Pollo Rustica – Yummy version of Chicken Vesuvio

After hearing a recommendation for 750 Cucina Rustica, my husband and I decided to try it out.  Glad we did!

The decor creates a very nice first impression, with planks on the walls, and some bistro-type seating.  The staff was welcoming and very pleasant, and the menu offered many appetizing options.  NOTE:  gluten free options are not highlighted on the menu, but are available.  Our personable waiter explained that they provide gluten free pasta, and there were entree selections that I could choose from.  Pollo Rustica was my choice, after the waiter confirmed that there was no flour in the preparation.  I was also tempted by the pesce bianco (whitefish), and I expect I’ll try that on my next visit.  There are a number of
appetizers, salads and risottos, in addition to the GF pasta dishes, that I look forward to trying in the future.

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I apologize for the half-eaten condition seen in the photo.  I was hungry, and plunged in before remembering to take the photo.  You can see that they prepare the dish on a grill plate which keeps the food hot throughout the meal.  The chicken was juicy, and cooked just right.  No toughness.  It was served with generous, well-seasoned potato strips, with some peas and a side of spinach.

My husband had Tuscan braised beef short ribs, and said they were excellent. Your non GF dinner companions will have many tempting options.

The 750 in the restaurant’s name refers to the temperature of the brick oven that is used.
Close to our home, at 7 Jandus Road in Cary, IL, I know this restaurant will become one of our regular stops.  If you are looking for a new place to try, I highly recommend it.   847-829-4933.  Open from 3 pm till 9 or 10 on weekends.

 

 

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Really Good Potstickers, Gluten Free

Certainly, selection of gluten free foods is getting better and better.  While the offering of frozen prepared meals still seems to lean heavily on ethnic recipes, some of the products are quite successful.  Recently, I have purchased several gluten free “feel good foods” packages, and I am particularly happy with the dumplings – otherwise known as potstickers.  These are available in chicken, pork or vegetable versions.  I have tried both the chicken and the vegetable and would happily buy them again.  They taste like you expect potstickers to taste.   No disappointment.fullsizeoutput_e36

The microwave preparation is quite easy – just pour a half-cup of water into a microwave-safe container, add the dumplings, cover with a damp paper towel, and microwave for 4-5 minutes.  The result is really excellent.
My only criticism of this company’s offerings is that there isn’t a broader selection.  If they do such a good job with potstickers, I wish there were more options.  As it is, they also offer egg rolls, empanadas, taquitos, and Asian meals.
Try them, you’ll like them.

Ethnic Restaurants have Gluten Free Food

Many ethnic restaurants regularly serve items that are gluten free, but I haven’t encountered many that take advantage of the opportunity to market this feature.

Chinese restaurants and Thai restaurants that prepare meals with rice noodles, rather than wheat noodles, have several options.  Chen Chinese Cuisine in Crystal Lake and Lake in the Hills, offers several dishes that are naturally gluten free, including Moo Goo Gai Pan and Pad Thai, and you can also order egg foo yung gluten free.  We had a wonderful meal at Yu’s Mandarin, but their extensive menu doesn’t emphasize their many gluten free dishes.

Japanese restaurants also have a number of dishes that are gluten free, but are more likely to feature the gluten free options. See the Kids and Gluten Free menu for Pl8 in Barrington.

And the Middle Eastern restaurants, the Indian restaurants, and others.  To my mind, they are missing a terrific marketing opportunity.  Maybe there is a trade group that could take the initiative to publicize this.