Nizza – Gluten Free Italian in the Heart of Hell’s Kitchen

Location: 630 9th Ave, New YorkNY10036
Phone: (212) 956-1800

Disclaimer: If youโ€™re trying to stick to your New Yearโ€™s resolution (good for you) by eating healthier, then you might want to skim over this review. For the rest of you carb lovers, please continue. . .

Ever have those days when youโ€™re just craving carbs and nothing else will suffice? One of my favorite places that always hits the spot is Nizza Ristorante located in Hellโ€™s Kitchen in New York City. Nizza has a separate gluten free menu for brunch and dinner that features a ton of options like gluten free pasta, socca (similar to pizza crust that’s made from chickpeas), steak and salmon along with some delicious sides.

If you’re going for dinner, I highly recommend making a reservation. The aroma of roasting tomatoes and baking bread combined with the lively atmosphere of Nizza is like a beacon – attracting both tourists and natives of Hell’s Kitchen.

Gluten Free Meal

Gluten Free Bread (complimentary)
with ricotta, extra virgin olive oil, salt & pepper

Nizza’s gluten free bread is some of the better bread I’ve had at a restaurant. It’s an herbed bread that’s fluffy and flavorful but watch out because you can easily fill up on this alone.

Nizza Gluten Free Bread

Nizza Gluten Free Bread

Pasta Pesto $16.50
fettuccine with a touch of cream, crescenza cheese & pesto

This is my go-to dish at Nizza. Typically, I’m not a huge pesto fan (I’m partial to my own), but Nizza’s creamy pesto is absolutely delicious and not heavy at all, a GF Steph favorite. I really appreciate how Nizza doesn’t skimp on its portions either. I mean, if I’m going to eat pasta I might as well go all out. An added bonus, you can easily have enough left over for a second meal or midnight snack.

Nizza Gluten Free Pasta Pesto

Nizza Gluten Free Pasta Pesto

Verdict: Not only does Nizza offer an extensive gluten free Italian menu, but the staff is very knowledgeable and accommodating. I have eaten at Nizza both for lunch and dinner and have always left feeling very satisfied. It’s reasonably priced, which I really appreciate, and once you’re done with dinner you can step outside and enjoy the vibrant, fun nightlife of Hell’s Kitchen.

Till we eat again…