Aliola’s Pasta Bar Athens Greece
Question: Why would someone with celiac disease review a pasta bar? Answer: Because their rice pudding is to die for! Before I get ahead of myself, it’s worth mentioning that there are plenty of other delicious, gluten-free dishes that this celiac-friendly restaurant in Athens offers, so don’t let its status as a pasta bar put you off. Aliola’s is centred in the heart of the city in Monastiraki but is largely a takeaway-only business without any seating. You can pick it up from their cute shop window which is exactly what I did before eating my food with an impressive view of Hadrian’s library.
Is the Menu Gluten-free Friendly?
Everything at Aliola’s is very reasonably priced and service was quick. I was also pleased to find out that it was, generally speaking, a celiac-friendly restaurant in Athens. Oh, and I tried the palenta fries, burrata salad, and mini meatballs. I was completely stuffed once I’d finished everything. Needless to say, I had to save my gluten-free rice pudding for later in the afternoon despite my eagerness to try it.
I was concerned the burrata salad would be a little dull but I was wrong. Burrata is obviously delicious for its texture but I always find it needs the right pairings to bring out the flavour. The tomato jam and pistachio were exactly the right choices. The sweetness of the jam cut through the saltiness of the nuts and ham to the delight of my taste buds. Needless to say, I will be going back to steal the recipe.
The palenta fries were surprisingly good and had a decent crunch (who knew!). It went well with the ricotta and more of that tomato jam. Furthermore, they were a nice addition to the meatballs which were largely traditional. They were a miniature size which meant they weren’t dry in the middle so a pat on the back for smart thinking there.
Finally, the rice pudding. Truly delectable! They most certainly understand the art form of rich creamy rice. I love rice pudding in all its guises, however, Aliola’s really impressed me with theirs. I think that’s largely down to the mango cream. It adds so much zest and tang without detracting from the deliciously thick rice. Truly a match made in heaven.
Given that this celiac-friendly restaurant in Athens offers much more than a few gluten-free options, naturally, I’ve only reviewed what many would consider the secondary items on their menu, however, if their pasta is as good as their sides I’m going to say you won’t be disappointed. Because I picked it up instead of getting it delivered I can’t attest to the foods travelability however I can attest to the friendliness of the staff and the speed of service. I would highly recommend it next time you’re looking for a place to go in Athens.
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