I don’t feel compelled to write about restaurants too often. Mostly because my readers are from all over and everyone has different preferences when it comes to dining out. However, Bistango is that good that I have to tell the world.
Going out to dinner with friends or family used to be one of my favorite things to do. It was stress-free, relaxing.. put simply, a treat. But after going gluten free, I feared that eating out would never be the same again. In some ways, I was right. I have to make a fuss every single time I order. When I’m out with work people or others I might not know that well, this can be awkward. Even after clearly explaining my gluten intolerance, I still fear that the food I’m eating isn’t 100% gluten free. ..Especially after ending up sick to my stomach a few times. For a while, I just stopped going out. I actually think I went close to two months without stepping foot inside a restaurant, which is pretty epic for me! But slowly, I’ve started to overcome my fear of dining out and have figured out how to choose a restaurants, what to order, and how to order. If you’ve recently made the transition to GF and you’re feeling like you will never be able to eat out again, I’ve been there and trust me it gets better!
I discovered Bistango while in NYC visiting my boyfriend after getting frustrated walking past all the bagel shops I couldn’t eat at and seriously craving a nice meal out rather than cooking dinner, again.
Located on 3rd Ave between 29th and 30th streets, Bistango is a small, gluten free (and allergy friendly) Italian restaurant. The atmosphere is cozy, welcoming and casual. We went early in the night, but I recommend a reservation as they get busy.
Upon being seated, the first thing we were asked was if we had any allergies. Awesome! I felt completely at ease as the waitress took my order. It was a nice change of pace to not have to feel annoying explaining my gluten intolerance. Everything on the menu can be made gluten free. They even serve gluten free bread! I felt like a queen with my gluten free bread and margarita pizza. Neither the bread nor the pizza tasted gluten free – they were spongy, light and airy, which is really rare in the gluten free world! My non-gluten free date also loved his meal ; )
The waitstaff was incredibly accommodating and friendly, the prices were reasonable, I was a happy camper : ) Now I just need to find a gluten free restaurant this good in Boston!
Do you have an allergy? If so, how does it affect your ability to enjoy eating out?