Verdi Restaurant: the place to eat a good gluten-free pizza in Sabadell!
Normally, if I stay with my friends for dinner in Sabadell, we usually go to eat a gluten-free hamburger. But the other day I did not feel like eating a hamburger… that day I wanted a gluten-free pizza!
Near my house there is a fairly large public parking lot, so we usually meet there. We walked to the town hall. From there, we went down La Rambla till the Verdi Pizzeria Restaurant, at 109 La Rambla de Sabadell.
During the week, for dinner, normally you do not need to have a reservation. For me, this is a restaurant that was always there. Not because they always had gluten-free food, but because since I can remember I’ve seen it there. Also, before I was diagnosed, more than 17 years ago, I was already going to eat with my parents… by then… with gluten!
Upon entering, you will see the “pizzaiolo” on the left preparing the pizzas with gluten in a traditional oven. Do not panic, the gluten-free pizza is prepared in another kitchen, at the other side of the restaurant.
Like any good Italian food restaurant, just after you sit down, they bring you the menu, a packet of grissini and they ask you for the drinks. For now, they do not have gluten free grissini. In fact, I have never – nor in Italy – seen gluten-free grissini like the ones they usually offer in Italian restaurants. They ones you can buy are thicker and shorter bread sticks.
The last times I’ve been there, I’ve always ordered a gluten-free beer to drink. By inertia I order a Daura, but there they have Cruzcampo. No problem! With a good gluten-free pizza, any beer is fine.
Then I ask you to bring me the gluten-free menu. As you have seen in the photograph, we can choose between 8 types of pizza and spaghetti or penne (macaroni) with 7 types of sauce: carbonara, four cheeses, Bolognese, Neapolitan, pesto, mushrooms, or with garlic, oil and hot pepper. For dessert, there is only one option in the gluten free menu: pudding of mascarpone and coffee. In other restaurants they call it “gluten-free tiramisu” too!
Although the reason why I go to the Verdi is for the gluten-free pizza, when I have the gluten free menu in front of me, I always doubt between pizza or pasta… “Should I order spaghetti bolognese or a” bruno”? Or better the “donoso”? But I love the carbonara sauce a lot… “.
Finally I recover from my thoughts and order for the gluten-free pizza. I think I’ve only ordered pasta once, and since I did not take a photo of that dish, I can not share it… I’m sorry! I can only tell you that the Bolognese spaghetti is really good… next time I go I’ll order pasta and update the post! Promised!
Being allergic to fish, I usually try to order pizzas where there is meat, bacon or vegetables. One of my favorites is the barbecue and the closest one there is in the Pizzeria Verdi in Sabadell is Bruno. This is a fairly simple pizza that carries mozzarella, minced meat, tomato, Parmesan cheese and oregano.
But the last time I made it different! This time I asked for the “Donoso”. A gluten-free pizza that carries mozzarella, parmesan cheese, pepper, eggplant, zucchini, onion, natural tomato, mushrooms and oregano. Even though I am allergic to profilin (a protein that is present in the skin of raw vegetables and fruits), it breaks down in the heat, so I do not get an allergy if it has been cooked in the oven.
For dessert I used to order the only option that the menu offers: mascarpone flan and coffee. That is, gluten free tiramisu. As I have explained in other posts, chocolate is one of my perditions and, this time, I explained it to the waitress. “I would like to have something with chocolate… do you have something gluten free?” Before telling me “let me go ask the kitchen”, she was about to tell me a “no”, that there was only the gluten-free menu option. But no… she told me she was going to ask!
When she came back and told me that the chocolate mouse could eat it, I could not do anything else than smile. Actually, I had already been satisfied with the pizza and did not need to eat dessert… but my brain was screaming for chocolate. So I could not do more than please him and ask for the chocolate mouse cup with chocolate chips on top. Delicious!
I admit that it was hard for me to finish it, but I enjoyed as a child eating that glass of chocolate!
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