Rich and delicious, pasta, convenience and gluten-free are not descriptive terms that can frequently be applied to one dish. Lucky for us, Vanessa Tayler-Phillips is making it her mission to change all that. After successfully launching the gluten-free menu at Lilli and Loo restaurant in NYC, she is moving on to bigger projects, bringing gluten-free lasagna and other prepared foods direct to your door. Her company, Food Matters, is launching with a few gluten-free Italian specialties including Chicken Parmesan, Meatballs, Lasagna and Garlic Bread. Their mission “is to create dishes that everyone can enjoy, despite dietary restrictions.”
I only advocate products that stand up to my gluten-glutton friends’ tastes, so I hoped the food lived up to those claims. My friend Melanie and her sister volunteered to sample the wares. I made some cheesy gluten-free garlic bread and we enjoyed every lip-smacking bite. While $25 for lasagna is much pricier than a gluten-version, all three of us ate good portions for dinner and there were 2-3 more servings, that stood up well to reheating the next two days.
As someone with diabetes, it is always easier to dose insulin when products have nutrition facts, I asked Vanessa about including that information in the future. Vanessa assured me they are working on full nutritional labels and ingredients. What a luxury to have someone who truly understands how much ‘food matters’ working to create dishes we all can enjoy.
Shipping costs will vary, but Food Matters will send their gluten-free goodness all across the country. If you are lucky enough to live in NYC, messenger delivery is slightly less and you have the option to pick up ‘ready to eat’ or ‘heat and eat’ Food Matters gluten-free meals at both PizzaBolla locations . This is just the start of what Vanessa is planning – I can’t wait to see what else Food Matters has in store!
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Pizza Bolla: Financial District: 102 North End Ave New York, NY 10281 (212) 786-3300 Upper West Side: 654 Amsterdam Ave (at 92nd St) New York, NY 10025 (212) 579-4500Tweet Pin It
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