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Rediscover Gluten-Free Downtown Manhattan

12 Comments 04 February 2008


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

Trinity Church/St. Paul’s Church
Great architecture! I got excited about the tetragrammaton inside. (see photos)

South Street Seaport
Battery Park
The beginning of the West Side Promenade bike and walking path.

Federal Hall Memorial

Bodies Exhibit
If you haven’t seen this yet…go now!

Century  21
Enjoy shopping at one of the city’s best bargain stores for designer fashions.

What is your favorite thing to do downtown?

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12 Comments so far

  1. 1
    Catherine says:

    YUM! I can’t wait to get down there. My mouth is watering just from the photos.

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  3. 3
    CeliacChick says:

    Hey Girls,

    I edited this at lunch today…Yikes! That’s what I get for publishing it the night before after a glass of wine!:)

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    ben cappel says:

    I ordered some GF lasagna & GF garlic bread for lunch today and it was AWESOME! SO great to have another GF delivery option in “FiDi”. Yet another big thank you to Vanessa (and Kelly)! Way to go!

  5. 5
    CeliacChick says:

    oooooh! so glad you liked it!!

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    heidi says:

    great info thanks. I will check out Food Matters. This blog is crammed with useful info. To answer the question, my favorite thing to do downtown would be…hmm get married? did that. (17 Battery place)Favorite thing that I can do over and over again would be the swim around Governor’s Island ( . Now I can drag the family, make them watch, and go for something to eat afterwards. cheers. HEIDI

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    linder says:

    I’ve eaten at Tuttoriso. The food is great and the owners really cool. They are also sell their homemade bread and cookies (like a bakery).

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    Laura says:

    I just wanted to say THANK YOU to the celiac chicks!!! I visited New York City this weekend with my parents (my mother and I tagged along on my fathers biz trip!) and we visited 2 of your suggestions which were A+!
    Pizza Bollo had a really nice atmosphere, was very clean and the staff was amazing!! They didn’t have the GF menu yet but I ordered the lasagna, my mom ordered the chicken parm (so I could try it!) and I also had the garlic bread and a spinach/strawberry salad! The garlic bread was SO good I took a picture with it! I also visited Lilli and Loo on Lexington because your pictures looked so good and I WAS AMAZED they had a whole GF menu of things I could have! My parents and I ordered as much as we could and NONE of it dissapointed us! Thanks for ADDING to my trip to New York City instead of having me worry about where to eat or what I could have I’m looking forward to the next time I’m down and all the new foods and places I will be able to try out!
    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! I WANT TO NOMINATE YOU GUYS FOR A BLOG OSCAR!! (I don’t know what awards are for best Blog?!) hahaha Thanks again x a million!!

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    rebecca says:

    went here last weekend, and the owner came out to talk to my boyfriend and i about ordering the gf selections. he was SO nice and really interested in feedback. the lasagna was AMAZING…super fresh and delicious. the chicken parm was perfectly seasoned too. the staff was SO nice, and i’m so looking forward to going back very soon to try the GF garlic bread.

  10. 10

    Those are so delicious even I’m just looking. I’ve read that ketchup has gluten and probably pasta. I hope nothing changed in its taste. The place, the crew seems so good because they understand your situation.


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    Robert_NYC55 says:

    wondering if anyone can recommend a gluten free place for lunch? downtown broadway / wall streen area, John / Mainden, water st. perhaps? (my boss is in town today – say more?) Thanks, Robert

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    Carol says:

    Can you recommend somewhere for GF breakfast in vicinity of 911 memorial

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