A lot of us have found The Gluten-Free Guide To Italy very helpful. One of our readers recently went to Venice and wanted to share with us a few new gluten-free places she discovered.
I found your great website on the web last week while I was preparing to head to Venice, Italy for the weekend. I was looking for information as to where I could eat gluten-free pasta and/or pizza. Unfortunately, the three restaurants you mentioned were closed during my visit and were going to reopen the next week. I wanted to share my discoveries in order to help anyone else traveling gluten-free to Venice. (I've been a celiac since 2000 and consider myself a foodie – I was the restaurant critique and guide for many years for the Celiac Disease Foundation quarterly bulletin based in Los Angeles, until I moved to Switzerland last year.)
Osteria Antico Dolo
Rupa Rialto, 778, Venice
Tel: 041 5226546
By chance, the first Osteria we stopped at had gluten-free pasta! The owner says he gets gluten-free requests all the time and keeps gluten-free pasta in stock. The artichoke and shrimp pasta was out of this world and the ambience is typical Venetian.
Mea Libera Tutti
Cannaregio 3805, Venice
Another amazing find: In Venice and its provence, there is one and only one store that only sells gluten-free products. They just opened a few months ago and the owner Azurra is celiac and so is her son. I wished I could have packed everything in my suitcase! The place is listed on www.glutenfreeroads.com.
Cannaregio 2578, 30121 Venice
Tel: 04 15289020
Azzurra recommended a pizzeria that had just started preparing gluten-free pizzas. The ambience is not the best, but it's still worth a visit. The owner is very nice. They work with DS (Dietary Special) and were expecting gluten-free pastries in the next day.
Let me know if you have any questions. I hope these three finds can make a future visit to Venice even more pleasant for my fellow gluten-free diners.