My visit to Bruschetta, Italian gluten free Restaurant in Kingston

Yesterday Mr S and I decided to make the journey over to Kingston for some authentic Italian food. Not just any italian food, but Gluten and yeast free, very exciting! I remember on my first visit to Bruschetta over a year ago I actually had a tear in my eye after eating my first mouthful of Pizza in many years due to my gluten intolerance.

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Bruschetta turns gluten free eating out, on its head by offering gluten free pizza’s, pasta and puddings to everyone as First choice. You have to ask specially for a regular gluten filled pizza, Brilliant! I never worry about cross contamination when I eat here. Julia herself is gluten intolerant and her sister is a diagnosed Coeliac.

On Sunday we were the first people to arrive to the London road restaurant, but Bruschetta soon filled up and had a lovely buzzy atmosphere.  Like all good traditional italian restaurants it has a real family feel and I immediately felt transported back to holidays in Italy, In pre gluten free days.

Ordering is always difficult because I can never decided between the array of gluten free pasta dishes, risotto and pizza choices on offer. We eventually both decided on pizza’s Monteverde ( mozzarella, tomato, parma ham, fresh rocket and parmesan ) for me with extra chicken. Mr S had his usual, the famous Alex Corbisiero’s favourite ( Buffalo mozzarella, tomato, italian sausage, diced chicken and spicy salami )

The Pizza’s arrived quickly and were enormous and looked fabulous!

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It is very exciting to be able to eat pizza out in a restaurant, being gluten and yeast free means I cannot eat out at the pizza chains. Making these occasionally treat meals very special.

We enjoyed our pizza’s very much, fresh ingredients and friendly staff adding to the experience and such traditional surroundings.

I was fortunate to get a chance to speak to Julia who explained that she goes to great lengths to find the best quality italian gluten free dried pasta’s, breadsticks, biscuits etc which are on sale in the restaurants. Christmas Panettone classes raisin or chocolate chip are still available but are selling out quickly.

As it was extra special to be eating out at an Italian restaurant, we allowed ourselves pudding as a treat. We both chose the chocolate and hazelnut cake slice with ice-cream baked by Julia. It was delicious and a very good size slice. I should have shared a pudding really. will remember next time!? Our meal cost approximately £20 per head for pizza, pudding and a bottle of water.

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Bruschetta is really worth a trip, the gluten free Italian food is exceptional. The decor in the restaurant could perhaps do with an injection of cash to spruce it up a little but in some ways this just adds to the authentic italian family restaurant feel. Once the restaurant is full of people eating and drinking with lots of laughter and chatter, nothing else matters.

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The restaurant is popular with some famous rugby players maybe you will spot one or two when you go along?  We have seen Alex Corbisiero who plays for England a couple of times, enjoying his favourite pizza with fellow players and friends.

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Bruschetta is on Facebook

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141 London road

Kingston upon Thames

KT2 6NH

0208 5469328

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Gluten free pizza at its best!

Yesterday my husband and I took a 45 mins drive to Kingston especially to have lunch at Bruschetta restaurant on London road. We were welcomed and seated by the window. The restaurant was not overly busy, but I had not taken any chances and had booked a table.

Parking is not easy but suggest Asda car park is your best bet. Perfect to pick up any shopping on your way home. It has a 2 hr limit so if you are after a leisurely lunch then maybe worth looking closer to the town centre. There is certainly plenty of choice on the menu. Lots of delicious starters, mains and puds.

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The Pizzas range from £7.90 to £11.50. We both decided on the gluten free Alex Corbisiero favourite, which consists of buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, italian sausage, diced chicken and spicy salami. The pizzas arrived promptly and were straight out of the oven and very hot. I was beyond excited! I don’t have pizza very often so this was a real treat. It had the thinnest stone baked base, crispy and a good size. The topping was quite runny which I loved. Buffalo mozzarella melted into the tomato base just perfect! My favourite of the pizzas I have tried there so far.

