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Today’s post is another addition in my Eating Out: mini-series: Zamani’s in Ashby de la Zouch in Leicestershire. You can see other posts in this mini-series here. This restaurant works closely with local farmers, sourcing most of its beef, lamb, pork and chicken within 5 miles of Ashby de la Zouch and is well known by the locals. It is separated into 3 main areas; the restaurant, Wine Bar and Cocktail Bar. Last week we celebrated a friends birthday there and I was so impressed and excited by the gluten free options, I wanted to share the experience with you. I hope you enjoy. C. -x-
Zamani’s is an Italian restaurant with the traditional selection of pizza and pasta but they also serve: steaks, chicken and chips, salads and burgers. There are so many options on the menu that are gluten free including the pizza served on a gluten free base. Starters include Minestrone Soup or Tomato and Basil Salad. They also bring bread and butter to the table which is also gluten free. It was nice to nibble on a classic option before a meal (bread at the table) and be included in the meal experience. I find so often I am left missing out on these options because the restaurant I am visiting doesn’t have a gluten free version. Sometimes, its the small things but those are the things that make all the difference. The bread comes out separately with a separate butter to prevent cross contamination. I had eaten so much bread, and wanted to enjoy main so didn’t opt for a starter.
Mains, and I couldn’t resist the gluten free pasta dishes. They all sounded incredible: from the Spaghetti Conzi (a pasta dish served with prawns and mussels tossed with roasted peppers and pasta) to Penne Arrabiatta (onions, garlic and chilli cooked in tomato with pasta) there is something for every taste. I loved how they also provide Piccolo portions which are a slightly smaller portion of food. I find more and more that I am unable to eat large amounts of food in one sitting, no matter what my eyes tell me when I am hungry! This is a perfect option for me, and trust me, it doesn’t feel like you are eating a smaller portion either. I went for the Rigatoni con Pollo, a truly indulgent pasta dish served with smoked bacon, chicken, mushroom and peas in a creamy sauce.
I may have mentioned in earlier blog posts, but I have a total sweet tooth. If there is a gluten free dessert available, you can be assured I will be ordering it – even if my stomach is so full I am struggling to move. I am glad I went for the Piccolo portion as it meant I had just enough room for dessert. There are options on the menu including the classic: sticky toffee pudding or ice cream but my heart, or stomach, was drawn to the
Crème brûlée. Indulgent dessert of cream and sugar served with berry compote, it was a perfect way to end the evening.
Thank you for taking the time to read this Eating Out addition. If you ever visit Zamani’s, let me know by tagging me on Instagram using #livingcoeliac or by sharing your experience directly to my Facebook page. Let me know where else you would like to see in this mini-series. Newsletter is now live! Don’t forget to subscribe so you do not miss out on any future blog posts.