Italy is probably the most coeliac friendly country in the world. There is a higher occurrence of coeliac disease in the Italian population than in other countries, hence there is amazing awareness of coeliac requirements and plenty of safe gluten free food on offer. Gluten free Rome is immense. There are loads of fully gluten free bakeries and eateries, plus many more coeliac friendly locations to discover.
I often get asked for my tips on Rome so I decided it was about time I wrote my gluten free Rome guide as I have visited a couple of times, most recently in autumn 2019. Below you’ll find plenty of gluten free food recommendations, as well as coeliac society accredited hotels, my top AirBnB self catering pick and some handy Italian gluten free phrases.
Scroll right to the bottom for an interactive map, which will help you find gluten free friendly places near you while you are in Rome.
While researching, I also discovered that Rome has an amazing gluten free delivery service called Celivery. You can order all sorts of cakes, fresh gluten free pasta and other goodies from various gluten free producers. This could be perfect for families who don’t have time to trek around the city but want to try some of the amazing gluten free goods on offer.
Where to Stay
Coeliac Society Accredited Hotels
In case you are looking for a gluten free friendly place to stay, the following hotels have been accredited by the AIC – the Italian Coeliac Society – and offer safe gluten free breakfast options:
- Hearth Hotel – a well-reviewed hotel close to the Vatican (as well as to two amazing gluten free bakeries, the best two I tried in Rome: Celiachiamo LAB and Le Altri Farine del Mulino, scroll down for full details)
- Hotel Fori Imperiali Cavalieri – a great value hotel with excellent reviews, close to the Colloseum
- Hotel Diana – mid-range hotel in the centre of Rome near the opera house
- The Duke Hotel
- Hotel Mozart
- Hotel Universo Best Western
- St Peter’s Keys
Self Catering Options – AirBnB
If you have not used AirBnB before, I would highly recommend it! We use it pretty much every time we travel and you get to stay in loads of beautiful homes in great locations. If you click here to join and you will receive £34 credit – £25 off your first home booking and £9 towards any experience booking!
In Rome we stayed at a brilliant AirBnB apartment close to my favourite gluten free bakery in Rome, Celiachiamo Lab (details below). This two bedroom place is owner by a English-Italian family and was absolutely perfect. Spotlessly, cool decor, two bedrooms and with kid toys and a crib available if you need them. It has a nice little kitchen and dining area too if you want to save some money by dining in and there is a supermarket close by:
Coeliac Italian Phrasebook
A few handy Italian phrases to get you started. English is quite widely spoken in Rome, but at least you can communicate some key basic phrases if you are in a total jam.
Sono celiaca = I am coeliac (female) [pronounced “sono cheh-lee-ac-a“]
Sono celiaco = I am coeliac (man)
Senza glutine = gluten free [pronounced “sen-zah glue-tin-eh”]
Gluten Free Rome
100% Gluten Free Bakeries in Rome
A fully gluten free supermarket and bakery, which also offers hot gluten free food to takeaway such as pizza. This place is absolutely amazing and was my favourite gluten free bakery in Rome. The range is incredible, very good value (some of the other bakeries are quite expensive) and everything we tried was delicious. We walked past this place every day on our way to and from the centre (from our Airbnb, linked above) and tried their pizza, croquettes and arancini, croissants, bigni and other cakes too. It’s close to the Vatican and very much worth checking out.
Another excellent gluten free bakery, although prices here area bit higher as it is right next to the Vatican. They sell some really wonderful cakes and treats, including cannoli that they fill while you watch. I really enjoyed the doughnuts from here (filled with creme patisserie or chocolate) and some very beautiful patisserie cakes. They sell very good bread, plus savoury items such as slices of pizza. Plenty of lactose free choices too.
Slightly to the West of the centre is this fully gluten free bakery, which also offers some dairy free and egg free options. Their croissants are reportedly very good and their bakes are generally rustic fare.
This fully gluten free Rome bakery has a lovely-looking selection, but is very small and located in the West Rome suburbs.
An amazing looking dedicated gluten free section at this bakery, if Tripadvisor is anything to go by. Goodies here include croissant and pastries, doughnuts, cakes, bread and pizza. Grab some treats, then sit and enjoy a coffee while you oogle the display. Once again though, this bakery isn’t very central.
This is probably the most centrally located gluten free bakery, right next to the Pantheon. I personally wasn’t that impressed when I visited as they didn’t have much selection but perhaps my visit was on an off day. It was a very classic bakery selection (rather than cakes or patisserie), such as bread, biscuits and rolls. Definitely worth popping in to when you are passing though.
