I recently dined at Dal Cuore, an Italian Restaurant in Johns Creek, which offers gluten-free menu options daily. Chef Greg Lipman has a full menu of options that include homemade bread, desserts, pizza, lasagna, and pasta dishes. Dal Cuore is one of the few places in Atlanta offering scratch made pizza crust, as most of the other gluten-free crusts are frozen.
Chef Greg Lipman is very informed when it comes to food allergies/intolerance and takes great care to avoid cross contact in the kitchen. They prepare gluten-free pasta (corn based) in separate pans, use dedicated utensils, and they even have a separate fryer for their gluten-free offerings. I definitely appreciate their ability to make dairy-free versions of many of their dishes (not lasagna).
I thoroughly enjoyed the gluten-free bread and the roasted garlic olive oil dipping sauce. I ordered the gluten-free pasta with house-made sausage, rapini, and tomato in a roasted garlic olive oil. The sausage had a great spicy bite to it and was fabulous when paired with the roasted garlic olive oil. The serving size was huge and there was more than enough leftover to eat for lunch the day. Other popular dishes on the menu were the lasagna and the gluten-free pasta with classic vodka sauce with sausage, tomato, and asiago cheese sauce.
Tiramisu and Ring Ding (flourless chocolate cake with caramel sauce) desserts are always on the menu and they are gluten free. That night the chef made Strawberry Almond Shortbread as a special offering, but it contained dairy. When I inquired what dairy/gluten-free options they had I was presented with a bowl of macerated strawberries in balsamic vinegar and homemade marshmallow fluff that was out of this world delicious. It is possible to offer gluten and dairy-free desserts that are not fruit or sorbet, so chefs please take note!
If you have a corn or soy intolerance, Chef Greg has outlined below how the gluten-free dishes are prepared:
- They use a soybean oil blend for cooking and frying, but you can request olive oil.
- No soy or corn are in the homemade bread or pizza dough.
- The Sunday gravy has trace amounts of soybean oil.
- The vodka and marinara sauces are made with extra virgin olive oil.
- The ring ding and tiramisu do not contain corn or soy.
They have a market next door that carries a wonderful assortment of imported ingredients used in their cooking, such as, meats, wines, flavored balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, and tomatoes at very low prices. They even sell Sam Mill’s gluten-free pasta in multiple shapes for less than $2 per bag.
The restaurant offers a wide selection of wines by the glass and bottle, so I was able to enjoy a glass of Prosecco with my meal. The restaurant is kid friendly and family oriented, so I am happy to be able to add Dal Cuore to our weekly rotation of restaurants to enjoy a gluten-free meal.
Have you eaten a gluten-free meal at Dal Cuore? What did you have?