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Mario Batali's Del Posto Restaurant Now Has Gluten-Free Menu

By Christine Show | May 10, 2013 2:02pm
 The Chelsea restaurant expanded its menu to meet the demand of people on the gluten-free diet.
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MANHATTAN — Mario Batali is offering gluten-free pasta dishes at his Chelsea restaurant Del Posto, the blog Well and Good NYC reported.

The Italian Michelin star restaurant co-owned by celebrity chefs Batali, and Joe and Lidia Bastianich, now has a gluten-free alternative for almost every pasta meal. It’s an appetizing option for people who avoid gluten, a wheat protein that can aggravate the stomach.

Gluten-free meals have long been a consistent choice on the Del Posto menu. But the eatery decided to expand the gluten-free meals as more people have diets that limit the protein, the restaurant’s executive chef Mark Ladner told the food website.

People on a gluten-free diet typically eliminate pasta, bread, crackers and other food that contain wheat, barley or rye. The diet is necessary for people with celiac disease, a gluten allergy.

Although a small portion of the population actually has the disease, the diet has become increasingly popular as a way to handle gastrointestinal problems.

Ladner told the food website that the gluten-free pasta looks similar to its regular pasta.

Batali has hosted a number of television shows, including as co-host to ABC’s The Chew. Joe Bastianich is a judge on Fox’s MasterChef. His mother, Lidia, is host of Lidia’s Italy.