Tour Italy Now’s been a fan of Huffington Post Travel since its launch. We’re especially fond of the stunning slide shows they run, and often post links to them on our Facebook page and Twitter account. Yesterday Dominic Siano, founder and president of Tour Italy Now, made his publishing debut in Huffington Post Travel with the piece, “Italy, Land of Pasta, Now Does Gluten-Free Cuisine.” The piece is based on dining experiences Dominic had on his first Italy tour since discovering he was gluten intolerant, that is, sensitive to food containing wheat, barley or rye. (People with a severe allergy to wheat, barley or rye have celiac.) Several months before his Italy tour, Dominic had given up bread, beer and, perhaps hardest of all to forego, pasta.
Can you imagine, going to Italy and not being able to eat pasta? From his first dining experience, in a restaurant in Milan, Dominic was impressed by the knowledge and sophistication Italians have about gluten-free dining. Time and again, from Milan to Rimini to Sicily, Dominic was bowled over by the wheat-free choices, including pasta, pizza and bread made without wheat. This certainly was one of those revelations from the Department of Who Knew? As it turns out, Italians have a high rate of gluten intolerance, so much so that children entering kindergarten are tested for it. As Dominic learned on his Italy tour, Italians have risen to the occasion and created some wonderful gluten-free dining options.
We think this is important for people to know when considering traveling to Italy, since the rate of gluten intolerance is rising in the U.S. If you know anyone who is hesitant about visiting Italy because of gluten intolerance, make sure you point them to Dominic’s article and, if they contact Tour Italy Now about an Italy tour, remind them to let us know. Spread the word! Italy, land of pasta (and pizza and delicious bread, too) is a haven for gluten-free cuisine.