Get email alerts Get Celiac.com E-mail Alerts  




Celiac.com Sponsor:
Celiac.com Sponsor:




Ads by Google:






   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts

I Need Info On Restaurants On Italy, France And Spain
0

11 posts in this topic

Hello, how are you?

I will be travelling to Europe in about two weeks, and I'm having some problems finding places where to eat.

I will visit Spain, France and Italy. I don't have the travel plan with me but we'll visit Paris, Mont de Saint Michel, Mestre, Aosta, Lucca, Venice and Rome, amongst others.

Any help with finding locations and translations of common celiac phrases such as "I can't eat gluten" or "please check that this doesn't have flour on it" or the likes would be very helpful, too.

I don't have much time so I would GREATLY appreciate any quick responses...

Thanks in advance!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:

Just got back from Italy, the pharmacies carry gluten free foods. I picked up some at the station in Florence. I also had great luck at All Acqua AL2...ate there a few times. Otherwise, I hit the supermarket and bought fresh foods.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

OH, I forgot to mention, I'm asking for restaurant adresses because the trip won't be very long, but we'll still have a tight agenda/travel plan.

I don't think we'll have time to do much shopping, let alone a place to cook.

We will mostly move on hotels. On Spain we won't have much problems because we will stay on an apart-hotel, but elsewhere I'm in trouble - it doesn't help that I can't speak italian or french...

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I live in Europe and travel quite a bit. If you are going to the well visited places like Paris you will have no trouble with the language, they are very good at English. You can tell them no bread, no croutons. I don't know how they will react if you tell them you are gluten-free, have not ever done it myself. When I eat out I try think what would not have gravy and sometimes I ask because the menu may say steak with onions and mushrooms and then it comes out with a gravy on it (they call it sauce). I normally stick with salads and if I do order a meat dish I try to tell them natural, no sauce, and it works. In Italy the tomatoe sauces are actual tomatoe so you will be fine. Most the paella in Spain is still made from scratch so you should be good with that if you try it, the mixes do have gluten so you could ask if they make it fresh if you wanted to try it. I hope you are not salicylate sensative because the green olives in Spain or the best. They have what is called ali oli which is normally served on the side with their breads. I dip the loives in it and it is wonderful. If you like garlic you will love it! The sangria is heavenly in Spain. My Gma doesn't drink but she likes sangria! The only other word of caution is the french fries. I personally do not order french fries unless I can see their friers like at fests so at a restaurant I do not eat french fries as they could pick up breading from something else. Enjoy!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I recently spent 3 weeks in France. Before I went I purchased Multi-Lingual Phrase Passport (Part of the Let's Eat Series and Allergy Free Passport) from Amazon. It has translations in French, German, Italian and Spanish for coeliac disease and common food allergies. The phrases that I used most in restaurants were; I have a condition called coeliac disease. I cannot eat the smallest amount of gluten which is wheat, rye or barley. Please aske the chef whether the meal I have ordered is safe for me. In French - Je souffre de la maladie coeliaque. Je ne peux pas absorber la moindre quantite de gluten, qu'il provienne du ble, du seigle ou de l'orge.Veuillez demander au chef de cuisine si le plat que j'ai commande est sans danger pour moi.

In Italian - Soffro di un disturbo chiamato celiachia. Non posso mangiare glutine, che e contenuto nel frumento, nella segale, e nell'orzo neppure in minime quantita. Puo chiedere allo chef se il cibo che ho ordinato e sicuro per me.

I had no problems in France, waiters and chefs very helpful. What I would say is that I find I get a better response in France if I start by making an attempt to speak in French.

Have a great holiday!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites




You definitely must go to Des Si et Des Mets in Paris. Its a completely gluten free restaurant and its delicious! If you google it, you'll be able to find the website. My only struggle in France was that while they understood what I was saying, just the concept of not being able to eat bread was astounding to them. Pas du baguette? C'est Dommage! I would get such pitiful looks because they felt sorry for me! I ate a lot of omlettes and ham & cheese salads. It is difficult to find things like gluten-free bread, crackers, snack food, etc so stock up when you find it. Health stores are best. There's a big one with a large selection of gluten-free food at the south end of Rue Mouffetard in the 5th Arr. If you go to the website for Schaer (a European gluten-free manufacturer) you can type in cities and it gives you a list of places that sell their products. You could also write to the Celiac associations of the countries you are visiting. I always do that when I travel and they always send me lots of good info.

