Oct 31, 201107:44 AMArchived - Life [with a side of allergies]
A gluten-free restaurant review
I tend to be a very discriminating patron, especially of restaurants—my sister Tracy says I'm picky. But I prefer the word "critical." I mentally evaluate every restaurant I frequent for things like cleanliness, service, taste and allergy friendliness.
And may I say that I had the single most accommodating, pleasant, tasty dining out experience of my life recently.
I was in Hershey for a funeral and after the graveside service, I found myself driving down Chocolate Avnue. Settled across the street from The Hershey Story is an unassuming restaurant with a sign out front that says, "Fenicci's." It is an Italian restaurant, which can always be a little dicey for someone with allergies, but I was hungry and a little desperate, so I went in.
Oh, my goodness! I entered allergy heaven. Never in my life have I seen a menu that was so gluten-free friendly, both in navigation and in ingredients. Options that could be made gluten-free were clearly labeled and the options were, to a celiac patient, limitless.
I sampled a few of their pastas, one of their appetizers and even soup. Any time I had a question, the server was more than happy to quiz the chef for me, and I was able to get clear, honest answers from the kitchen about ingredients, preparation, etc.
And the food was good! I couldn't believe it. Some places have mediocre gluten-free fare, but Fenicci's of Hershey was something special.
If you're new to the world of celiac disease and you feel trapped in the four walls of your own kitchen, then Fenicci’s is the place for you. Your gluten-free family members will be able to dine with the same amount of choice and great taste as your wheat-eating relatives.
I am proud to say that I give Fenicci’s two thumbs up and a gold star for allergen friendliness and great food.
What restaurants would YOU like to give the “allergen thumbs up” to? Let us know!