
8 months ago
Celiac friendly

Highly recommend this place. The prices are reasonable and there are lots of options. The chef came out to talk to me about the menu and told me my food would be prepared in a separate part of the kitchen.

Celiac
8 months ago
Not celiac friendly

I had previously given this place a 4 star rating but now I have to change that. My past 2 experiences have been awful. I was invited back due to a bad experience and during my 2nd visit it was worse. No care about my allergy. My what should have been gluten free pasta was not. I sent it back and got gluten free soup. Yup my Alfredo sauce was so thin it was soup. I told the server and he said he would get me another. I didn't want another so he said he would get me one to go. In my bag when I got home was a gluten Alfredo not gluten free. I called the restaurant and spoke with the manager who said "what do you want a gift card". I told him I expected what I paid for. Since that is the 2nd time they have not taken my allergy serious no more Magginos for me.

Celiac
8 months ago
Not celiac friendly

Unfortunately this place is not suitable for actual celiacs (perhaps for people that are gluten intolerant but defo not celiacs). I got very sick after eating here about 2 weeks ago and I'm still feeling the effects of the cross contamination. Now I must also say that all the staff were extremely attentive, helpful and friendly and I do think they tried everything to avoid any contamination, however in this instance whatever approach they took didn't work. It's a pity as this restaurant had all good reviews by this app so I assumed I would have no problems. I write this review very heavyhearted as I don't like to say bad things about places that have nice staff and that have tried but I feel it's important to warn any other celiacs that there's a cross contamination possibility here as I don't want more people to have a reaction. So please be careful.

Celiac
8 months ago

This location does an extraordinary job ensuring that you have a safe experience at their restaurant. Chef took my order and hand delivered my salad, meal, and dessert!!! Went above and beyond to make sure I felt comfortable answering any and all questions regarding gluten free options and cross contamination....Would eat here 100 times over!!! Thank you!!!!!

Celiac
8 months ago
Not celiac friendly

The downtown location does an amazing job including the chef coming to speak to you and serving your food. I have eaten at the Englewood location twice and the chef did not come speak to us on either occasion. The first visit, I was sick the next day. This visit, my food was placed in front of me with meatball and marinara sauce on my GF mashed potatoes, clearly contaminated. When the food was pointed out to the waitress the scoop of potatoes was replaced on the same plate of food. I cannot be certain if the rest of my meal was contaminated by the food from another plate that was obviously splashed onto my plate. My daughters meal (who also has celiac). Appeared to be fine. When we asked for her meal to be bagged to go separately, it was included with the other pasta dishes. Disappointed since we have had such amazing experiences at the downtown location!!!!

Celiac
8 months ago

Waiter didn’t know what celiac is... but I asked for the chef and he took care of me. Great option.

9 months ago
Celiac friendly

GF and allergy friendly. Chef came to speak with us, recommended dishes and was knowledgeable and reassuring. Daughter ate several times and have never gotten sick (celiac) or allergic (dairy, eggs, nuts). Also delicious food and easy going atmosphere.

Celiac
9 months ago
Celiac friendly

Had the pasta with meat sauce and meatballs before seeing Blue Man Group. It was delicious. Not a 5 because it would’ve been nice to have some bread with the pasta.

Celiac
9 months ago

Knowledgeable staff. Wide variety of options. Staff double checked on allergies and on the quality once food was served.

Celiac
9 months ago
Celiac friendly

They have a dedicated, separate kitchen! The food is fantastic, and you can order nearly anything on the menu and explain that it needs to be gluten-free. They take dietary issues seriously. All dishes are made from scratch and modified to be completely safe. I was extremely impressed! Edit, 12/18: my second visit here, and I want all of you to know that the staff is still knowledgeable about making GF accommodations, this restaurant is very safe, and the beef tenderloin medallions are maybe the best thing I’ve ever tasted.

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