Bistango: Gluten-Free Italian RestaurantPosted: February 16, 2015
Location: The Kimberly Hotel
145 East 50th Street
(Btw Lex and Third Ave)
NY, NY 10022
I love pizza. And really, who doesn’t? When I learned about Bistango I knew I had to check it out for myself. Bistango is an Italian restaurant in New York City best known for offering delicious and unique gluten-free pasta dishes and brick oven flatbreads that are both must-eats.
As many of you know, I’m very cautious when recommending a gluten-free Italian restaurant – mainly because the risk of cross-contamination can be higher due to the ingredients traditionally used to make Italian dishes (e.g. flour, bread crumbs, etc.). The entire menu is already gluten-free with the only exception being the pasta dishes and two appetizers – mussels and the antipasto. However they can easily be swapped and prepared gluten-free in a dedicated area.
Fun Fact: Bistango has two locations however the gluten-free menu is different at each. The second location is in Kip’s Bay and offers three different kinds of gluten-free stuffed pasta dishes and three different flatbreads. To check out the gluten-free menu at the Bistango Kip’s Bay location click, here.
Verdict: After meeting with Chef Jesus and the General Manager Kim, I’m very happy to report that Bistango is a great example of a restaurant that takes gluten-free dining very seriously and has the right procedures in place to minimize cross-contamination. The staff in both the front of the house and in the kitchen really understand what it means to be gluten-free and the importance of it. They’re all very hospitable and are excited for the gluten-free community to stop in for some delicious food. My go-to’s are definitely the pasta and flatbreads – you can never go wrong with carbs and cheese 🙂
Till we eat again…