Italy Goes Gluten Free
Celiac disease or gluten intolerance is a real condition that causes discomfort to hundreds of thousands of people around the planet. No, it is not a fashionable diet.
Awareness of the problem spreads through Italy faster than in other European countries, where a gluten-free diet is seen as a trend that will soon go away. The initiative called “Alimentazione Fuori Casa,” “Nutrition Away From Home” has led 4,000 restaurants, pizzerias, hotels and ice cream shops to follow instructions for the preparation and storage of gluten-free dishes.
The initiative has reached Naples, where pizza is the most consumed product. The place, called Pizzeria al 22, was one of the first to start serving pizza on a gluten-free crust. However, guests are advised to call or write an email requesting a pizza without gluten, preferably a few days before the proposed visit, so that the restaurant can prepare the dough. Also, a pastry shop called Senza Glutine Siani began to serve authentic Italian sweets like tiramisu or cannoli without gluten.
According to the Italian news agency ANSA, there are more than 600 thousand people with celiac disease in the entire country.