Listen, I always roll my eyes as soon as I hear someone utter the words, gluten free.” It’s usually someone who doesn’t even have celiac disease, but instead wants to be a part of whatever new diet trend to get skinny quick. So when I was invited to Asellina in the very swanky Gansevoort Hotel in NYC for a gluten free dinner, I wasn’t too excited. And then, I tried the food. Dear Lord, the gluten free menu at Asellina is what heaven tastes like.
Gracing the new menu are dishes such as hamachi crudo (with agrodolce, shaved fennel, jalapeno and blood orange), braised short ribs (with citrus germolata and rosemary polenta), and grilled chicken paillard (with marinated tomatoes, arugula salad and shaved parmesan) – and all pasta dishes can be served with gluten free pasta. So Asellina made it so that you don’t have to skimp on items that are usually riddled with gluten. You can enjoy just like the rest of us!
The hamachi will melt in your mouth. And don’t even get me started on those short ribs! They are so tender, you can eat them with a spoon. I thought I didn’t like beets, until I had their wood-fired beet salad. It changed my life. The flavor was almost meaty, without being too heavy. However, my favorite dish from the gluten free menu was the branzino alla genovese (baked Mediterranean sea bass, taggiasca olives, capers, pinenuts, fingerling potato, oven roasted campari tomatoes). Listen, you will want to request the chef’s presence just so you can kiss him on the lips. Oh, and two words: zucchini risotto. Nothing has ever tasted creamier or fresher.
Inspired by the flavors and textures of rustic Italian cuisine, Asellina is a neighborhood cucina and wine bar with a seductive atmosphere. Best known for fresh homemade pasta and pizza, Asellina also offers an array of traditional Italian dishes with a modern twist and unique wines by the glass and bottle. You’ll never leave. My first dinner there last three hours and even after that, I wanted to stay and luxuriate in the sexy setting.
Chef Andrea Montobobbio sincerely outdid himself in this offering! Please visit this amazing restaurant that not only serves as a hideaway for NYC’s hippest cool kids, but can easily be your favorite date night spot, your fave girlfriend hangout, or even your new favorite brunch spot.
Check Out The Full Gluten Free Menu!
EAST & WEST COAST OYSTERS & LITTLENECK CLAMS / 3 ea
cocktail sauce, mignonette
CHEESE PLATTER / 16
gorgonzola dolce, parmesan, kunik, pecorino
truffle honey & jam
CHARCUTERIE PLATTER / 18
olives & grainy mustard, capicolla, finocchiona, prosciutto,
BRESAOLA & PECORINO / 15
arugula, shaved fennel, lemon vinaigrette
BUFFALO MOZZARELLA / 16
heirloom tomatoes, taggiasca olive pesto
HEARTS OF ROMAINE / 12
parmesan,(NO carasau bread)
HAMACHI CRUDO / 17
agrodolce, shaved fennel, jalapeño, blood orange
WOOD‐FIRED BEET SALAD / 13
aged goat cheese, lemon‐mint vinaigrette
GRILLED LAMB BURGER / 21
aged goat cheese, arugula, fig jam,(NO grilled ciabatta)
ROASTED BRANZINO ACQUA PAZZA / 29
olive oil fingerling potatoes, herb gremolata
GRILLED 10OZ STRIP TAGLIATA / 36
pan roasted vegetables, herb oil
BRAISED SHORT RIBS /29
citrus gremolata, rosemary polenta
GRILLED CALAMARI / 25
GRILLED CHICKEN PAILLARD / 19
marinated tomatoes, arugula salad, shaved parmesan
all our pasta sauces can be served with gluten free pasta
ARUGULA / 7 ASPARAGUS / 7 RAPINI / 7
Check Out This Gallery Of Salads Made From Your Fave Fat Meals:
1. I'll Have A Salad
Eating healthy is no easy fete. It's so effortless to indulge in our favorite comfort foods and say we'll get to the gym tomorrow. From Chicken & Waffles to juicy cheeseburgers, the calories start to add up and our waistline pays the price. Not anymore! What if I told you there was a way to indulge in your fave fattie meals, without the hefty calories? You can turn your faves into a salad! Check out a few here!
2. Pad Thai Salad
Many people think that Pad Thai is one of the healthiest choices when eating out. However, the average Pad Thai calorie count is 900+! WHOA! In order to fully enjoy these yummy flavors, it may be best to eat them as a salad. Check out the recipe here: http://bit.ly/1ar2rEg
3. Chicken & Waffles Salad
No, there are no waffles in the salad! There's not even dressing. But with the real Chicken & Waffles weighing in at 1000+ calories, it's beneficial to find another way to indulge. With sweet oven-fried chicken and mangoes to dress your greens, you'll swear you're having the real thing! Check out the recipe: http://bit.ly/1c4xPHq
4. Cheeseburger Salad
There's nothing like sinking your teeth into a juicy cheeseburger! However, the 300 plus calories that many of our favorite burgers give us, is often not worth it. Once you add all the fixin's, your calorie count goes through the roof. Check out how to make it into a yummy salad! http://bit.ly/1aqjOVW
5. Pizza Salad
Who doesn't love pizza? However, we can't go around eating it with wreckless abandon because before you know it, your pants no longer button with ease. With each slide starting at 250+ calories (and 3 slices later), it's best to enjoy responsibly. Check out this amazing pizza salad recipe that you CAN eat everyday: http://bit.ly/LU2lKr
6. Macaroni Salad
Are you thinking--there's no way to make the savory and amazing dish that is macaroni and cheese into a salad. You're wrong! Where there's cheese, noodles and greens, there's a way! In just one cup of mac & cheese, you're allowing 250+ calories into your body. That's not good, but you know what is? Macaroni Salad (and not the mayo-heavy kind)! Check out the recipe here: http://bit.ly/1dvYE38
7. BLT Salad
BLT's are quite the yummy sandwich, but if you took away the bread and made it into a salad, you'd realize that you're always going to want to have your BLT without the bread! There are 550+ calories in a BLT. WHOA! Good thing you can skip all those and still enjoy a BLT! Check out the recipe here: http://bit.ly/19O6nP5
8. Buffalo Wing Salad
It's so easy to eat more buffalo wings than you should! Between the sauce and the juicy chicken wings, I just can't get enough. Remixing the buffalo wing by putting them on a salad will change the way you eat hot wings! There's 80+ calories in 1 chicken wing and we all know we don't eat just one! Here's a guilt free way of enjoying those finger-lickin' good wings! Check out the recipe: http://bit.ly/1dw40v1