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Stuffed Cabbage Casserole with Quinoa Gluten Free

Stuffed Cabbage Cassarole with Quinoa

I had never had stuffed cabbage before living in Pittsburgh. The 12 years I spent living there opened my eyes to a whole host of foods I had never tried before. I immediately fell in love with polish food. Stuffed cabbage was one of the foods I thought I would dislike because I had never been a big fan of cabbage in general. After finally trying some at a friends home one evening, I was a cabbage convert. The mixture of rice, tomatoes, and beef,, all rolled up in the silky cabbage leaf was fantastic. I have attempted to make cabbage rolls my self on occasion. I find the boiling of the cabbage leaves and the rolling process tedious so I wasn’t making them often. One day I really was craving the flavors of stuffed cabbage. I decided to try and recreate it in casserole form to save some time. It worked beautifully. I traded out the rice which my boy doesn’t do well with for quinoa which is my go to rice substitute. I like the quinoa version even better than the rice version. I believe you will too.

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Nino’s Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant Review

Nino’s Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant Chesterfield Virginia

Nino’s Pizzeria and Restaurant

This location is permanently closed.

1108 Courthouse Rd,
Midlothian, VA

This place has a great family atmosphere. Nino’s Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant in Midlothian Virginia has dine in, carry out, and delivery! The fact that they deliver high quality gluten free pizza makes them our favorite pizza place ever! The gluten free pizza is pretty good and my girlfriend who is celiac and highly sensitive to gluten has never had a problem after eating it. For the non gluten free diners in your pizza party, Nino’s pizza is excellent. We have not yet eaten anything off of their pasta menu, but when we do a review will follow.

Rating by Laurie Clark: 5.0 stars

Nizza Restaurant New York Gluten Free Pizza Review

Nizza Restaurant

After reading the reviews and arriving at Nizza Restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen, we had high hopes, especially since they were quite packed. We opted for eating at the bar, as a wait on a table would be quite a long time (there were 5 of us). Once at the bar we ordered our drinks, and all went downhill from there.

Our drinks went empty a few times, each time we had to work to get the attention of the bartender (who was busy socializing with other Nizza employees) and point at our empty glasses to make her understand what we wanted. As I said, they were quite busy, so we refrained from complaining on how long it took for our food to be ready. What we did have to do, was send back my girlfriends gluten free Socca which is toppings on a chickpea pancake (the closest thing to a gluten free pizza they had on the  menu). It was burnt!  We’re not talking a little dark, either. The Nizza employees actually thought it would be ok to send out a “pizza” with black crust, a black bottom, and burnt toppings. I wish we had a chance to get a picture of the black mess.  We had them remake it and were told it would be about 5 minutes. After quite some time passed a new socca was brought out to her. She described the crust as mushy and tastless with a texture that was hard to choke down. The sauce and cheese were bland and of low quality. The sausage topping was great and the only thing she really enjoyed but there wasn’t much of it. The long hot peppers that were supposed to be on it were missing.

We could have eaten at another highly reviewed gluten free pizza joint but, due to the fact that this one was GIG and GFRAP approved we made the grave error of choosing Nizza.

The rest of the Nizza’s Pizzas? The other members of our party described the pizzas as “plain”, “tasteless”, and “it sucked”. One was all sauce and no cheese another was all cheese and no sauce. One was missing a few of the toppings that were clearly listed for this pizza on the menu. We ended up making a pizza sandwich of the two different pizzas to end up with something edible. Oh and they didn’t even bring bread to the non gluten free guests in our party.  All other tables were served bread and oil with spices to tide them over until their food came.

We passed our dislikes on to the manager, who stated he was sorry we didn’t like it. He let us know that Nizza’s pizza was “authentic” and that Nizza had the “best pizza in New York”. Then he walked off.

As for the Nizza Restaurant gluten free pizza, my girlfriend had pain and bloating equal to a gluten response for 24 hours after eating it and she is still having residual problems 3 days later. She hadn’t eaten anything else that could have caused a reaction. I’m not saying Nizza’s food caused her this reaction, it “could” have just been a coincidence… Or, it could have been the food.

We all left NYC that night unhappy with our dining experience.

Good job Nizza Restaurant. Burnt food, probable glutening, lack of care, and horrible customer service from both the standard employee and the management.

Rating by acook: 1.0 stars