Italian cuisine is known and loved for its pizzas, pastas, breads, and other wheat-centric specialties.
This is why it can also seem like a culinary minefield for anyone who suffers discomfort caused by that pesky protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. Fear not, Tucsonans with gluten intolerance, we’ve got you covered!
You can enjoy an entire 5 course gluten-free meal here at Vero Amore without feeling like your simple request has challenged our staff or manipulated your dish’s entire recipe. In fact, our staff has been extensively trained so that you can be confident that what we prepare is truly gluten-free, without any fear of cross contamination.
We know that it is always much easier and more comfortable for our patrons with special food needs if they can see their options before they even come in our doors, so we’ve dreamt up some delicious gluten-free ideas for five delectable courses.
Any of our appetizers usually served with “toast points” or “crostini” can simply be served without them - meaning all appetizers except for the Meatballs and Wood-Fired bread are still open to you. Two appetizers that are naturally gluten-free are:
Our clams in the shell steamed in a garlic white wine sauce
Black mussels steamed in garlic white wine with Marinara or Fra-Diavolo sauce
Thanks to our gluten-free salad dressings, your options here are many. Our Caesar Salad would also be an option if you simply requested it without croutons.
House salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and either homemade tomato balsamic vinaigrette or wasabi ranch dressing
Homemade mozzarella, prosciutto, and tomato on a bed of mixed greens with a basil olive oil dressing
Romaine topped with baked prosciutto, grilled onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, Gorgonzola cheese, and an egg - served with wasabi ranch dressing
3. Main Course
We offer a gluten-free pasta and gluten-free pizza dough, so a simple request to your server to “make it gluten-free” leaves your options here wide open. Here we’d like to encourage some of our dishes served with polenta, since polenta is a delicious corn porridge that is naturally gluten-free.
Grilled herb marinated steak served with creamy polenta, braised mushrooms and garlic cloves finished with a rich Chianti butter sauce
Pork Oso Bucco
Pork shanks served over creamy Romano polenta finished with a hearty white wine tomato sauce
Slow roasted ½ chicken cooked in a zesty tomato, red pepper and caper white wine sauce, served over creamy polenta finished with fresh Parmesan
Roasted Garlic & Tomato Pasta ordered w/ Gluten-Free Pasta
Your choice of grilled chicken or shrimp sautéed in a blend of roasted garlic, tomato, Marsala wine and cream - tossed with gluten-free pasta, sun-dried tomatoes, and pine nuts
Specially-ordered Gluten-Free Pizza Lussuria
Tomato sauce, Genoa salami, homemade mozzarella, garlic and crushed red peppers on gluten-free crust
Traditional Italian style ice cream in one of our inspired feature flavors
5. Cheese and Wine
Rustic Basil Burrata ordered w/out Crostini
Creamy homemade burrata mozzarella served on a bed of steak sliced tomatoes drizzled with balsamic basil vinaigrette garnished with parsley
A glass of Prosecco or Sauvignon Blanc
These are just some of the many gluten-free options we offer at Vero Amore, so feel free to head to our menu page to conjure up more delicious meal ideas. We look forward to serving you, and offering you another gluten-free locale for you to frequent with confidence here in Tucson.