My Top 3 (Gluten Free) Travel & Dining Destinations: Italy, New York & California

My Top 3 (Gluten Free) Travel & Dining Destinations: Italy, New York & California

By Lynn Mendelsohn

 Lynn is a strong advocate of living a holistic lifestyle and is well trained in helping individuals with Food Allergies and Celiac Disease.
Lynn is a certified health coach by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition
and is a graduate of Montclair State University.
A Lover of travel and living Gluten & Dairy Free, Lynn is 
CEO of Get That Healthy Feeling and (Certified Health Coach and Gluten-Free Tours in NYC)


Hi, my name is Lynn and I’m an avid traveler and also someone with food intolerances.

I was diagnosed with Lactose Intolerance in the 3rd Grade, IBS in college, and then self-diagnosed myself as being Gluten Sensitive over 4 years ago.  In those 4 years since going gluten-free I have noticed many more gluten-free eateries popping up in my travels and I wanted to share them with you .. we’re all foodies at heart!

Italy is very celiac/gluten-free friendly!

1.  Italy  Can you believe the origin of Pasta, Pizza, and more is actually huge for Celiacs and the Gluten Sensitive community alike! I visited on my Honeymoon and I was in pure gluten-free Heaven! There were so many options for finding gluten-free food,  from the Pharmacies ( farmacias) to many of the Restaurants.  I visited Sorrento, Rome, Florence, and Venice.  In Sorrento I discovered my favorite authentic gluten-free Pizza at Villa Rubinacci!  My favorite restaurant in Rome was La Soffitta Renovatio.  While I visited many places in Italy, I will have to say that no one asked what a Celiac was … they already knew. In Italy, Celiacs even get a state subsidy to compensate them for the higher cost of gluten-free foods.

NYC is a mecca for gluten-free dining!

2.  New York City – From the many bakeries to exquisite restaurants with gluten-free menu’s, this is really the best place in the US that I have found for ordering gluten-free food.  I offer Gluten Free Tours for the Gluten Free Foodie!  My three favorite gluten-free eateries in New York City are Lilli & Loo for Chinese (amazing Spring Rolls), Juice Generation – for a frozen gluten-free treat check out their PB Acai Bowl, and Schnippers for the best gluten-free Sloppy Joe made on an Udi’s Bun! Stop by Hu Kitchen for the best gluten-free chocolate bars (try their puffed quinoa chocolate bar it tastes just like a kit kat to me) and delicious healthy food in a cafeteria style. My favorite Brooklyn brunch spot is Sun in Bloom.  If you’re in Long Island make sure to check out Bare Naked Bakery and if you’re in New Jersey check out The CakeOver Bakery.  Bare Naked Bakery has the best Rainbow cookies while The CakeOver has the most delicious coffeecake!  [When booking a Gluten Free Tour during the week I only need 48 hours notice, weekends need at least 1-2 weeks notice.  Check out pictures HERE]

A day of sightseeing & shopping

3.  California –  (specifically Palm Springs, Los Angeles and San Francisco)  Having recently visited on a Birthday trip to California I fell in love with the freshness of everything.  I especially enjoyed Real Food Daily (locations in Santa Monica, LA & Pasadena). They make the absolute BEST gluten-free, dairy-free Chocolate Chip Cookies! California definitely seems to be using the freshest ingredients in all of their dishes!  My favorite healthy spot, Healthy Creations, is in San Francisco, and is 100% gluten-free and literally has food for everyone!  Another awesome restaurant located in San Francisco is called Bio.

And the winner of the best cruise line for Celiacs or anyone with a gluten intolerance:  In my opinion, Royal Caribbean!  They took good care of me from the moment I boarded the ship. They went over the menu each night for the following night!  What could be better than feeling like a princess while on vacation, I was very well taken care of!

If I’ve missed a location that you’ve visited with tons of  gluten-free options and deliciousness please comment below!

Thanks for reading – Lynn.


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The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center, check out the details HERE



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On September 9th, 2013, posted in: CeliacCorner Blogs by
4 Responses to My Top 3 (Gluten Free) Travel & Dining Destinations: Italy, New York & California
  1. Italy, my favorite destination of all time, and yes they are very gluten-free savvy. Thanks for the list of recommendations for New York and California too.

  2. Heading to New York City in a few weeks, will take this list along for the ride. Cheers.

  3. Nice, thanks. I am new to a celiac diagnosis and have always loved to travel.I’m glad to see there are so many restaurant options available to us.

  4. Thanks for a great list of restaurants Lynn! I can’t wait to get back to Italy to try out some of the ones you mentioned. A few of my favorite NYC eateries to add to your list are: (for pizza),, and for dessert … Of course I can’t wait to visit Jennifer Esposito’s bakery as well!

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