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Zavino affords quite a lot of gluten-free pizzas

By Sara Clean

Though Philly will get a foul rap for its Byzantine liquor legal guidelines, we do have many choices that do not exist in different massive cities. With an plentiful variety of BYOBs and beneficiant glad hours on the town, I’ve turn into fairly spoiled with our choices. Since transferring right here, I have been within the pursuit of the very best gluten-free glad hour town has to supply, and I might be remiss to not share the love for my favourite restaurant on the town.

I’ve lengthy mentioned to mates that Zavino has the very best gluten-free pizza I’ve loved at a restaurant wherever. With its authentic-tasting crusts, Zavino shortly has turn into a favourite Heart Metropolis spot. At Zavino, I don’t really feel the necessity to qualify to my non-gluten-free mates that we’re consuming gluten-free pizza; the fluffy, flavorful crusts want no justification. Although Zavino does use a shared oven for its gluten-free pizzas, the gluten-free dough is ready individually and people crusts are baked atop a separate pan to make sure there isn’t any contact with any oven surfaces that will create cross-contamination.

Zavino’s baked ricotta gluten-free flatbread

Zavino’s stylish but informal vibe makes it an instantaneous hit amongst these visiting Heart Metropolis (112 S. 13th St., 215-732-2400) or College Metropolis (3200 Chestnut St., 215-823-6897) at any time, however throughout glad hour (4:30 p.m. to six:30 p.m.) the home wines and a number of other specials (together with full-sized pizzas) are solely $5. With most of the dishes already gluten free, and almost all the pizzas in a position to be modified, I’ve adopted a couple of standbys.

Most just lately, I loved Zavino’s margherita pizza and tacky bread (a baked ricotta flatbread with olive oil for dipping) from the happy-hour menu. Bonus: there isn’t a upcharge for ordering gluten free. Although not on the happy-hour menu, a favourite of mine is the spaghetti squash, blended with carrots, zucchini, pine nuts and tomato sauce, and topped with shredded provolone cheese. For good measure, we added greens within the type of the rooster paillard salad (sans poultry for a barely lighter fare), a refreshing arugula-based salad with watermelon radish and thyme French dressing.

Spaghetti squash at Zavino

Zavino impresses with its ample choice of gluten-free choices, however I’m most enamored with the standard of the meals. Between the flavorful meals choices and welcoming environment, the Heart Metropolis location has shortly turn into my simple go-to for an evening out with mates. The comfy eating room and relaxed outside seating on warm-weather days makes Zavino the right place to start out or finish a night.

Whereas Zavino appears quiet about their breadth of its gluten-free choices (I used to be tipped off by a fellow Heart Metropolis Celiac), I look ahead to attempting different choices throughout future visits. Within the meantime, I’ll proceed to do my half in spreading the phrase about Zavino’s scrumptious gluten-free pizza and – simply as vital – its glad hour specials.