Gluten-free lasagna with Everybody Eats garlic bread at PizzaBolla.
102 North End Ave.
New York, NY 10281
(downtown location only)
I’m wondering how many of you work downtown? I mean w-a-y downtown, as in near the World Trade Center area downtown. Now whether you work or play downtown you’ll have a tasty alternative to brown bagging it. Vanessa Phillips, through her consulting company, Food Matters, has done it again by creating a gluten free menu for Pizzabolla’s Italian restaurant. This menu includes gluten-free lasagna, chicken parmesan, gluten-free garlic bread, gluten-free Redbridge beer and more! You can even pick up a gluten-free lasagna to go! Over the next few months more gluten-free items will be developed, such as eggplant parm, baked ziti, ravioli, etc.
You can dine at ease here because Vanessa’s brother, Jonah, is the manager. He understands how difficult it is to follow a gluten-free diet due to growing up with a sister who has celiac disease. He welcomed Vanessa’s efforts through Food Matters to create a gluten-free menu for all of us. Even special dietary requests are welcome and Vanessa took extra steps to make sure almost anyone can eat at Pizzabolla. For example, since a lot of us with gluten issues also have dairy issues, she removed the butter from the restaurants original sauce recipe. She also has Follow Your Heart soy cheese available, so dairy-free people can still enjoy the Chicken Parm!!
They decided to name this dish after the CeliacChicks!! It’s named Chicks N’ Parm! [blush]
Here is the melenzane: a tomato sauce with eggplant that usually comes with mozzarella.
Spaghetti with a classic meat sauce.
Slowly, but surely, gluten-free foods are popping up all over Manhattan. Just writing this I’m wide eyed and grinning like one of the skeletons down at the Bodies exhibit! So, if you need some extra incentive to make a trip downtown, I’ve made a list to remind you of the local attractions.
Wall St./Stock Exchange
Watch the market tank in person and, depending on your disposition, either get excited at the opportunity to buy stocks for cheap or get depressed watching your stocks go down.
The NY Federal Reserve
A conspiracy theorists nightmare! "I told you to buy gold and bury it in your back yard!"
Ferries to Staten Island, Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island
Evidently there is a restaurant named Tuttoriso that has a gluten-free menu in Staten Island. It is supposedly located just across from the ferry terminal! You could go to one restaurant for lunch and the other restaurant for dinner!
Free Historic Walking Tour
National Museum of The American Indian
I’m not sure why, but the admission is free here.
World Trade Center Memorial
South Street Seaport
The beginning of the West Side Promenade bike and walking path.
Federal Hall Memorial
If you haven’t seen this yet…go now!
Enjoy shopping at one of the city’s best bargain stores for designer fashions.
What is your favorite thing to do downtown?