Mama Brought Gluten Free Heaven to Rome

gluten free has never tasted so good


Mama Eat

One night, Gab and I came in early with our 24-hour metro pass in hand and decided we wanted a good, Italian meal to end the day. After some research, we stumbled upon a restaurant called Mama Eat and decided to head to Trastevere to their Rome location.

Little did we know, we were en route to a gluten free’s paradise.

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Mama Eat can make everything on their menu gluten free. Not only that, but they have a completely separate kitchen for gluten free eaters. Everything is homemade and nothing like the processed gluten free food back in the States.

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Through my travels, I am constantly worried about getting contaminated and missing out on a day of exploration because I can’t wander too far from a bathroom. Mama Eat gave me the ability to indulge in an authentic Italian meal without the fear of any cross contamination.

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Mama gives gluten frees a problem we never have to face… too many options to choose from. The menu is extensive; each and every item sounds too good to pass up. If you are a gluten free foodie planning a trip to Rome, make sure you plan more than one night at Mama Eat.

Not that you can go wrong with any item on the menu, here is what Gabrielle and I decided to order. It was delicious and like nothing I had ever eaten.

We started off with Mozzarelline (fried mozzarella).

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Gab captured my face after bite one. This is my “How can this be gluten free?!/If they can make fried mozzarella this good imagine the other stuff/There’s five of these… I hope gab lets me have three.” (she did. she rocks.)

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Next came our pizza. *jaw drops*

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I ordered Provola, which was smoked mozzarella and tomato sauce.

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Gabrielle got the 4 Formagi (four cheese).

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The pizza here is out of this world, whether you eat gluten or not. We were all smiles, all dinner.

If you thought we were done after round two, think again.

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We couldn’t pass up an opportunity for a Nutella and powdered sugar covered pizza made with their homemade gluten free pizza crusts.


Mama Frites

If Mama Eat wasn’t enough to make you gluten free foodies plan a trip to Rome, it gets even better. The family behind Mama Eat opened a street food, Neopolitan fry called Mama Frites. Before I say anything about this place, let me just warn you that in my four days in Rome, I ate at Mama Frites five, yes FIVE times.

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Mama Frites is a completely gluten free spot on Borgo Pio, just a stone’s throw away from the Vatican. The menu is amazing, the food delicious, the service great and the price unbeatable.

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Each meal I ate at Mama Frites, I would run into Celiacs from all over the world. It was awesome having conversations with other gluten free travelers. Each and every group I spoke with mentioned their struggles finding gluten free food. Not only that, but we all explained our desire for more places like Mama Frites around the world. Most of the Celiacs I ran into explained that, similar to me, they made multiple trips to Mama Frites in their short stay in Rome. I am not alone in my obsession.

Here is a look at my favorites on the Mama Frites’ menu.

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It’s fun starting off the meal with a cup of fresh cut fries. But this is only the beginning of the deliciousness.

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This gluten free sandwich was my favorite at Mama Frites. It is called the Devoretor (gf bread, fried chicken, fries and Italian cheese). This place has the best gluten free sandwich bread on earth, and I say that with confidence.

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This is the Margherita Pizza at Mama Frites. I am constantly thanking Italians for making pizza and the Mama Restaurants for letting me enjoy it.

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This is a calzone. They have a lot of different options, but we went with ham, cheese and tomato sauce. It’s been so long since I have been able to eat a calzone, and this one made the wait worth it.

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Once again, I found myself ordering a Nutella pizza. This was my favorite one to date.

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I’ll end my gallery of delicious food with this mouth watering menu item. Cuoppo Delizioso, you have my heart. But in reality, how could anyone resist gluten free sugar biscuits covered in Nutella?


Check out Mama Eat website here & Mama Frites’ website here.

A little birdy told me that this family is trying to open a place in New York City. We can only dream.

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