Fully gluten free bakery with a huge array of gluten free cakes and baked goods. Closed on Mondays and quite far away from the centre of Rome so I have not visited personally.
A very small gluten free bakery pitching itself as a healthy bakery. They specialise in gluten free baked goods, gluten and lactose free baked goods and gluten free and vegan baked goods. They tend to have some desserts in a fridge too.
A fully gluten free bakery tucked away in the Roman suburbs. Worth a visit if you are staying nearby. They sell baked goods (included croissants), bread and pizza by the slice.
100% Gluten Free Rome Cafes & Restaurants
Plastered all over Instagram, you know this fully gluten free restaurant is ticking the right boxes for gluten free Rome visitors. Mama Eat’s menu makes your mouth water from just reading through it and they have all the good sutff – pizza, doughnuts and all sorts. A must visit for coeliacs in Rome and loads of my coeliac friends have told me it was their favourite place to eat in the city.
A 100% gluten free takeaway outpost of the main Mama Eat restaurant, but with a focus on typical Neapolitan street food. They serve cones of chips and seafood fritto misto, arancini, fried pizza dough with nutella, etc. The doughnuts are delicious BUT when we visited our savoury food was horrible (the seafood was inedible and the chicken strips were tough as jerky). Hopefully it was an off day as I have seen great reviews from others.
A fully gluten free risotteria focused on rice-based cuisine – perhaps a refreshing change from all those gluten free Rome bakeries :). Obviously they have loads of risotto varieties, but also: arancini, rice polenta, torta pie, tiramisu, apple cake and beer – all gluten free. We enjoyed our meal here and they had high chairs for kids, some outdoor tables and a nice quite location tucked down a pretty side street.
A small, independent burger bar that only serves gluten free food, including homemade gluten free burger buns. It’s away from the centre of Rome so they recommend booking ahead of time to ensure you don’t make a wasted journey. Meat, vegetarian and vegan burgers available. Sides include chips, chicken nuggets and nachos – all gluten free, of course.
Other Coeliac Friendly Cafes & Restaurants in Rome
These places are not fully gluten free, but many are accredited by the Italian Coeliac Society or at least offer very good gluten free options.
Health food spot close to the Pantheon with plenty of gluten free options – we had a brilliant lunch here. The focus here is “slow” street food. The slow food movement is an Italian movement against fast food, essentially it is still quick eats but they are made with care, using quality ingredients and usually artisanal methods. Ciao Checca has AIC accreditation and they were really helpful, assuring me about their processes. I had a lovely caprese pasta salad, with a side of roasted veggies and even some warmed gluten free bread. They have a few tables for casual dining in, plus nice toilets and baby changing facilities (and high chairs).
An AIC (Italian Coeliac Society) accredited cafe with extensive gluten free options and strong measures to prevent cross contamination. Big salads, waffles, pizza etc. Takeaway and sit down dining options, close to the Vatican. They only had one gluten-full cake when we visited, stored safely away from the rest of the items and clearly labelled “con glutine” (contains gluten). It’s a casual cafe style eatery, good for a quick lunch.
This restaurant cafe is AIC accredited and specific mention being able to cater for coeliacs in their Tripadvisor bio. They have lots of seafood options and are focused on traditional Italian food.
AIC accredited but I couldn’t find much information about the specifics of their gluten free offering.
Gluten free pasta and beer available.
AIC accredited Venezuelan food, such as arepas and other classic fare. I could not for the life of me find this place, but I was probably being an idiot and looking in the wrong place as it definitely still exists. It gets rave reviews for its authentic Venezuelan fare.
AIC accredited restaurant near Villa Borghese, which specifically mentions gluten free and coeliacs on its website. The restaurant does not have a gluten free menu because EVERY dish can be made gluten free (and coeliac safe) and they put a drop of balsamic vinegar on the edge of the plate of the gluten free meals. Their tasting menus sound delightful.
Offers coeliac-friendly gluten free aperitivo between 6pm and 8pm. You MUST have aperitivo when in Rome – think of it as a pre dinner drink with free snacks. Finding a gluten free offering is gold!
An AIC accredited restaurant that gets some rave reviews from the coeliac community. It’s situated close to the Vatican, in a rather unglamorous location on a busy roundabout, but it nice inside. Their entire menu can be made gluten free, from pizza and pasta to other classic Italian dishes.
Pizza AIC accredited and their website specifically mentions gluten free. They sound like they are incredibly accommodating to gluten free diners, but they were too far out of the centre for us to visit.
AIC accredited restaurant offering gluten free meal options.
