At Giolitti Deli, we have a wide range of pasta and offer some unique brands to our customers. We have regular and gluten-free options, including regular semolina pasta, imported egg pasta from Italy, brown rice, corn and quinoa pasta, corn pasta, and rice pasta. Continue reading to learn more about our delicious pasta, then come on into Giolitti’s to try some for yourself!
What Does It Mean To Be Gluten-free?
Many people are going on gluten-free diets, whether because they have a gluten sensitivity or if they just want to try the popular diet. Those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity benefits from a gluten-free diet, and it can significantly improve their quality of life. Those without gluten sensitivity can also benefit, as they may find that staying away from gluten allows them to eat healthier and feel better. Foods that include wheat, barley, and rye are not allowed on the diet, so alternative ingredients must be used to produce gluten-free pasta.
Corn is gluten-free, so it is a good substitute for those avoiding whole wheat flour. The pasta is made with a mixture of corn flour, coarse cornmeal, and water to create the dough. The result is a light yet delicious texture and taste.
A combination of fine white or brown rice flour and rice bran is often used to make rice pasta. Rice bran is a leftover from the milling process, and in addition to being gluten-free, it contains antioxidants and fiber.
Quinoa is another good source of fiber, as well as protein. It is a seed that cooks like a grain but can be ground into flour. Quinoa pasta is often combined with corn flour to make another great gluten-free pasta option!
Italian Egg Pasta
Italy is also producing gluten-free pasta to cater to those with gluten sensitivity or on a gluten-free diet. The pasta is made with cornstarch, tapioca flour, potato flour, olive oil, and eggs to create a delicious authentic Italian meal. Some recipes also include xanthan gum, which is a thickening food additive derived from corn sugar to provide more structure to the pasta.
Authentic Italian Cuisine From Giolitti Deli
Giolitti Deli is a full-service Delicatessen in Annapolis, MD, specializing in authentic Italian cuisine. Founded in 1992, we use the freshest ingredients to make time-honed recipes from scratch, with no MSG or preservatives. We believe in real food and offer many healthy options, including vegetarian and vegan menu items. At Giolitti Deli, we make our own sauces, mozzarella, grilled and roasted vegetables, bread, pizza dough, and desserts, and our sandwiches, salads, pasta, pizza, and entrees are made to order. Owner Mary Giolitti has combined her passion for great food and fine wine to offer Annapolis a true taste of Italy!
Team members who also make the business possible include Manager Kathy Hunter, Manager and Catering Director Cheryl Molesky, Head Baker Porfirio Diaz, Chef Alfredo Escobar, and Deli Manager Noe Merino. To contact us, please visit our contact page or give us a call at 410.266.8600. Also, be sure to keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and our blog!