The Israeli Restaurant Fulfilling Gluten-free Dreams

Following a successful run last year, the Gluteria – chef Eran Zino's gluten-free restaurant – will open its doors for nine days during Passover.

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Jaffa's Gluteria will offer gluten-free pizzas and breads throughout Passover.
Jaffa's Gluteria will offer gluten-free pizzas and breads throughout Passover.Credit: Yoram Aschheim
Libby Sperling

When he found out that his daughter was gluten intolerant, chef Eran Zino began thinking of creative solutions for preparing gluten-free pastries and cakes. He then discovered a whole world of alternative flours in place of regular wheat flour, and began experimenting. Zino's food was a winner with his daughter, and he kept on expanding his repertoire. The problem began when she wanted to eat out, and then father and daughter realized that it wouldn’t be an easy matter.

As a result, Zino opened up a pop-up gluten-free restaurant last Passover as a sort of field test. The restaurant returned this year, and its recurring goal is to fulfill the dreams of people with celiac and those who abstain from gluten.

Following last year's success and popular demand, the pop-up restaurant, which offers gluten-free sweet and savory goods and proper food dishes, is resuming its activity over the holiday, alongside a deli, now closed, that offered gluten-free cakes, breads and wines.  

When we visited the Gluteria – which returned to last year's premises at Jaffa's Noor Culture Club, we discovered a seasonal and creative kitchen.

Among the first courses to be served at the Gluteria, you can find an herbs salad with apples and pistachios, fish ceviche with pineapple, chilies and cilantro, a sirloin steak corn taco, ricotta cannelloni and a lamb focaccia (36-46 shekels). Entrees include roasted gnocchi with vegetables and a hazelnut butter, noodles with crispy duck, red onion and bok choy, a classic schnitzel, roast chicken and lamb neck with pistachios and roast vegetables served with potatoes (56-92 shekels).

To the delight of children with celiac and abstaining adults, the place offers a pizza menu full of delicious toppings such as artichokes, four cheeses, anchovy, mozzarella and arugula, as well as a vegan pizza with tomato sauce, cashew cheese, sweet potatoes and Turkish spinach (42-62 shekels).

The highlight of the flour-free kingdom is dessert; chocolate, cream and mascarpone brownies, and an almond dacquoise cheesecake served with a grape and quince compote, among others (32 shekels).  

The Gluteria will be open from April 24 to May 2, between 11 A.M. and 11 P.M. Noor Jaffa, 5 Ben Ya'ir Street, Flea Market, Jaffa. (+972) 53-6205985.

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