We don’t often hear from suppliers of gluten free products, so I invited Catherine Forward from Let’s Go Italian to write about her best selling gluten free product. She also has some helpful phrases to help you eat gluten free in Italy. Let’s Go Italian is a small family business based in Great Missenden, Bucks, UK which has been selling authentic Italian food and gifts online since 1997. Catherine is the owner and loves Italian food!

Over to you, Catherine…

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Ever since I started Let’s Go Italian, I have been asked by lots of different people for Gluten Free pasta. I started the business because of my love of Italian cooking and had not even realized that pasta could be anything else but Durum Wheat. However, after some research, I discovered a great Gluten Free alternative, Corn Maize Pasta.

I have also learnt that Italians are quite educated when it comes to understanding Coeliac disease and eating Gluten Free. My Italian friends have told me that children are tested for Gluten intolerance at pre-school age and their pharmacies have a great stock of Gluten Free foods including breads, biscotti and of course, pasta.

Part of Let’s Go Italian’s philosophy is that all our ingredients are sourced from quality Italian producers. It has taken a while, but finally, we have found an authentic Italian producer, Molino di Ferro of Treviso in Northern Italy who do a great range of Corn Maize pasta. Rice Flour pasta wasn’t the instant success that corn maize pasta has been. I suppose it is the translucent white colour of the pasta that is off putting. However, as well as tasting great, the golden colour of the corn maize pasta is very appealing. There are also a variety of shapes, so it doesn’t always have to be spaghetti. It can also be penne, tubetti, fettuce or shells.

If you are heading to Italy for your holidays and are worried about eating there, don’t be. You will eat well and can even sample the pasta as well. Here are a few useful phrases to write down and master when eating out.

Do you serve Corn maize pasta? E’ possibile ordinare della pasta di farina di mais?

I am unable to eat Durum Wheat Pasta. Non posso mangiare pasta di grano duro

Is this suitable for a gluten free diet? E’ questo prodotto senza glutine? Sono celiaco e intollerante al glutine.

Alternatively, visit http://www.celiactravel.com/gluten-free-cards/ for ingenious printable cards that are perfect for taking with you when you eat out on holiday. Available in loads of languages, from Argentinian to Uzbek and including Italian, they are a great resource.

Equally, if you enjoy cooking at home and would like to order some pasta or other gluten free Italian ingredients from Let’s Go Italian, use the code FRF10 at the checkout to receive 10% off your order. (Valid until the end of August 2010). Click on www.letsgoitalian.co.uk to browse our range. We are a UK based company who deliver all over the world. Overseas orders delivery charges are quoted separately based on weight.

Buon Appetito!

Thanks, Catherine. And thanks for the discount offer, too!