A pioneer of completely gluten-free dining, Risotteria will surprise even the most determined wheat-lover with a charming staff and thoroughly indulgent eats.
I have a lot of gluten-free friends. Okay, I have 2, but when I consider how I only have, maybe, like 6 friends, 33% is a lot. So it’s important for me to always be aware of a gluten-free option whenever I’m dining out. Luckily for me, and for the friends I force to eat out with me on an aggressively regular basis, Risotteria exists.
This 5-table (there might be 8, or 10, but you get the picture, it’s tiny) space is gluten-free heaven, not only because are there huge, creamy portions of risotto, but because there are also gluten-free pizzas, pastas, paninis, and appetizers that fill out the menu.
A risotto with proscuitto, arugula, and truffle oil was rich and comforting, with just the right amount of earthiness achieved through the light oil, and the sausage, mozzarella, roasted peppers, and olive pizza had a nice acidic freshness. The most remarkable part of the pizza, though, is the crust, chewy and pocketed like the gluten-filled crusts we salivate over, and yet entirely gluten-free. No thin, crunchy, cracker-like crusts are found here.
Risotteria has done remarkable things rejecting the notion that gluten-free means dry and unoriginal, and the desserts are no exception. The tres leches cake was dense, gooey, and nearly dripping with sweet flavor. Not crumbly or stale, it was as excellent as any other.
Because the restaurant is so small, only walk-ins are accepted. Though on a weekday evening around 7 PM, the wait is usually no more than 15 minutes for a table for 4, making this cozy West Village spot perfect for those rather spontaneous dinner plans with more difficult to please friends.
While Risotteria may not be experimenting with any innovative flavors, it has pushed the boundaries on gluten-free cooking techniques, and in the end, with all of its comfortably classic, warm tastes, you might forget that there is no gluten to be seen.