The menu is marked with GF items but the waitress literally knew nothing about GF. Even admitted it. Then when the menu was questioned, she said she didn’t know and didn’t even inquire. When my pasta came, it tasted GF so let’s hope it was!!
Awesome food, knowledgeable wait staff and enjoyed the atmosphere
Absolute nasty!! Chef and manager couldn't understand simple questions and didn't care to answer with respect. Disgrace will never recommend or visit again.
This place used to be great for Celiac. But they have lost an understanding. This weekend my gluten free penne pasta had pieces of regular linguini and shells in it. The chef said they stopped using wheat pasta and only use egg pasta so I should be fine.
GF pizza and pasta. I have had good experiences here. The GF pasta is pretty good. They assured me it was cooked separately.
We eat here about every two weeks. I usually get some sort of pasta mix. Sometimes the sauces aren't quite what I requested. But the pasta is really good and I've never had a problem. We always eat insides. I've never been sick even when it's busy, if you have a problem tell the manager, they are always there and concerned, to the point that since I have small hands I've started asking for different glasses to drink out of and they said since they've had to many issues with them they're replacing them.
I tried them for the first time today. The location and decor were nice. There was no one inside and only a couple of small groups outside. It was a very warm and sunny day, so I chose outside seating. However, when the host asked me to choose a table, all but one were dirty- covered in plates, glasses, etc. Naturally I chose the clean one, and asked if I could have an umbrella like the other tables, which he said was fine. When the waitress arrived, I told her I was considering two items, and she made a suggestion - the braised short rib rigatoni- and also recommended a caesar salad. I told her that I could not have gluten and asked if the croutons could be left off and she said yes. I also reminded her about the umbrella.
The food was delivered by a different girl who brought the salad and pasta all at once and of course there were croutons. When I pointed them out, she quickly took the plate away. Seconds later the waitress returned with what was clearly the same salad with the croutons removed. I almost never send food back or complain, but there were still crumbs in the salad. I told her to just take it away. The pasta honestly did not look very appetizing. It looked like plain noodles with some canned tomatoes, and a negligible amount of melted cheese and stringy meat that was almost mush from overcooking. It was like a crock-pot meal from the freezer aisle.
After several minutes sitting in the sun, no one had brought the umbrella or cleaned any of the other tables despite the fact that the restaurant was nearly empty the entire time. When I asked again, the waitress said she'd look into it. The second girl then suddenly arrived, grabbed an umbrella from the ground, and without warning began trying to position it on the table.
She didn't attempt to dust it off or allow me to move my food. There was a live insect that appeared to be dangling from a web and I asked if it was a spider. She replied sarcastically that "you can't really help that when you're outside." I held my plate and water glass away from the table as we both watched the insect, amongst dust and who knows what else, fall to the table and scurry away. Then I called the waitress over and asked for the check. She seemed genuinely concerned that I had hardly touched the pasta, but my stomach had become upset after the first couple of bites.
When the waitress returned, she boxed up the remaining pasta, which was nice of her, and she had billed me only for the lunch price of the pasta and removed the charge for the salad altogether. Ultimately I was expecting a nearly $25 check plus tip that ended up being about $15 for everything. All in all, it was the most bizarre experience that I have had at any restaurant, ever. Too bad, I was hoping to occasionally stop in to get my pasta fix. One star, because despite it's appearance and texture, the flavor of the pasta was not bad and one star for the waitress.
We went for my mother's birthday this past weekend and had an amazing time! My mother is not only gluten-free but she has several other food allergies. She was able to have a wonderful meal with 20 of her close friends in their Wine Room. We will definitely be going back!
I also have celiac disease and have been numerous times with no reaction. My husband orders from the regular menu and is served bread which I don't eat obviously.
I've been several times and eaten gluten free successfully. Great pasta choices and delicious salads. Scallop appetizer with risotto is spectacular. For a chain italian, this is a favorite.
We ate here 2 nights in a row. The first night all went well though staff were clueless about what gf meant (brought bread to table). And check said gluten pasta. Though they assured me in computer it said gluten free. When waitress brought she said here is your gluten pasta and I said gluten free and she said oh yes. We confirmed with chef and my daughter ate it. The next night we went again with grandparents. We asked waiter 3 times and server. My daughter said pasta looked different than night before and we reconfirmed. They assurred me it was gluten free. This was after bringing her salad with croutons that we had to send back. She ate pasta and got very sick. This place needs serious training intervention of all staff otherwise those with gluten allergy or celiac should avoid!
We just went here for wine and dessert. The creme brulee was fabulous!!
Update: September 2020 We were lucky enough to get Molly again. We had no idea she was still there. She was amazing! This time I ventured out of my comfort zone and took a bite of my husband’s GF Bolognese. Molly had stressed to the kitchen that they should put the meatballs separate because they do contain wheat as a binder. We didn’t ask her to do this. I got my normal Travinia Medallions. I actually ended up stealing my husband’s plate. It was so ridiculously good! If you come near Columbia, Lexington, Irmo, etc., you would be silly not to stop here! Molly offered creme brûlée but we were stuffed!
Molly was an amazing waitress. I literally would love to take her with me everywhere. The food was absolutely perfect. This is my new favorite place!!!
— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu
Best Italian food I’ve had in a long time. I had chicken Alfredo
Attentive and knowledgeable staff
— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu
Staff is very mindful of dietary needs, and their new menu is much easier to read. They use penne pasta as their dedicated gluten-free pasta, which prevents any mixups, and it can be substituted in any of their dishes for only $1 more! They also have a delicious cauliflower crust available for their flatbreads. They don’t have a dedicated gluten-free setup, however if you tell them you have celiac, then they can explain the options. Ask for Fay, she’s especially helpful!! They also are very friendly to dairy-free diets.
