Out on the 'Tahn': Great Gluten-Free Restaurants in Pittsburgh

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Whether you are new to Pittsburgh, new to gluten-free, or want to entertain your friends who are gluten-free, one of the questions that many people face is where to go to get great tasting gluten-free food. This post seeks to answer that question in our hometahn (for those non-Pittsburghers, that means hometown). Fortunately, there are many great restaurants in the city that cater to the gluten-free diet. Here are some of our favorites, but we’re sure there’s more so please let us know any we missed!

ITALIAN
  1. Mandy’s Pizza (West View)
    Mandy’s owner, Steve Negri, started offering gluten and allergy friendly food so that his son Brandon could enjoy pizza. His passion to help his son has allowed him to develop one of the best gluten-free pizzas we have ever had. He now also offers french fries and wings from a dedicated gluten-free frier as well as gluten-free hoagies, flatbreads, and a variety of baking mixes. Please note that only the West View location is able to do gluten-free. An added bonus is that Mandy’s pizza is a short drive away from the Auroch’s lair in Emsworth.

  2. Bella Frutteto (Wexford)
    Most people assume that following a gluten-free diet means saying goodbye to Italian food, but Bella Frutteto does an awesome job disproving this claim. In fact, they have a three-page gluten-free menu offering a wide variety of appetizers, pastas, and entrees. I’m a sucker for the gluten-free Sausage and Chicken Pasta. Bella Frutteto has an added bonus of being across the street from Soergel’s.

  3. Gluten-Free Zone (Murrysville)
    The Gluten-Free Zone was started in response to Ali’s diagnosis with celiac disease. Their deli offers a variety of soups, sandwiches, and pizza as well as packaged products. Doug swears by their donuts. Be sure to check out their website for a series of recipes as well.

  4. Giovanni’s (Dormont)
    Gluten-free pizza, pasta, desserts, and beer. Need I say more? This is a hidden gem located on the other side of the tunnels in the South Hills. On top of a wide variety of gluten-free options, Giovanni’s delivers pizza fresh to your doorstep. Now that is a true gem.

ASIAN
  1. Jimmy Wan’s (Cranberry, Fox Chapel)
    Jimmy Wan’s is known for its Chinese and Pan Asian Cuisine. This type of food is usually a sore subject for celiacs because soy sauce is one of the biggest culprits for “hidden gluten” as most soy sauces are processed with wheat. Jimmy Wan’s does a great job with gluten-free and offers a multiple page menu of appetizers, sushi, entrees, and side dishes. This restaurant also holds a special place in my heart as it is where my fiancee, Emily, and I enjoyed our first date.

  2. BD’s Mongolian Grill (South Side)
    BD’s is a buffet-style Mongolian Barbecue located in the South Side. You fill your bowl with as many raw ingredients as you can, and they do a great job indicating which sauces are and are not gluten-free. They then cook your meal on a wok. If you go, be sure to tell the chef that you have a dietary restriction, and they will take your meal into the back and cook it on a dedicated surface.

  3. P.F. Chang’s (Robinson, Homestead)
    P.F. Chang’s offers a handful of gluten-free Asian cuisine that is either gluten-free or modified to be gluten-free. The gluten-free items are served on their own branded, special colored plate to ensure that their is no confusion. As with any restaurant, be sure to properly communicate with your server on your dietary restrictions.

AMERICAN/FINE DINING
  1. Meat and Potatoes (Cultural District, Downtown)
    Meat and Potatoes is a trendy ‘Gastropub’ located in the cultural district, downtown. In their words, a Gastropub is a pub serves high end or craft food and libations that also focuses on the fundamentals of food and education. They have a very knowledgeable staff and do a great job of gluten-free. This place also holds special place in my heart as it is where Emily and I got engaged (noticing a trend?)

  2. Franktuary (Lawrenceville, Downtown, Food Truck)
    The Franktuary in Lawrenceville has quickly become one of our team’s favorite hang out spots and for good reason. Situated in the trendiest part of Pittsburgh, they offer great food, great drinks, and an awesome atmosphere. They are also very knowledgeable about gluten-free with millet buns and our favorite plate, the poutine. Be sure to check them out on Sundays for brunch. An added bonus is that they are a stone’s throw away from Arsenal Cider. After enjoying their ‘Fighting Elleck’ on tap at Franktuary, pick up an extra growler on the way home.

  3. Six Penn Kitchen (Cultural District, Downtown)
    Located in the cultural district downtown, Six Penn Kitchen is a great spot for a date night or a happy hour. They offer a dedicated gluten-free menu which includes appetizers, salads, and numerous entrees.

  4. Seviche (Cultural District Downtown)
    Seviche offers a wide variety of gluten-free offerings and a dedicated gluten-free menu consisting of ceviche, midplates, and tapas. For those not familiar with ceviche, it is a seafood dish where the seafood cooks in an acid, such as lime juice. Be sure to check out their Chef’s Table, which features 7 gluten-free courses for $40.

Remember, at any restaurant or establishment, it is important to communicate with your server to ensure that they properly accommodate your needs.

Hopefully this gives you a good sense of the many great establishments in our town that provide great gluten-free options. We know that there is no way we covered all the great spots in town, especially since as budding entrepreneurs, our budget is a little tight for going out to eat. If you know of any other good gluten-free restaurant options in Pittsburgh, let us know by posting a comment below.