Eating Out: Bella Italia

LOCATION: Braehead, Glasgow

Italian food is my favourite so being unable to eat regular pasta is a huge problem for me. I’m on the look out for any Italian restaurants where I can get gluten free food, especially ones where I don’t have to bring my own pasta! Bella Italia is one of those places.

They have a really great little gluten free menu, a lot of things on it sounded delicious and there wasn’t a burger in sight! I’ve never really eaten there much before and I was really impressed by the choice of food on the main menu too as I had a quick look at it to see what I was missing out on! Being my usual boring self I went for the bolognese and specified that I needed gluten free pasta.

It asks you to allow 20 minutes cooking time for gluten free pasta and it took about that for our meals to come so definitely allow for that extra cooking time if you’re trying to eat out in a hurry.

When we asked for the dessert menus the waitress remembered I was eating gluten free and brought me back the gluten free menu to choose my dessert. The dessert choice consists of a selection of ice cream flavours and raspberry sorbet. I had the raspberry sorbet which came with a wafer on it but I pretended not to see it and quickly passed it to my boyfriend. It says on the gf menu that it should come without a wafer but I just think my boyfriend forgot to mention that when he ordered it (I wasn’t there at the time) so I didn’t make a fuss about it. It didn’t contaminate my sorbet at all.

Overall my Bella Italia experience was great and I’ve already been back. I think I’ll try pizza next time since they even have gluten free pizza bases on the menu!!

One thing I think their menu lacks is some gluten free garlic bread! If you can do gluten free pizzas, you can do gluten free garlic pizza bread! I’m going to email in and suggest it and hopefully it’ll be added in the future.

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