Yesterday, Mozzarelli’s pizzeria in NYC hosted a Gluten-Free day. The restaurant is usually closed on Saturdays and Sundays, but they opened for a special Sunday Gluten-Free extravaganza. They prepared a whole restaurant full of gluten-free pizza, pasta, desserts and more.
With countless types of pizza, homemade ravioli and even gluten-free zeppoli (the Italian version of doughnuts – but lighter and yummier) I was in a quandary – how could I possibly choose? Luckily, they were giving samples of the great penne alla vodka and gluten-free pasta with pesto sauce. They could pack anything to go, so I ordered the spinach quiche, chicken parmigiano, and two slices of pizza.
I had the chance to talk to Chef Ronny, the genius behind the NY style gluten-free pizza crust. The best balance of texture, flavor and crunch that I have had since my Celiac diagnosis. He was inspired by his niece, who was unable to eat at his restaurant until he developed the special menu. Ronny is excited by the challenge and was particularly proud of the homemade gluten-free breadcrumbs he perfected for yesterday’s menu. Thank goodness, because that enabled him to create the scrumptious eggplant pizza and chicken parm.
The gluten-free zeppoli were perfect – even lighter and more delicate than the gluten-free doughnut holes I had in Denver. They were such a hit they sold out well before closing. But my favorite dessert was the gluten-free cheesecake. Definitely the best I have had in a restaurant (I am partial to my homemade gluten-free cheesecake recipe).
Mozzarelli’s hosted a gluten-free day back in November, but I was in VA being forced to watch football that weekend and missed out on the celebration. If there is continued demand, Mozzarelli’s hopes to host Gluten-Free pizza, pasta and dessert Sundays once a month. I will keep everyone updated when the next event is scheduled. In the meantime, on weekdays they have a selection of 3-4 types of gluten-free pizza by the slice: separated from the regular gluten-glutton pizza and prepared with dedicated equipment. It’s such a luxury to be able to run into a local pizzeria, grab a single gluten-free slice and know that they are taking care to prevent cross-contamination.
Ronny and I had a great time talking about gluten-free baking. I am sure he will continue to excel when facing the challenge and look forward to tasting his new creations. Thank you to everyone at Mozzarelli’s for their warmth, enthusiasm and a delectable gluten-free menu.
38 E 23rd St, New York 10010
Btwn Park & Madison Ave
Open: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm
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