Nizza, New York City

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.

5 thoughts on “Nizza, New York City”

  1. I ate there a few months ago when I was in NYC. It felt really good to be able to get a nice big meal that was safe to eat. I found them on the GIG restaurant locator, so I trusted that they were knowledgeable about cross contamination. I really enjoyed their GF bread! I wish I could get a box of it shipped to me in Texas.

  2. we need a lot more gluten free restaurants and I’m glad Domino’s is now gluten free is about time and Chili’s has a gf menus we just moved back to Colorado we lived in Arlington Texas I’m glad to be back home .

  3. I went to Nizza to sample their GF pizza and I am not a fan. I find it interesting that in this review, the pizza was not mentioned. First of all it is not a traditional GF pizza crust. It’s a chickpea crust which defeats the whole purpose of getting GF pizza. If I wanted a crust that tasted like a bean burrito I would go to a Mexican restaurant. Go for the bread and pasta, not the pizza.

  4. I had the pleasure of eating at Nizza two years ago. My cousin found the restaurant while we were walking around New York. I enjoyed the crust but it is nothing like you would expect in a gluten free crust. I found it light and flavorful.

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