I have been to Sette before, located in Washington, DC, Dupont Circle. I was pleasantly surprised to learn this past summer they offered gluten free pasta. I ordered a very generic corn pasta with tomato sauce and was quite happy and had no intestinal issues.
Unfortunately, my second visit to Sette was not so enjoyable. First off I am a bit of a self admitted wine snob and the red wine by the glass is good for those who are not well versed in red wine, but for those like me with a bit more of a sophisticated wine pallete it was ok at best.
They still offered gluten free pasta, it is a corn pasta, not great but it does the trick.
We started with the tri-color buffalo mozzarella and prosciutto for an appetizer, it was quite yummy. Of course I passed on the bread but my friend Tori enjoyed it.
For the main course I ordered the CAVATELLI all’ INDIAVOLATA pasta this has spicy Italian sausage, broccoli rabe and pecorino cheese. The server made fully aware of my gluten issue I didn’t think I would have an issue.
Unfortunately, within 10 minutes my stomach started to hurt and all the other digestive issues began that made me rush to the bathroom.
Clearly if a restaurant offers a gluten free option unless there is a place in the kitchen dedicated to no cross contamination, purely gluten free it just isn’t gluten free.
In defense of the management, after I explained what happened our meal was taken care of by the restaurant. The manager admitted he cannot be in the kitchen for everything to make sure a gluten free meal is separated from others, but they do take allergies very seriously.
To this learned experience, even if a restaurant or fast food place claims to offer gluten free, they are not truly gluten free unless a set place in the kitchen of the restaurant is dedicated as such and the pasta is boiled in a pot that ONLY GF pasta has been boiled in, same with veggies and meat and there is no cross-contamination.
Lesson to also be learned is that if Chick-Fil-A or other fast food restaurant, or regular restaurants hop on the GF bandwagon they are not truly such unless they state they offer an area in their kitchen truly dedicated to being gluten free.