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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

Biaggi's- Meeting Creator Of Gluten-Free Recipes/menu
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Since Biaggi's has proven such a safe place to eat, we headed to Perrysburg again this wee for gluten-free pizza. By a pure stroke of luck & the kindness of our waiter Joe, we Executive Chef Paul Matthews. His dedication & passion for cooking not just great "mainstream" food but the products & kitchen prep for gluten-free menu is obvious. He's also had personal experience as his son has food intolerances.... as he puts it "one not being gluten *yet*" so he knows it could well lurk on the horizon. Thus he has had to deal with revamping recipes; different ingredients; proper food prep & availability of "safe" restaurants. Biaggi's uses Tinkyada pasta & the pizza crust/dipping bread is from Venice Bakery in CA. I'm not a pasta person but have had heard those dishes are very good. The pizza crust is gluten, dairy, soy & egg free... not to mention delicious! Chef Paul was the person who developed the recipes for Biaggi's gluten-free menu & I found on the net that they have increased their sales significantly with their gluten-free menu offerings & procedures. Chef Paul will NOT use wheat in any recipe where he can find an alternative so even their Alfredo sauce is gluten-free. Special prep area in kitchen is set aside for gluten-free with all utensils having green handles, pans/screens well marked, all food bins covered, etc. It was such a pleasure to meet Chef Paul (he's also a partner in the P'Burg location) to thank him for creating & preparing such a wide/safe gluten-free menu. Just wanted to share with everyone what I found out as I've eaten there numerous times safely despite multiple intolerances as well as cross contamination issues. If anyone has had problems eating at a Biaggi's make sure to contact them as they WANT to know so the situation can be investigated & corrected.

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