People often ask me what I miss the most about having food allergies, and my response is always “pizza and beer.”  I have found wonderful gluten free beers, so I don’t even know if that is a fair answer anymore.  But, pizza is much harder to find a good substitute for.  Gluten free pizza dough can be very dry, and very hard to find.  So, you can imagine my surprise when I found out that a North End restaurant, Nebo, has an extensive gluten free menu.  Gluten free Italian?  Yes, please!  It is so hard to find!

I went this past Saturday night to Nebo, and was impressed by the ambiance.  Dark lighting, impressive bar, buzzing with people.  I was so excited to ask for my gluten free menu and find that it was a whole 2 pages long!  It had appetizers, entrees, pastas, and pizza.  I was in heaven at actually having a choice!  While trying to mull over my choices, I enjoyed a mango cosmo.  Deeelicious.  What a great flavor idea!

After looking at all my choices, I decided on pizza because I rarely can eat it.  I ordered my favorite combo, sausage and hot peppers.  I also asked for a BARE sprinkle of cheese… but then realized that pizza should be very cheesy or not at all.

But the excitement really stopped there.  The pizza  dough was impressive for gluten free, but the toppings were minimal.  I wanted a loaded pizza with my favorite combination, and it just didn’t live up to my expectation.  There was only about 1-2 sausage and pepper pieces on each pizza slice.

The check was also disappointing… my gluten free pizza was $15 PLUS a $4 surcharge for being gluten free!  But it was on the gluten free menu!  I hate it when restaurants charge extra for gluten free just because they can since I have no choice.  It is the perfect way to bother a customer that could potentially be so excited if you just took good care of their health.

So… although it was an adventure, I don’t think I will be back to Nebo anytime soon.  I just don’t think that my pizza and cosmo should cost $33 before tip.  The food was fine, but it definitely didn’t wow me.  Better luck next time!


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