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    Milan, Italy
  1. Happy birthday and may God bless you today!

  2. Hi everybody! I see this is truly a forum, didn't expect so many comments! Talking about the pizza, I must say that there's absolutely no gluten-free substitute to a real Italian one, first of all because frozen food can't even attempt to imitate it and second of all because even if it's home-made with gluten-free flour, the flave is not the same at all. There are some sorts of restaurants that serve gluten-free plates only, but I've never tried them! They are not on the list of the places I'm going to with my friends, simply because none of them is intolerant to gluten and I can just eat something else in more fashioned places! The only problem with my diet is that the normal plan for a Saturday night includes going first to a pizzeria (where the only alternative to pizza is usually a salad), and I must admit I do eat normal pizza sometimes (it's just too hard to say no when everybody is eating it in front of you!). I can do it without feeling bad (never had any symptoms). However when I'm at home I follow the diet strictly. Just to give the idea, my dad is a doctor and my brother is studying Medicine (I can't escape from it!). Bread...I see you enjoyed the topic! (hehe) Well, you really can't just open the packet and eat it (and bread shouldn't be packed!) and yes, it tastes pretty good after toasting it...but it's still plastic compared to real bread! Home-made bread made with corn flour is a good alternative tough. When I invite my friends for lunch or dinner at home (am living on my own for university), they can't distinguish corn pasta from normal one (I've never told them, they think it's normal). Yes, I agree with rice pasta (except spaghetti..once cooked, you can use them as a glue). I seldom eat pasta anyways (the area where my parents live is the first for rice production in Italy and you can see nothing but rice fields --> that's why I moved to Milan! So I've always eaten more risotto than pasta!) At university, I choose second courses or rice. I've just come back from a trip to Holland, Denmark and Sweden and there was a gluten-free menù everywhere, so it's true what they say about Northern European countries (the products are the same though!). Now, as i said, I don't eat much gluten-free products, but just avoid wheat, rye, barley and oat. Anyways, I've tried lots of products (I've been on the diet for 6 o 7 years) and used to eat lots of Schar and Bi-aglut buiscuits and snacks. I didn't introduce myself, I'm Margherita (like the pizza..that's life!), 19 years old, student of Engineering in Milan! To Dingo Girl: your Italian is perfect!
  3. Wow, it's nice to see that someone replies!..
  4. Hi there! I've accidentally found this site while looking for some info on gluten-free products and I would like to hear something about gluten intolerance in the States. I'm a girl from Italy (sorry about my English!) and have been on gluten-free diet since the age of 11 or 12, when the doctors discovered my intolerance by blood exams and invited me to have a biopsy of small intestin done. I've never had any kind of symptoms and even now I feel good and don't have disturbs after eating grain, even though I try to avoid it. I've been told I need to keep apart from gluten in order to prevent future diseases and that's what I'm trying to do. Actually I don't eat much dietary food and just avoid eating bread, pasta, cakes and everything that contains gluten, preferring naturally gluten-free products. The fact is that a lot of gluten-free products taste good and sometimes you can't distinguish it from "normal" ones, but this doesn't work for example with gluten-free bread that should be properly called plastic. Toasting it is not a valid solution. By the way, being on a gluten-free diet has never been a problem for me and most of my friends don't even know I have this "disease" (for me it's just something some doctors told me, since I've never "felt" it), because when I'm out I just order something that I can eat, and the problem is restricted mainly to first courses (except risotto) and desserts. I think I've written more than enough and simply wish to hear from other people who maybe have something to say to this Italian that doesn't eat pasta and pizza! Ciao!
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