These were delicious and I demolished nearly all of the box by time we had reached our next stop in Florence. They were similar to a shortbread biscuit with a lovely chocolate centre. We stopped briefly in Florence for some lunch and stumbled upon a restaurant called Il Portale. I asked the waiter if anything was ‘senza glutine’ and he promptly brought over my own menu. I had a huge choice but went for a simple pasta dish accompanied but a gluten free beer. It was incredibly tasty and the pasta was cooked for the perfect length of time. In Siena we dined in a restaurant called Vivace, on this occasion I opted for a healthier dish of grilled snapper – again, delicious.
The next couple of days were spent at the wedding venue near Sarteano where I was incredibly well catered for. I had exactly the same as the other guests and I was in heaven. Pizza was served on the first evening and it was hands down the best pizza I have ever eaten. The day of the wedding we had two pasta courses followed by a meat dish and again all courses were to die for. I did not feel excluded in any way whatsoever and thoroughly enjoyed every mouthful. We were staying in a self catering apartment hence took a trip into nearby Sarteano to see what gluten free goodies we could source. We went to the local co-op which was by no means huge but this is what I found:
Even in the tiny village of Radicofani in a corner shop they had a small selection of gluten free products. I fell in love with these:
In essence, I would not hesitate travelling to Italy again and rest assured you will be incredibly well catered for.