Recently, the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America (GIG) announced a new member of their GFRAP training program. The Gluten-Free Restaurant Awareness Program does a great job certifying restaurants that are interested in safely serving gluten-free patrons. At many of the large chains, and some smaller ones and independent places, you’re likely to see a note about GIG their gluten-free menu.
The latest inductee to GIG’s restaurant program, Bertucci’s, is an Italian cuisine chain with over 90 locations. They now all have a gluten-free menu! In addition to many locations in Connecticut where the company is based, there are locations in D.C., Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia. Unfortunately, Bertucci’s does not have any locations in GA, but maybe they’ll continue their expansion and arrive in Atlanta one day!
The Bertucci’s gluten-free menu offers selections in the following categories – appetizers, salads, soups, entrees, side dishes and desserts. There are very few places in our area that serve gluten-free soups. It’s something I really miss being able to order when dining out. It’s really not difficult for places to modify their soup recipes to be gluten-free, without going to much trouble or expense. However, very few of the places I’ve worked with or asked to do this are interested in the idea. Bertucci’s has a gluten-free sausage and rice soup – just in time for winter!
Excerpt from the Bertucci’s website:
Like the original pizzerias and trattorias of Italy, Bertucci’s started as a place for friends, family and neighbors to gather. That was in 1981 in Somerville, Massachusetts. And now friends, family and neighbors gather in more than 90 restaurants in ten states and the District of Columbia. And that’s because since 1981 we have held true to Bertucci’s origins. Honesty and passion are still at the heart of every Bertucci’s meal. A passion for flavors, a passion for creativity and a passion for tradition.
Presently there are no gluten-free pasta dishes offered at Bertucci’s but there are plenty of amazing choices to be had none the less. In Italy, pasta is not typically served as an entree, but as a side dish or second course, before your main entree is served. If gluten-free diners order soup (or an appetizer or salad), an entree and dessert, they’ll never miss the pasta!
Of particular interest for sweet lovers is the Bombe dessert at Bertucci’s. Bombe is vanilla and chocolate gelato wrapped in chocolate with almonds and a red heart of maraschino cherry. At Bertucci’s it’s served open with a dollop of whipped cream and chocolate sauce. There is an Italian/Greek place here, Sugo, that serves Bombe here and it’s one the best things I’ve ever tasted! The glutenoids that dine at Sugo rave about the Bombe and most of them have no idea it’s gluten-free, or what gluten is for that matter. It’s likely that the dessert at Bertucci’s is as spectacular as the treat served here. If you get the chance to try Bombe anywhere – and it’s confirmed gluten-free – do check it out for yourself!
If you live in one of the states that Bertucci’s is in, click on ‘locations’ on their website to see if there is a location near you. If so, follow the restaurant on Facebook for all the latest news from Bertucci’s! We look forward to adding Bertucci’s to the next Triumph Dining Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide. Special thanks to GIG for their hard work to expand the gluten-free dining scene for all of us!