Puccini’s Smiling Teeth is a restaurant that offers gourmet pasta, pizza, and salads. Keep this restaurant in mind when traveling through the midwest as there are locations in several Indiana cities, Indianapolis, Bloomington, West Lafayette to name a few. As well as a couple in Lousiville & Lexington, Kentucky. Of course I have dined at the West Lafayette location, however I believe all locations are now offering a gluten-free pasta and pizza.
The pizza crusts are made by French Meadow Bakery and can be topped with over 40 toppings. See a full list of available toppings on the Puccini’s website, left-hand side of the page. The gfree pasta that is available is made by Ancient Harvest Quinoa, which contains corn and is not a viable option for individuals with both a corn and a wheat intolerance. When ordering your pasta dish, please be aware that you cannot get the spaghetti and meatballs, as the meatballs are made with flour. You also must not order the chicken piccatta, as the sauce is manufactured in a facility where cross contamination might be an issue. Also keep in mind that although there are many varieties of Quinoa pasta available, Puccini’s only offers the gfree spaghetti noodles at this time. So when you order gfree baked ziti, you will get a baked spaghetti. The meat sauce is okay to eat, but do not order anything with meatballs.
When dining at Puccini’s recently, I ordered the chicken alfredo (which came with the spaghetti noodles). I thought the sauce was good, however some of the noodles were stuck together. I know this has happened to me at home when I didn’t stir the gfree pasta regularly while cooking. I think that it also helps to add oil to the water before adding the pasta. The gluten-free pastas cost a dollar extra at Puccini’s. I would like to see them carry the ziti or a spiral shaped pasta along with the spaghetti noodles.
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