Thursday, June 18, 2009

Gluten Free Gets Fabulous

I don’t think I have mentioned this before, but I am a Coeliac. I discovered this when I was 18, so have been gluten free for seven years now and I can tell you that’s a long time to go without Tim Tams!

Finding places to eat that cater for my needs never used to be easy, but these days I find most restaurants have little asterisks on the menu stating which items are available for me to eat. Some have more options than others, but at the end of the day I am just grateful that I don’t have to ask the waitress who inevitably has no idea and proceeds to tell you that they don’t add any MSG to their food.

So last night I ventured over to Thornbury for a gluten free treat – Pizza! Past experience has shown me that gluten free pizza generally falls into two categories - bad or worse, however my faith has been restored after my visit to Pizza Farro.

This little pizzeria on High Street specialises in woodfired spelt and gluten free pizza bases by night and operates as a café during the day (Café Giorno). There were so many options on the menu I was spoilt for choice; however I elected to have the Zucca Pizza (pumpkin) and a chocolate brownie for dessert. It was so nice to have options for dessert other than fruit salad!

Anyway, everything was fabulous, the décor, the food, the staff and service were just divine and the whole experience has renewed my faith in the gluten free dining experience!

Pizza Farro
608 High Street, Thornbury
Wed – Sun 5.30pm til late (Dinner)
9484 2040

Café Giorno
608 High Street, Thornbury
Wed – Sun 8am til 4pm (Breakfast and Lunch)
9848 2040

And for a spot of amusement on this glorious Melbourne day, have a look at the amusing t-shirts on this website for Coeliacs.

This one is my favourite!

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