The hunt for the best gluten free pasta ends at Bravo! Cucina Italiana

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In the hunt for a gluten free lifestyle, one of the hardest things to find a satisfying replacement for is pasta. Since the world would probably stop spinning on its axis without pasta, people deserve to know how to get their gluten-free fix in the Lansing Area: Olive Garden and Bravo! Cucina Italiana both offer gluten free options. And so the quest begins to find the best one.

To be as fair as possible, I ordered the same meal at both restaurants. I dined on Penne Rigate Pomodoro at Olive Garden and the Pasta Pomodoro at Bravo! Cucina Italiana. This dish contains penne noodles, tomato sauce and chicken. Bravo! Cucina Italiana adds caramelized onions, tomatoes and fresh basil that brings that dish from “I would pay 10 dollars for it” to “I will swear in court with my right hand on this dish”.

Each pomodoro was about the same price: around 14 dollars.

First I went to Olive Garden. The presentation was appealing and it smelled scrumptious. Olive Garden layered the components of the dish: noodles on the bottom, then sauce and chicken.

To my disappointment, the noodles were undercooked at first and then in minutes turned into a mushy paste. On top of that, the sauce tasted like watered down, sugary tomato paste. This unappetizing dish led to me eating a couple bites and then feeding it to my dog.

Because of my bad experience with Olive Garden’s gluten-free pasta, they gave me a gift card to make up for it. I do not recommend Olive Garden to anyone looking for good gluten free pasta.

Next was Bravo! Cucina Italiana. My experience here, thankfully, was much more satisfactory.

Although the presentation was not as appealing as everything was already mixed together, the food was delicious.

The noodles were cooked all the way through and did not turn to mush; the general taste and texture of the noodles was much better than Olive Garden’s. Bravo! Cucina Italiana’s sauce was savory, with the perfect touch of basil. The caramelized onions and tomatoes gave the pomodoro another dimension that really made the dish worth it.

When it comes down to it, I would recommend Bravo! Cucina Italiana for gluten free pasta-lovers. The pomodoro had a perfect balance and was the best gluten free pasta I have had in the Lansing Area.

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