I have been living a gluten free life since 2009 and I've been living in Boston for almost two years. I love to cook, bake try new foods and dine out. I love also like to write about it, so I've decided to share my stories here. This blog is all about cooking and eating gluten free in Boston and at home. I hope you enjoy it!
I heard about Nebo last year from a coworker
of mine who has celiac. I’ve also heard other people rave about it and saw it
on the Chronicle or Date Line last year. So when there was a Living Social deal
last month I bought it without hesitation. I had been dying to go and last
night I finally went.
I was not blown away. The flavors were
amazing, so fresh and so bold. But I was let down by the over price menu and
extra chargers for gluten free substitutions.
We started with two appetizers; the olives
and timballo de melanzana. The olives were served warm in oil with orange zest
and rosemary. This was delicious. I loved the warmth and citrus flavor mixed
with the saltiness from the olives and and contrast from the rosemary and other
spices they used. The Timballo de melanzana is eggplant and mozzarella timbale with fresh tomato sauce. In
cooking, timable can refer to both a type of baking dish and to a type of food,
usually prepared in and served in the baking dish of the same name. This
timable was layers of eggplant, mozzarella and fresh tomato sauce and it was
delicious. I highly recommend this dish. It is served hot in a timable and the
eggplant was so tender.
Timballo de melanzana
We also shared the baby arugula
and Parmesan salad. The arugula was so fresh with a slightly bitter taste and
paired nicely with the lemon vinaigrette. It was easy to tell that the Parmesan
was freshly shaved and it was delicious.
Everyone ordered gluten free
meals so we could share. Well actually if I’m being honest, they did it because
they are extremely nice and wanted me to be able to try everything and feel bad
when I am left out.
Jeremy ordered the “Bobby Flay Throwdown Winner” zucchini
lasagna and it was fantastic. This was layers of zucchini, homemade ricotta,
mozzarella, romano and marinara sauce. It was light and noodle-less (and
vegetarian).I highly recommend ordering
this, it was just amazing.
The Gluten Free Pizza was great. We tried the margherita and
the scampi. We all preferred the scampi. But both were delicious. I could taste
the freshness of the basil on the margherita pizza, it was like it was just
picked straight out of my garden. The scampi pizza had much more flavor, from
the garlic and parsley, and the crust didn’t get as soggy in the middle as the
margherita did. I think this happened because of all the tomato sauce, and once
it had been sitting for a while it started to get a bit soggy in the center
where it was already softer to begin with. I absolutely loved the crispy outer crust. I
just wish they didn’t charge an extra $4 to make it gluten free. It was great
but not great enough to pay $21 again for a pizza!
I was super excited to try the gluten free pasta. It is
still not something I find very often on restaurant menus, although it is
starting to show up more and more, but when I find a restaurant that offers it
I get so excited! The gluten free pasta comes with only one option; spirals. It
is not homemade, don’t be fooled. It is made and packaged in a gluten free
factory, and Nebo charges an extra $3 for it. Maybe it’s just me but I think
it’s ridiculous when restaurants charge extra for gluten free substitutions –
bread, pizza, pasta. I understand the price of gluten free food can be more
expensive, but why not try to find one not as expensive? It especially makes me
mad when it’s not homemade and even more frustrated when it isn’t even good.
Nebo isn’t the only restaurant that does this, so I’m not trying to pick on
them, but the upcharge here is one of the most expensive I’ve seen. My pasta
was way undercooked and it was so inconsistent. One piece would be semi
undercooked, another completely hard and one spiral every now and then would be
about 95% cooked. The taste was fine but the texture, not so much. We were
going to send it back but by the time the waiter eventually came over to our
table to ask how it was we were too hungry and had already begun eating it. It
was such a disappointment because I had been looking forward to this and not to
mention the sauce was delicious. So, I used the sauce instead on the lasagna –
which I thought needed a little more sauce anyways.
Shrimp with slow roasted spicy tomato sauce with gluten free pasta
We had a living social voucher for $50, which in addition to
wanting to try it for so long was the main reason we are here last night. Over
all it was good but not for the money. I enjoyed the pizza crust, but the
middles were a little doughier and softer, and the pasta was under cooked, both
certainty not worth the $3 and $4 upcharges. The lasagna was great but was a
little pricey at $21. The décor is very modern, not the place to go if you are
looking for a traditional Italian restaurant. It was also a bit loud, great
place for a big group, as it had a fun atmosphere, but not the most desirable
for eating out with your boyfriend and his parents. I’m not sure if I’d go
back. I might if there is another deal because I want to try the gluten free calamari,
which the table next to use ordered, and it looked really good. If I had
another deal I would go back for sure, but I’m not so sure I want to pay so
much extra just so I can have a gluten free pizza. I know plenty of restaurants
that make pizza just as good, if not better, for less money and no extra
The online menu does not mention the extra fees for gluten
free pizza and pasta, and I don’t think this is right. It’s kind of like luring
you in on false pretenses.
I did like that the maître d’ and the manager both came to
see how we were doing and if we were enjoying our meals. Our server was very
nice, but not very attentive.
Location: 90 North Washington St., North End Boston