Important Risotteria Update

20 Comments 17 August 2004


Run, don’t walk to Risotteria for GF pizza and beer. That’s right, it’s finally arrived in Manhattan! What’s taken so long? We don’t know and we don’t care because it’s happened and that’s what’s important.

This super pleasing discovery was made when Kelly and I popped back in to Risotteria the other night for 3 reasons: To let Risotteria know that we blogged about them, to eat good food, AND to attend a Manhattan Celiac MeetUp. So, the deal is that they make their own rice flour pizza dough and it’s really really good. It’s a thin crust seasoned just right and topped with fresh toppings of your choice. I know that a lot of you miss pizza, especially when you live in New York where a slice is available on every street corner. Eating pie again on Bleecker right down the street from the famous John’s made us feel like big shots … you’ll know what we mean.

Oh, and the MeetUp was nice. We met two chicks, Mary-Lynn and Elizabeth. Mary-Lynn had a "small world" experience when the waiter turned out to know an old acquaintance of hers. Elizabeth was in town visiting from Ireland. And the table next to us overheard our GF-lifestyle talk and introduced themselves … the wife being a celiac. A total coincidence! See how cool MeetUps can be?!

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20 Comments so far

  1. 1
    cindy smith says:

    Would love to continue to stay on your updates, very upbeat and informative! Keep up the good work!

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    Heather Dussinger says:

    Thank you for your Risotteria update!! Pizza is the one thing I miss the most since I was diagnosed 3 years ago. Although I live in Philly I am planning a trip to NYC VERY SOON. Thank you for your site!

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    Christel Caputo says:

    I opened up the link and saw pizza before my very eyes. Before I even read I started drooling! And beer!!! I want to drive in tonight!

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    Shari Olmstead says:

    We were just at the Risotteria this weekend (thank goodness it wasn’t closed for vacation yet!) Their pizza and rissoto was mouth watering. The service was exceptional. Liam Patrick kept things running smoothly both times we went in and treated us wonderfully.

    I can’t say enough about the food and the friendly atmosphere. My daughter who is also celiac was in 7th heaven, feeling “safe” and well-fed. We traveled to NYC from more than 300 miles and we specifically were looking to eat there while we were in town.

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    Paul Kennedy says:

    pizza & beer?! just when I thought it couldn’t get any better…!

    I carried out lunch from Hampton Chutney Co yesterday after reading your Time Out NY feature (Aug 19-26 issue, p41-42). it’s 3 blocks from my office! delicious!! thanks Celiac chicks

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    Sarah MacKenzie says:

    Damn! I went to Risoterria this week while on my vacation to NYC and they were closed for vacation the entire time I was there (Aug. 17 – 23)! Alas, that great looking GF pizza will have to wait for my next trip to the apple.

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    Mary Grace says:

    I recently tried the beer at Risotteria, and then read the label… oops! What’s the word on hops? I have not found any literature saying Celiac sufferers should avoid hops, but later that night did suffer a little belly ache.

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    Kelly says:

    Mary-here is the word on hops. Everything you could ever want to know about hops!!

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    Laura says:

    I was in New York in November (all the way from Utah) and based on your recommendation had a pizza (pesto with shrimp and sundried tomatoes) at Risotteria that I’m still drooling over. I suspect they’d think two thousand miles is too far to go to open a second location, but I can still hope! Thank you so much for this web site. (I never would have found Risotteria on my own, that’s for sure.) It’s so great to find other food-loving celiacs who don’t treat gluten-free like a punishment.

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    bette says:

    oh, BLESS YOU! i moved to NYC about a year ago, and i’ve had a hard time finding food i can eat! thanks to your site — which i found yesterday in an effort to track down somewhere that would make me a gluten-free sandwich (i used to live in minneapolis and miss The Wedge so much!) — i’ll be enjoying Risotteria tonight and a trip to Josef’s on Sunday!

    thank you so much! and please let me know if you are doing another MeetUp!

  11. 11
    Ramapo Valley says:

    Hey Celiac Chicks,
    We are a micro brewery with a 100% gluten free beer in Rockland County, New York. We are happy to introduce our beer to the Celiac community and have been in bussiness for awhile. Give us a call to place an order and check out our web site.

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    Eva says:

    THANK YOU THANK YOU!! I went to Risotteria yesterday with a friend and had the gf pizza, cookies, and new four-layer cake. Excellent, excellent, and excellent. I would be there every week if I were near NY, but I’ll be back for a pilgrimage there very soon. 🙂 thank you again!!!

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    Kevin Burkhardt says:

    Can’t wait to try Risotteria, but there is another gluten free pizza place in NYC…..They won’t officially say it’s gluten free, but I’ve eaten it quite a bit and haven’t had any reaction. The place is Viva-Herbal Pizzaria on 2nd Ave between 12th and 13th. They make all kinds of vegeterian pizzas, including anything you want on a cornmeal crust. The cornmeal pies taste just like normal pizza. Enjoy!

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    Jane says:

    Just spent a week in NYC with my 3 kids and husband. My 9 year old has C.D. We all loved Rissoteria! We also ate at Carmines and asked them to make grilled chicken cutlet parm. They were happy to do it and it was yummy. Love your site. Thanks for all the great info!

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    Jane says:

    Visiting from Los Angeles over the weekend and went to Risotteria…amazing risotto, as in close your eyes and you could be eating in an upscale pricey NYC fine Italian restaurant!! But there is now more…gluten free breadsticks which they were “testing” (lucky for us) while we were there, and they were amazingly delicious! And, they also have 14 varieties of gluten free panini on their homemade focaccia; so good and enough to share! But, still more; they are about to add gluten free pasta to the menu!! How good is that?!!

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    rachel says:

    My husband and I ate at Rissoteria last night and I was in heaven!!! I was diagnosed about 8 months ago and was just craving bread that tasted normal. When they brought the breadsticks out I couldn’t believe my eyes. They looked awesome and the taste was unbelievable!! My husband and I had sandwiches and tried the risotto, everything was fantastic!!!

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    Tricia says:

    In reference to the first message up top….I’m the wife at the next table who overheard the conversation and is a celiac! In fact, I’m going to Rissoteria tomorrow night with my hubby and cousin and maybe a few friends. I’m just back to work after having been out for 4.5 months with a broken ankle and leg. What better way to celebrate than by going to Rissoteria for pizza and breadsticks!

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    michael says:

    I was diagnosed more than 10 years ago. I tried risoterria on my last trip to N.Y. from L.A. I enjoyed it very much. The GF breadsticks were a nice touch and I will revisit on my upcoming trip.But I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Cafe Baldo in Wantaugh. That is also another can’t miss for any Celiac visiting New York. The thing I like about Cafe Baldo is they have a much more extensive selection( like lasagna, baked ziti)
    and pizza too

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    Suzanne says:

    I just read in your blog that Risotteria is closed as of March 2,2007. I found their website, called them and verified that they are still indeed open!!!

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    Karen says:

    I can’t wait to try Risotteria. I have been to Caffe Baldo and I agree that it is really good. I met the Celiac Chicks at the convention at Farmingdale college in the spring. Thanks!

    PS — On vacation this summer in Europe I had a great dinner at an Indian restaurant in London and found them to be very accommodating.

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