October 1, 2017 |

Conversation: Alex Napoletano, Rubirosa, NYC

By Pizza Today

Alex Napolitano, Executive Chef, Rubirosa, NYC, new york, pizza, pizzeria, gluten free

Alex Napolitano, Executive Chef, Rubirosa NYC

New York City, New York

Our Pizzeria and Ristorante was founded over seven years ago by A.J. Pappalardo, the son of the famed Staten Island pizzaiolo Guissepe Pappalardo. A.J.’s vision was to open a pizzeria in Manhattan that reflected his father’s renowned recipes through a new lens. The style is unique, and has proven to be loved ubiquitously. We strive each and every day to innovate while holding true to the values that have made this business a success from day one.

First of all, a gluten allergy or intolerance is not to be taken lightly. An allergy or intolerance to gluten can have grave consequences, so we take pride in the fact that our guests that cannot contact gluten can have a satisfying experience here at Rubirosa.

Our gluten-free pizza crusts are sourced from Venice Bakery in California. Their thin crust emulates our traditional pizza much closer than others available. The gluten-free pizzas are built in a gluten-sterile environment and baked on raised pans in our ovens. We take the utmost care in ensuring that there is no cross-contamination between our traditional pies and our gluten-free offerings.

Our gluten-free menu is not limited to pizza. We have unique gluten-free items on our menu such as mozzarella sticks and rice balls (arancini). We also offer gluten-free fried calamari. All of these are comfort foods that someone with a gluten problem may crave but has little access to. On top of that, nearly all of our pasta offerings can be done without gluten.

We are one of the only restaurants in New York where someone with a gluten allergy or intolerance can indulge  in a stress-free meal while enjoying the comfort of classic Italian-American fare.

Consistency is key. We are committed to delivering the best possible product to our gluten-free clientele. Our offerings to the gluten intolerant are unique and diverse. Nearly the entire menu can accommodate those with gluten allergies, and offering comfort foods such as mozzarella sticks and spaghetti and meatballs give our guests the chance to enjoy their favorite foods safely and without stigma.

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Alex at Pizza & Pasta Northeast

Watch a LIVE gluten-free pasta demonstration on Wednesday, October 18 at 11:30 p.m. during Pizza & Pasta Northeast (PPNE) at the Atlantic City Convention Center. More on PPNE’s packed education and demonstration program at pizzaandpastaexpo.com