Restaurant: Laudisio Italian Restaurant
Boulder - 1710 29th Street - (303) 442 - 1300
Gluten-Free Options: Laudisio offers a gluten-free lunch menu and a gluten-free dinner menu that includes gluten-free pasta and even gluten-free breadsticks! They also carry New Grist if you're in the mood for gluten-free beer!
Total From A to Z: 5 Stars
A's Review: * * * * *
We started off with with an appetizer of seared thin-sliced buffalo with a horseradish cream sauce and all of the GF bread sticks we could eat. The manager came out and told us all about Laudisio's GF menu and procedures they follow in the kitchen. I asked if they could do some kind of chicken parm dish with GF breading and he told me he would look into that since they were trying to find something to with the leftover GF bread crumbs (I am keeping my fingers crossed because chicken parm is one of my favorites!) But what the manager was most exited about was this new GF fettucini they were using: fresh and apparently quite impressive. It definitely lived up to the expectations. GF pasta done right! It was tender and the texture was right on. As far as I am concerned, they could replace all of their pasta with this GF pasta and few people would ever notice. When you add in the fact that Laudisio created their entire GF menu based on requests from their customers, you end up with something magical.
Z's Review: * * * * *
We had an amazing gluten-free dinner at Laudisio. We started with gluten-free breadsticks, which we dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The breadsticks were on the crunchy side, but with the rock salt sprinkled on them they were pretty tasty. For an appetizer we ordered the buffalo carpaccio, which was thinly sliced seared buffalo with arugula and horseradish cream sauce. The salty buffalo with the bitter arugula was heavenly! For dinner I ordered the pasta, prawns, and rock shrimp, which came with fresh rice fettuccine and artichoke hearts and olives. It was the first time I have been able to order pasta at a restaurant since I became gluten-free and I really enjoyed it. The pasta itself was a great consistency and didn't seem to suffer from any of the downfalls of other gluten-free pastas I have tried. I was also delighted that the gluten-free menu turned out to be so generous that A and our two friends (none of whom are gluten-free) happened to choose gluten-free dishes as well! So I also got to taste A's dish, the seared sea scallops with risotto, and the chicken scarpariello - all of which were delicious. My only complaint about Laudisio is that it is too pricey for us to afford to eat there very often!