1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You definitely must go to Des Si et Des Mets in Paris. Its a completely gluten free restaurant and its delicious! If you google it, you'll be able to find the website. My only struggle in France was that while they understood what I was saying, just the concept of not being able to eat bread was astounding to them. Pas du baguette? C'est Dommage! I would get such pitiful looks because they felt sorry for me! I ate a lot of omlettes and ham & cheese salads. It is difficult to find things like gluten-free bread, crackers, snack food, etc so stock up when you find it. Health stores are best. There's a big one with a large selection of gluten-free food at the south end of Rue Mouffetard in the 5th Arr. If you go to the website for Schaer (a European gluten-free manufacturer) you can type in cities and it gives you a list of places that sell their products. You could also write to the Celiac associations of the countries you are visiting. I always do that when I travel and they always send me lots of good info.

Oh, yes, I know about Des si et des Mets! And I will definitely visit the store on Mouffetard, too!

Do you happen to know of any other places in Paris in which I could eat without much problems?

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You definitely must go to Des Si et Des Mets in Paris. Its a completely gluten free restaurant and its delicious! If you google it, you'll be able to find the website. My only struggle in France was that while they understood what I was saying, just the concept of not being able to eat bread was astounding to them. Pas du baguette? C'est Dommage! I would get such pitiful looks because they felt sorry for me! I ate a lot of omlettes and ham & cheese salads. It is difficult to find things like gluten-free bread, crackers, snack food, etc so stock up when you find it. Health stores are best. There's a big one with a large selection of gluten-free food at the south end of Rue Mouffetard in the 5th Arr. If you go to the website for Schaer (a European gluten-free manufacturer) you can type in cities and it gives you a list of places that sell their products. You could also write to the Celiac associations of the countries you are visiting. I always do that when I travel and they always send me lots of good info.

Oh yes, I have heard of Des Si et Des Mets. I will visit it for sure!

And thank you very much for the Health store recommendation. I will visit that place too!

Someone has handed me some directions in Italy so I guess I have less problems than before...

But still, may I ask for more restaurant adresses? :)

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

OH, I forgot to mention, I'm asking for restaurant adresses because the trip won't be very long, but we'll still have a tight agenda/travel plan.

I don't think we'll have time to do much shopping, let alone a place to cook.

We will mostly move on hotels. On Spain we won't have much problems because we will stay on an apart-hotel, but elsewhere I'm in trouble - it doesn't help that I can't speak italian or french...

Ciao, as far as Venice is concerned, there is a dedicated restaurant, or some restaurants that know the problem very well.....let me know if you would like numbers......ciao veronica

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hello,

In Florence we went to Ciro & Sons. This restaurant is located near the Duomo so is very central and easy to get to. They have a gluten free menu and our daughter enjoyed gluten free pasta and gluten free crepes for dessert. You can order a gluten free pizza if you give them some notice. They are very knowledgeable about gluten free and the food was good. Google Ciro & Sons Florence for their website and address details.

Also in Rome we went to a restaurant called Renovatio 46a which is located just outside the Vatican walls. Again google for further information re. location. They had gluten free pizza, pasta and lots of gluten free desserts.

When travelling in Italy have a translation card with you describing that you need a gluten free diet. Celiac disease is well known in Italy as it has the the highest rate of coeliac disease in the world.

Happy gluten free travels.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

OH, I forgot to mention, I'm asking for restaurant adresses because the trip won't be very long, but we'll still have a tight agenda/travel plan.

I don't think we'll have time to do much shopping, let alone a place to cook.

We will mostly move on hotels. On Spain we won't have much problems because we will stay on an apart-hotel, but elsewhere I'm in trouble - it doesn't help that I can't speak italian or french...