Great gf pasta options ($1 more for gf), but can swap it into so many dishes. Menu easily labled - even had 2 apps which never seems to be the case besides shrimp cocktail. Kitchen and server gave excellent care so our 3 with celiac felt safe.
The restaurant is under new ownership. Had the chicken marsala, and as sick as I am, there is no way it was gluten free. The pasta that was served was gluten free and very undercooked. Do not recommend for celiacs.
The service was horrible. Brought me out a regular entree (not gluten free) and said “my bad” absolutely terrible experience overall. Had to walk out after waiting over 45 minutes and my correct entree still had not come out.
We had a super nice server and they were more than willing to double check with the kitchen on things for me. My food was so so. The salad was great but the alfredo sauce was very bland. My husband, who isn't gluten free, said his gluten filled meal was really good. So maybe I just got the wrong dish. They did say the only penne pasta they serve is gluten free so be aware of that as a double check. No ill effects afterwards, just not a fan of my meal.
They have gluten free options marked but we had to ask for everything that would be dairy free. The waiter wasn’t that knowledgeable but when asked him to ask the chef, he did so. They asked the chef and he seemed very knowledgeable and just replaced items to accommodate us. We are highly sensitive to gluten/dairy free with celiac. The gluten free pasta was delicious! And cooked perfectly.
Great gluten free menu options. Pine nut salmon was awesome! A must stop if traveling through this area. Waitress understood gluten free options. The only reason I did not rate a five is be cause they do not offer gluten free table bread.
Great place. Totally get celiac and very accommodating. Gluten and soy intolerant and they made it all work easily. More than 1/2 the menu is gf. Enjoy. It's pretty great food.
The hostess explained about 'GF' printed right next to the entrees printed on the menu. The waitress who took our orders, acknowledged my GF request, and even advised me that GF pasta would take a bit longer to cook. When the entree was carried in by a different staff, it looked wonderful. I ate half including pasta as it was delicious. Then I started feel bloated. I asked my daughter to taste my pasta and my mom's regular pasta. She said they both tasted same. I immediately called the waitress and she told me that the pasta was not GF. She apologized and agreed to deduct my dinner from the bill. By then, I already became so upset because I wasn't looking forward to be sick. I decided to talk w/the manager & told him it was no fun for me to miss work by dealing with gluten allergy symptoms. He kept apologizing and asked me if he could do anything. He asked me to email him if I get worse. He gave a full refund. It turned out the cooks or chefs were not reading the orders right.
My husband and I were traveling and chose this restaurant based on the excellent reviews. We often use the Find Me Gluten Free App when we travel. The service we received was incredible! I can say that there was a variety of gluten free options available. I had the chicken Marsala. I will say that this was the best gluten free meal I have had at any restaurant. We will definitely dine here in the future. The staff was very knowledgeable regarding gluten free options and also gave us suggestions. This restaurant is a must try!
I've been here twice. They tend to cook the GF pasta Al dente and that's fine for the regular pasta, but not for the GF kind. If you order GF pasta, ask your server to make sure it's well done. otherwise they have the best GF menu selection anywhere.
I ate here twice and had a reaction both times. ( wasn't sure it was the restaurant the first time so treed again). They do have an extensive gf menu, but must cross contamination. My son also reacted.
Great GF options that are clearly labeled on the regular menu. No bread though and food was just okay. Kind of bland. Good to be able to get pasta with Alfredo sauce though! Probably wouldn't go back again.
Food was amazing! Even had my favorite GF desert (creme brûlée) and GF ginger beer. Seemed a little pricey ($15+) until the food came, so well worth it. Even my 2yr old ate my chicken and he eats nothing. The whole family left happy and best of all no reactions. This is on our permanent list of favs.
Amazing food and very knowledgeable staff. Our server was so friendly and helpful! Hard to find in a restaurant here in the midlands. Moving from CA to SC was so discouraging; but I know Travinia will get it right and I will be able to eat without worry of being sick later. Absolutely 5 stars!!
In general, my food has been ok here. I've eaten here several times and never had a reaction. Staff is always great. I usually get gf pasta with Alfredo sauce and ask for veggies to be added. Sometimes the veggies are cooked and other times not. Then I get up-charged for veggies and gf. My dish often costs more than a dish with meat in it. I don't understand that at all but us celiacs are used to it, aren't we?
So many glutenfree options! Some of the best food I've ever eaten out. Got the antipasto platter and the veal piccata (with gluten free pasta). I ate every last bite, and the people I was dining with all enjoyed their food very much too.
I haven't had Italian since learning I have a wheat intolerance & would've never thought to venture into an Italian restaurant for GF. Absolutely fantastic food. Many dishes available as GF. Nice ambiance. Professional, friendly & knowledgeable server. Highly recommend.
DELICIOUS! They have so many options and the waitress was very educated on gluten. I had to stop and make sure that my meal was gluten free because it didn't taste like it! I had a pasta dish and a crème brûlée. My new favorite restaurant for special occasions.
My daughter is strictly Gluten Free so for her birthday we had a party for her in the wine room. This was an amazing treat for her. A party that she did not have to cook and able to enjoy so many great new things is a true treat. Our party had a wonderful time, could not eat all the amazing food and loved the attentive service. The wine list was extensive and the courses just kept coming. We did buy gluten free cupcakes from Cupcakes and the restaurant displayed them beautifully. A memorial night.