1 July 2013


 July 1, 2013

I tend to spend a fair amount of time up in the Hudson Valley throughout the year and I am always on the hunt for new gluten-free locales to sample.  Just a few years ago the area was truly lacking in any significant gluten-free options but in the past five or so years there has been an explosion of restaurants either with dedicated gluten-free menus or at the very least an increased knowledge when it comes to handling diners with special dietary needs or food allergies.

A recent visit to Hudson, New York, a sweet little town with lots of great small specialty shops, allowed me to visit Baba Louie’s.  As always, I did my research before the visit to get a handle on their menu and gluten-free options.  There are actually quite a few gluten-free options and all are clearly noted on the menu –everything from sandwiches to pizza.  Not only are the gluten-free items clearly marked on the menu but gluten-free diners also receive a laminated card that explains the kitchen procedures to ensure that diners will have a safe experience.  Of course, in a shared kitchen, nothing is 100%, but I was extremely comfortable with the steps they were taking to make sure I would be just fine.  Additionally, that laminated card also details where there gluten-free pizza crusts come from (Better Bread Company) and the full ingredient list.  Nice.

I had a hankering for pizza when I visited.  I created my own gluten-free creation of Gouda, Parmesan, Canadian bacon, and basil.  The combination made for a delicious flavor combination.  The mellow Gouda paired perfectly with the bold Parmesan and surprising subtle Canadian bacon.  A generous top-layer of fresh fragrant basil rounded out this creation.  The crust was perfectly cooked and crisp and actually one of the better pre-made crusts I have come across.

Pizza, Menu, and Allergy Card.

Pizza, Menu, and Allergy Card.

Baba Louie’s has three locations – two in Massachusetts (Pittsfield and Great Barrington) as well as the Hudson, New York location.  Funny enough, I had eaten in the Hudson location when it was a different restaurant years ago – though the name of that place escapes me – likely why it is no longer.

You can learn more about Baba Louie’s on their Web site where you can also view samples of their lunch and dinner menus.

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