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We both thoroughly enjoyed our pizzas very much. Feeling very satisfied we decided to share a pudding. I chose for us the Caprese the chocolate, almond and hazelnut cake. Gluten free, homemade and served with cream or ice cream. Naughty but oh so nice!

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The cake was soon devoured, a definite 10\10 at £4.25 I thought it was a fair price. Desserts range from £3.50 to £4.25.

It was lovely to go out to eat, in the confidence that Chef Julia being gluten intolerant herself, and her team know all about gluten intolerance. They can also cater for other food intolerances too.

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I can recommend this Italian restaurant not only for its great pizzas and fresh pasta.

But also as a place to pick up gluten free pasta, breadsticks, biscuits. A take away service is also available for pizzas and pizza bases can be purchased to,

for baking at home.

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I look forward to returning again soon, many more things to try!

Gluten free Kingston

Last week I took the park and ride bus from Chessington World of Adventures to Kingston with the intention of doing some Christmas shopping. But almost as soon as I arrived realised this was more of a gluten free recce!

Firstly I came across a very tempting little shop called sweet revenge bakery. I gazed  longingly through the window wishing desperately that I wasn’t gluten intolerant. I then noticed a sign on the glass announcing that gluten free cupcakes were available at weekends – beyond excited! Sadly it was a Friday and I’m currently avoiding sugar, so maybe just as well!

I found @RevengeCupcakes on Twitter and due to popular demand gluten free cupcakes will now be available everyday. Great news! I also checked that the cakes are baked and stored separately, which they are. However they couldn’t guarantee 100% gluten free as they’re prepared using the same kitchen, which is no different from pizza restaurants etc. I will return in the new year to give them ago. I can’t wait!

Almost immediately I came across a health food shop foodforthoughtuk.com fully stocked with free from goodies, I was like a kid in a sweet shop! I often visit the sister store in Guildford but was even more impressed with the selection here. Deciding to come back later to stock up,  I headed out to the shops.

By this time I was starving, remembering that I had read on Bruschetta restaurant‘s website that they supplied fresh gluten free pasta to an eatery in the Bentalls centre, I scurried over to see if I could find it. Centre view restaurant is inside Bentalls itself. Very excitedly I rushed to the pasta section, I couldn’t see a sign but asked anyway. No problem came the answer, I chose spaghetti with pesto and parmesan.

Gluten free fresh pasta was not a cheap option at just over £7 especially in a canteen style eatery. But I have to say it arrived quickly and although looked a little unattractive on the plate, tasted incredible. Will definitely return again for lunch next time I’m in Kingston.

I also couldn’t help but notice a large sign saying ‘gluten free cakes available’ (also made by Bruschetta restaurant) purely for research purposes I asked what cakes were available, sadly they were all sold out. But was assured that there would be more in the very next day. Temptation number two avoided, phew!

This had turned into a real foodie day and with not a great deal of Christmas shopping done I headed back to Food For Thought. Stocking up on GF savoury biscuits, crisps, buckwheat flour and another Organ pizza mix. There was so much more I could have bought, maybe next time!

I’ve decided Kingston is my new favourite place to shop and eat.

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Desperate for gluten free Pizza

After reading so many tweets and blogs about the new gluten free pizzas available, and not being able to try them myself, I decided it was about time that I had a go at making a gluten and yeast free pizza. Fortunately at the back of my larder I found a Orgran pizza mix (I was initially confused by the instructions mentioning yeast but after reading more carefully realised I could skip that part)

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The dough was easy to make up and it was all very straight forward. The pizza was soon in the oven topped with some tomato puree, pepperoni and cheese. I have to say I was pretty excited about having Pizza at home, as in the last 5 years or so I’ve only had pizza from Bruschetta Restaurant in Kingston for a special treat (amazing by the way!). Really pleased with my results, pizza just like I remembered.

Definitely not something to eat to often, but made for a great treat.

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