Near the Colosseum offering takeaway sandwiches. They bake to order so if you want gluten free either call ahead to place your order or pop in, order, then come back to collect. I cannot see that it is AIC accredited though so please check about suitability for coeliacs if you check it out.
An AIC accredited restaurant offering gluten free pizza and pasta, amongst other dishes. It’s tucked down a rather nondescript alleyway but has some nice outdoor seating.
Another AIC accredited venue next to tourist hotspot, the Trevi fountain. This is such a crowded part of Rome, with everyone vying for photos of the fountain, but this little bistro could be a nice way to escape the madness. Nearly everything on the menu can be made gluten free.
Up at the top of the Spanish steps, this restaurant offers gluten free pasta as a menu option.
One I have seen recommended but I need to check out their coeliac credentials. Their takeaway containers are all compostable as they are striving to be a plastic-free, eco-friendly eatery.
AIC accredited and a good lunch spot apparently. Their gluten free offering includes good gluten free bread and pasta.
Near the Pantheon and accredited by the Italian Coeliac Society. Pizza, bruschette, etc. They have extensive gluten free options by the looks of their website and also offer dairy free and vegan options.
A takeaway sandwich spot offering gluten free bread, please check whether suitable for coeliacs as I didn’t get the chance to.
100% Gluten Free Rome Ice Cream Parlours
A fully gluten free gelateria in the centre of Rome. They offer incredible-looking cones and ice creams with wafers. Even the gluten-eaters are raving about it on Trip Advisor! My ice cream was huuuuge and flavours were delicious. I had nutella swirl ice cream and mango sorbet in a pistachio chocolate cone.
A chain of coeliac-owned gluten free ice cream shops that you can find scattered across Rome. There really is plenty of choice when it comes to finding a safe gluten free gelato in Rome. I really enjoyed their gelato as it was very smooth and the gluten free cones are lovely and crisp. Very good value too compared to some of the others.
You must try Grom while you are in Rome. It is another fully gluten free gelateria and their gelato is incredible. I used to live near one when I lived in Italy and I had to exercise some serious restraint to not visit every day. They have cruncy, chocolate-topped waffle cones (gluten free of course), lovely creamy ice cream and fruity sorbets, plus crunchy biscuit toppings and wonderful hot chocolate. They have a few locations in Rome.
A fully gluten free ice cream parlour next to the Trevi Fountain, which was recommended to me by a helpful reader. Their ice cream is delicious (try the cheesecake flavour!), although queues get quite long at peak times and the prices are higher than elsewhere due to its location.
Other Coeliac Friendly Ice Cream Parlours in Rome
This ice cream shop is AIC accredited and their website says that all of their products are gluten free. They have homemade gluten free waffle cones, magnum-style chocolate covered ice creams, plus traditional scoop ice cream too. They do offer normal cones, but will change the paddle for coeliacs and scoop from safe end of the tub upon request. Not worth making a dedicated trip for but worth trying if you are passing.
Dedicated Gluten Free Shops
A fully gluten free supermarket and bakery mentioned above, which also offers hot gluten free food to takeaway such as pizza. My mind was BLOWN by the amazing array of products on sale, including a huge range of fresh pasta and lots lots more.
Two shops in Rome dedicated to selling gluten free products, which also have a small bakery section.
New Food Gluten Free
A gluten free bakery/shop that sells lots of coeliac friendly gluten free products. Items include various beers, baked goods, fresh pasta and bread.
Roma Senza Glutine
A health food shop focused on gluten free products – ideal for grabbing some supplies (but note also that nearly all supermarkets in Italy sell at least some gluten free products). Could be a good spot for finding those more exciting gluten free Rome products to take home.
And Of Course…
And in case all that amazing gluten free Italian food isn’t enough for you, you’ll find that McDonalds in Italy offers coeliac safe gluten free buns for its burgers too.
Here’s a map of all the places mentioned above (aside from McDonalds) so you can easily find places near you while in Rome:
Are you in need of even more tips? Then check out the AIC (Italian Coeliac Society) website for a 100+ list of approved gluten free venues in Rome. You can even download their app to help you quickly find restaurants near you when you are hunting for a safe gluten free Rome meal. You do have to pay to access this AIC resource now.
For more gluten free Italy trips, check out my extensive range of gluten free travel guides. All are coeliac friendly (as I have coeliac disease myself):
- Florence Gluten Free Guide
- Tuscany Gluten Free Guide
- Siena Gluten Free Guide
- Lucca Gluten Free Guide
- Turin Gluten Free Guide
- Alassio Gluten Free Guide
- Perugia Gluten Free Guide
Happy travels! x