By Laura (The Gluten-Free Traveller)
Nizza is an Italian restaurant in New York City, which has been offering gluten-free dishes to customers since they opened in 2007. They are located on 630 9th Avenue, in a busy area of the city, very close to Times Square. Last week when I was in the city they were kind enough to let me sample some of their gluten-free items and I was very impressed!
Whilst not a completely gluten-free restaurant, Nizza offers a separate gluten free menu with lots of delicious dishes to choose from. Their chef and staff members are very well trained on gluten-free dining. They understand the serious threat of cross contamination and do everything they can to prevent it. They prepare gluten free items in a separate area and with separate utensils. As they are a small restaurant, cross contamination is, of course, always a possibility, but this is always the case unless a restaurant is 100% gluten-free. I am a very cautious and sensitive celiac, but I felt safe and comfortable eating here knowing that staff were doing everything they could to keep me safe.
Their gluten-free bread is made from a mixture of different flours and it’s really tasty. It’s the kind of bread that makes you want to double check that it’s safe for you to eat (and of course it is!) as it really doesn’t taste gluten-free at all. I couldn’t get enough of their gluten-free bruschetta topped with pesto and tomatoes. It was delicious.
They use La Veneziane corn pasta for their gluten-free pasta dishes. I’m not generally a great fan of gluten-free pasta, but this was really good. I ordered the Ziti Pomodoro, a pasta with prosciutto, cherry tomatoes, peas, onions, garlic and parmesan. Simple and full of flavor.
Everything I tried was really, really good but what stood out the most was their Asparagi con prosciutto. I have fairly recently become a huge fan of asparagus and it’s my opinion that prosciutto adds a really great flavor to so many dishes but this starter was really something special.
Dessert wise, Nizza offers a few gluten-free options. I couldn’t resist finishing my meal with torrone panacotta, which came topped with nuts and honey. Sweet, creamy, and delicious. Oh how I love gluten-free dessert!
I thoroughly enjoyed my evening at Nizza and I would definitely go back for another delicious, safe, gluten-free meal the next time I find myself in New York City.