My love affair with Risoterria has been a long one. It started not long after I moved to Manhattan, and I have been excited each time I get to share the joy of this place with gluten bigots and 'normies' alike. In fact, it is actually so good that I have not brought anyone there who did not love it. It's a tiny place on Bleeker in the West Village. It does not take reservations and 9 times of of 10 I have to wait at least 30 minutes for a table. But I assure you it is worth it!
An easy favorite to anyone with food allergies, they have gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, and vegan offerings. Each is actually good. They are really accommodating with dietary restrictions, I have overheard someone ordering who had a garlic allergy (thank GAWD I do not have that one!).
I am obsessed with the breadsticks. They are gluten free and better than any breadstick I have ever had. Ever. I always keep asking for more. And they always kindly oblige. You can even buy the mix to make them at home. My husband and I have fallen into the routine of sharing the GF bolognese risotto and a mozzeralla gluten free pizza. I of course enjoy dousing my pizza in chili flakes (as pictured right).
They do have gluten free sweets on hand if you fancy dessert. I did have a red velvet cupcake once, and while it was good it was not the most amazing cupcake ever, so I usually opt for frozen yogurt afterwards instead (probably a good choice after all the breadsticks).
They also have an excellent selection of gluten free beer, which I have noticed has grown in recent months. I was really excited to see Omission there, which is one of my favorites. I also noticed a few brands last weekend that I haven't tried yet.
If you live in NYC or will be visiting NYC, ensure you go. Immediately or sooner. It will be one of your favorite restaurants too!