After several months of tummy troubles, I decided to adopt a gluten-free diet. Gluten is the protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and malt, and it can wreak havoc on the digestive systems of people who are intolerant to it. Wheat is a major staple of the American diet, (bread, pasta, cakes, cookies, etc.) so avoiding it can be a challenge, especially when it comes to dining out. On a recent outing to Maggiano’s Little Italy, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the restaurant offers many gluten-free options. In fact, many of their classic pasta dishes can be made using corn pasta instead of the traditional wheat-based pasta.
I opted for the gluten-free chicken parmesan and wasn’t disappointed. Instead of bread crumbs to coat the chicken, the chef used chopped almonds. It was topped with spicy provolone cheese and Maggiano’s classic marinara sauce. Side dishes included a choice of gluten-free pasta, steamed veggies, or garlic mashed potatoes. The meal was rich and delicious, and I never would have known it was gluten-free. It’s nice to know that many restaurants like Maggiano’s are starting to offer tasty meals for people with special dietary needs.