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CalicoSue

Gluten-free Pizza At Ristorante Mataro In Menlo Park, Ca

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My daughter and I split a pepperoni, sausage and mushroom Gluten-free pizza at Ristorante Mataro in Menlo Park, CA yesterday. It was absolutely delicious. A simple, yet crunchy, thin, satisfying crust. We talked with the new owner, Ibrahim, and this is what we found out.

He was trained in making and serving gluten-free food while he was working at BJ's. He makes the Gluten-free crust personally - it's not a pre-frozen crust. He now advertises on his website that they serve Gluten-free pizza and pasta for both lunch and dinner, which is terrific. He serves Gluten-free penne pasta. For lunch, the menu features a 1/2 and 1/2 type lunch - pasta with salad or pasta with soup (all of his three soups are Gluten-free - he makes them himself - minestrone, tomato and lentil). He will substitute the Gluten-free pasta for this lunch. The prices are very reasonable. The Gluten-free pizza we had was only $16. It was enough for both of us, but if you have a big appetite, you could probably eat the whole pizza!

You may want to call before heading over for Gluten-free pizza just so he can have the dough pre-made and ready for you when you come. Not necessary, just a thought of his. Ibrahim is very earnest and accommodating.

I have no clue how to add this wonderful restaurant to any Gluten-free map of restaurants. If someone could do this, it would be so great. You just don't run into very many owners/managers of restaurants who are so willing to give us such a great meal selection.

Ristorante Mataro

827 Santa Cruz Avenue

Menlo Park, CA 94025

(650) 325-7900

Sue

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