Bistro 110 has been one my favorites for years. I have fond memories of eating there with my high school girlfriends during our escapes from teenage life in the suburbs. After a day of mostly window shopping along the Mag Mile, we’d treat ourselves to mussels and pommes frites at Bistro 110 and discuss everything from typical high school gossip, to college applications and our aspirations for career and family.
I developed a totally new appreciation for Bistro 110 as an adult living with
celiac disease, since they offer a dedicated gluten free menu that I
can enjoy. Bistro 110 is part of the Levy Restaurant group, who has done
job throughout Chicagoland of providing food that those with gluten
intolerances and celiac disease can enjoy at a wide range of venues,
including Wrigley Field, US Cellular Field, Arlington Park, and Ravinia.
Chicago magazine reported a few weeks ago, however, that Bistro 110 will be closing their doors on August 4th. In an interview with the magazine,Tony Mantuano described his vision for the restaurant which will re-emerge as an eatery inspired by the Abruzzo region of Italy. According to Mantuano, diners can expect a standing espresso bar, fresh mozzarella, skewered meats, salads bursting with fresh produce, and a rainbow of gelato flavors made on-site. Mantuano is also planning to install a wood burning oven for pizzas. I’d
like to place my order for a gluten free crust and soy cheese now,
Italy is one of the most celiac-friendly places to eat and travel. If this restaurant is at all reminiscent of my last visit to Italy, I am optimistic about the gluten free dining possibilities.