Sandwich from Lunch Box in Vernazza, Cinque Terres

I haven’t posted anything in awhile but just have to share this bit of info about travelling in Italy and being gluten-free. I had heard that children are tested for Celiac before going to school in Italy but I was still leary about how I was going to make out. I had printed out a card in Italian explaining that I was Celiac. I had saved all the Italian words for wheat, rye, barley, malt, etc in my phone. Turns out I didn’t use any of it other than occasionally using the words ‘senza glutine’. Most people could speak English or French and everyone I spoke to was aware of gluten, a lot of the packaging indicated guten free in English as well as Italian. Only once was I almost fed gluten. I was served a soup which to me looked like barley. The waiter told me I was safe that it was ‘farro’. Thank goodness for google. 😃 I immediately googled farro and found out that it is spelt and definitely has gluten. I showed the info to the waiter and he took it to show the chef. Saved by google once again. I did eat a lot of pasta in Italy but was not able to have a pizza. I had read that there was some very good gluten free pizza but I did not come across it in my travels. I did have a very good sandwich in Cinque Terres … wish I had of ordered two of them. 😃 So, if you are planning a trip to Italy, don’t worry about being able to eat. Including some pics of a few of the things I ate.

At a vineyard wine tasting … only difference was the others had bread instead of rice cake.

One of the many pasta dishes.

Chicken and salad

A yummy dessert … for the gluten and gluten free people.

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