Don't overlook grocery stores/supermarkets/farmer's markets as places to get food when you travel, even if you won't be able to cook. Anywhere in Europe, you can run into a supermarket and quickly pick up gluten free things to eat for meals that don't need to be cooked.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      104,091
    • Total Posts
      920,311
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • Thanks for posting this Adrien, it's a great list and I and others will appreciate the effort and the thought behind it. I loved my time in Malaysia and I'm glad I sampled all the food I could whilst I was still on an unrestricted diet. The good thing is that, like you say, some of the nice Malay foods are still ok. As a backpacker I survived on a lot of nasi goreng and laksa, nice to think if I return there I could still do the same Terima kasih!
    • I have posted on here before. DQ2, brother with celiac, DGP iGA was the only mildly elevated test. Was gluten-free so did 6 week challenge last winter. Negative biopsy. I am gluten-free now but do go out to eat. Prior to the challenge my health was good. Since then I have: Chest pain, pain between shoulder blades, periods of shortness of breath, heart palpitations, one instance of a heart arrythmia episode, neck is tender to touch on one side (they kept saying sinuses or TMJ which my dentist vetoed) ear ache, bowels never sink. Numbness and tingling. Blood pressure variations. Could be doing chores and feel dizzy and it might be 84/52.  not super low, but not typical for me if I'm running around the house.While other days I am mildly hypertensive. Recently lost 5 lbs in 8 days without trying. Recently electrolytes were low, alkaline phosphatese was low. Ferritin started dropping so started liquid iron 2-3 times per day 4 months ago. Primary watching that, I am not anemic but we are nowhere near iron overload either.  GI doc was a dick. Did not even know DGP replaced older tests and he was very condescending When I begged him for help recently and told me to get a second opinion which is exactly what I plan on doing.  I now have pain in my upper GI area. It is tender to touch. I had my gallbladder out in 97 along with a stone and infection in my bile duct. It hurts in this area. Pancreatic enzymes look fine, liver enzymes fine. Pancreatic ultrasound fine. I will now be doing a EUS Soon to look at bile duct, pancreas and liver.   so a typical day for me is that I might feel fine for a while and then suddenly feel like I'm going to pass out. really dizzy, numbness in odd places, like my body has been hijacked. I will typically eat a bunch of food something high protein and in about an hour or so I start to feel better. However, then my upper stomach starts to hurt in place of the passing out feeling. blood sugars are also normal. After getting the " it must be panic attacks" and condescending looks a million times my primary finally ordered an ultrasound of my sore neck and there is an abnormality in my thyroid which she says looks like possibly Hashti's. Except for one time, all my serum TSH tests were normal. We have more blood work on Monday. As I have not put on any weight and there are other symptoms that are closer to Graves.  Has anyone else had any thyroid issues that followed doing a gluten challenge?  where is your stomach pain? Do you have it above or below your belly button? Mine feels like it's in the pancreas area, like 2-3 inches above the belly button and when I push on it it's tender, but not all the time. sometimes i feel it in my back. 
    • Thanks for sharing with me.  I really appreciate it.  Honestly, after a glutening last summer (still do not know what glutened me), I did not eat out for a year!  The risk was too great as my healing time took 3 months (for symptoms to subside) and six months to regain lost weight.  Our recent vacation to Europe was worth the risk  as we traveled with our entire extended family, but we were extra cautious and ate only at celiac-approved places.  Otherwise, we "dined" at markets or ate the food we brought from home.  Thankfully, we did not get glutened (at least we don't think so!)  
    • I do not struggle with this and I was brought up the same way as you. I don't struggle because for many years off & on we didn't have a bathtub, only showers as well as this being therapy or medicinal for the skin - heck even for the muscles as I age. I figure I've earned my right to luxuriate or medicate with baths any time I've a mind to. My husband saw just how bad my dh got & NEVER begrudges me a nice long soak in the big soaking tub we now have.
    • Hi, No, I do not have celiac  disease. I have an ankylosing spondylitis which is an auto-immune disease provoking an inflammation of the joints. Under the advice and supervision of my doctor and the professor at the hospital I follow a gluten free & casein free diet, which is extremely successful in preventing inflammatory events. And I've been doing so, strictly, for more than 6 years. So I'm not Celiac, but I can tell you that I react strongly every time I take gluten even in small amounts. Even soya sauce, which according to this website has an almost zero dose of gluten, is a lot too much for me. Nevertheless I allow myself to eat food which has been processed in a factory which processes gluten. To conclude, I would say that when you are travelling, especially in a country where celiac disease is scarcely known, you should be twice as careful as when you're going out at home. In the end you can never guarantee that the cook has cleaned his pan after using soya sauce and so on... You can only bet
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      61,121
    • Most Online
      1,763

    Newest Member
    Sambud
    Joined