14 August 2014

Gluten-free Italian nosh, Riccardo's of Chelsea

Italy, the dream of a country that I spent a year labouring 50+ hour work weeks in earnest search for. The sunshine, the music, the fresh vibrant flavours, the crumbling architecture older than the mind can imagine. So, to be introduced recently to a restaurant that can cater not only for my poor gluten-intolerant stomach as well as my wander-lusting soul in Central London was a treat indeed.

Riccardo's of Chelsea - Gluten-free Italian nosh
Crudite: Fresh raw vegetables, warm anchovy and garlic dip and a warm olive oil dip
 
Riccardo's of Chelsea - Gluten-free Italian nosh

Tucked unobtrusively down Fulham Road, Riccardo's is a restaurant I could adopt with all the love and gusto in my foodie heart. Inspired by family Tuscan heritage (notably the owners own Grandmother) the menu revolves around fresh, classic, simple flavour pairings that make your tastebuds sizzle.

Riccardo's of Chelsea - Gluten-free Italian nosh
Carciofi Grigliati Con Prosciutto; Grilled tender baby artichokes, prosciutto, truffle oil


Riccardo's of Chelsea - Gluten-free Italian nosh
Gluten-free bread rolls, freshly warmed.

Disclaimer: We were invited guests of Riccardo's, but my (many) opinions are only ever my own, and I would never recommend anywhere that I wouldn't happily visit own dime.
 
Riccardo's of Chelsea - Gluten-free Italian nosh
 
The rest of this gluten free kitchen story kinda tells itself. The simple but powerful flavours danced off the plate, onto my camera. (And then into our appetites). 
 
Riccardo's of Chelsea - Gluten-free Italian nosh
Insanely good Aubergine tower with passata and a parmesan flake (it could be
Tortino di melanzane alla parmigiana - I was too busy enjoying to listen.)
 
Riccardo's of Chelsea - Gluten-free Italian nosh
Polpette: Tuscan style gluten free meatballs
We arrived to a luxuriously set table, stretching in the hot summer evening perfectly placed for beautiful people watching. Welcomed with a cool glass of white wine (organic for bonus brownie points), we settled in as plate after plate sashayed from the kitchen.
 
Riccardo's of Chelsea - Gluten-free Italian nosh
 
Riccardo's of Chelsea - Gluten-free Italian nosh
 
As someone who is Gluten intolerant facing real digestion issues, it's wonderful to not feel like a troublemaker by wanting real, proper restaurant quality food. What's more, not only have they catered for gluten intolerance for nearly a decade, they cater for vegans, vegetarians and whatever you fancy. Well played Riccardos, well played.
 
Riccardo's of Chelsea - Gluten-free Italian nosh
Chocolate Almond cake, gluten free and sumptuous.

Riccardo's of Chelsea - Gluten-free Italian nosh
Riccardos Tiramisu tower (full of glutens) - this was mostly eaten with table guests eyes closed.


Riccardos, Molto molto delizioso. 

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6 comments :

  1. THAT aubergine!! A gluten-free menu at an Italian! What a find xx

    Lots of love,

    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

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  2. Seems like a really great place to test out - especially with those tasty looking gluten free rolls.

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  3. what a fab menu this is ! Must check out their gluten free range soon!

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  4. I hear their normal range is scrumptious too!

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  5. Honestly, if the can do tricky gluten-free this well, think of their standard dishes ...

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