Friday, February 3, 2012

La Follia

The other night I went to an event titled "The Face of the Ghetto" at the U.N. with my friends Lyz, Danielle, and Chloe.  It was a great exhibition, preceded by comments by the UN Under-Secretary-GEneral for Communications and Public Information, the Permanent Representative of Germany to the UN, and the President of the International Auschwitz Committee.  The exhibition portrayed life in the Lódz Ghetto between 1940-44 through pictures that were taken by prisoners during that time.  The photos had never previously been accessible to the public; it was very interesting to see the photos along with the accompanying text, particularly after having traveled to Germany and Poland this past summer.

Anyway, after we went to the exhibit we headed to my 'hood for dinner at La Follia.  Before going I made sure to check out the menu, as I usually avoid Italian food because of the dearth of gluten free options.  I was delighted to see that La Follia offers gluten free pasta for a $2 surcharge.  When we arrived, I made sure to ask what kind of pasta the restaurant uses (brown rice) and whether the pasta is cooked in separate, gluten free pots (yes).

When the entrée was brought out I was a bit disappointed by its underwhelming size.  Additionally, the flavor of the pasta wasn't outstanding;  I ordered the Spaghetti Pomodoro and thought that the flavors in the Pomodoro didn't pop as much as they could have.  I would definitely try La Follia again because I enjoyed the atmosphere and the location (just a few blocks from my apartment!) but on another go-round I would definitely avoid the Pomodoro sauce.

All in all, I enjoyed La Follia because the price wasn't outrageous, the service was good, and the ambience was great.  I can't wholeheartedly recommend this as my favorite gluten free Italian place in the city (that award goes to Bistango), but I can say that if you are in the need for a gluten free pasta mix you could definitely do worse than La Follia.

Do you love it or do you love it?
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La Follia
226 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10003
212-477-4100

1 comment:

Chloe said...

and the waiter was cute!! and don't forget the gluten free dessert that you LOVED!