Italy is one of the most gluten-free friendly places to travel. Find out more about traveling to Rome Italy gluten-free! We loved all the gluten-free restaurants and bakeries in Rome.
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Gluten-Free in Rome
Get ready to explore one of the most magical cities in Italy while enjoying handmade gluten-free pasta, gluten-free wood fire pizza, and some of the most incredible gluten-free pastries.
This is my guide to Gluten-Free Rome and I highlight some of our favorite Gluten-Free Restaurants and Gluten-Free Bakeries in Rome!
Rome was the first city in Europe that my husband and I traveled to and we’ve been back twice since. We love to travel and enjoy gluten-free foods along the way. I believe that eating is part of the travel experience. We’ve been to several countries and we’ve eaten safe – and we plan to visit many more places.
I hope after you read this Guide to Eating Gluten Free In Rome that you’ll visit too!
Gluten-Free Restaurants Rome Italy
There are several dedicated gluten-free restaurants and bakeries in Rome and there are even more that cater to food allergies and Celiac. For a list of all the gluten-free restaurants you can visit the Italian Celieac Association (AIC) website. But for now, I’m going to share with you some of our favorite gluten-free restaurants in Rome.
We started our vacation in Venice, took a train to Florence, and then another train to Rome. We spent three nights in each city and stayed in major touristy areas (in quiet hotels though).
Although we didn’t pack all the snacks we wanted, we discovered Schar gluten-free foods while in Venice, Florence, and Rome. Almost every grocery store carried Schar. In fact, most grocery stores had a variety of gluten-free foods.
I wrote a post on how to pack for Europe in just a carry on. Between the snacks you pack, the gluten-free foods in the grocery stores, and the gluten-free restaurants in Rome, you’ll never go hungry.
Every time we’ve visited Rome we stay near the Vatican. We found most gluten-free restaurants in Rome to be within a 15 minute walk of the Vatican. The Vatican is huge, but you can walk all the way around it.
Our first stop was at a little place called A gogo. They are “mostly gluten-free” meaning they actually have almost all gluten-free foods and a small section on the other side of the restaurant for foods with gluten. We tried the gluten-free arancini, gluten-free pizza, and some gluten-free pastries. If you want to make arancini to see what it tastes like, try my Gluten-Free Arancini.
Everything was reasonably priced and tasted great. Our Air B & B was just around the corner so we stopped by a few more times for coffee and pastries, and again to grab a to-go lunch for your train ride out to Tuscany when we went on the Jovial Culinary Retreat.
Next up we stopped at an annex of Mama Eat near the Vatican which is a branch of the main Mama Eat restaurant. This place was recommended to us by my friend Peter from No Gluten No Problem.
At Mama Eat we enjoyed fried calamari, frites (fries), and fried donuts. They make everything from scratch so be prepared to wait. Be sure to get there early before they run out of the fried donuts! They were dipped in sugar and drizzled with Nutella – incredible!
And of course we finished every night with gelato. Most gelaterias offer gluten-free cones but we visited one by the Pantheon that was 100% gluten-free – Fiocco Di Neve. We enjoyed many flavors and love dipping gluten-free waffle cones into our gelato. They offer a variety of flavors and dairy-free options as well.
If you are facing the front entrance of the Pantheon, turn straigh around and walk around the right of the large fountain. Go a few hundred more feet, just into the alleyway and Fiocco Di Neve will be on your right.
Restaurants Serving Celiac Safe Meals Rome Italy
- A gogo – Offering a variety of gluten-free appetizers, salads, pizza, and pastries
- Il Viaggio (Salaria Area) – They serve a variety of gluten-free Italian dishes and even offer gluten-free cooking classes
- Fiocco Di Neve – Gluten-Free Gelato and waffle cones
- La Soffitta Renovatio (Near the Vatican) – Gluten-Free Pizza, Pasta, and Desserts
- Le Altre Farine del Mulino (Near the Vatican) – The owner is Celiac and they offer breakfast, lunch, an early dinner and a variety of baked goods like donuts, breads, and cakes.
- Mama Eat (In the Trastevere area) – Gluten-Free Pizza, Pasta, and Desserts
- Mama Frite (Near the Vatican) – Pizza, Fried Chicken, Fried Calamari, Fries, Arancini, Donuts
- Voglia di Pizza (Near Camp Fiori) – The offer gluten-free pizza, pasta, salads and gluten-free beer
Even though not all of these restaurants are 100% gluten-free they are certified by the Celieac Association (AIC). Please always check to see if restaurant are still in business before planning a visit. While many of these gluten-free restaurants have been around for many years, it’s better to check just in case.
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Tips for ensuring a food-safe flight:
I wrote a post that covers airlines that offer gluten-free meals. Here are some of my top tips for eating safe on a gluten-free diet while flying.
- Fly with airlines that offer allergy friendly/gluten-free meals.
- Select the gluten-free meal when you make your reservation online or within 1-4 days of your flight. If you don’t see the option try going into your reservation after it’s confirmed. Sometimes airlines give you additional options like meal type, seating, and upgrades after your reservation is confirmed. If you go to your reservation and you still don’t see the place to update your meal preference, call the airline.
- Bring your own food just in case they make a mistake – they are only human! I have heard stories where people received a gluten-free labeled meal only to open it to gluten-containing food.
- If it doesn’t look right, don’t eat it. That’s why you brought some of your own food right?
- Call your airline (or check online) in advance to make sure they have your request noted. I made a request in advance once and found out when we got on the plane that the request was “reset” because the flight number changed. It was an annoying error on the airline’s part, but I should have double checked to make sure it was still noted.
If and when you travel to Italy I want to know about your experience and what your favorite thing to eat was! Have a great Gluten-Free Rome trip.