A Gluten-Free Culinary Delight!

Last week I went off to watch a talented friend of mine perform in a local production of the musical “West Side Story” in the township of Uxbridge.  Uxbridge is about an hour drive from Toronto.  My friend recommended a restaurant in town that was 100% gluten-free and wheat-free.  It serves Mediterranean style food using local ingredients.  When I learned it was 100% gluten-free and used local produce, I was super excited and couldn’t wait to try it out!!  My cousin Viv came along on this gluten-free adventure as she likes eating, and has a love for musicals.  Please sit back, and enjoy as I describe and show you how delicious and beautiful the food was presented in this fabulous gluten-free and wheat-free restaurant: Frankie’s Ristorante! 🙂

Welcome to Frankie's!

Welcome to Frankie’s!

When we entered the restaurant, we were immediately charmed by the cozy, cheerful and intimate ambience.  There were about 10 tables, ranging between 2-4 seats each.  Lovely artwork by local artists were hung along the wall, and the jazz music added to the atmosphere.  It was as if we stepped right into the 1920s, the Jazz Age or Roaring Twenties, a time of carefree fun and leisure.  We were wondering why there was a piano by the front of the restaurant, and later learned that on Friday nights and Saturday nights they have live music performances, and a jazz pianist performs on Friday nights.

Frankie Whole Resto

A better photo view of paintings on the wall

A better photo view of paintings on the wall

We ordered the following food on the menu:

Frankie's Bread: "Frankie's own home-baked bread topped with a chunky tomato sauce, Pancetta, bell peppers & feta cheese, then baked to perfection & served piping hot."

Frankie’s Bread: “Frankie’s own home-baked bread topped with a chunky tomato sauce, Pancetta, bell peppers & feta cheese, then baked to perfection & served piping hot.”

We had the Frankie’s Bread for appetizer, and the description on the menu surely reflected what we got.  It was most definitely served hot, and the combination of the ingredients on the bread made it sooooooooo scrumptious!

Mediterranean Pasta: "Brocolli, sunflower & pumpkin seeds, raisins, tomatoes & olives in a light tomato olive oil sauce."

Mediterranean Pasta: “Grilled Broccoli, sunflower & pumpkin seeds, raisins, tomatoes & olives in a light tomato olive oil sauce.”

We decided to order the Mediterranean Pasta since the description on the menu sounded very unique, and it was something we never had before.  For an extra $5, we added chicken to the pasta, so we could have some extra protein.  The pasta came in a very generous portion, and we actually shared the pasta; the restaurant kindly split the portion into two plates for us.  Half a portion of this pasta was filling enough for both of us already.  We really loved the taste of this pasta!  The crispness of the broccoli, the crunchiness of the sunflower and pumpkins seeds, the sweetness of the raisins and the freshness of the tomato and olives in the sauce somehow magically contributed to the overall light, refreshing and appetizing taste.  We were glad we split the pasta, as we had room for desserts after!

Frankie's Famous Sticky Toffee Pudding

Frankie’s Famous Sticky Toffee Pudding

Our friendly server Abbie suggested we try the restaurant’s best seller dessert, which was the Sticky Toffee Pudding.  When we had our first bite into this dessert, we were so happy that we took her suggestion.  Served warm, this pudding was simply a delight to our taste buds: it was sinfully sticky, sweet and moist!

Chocolate Berry Cake

Chocolate Berry Cake

Since we were both chocolate lovers, our night would not have been complete if we didn’t order something chocolatey for dessert.  We settled on the only chocolate dessert of the day, which was the Chocolate Berry Cake.  It was also served warm, and can be likened to the Molten Chocolate Cake, except it had berries in the centre along with the chocolate liquid oozing out.  We enjoyed this delectable cake as well, and felt satisfied and healthy after eating it.

Overall, we had an excellent dining experience here with the warm atmosphere, amiable and attentive service, and most especially the delightful gluten-free food.  I will definitely return and highly recommend this restaurant to anyone!  Check out Frankie’s website here: http://www.glutenfreefrankies.com/

To my delight, I have now discovered that there are wonderful places out there like Frankie’s that cater to people with gluten sensitivity.  Being gluten intolerant doesn’t mean eating unappetizing food for the rest of my life, so for that, thank you Frankie’s!  I am actually inspired to try cooking a few gluten-free meals in the kitchen now.  You may see a few recipes on gluten-free main dishes in the future here. So, stay tuned, my dear readers! 🙂

4 thoughts on “A Gluten-Free Culinary Delight!

  1. I’ve had the pleasure of dining at Frankie’s as well. There is also a gluten-free bakery along the same street. I totally forgot the name but they make the most awesome gluten-free pretzels! The two establishments may be affiliated and the woman who started the bakery did so in honour of her deceased son who was gluten intolerant.

    • Yes, the bakery is under the same owner, and we actually wanted to check it out after our dinner. Unfortunately it closed by the time we were done dinner. I’ll have to go visit it next time and try the the gluten-free pretzels!! Thanks for your suggestion! 🙂

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