Gluten-Free Italian? Yes, at Senza Gluten

By Rowena Tsai, Epoch Times
May 7, 2015 5:49 pm Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:22 pm

Although gluten-free and delicious typically sit at opposite ends of a really, really long dinner table, it is clearly not the case at Senza Gluten. Had the restaurant been named something else (“senza” means “without” in Italian), I would not have known that every single dish I was inhaling was gluten-free.

Dishes at Senza Gluten.(Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Dishes at Senza Gluten.(Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Chef Jemiko L. Solo put his heart and soul into Senza Gluten, a completely gluten-free restaurant. With the belief that anyone on a gluten-free diet should not have to miss out on flavors, textures, or delicious options, Solo is dedicated to creating an Italian haven for those living with celiac disease. His passion shines through the food he makes, and the incredibly accommodating hospitality he and his staff offer to every single customer who walks through the door.

Chef Jemiko L. Solo. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Chef Jemiko L. Solo. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

He knew early on that he wanted to create a completely gluten-free menu and restaurant that is safe for individuals with celiac disease. To ensure such a vision, Solo brought on board self-taught gluten-free consultant Erin Smith to confirm that all the ingredients used are gluten-free. Many nights, Solo would sleep on the couch in the restaurant’s basement so that he could have time alone at night to experiment with new dishes.

If you ever find your way to Senza Gluten, the eggplant parmesan, lasagna, three-mushroom bruschetta, and tiramisu are all must-tries.