400 Gradi – Gluten Free Dining, Melbourne.
400 Gradi is an award-winning Italian restaurant but I definitely wouldn’t say it lives up to this reputation for the celiac community. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very nice restaurant and most of the staff are very accommodating, but it’s just not very celiac friendly (especially if you just want to order a main).
Due to the lack of options on the mains, I decided to go a little crazy and order 3 courses. To start I ordered the pork selection, this is quite good as you can pick your three favourite cuts of meat. Just ask for a little more meat to compensate for the lack of gluten free bread. This dish also comes with a generous serving of fresh black olives which are safe for us to eat so it’s not all doom and gloom.
For my main, due to lack of choice, I ordered the risotto. I’ve tried both the mushroom and seafood risottos at 400 Gradi and the seafood is much more preferable. The mushroom is a little too bland. The people I was dining with ordered wood oven pizzas and they could not stop talking about how good they were (probably why they’ve won so many awards), but unfortunately this pizza is not gluten free so is a biiiiigggg no go for us.
I also found that there were lacking in choice on the dessert menu but they did have something that could be ordered from the cheese bar opposite. Similar to that of the pork plate I outlined earlier, this was just the world’s finest cheeses combined to your liking. But considering that they don’t offer gluten free bread some may see this as not getting their ‘money’s worth’ (I didn’t really mind though as I’m not a big bread fan).
So I guess what I’m trying to say is that this restaurant is good for nibbles. I thoroughly enjoyed both the starter and dessert, but the main was disappointing. I think for the everyday person this restaurant would be amazing, but for us celiacs I’d probably steer clear.
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