The list of restaurants friendly to those who can't tolerate gluten keeps growing. Here are four of the newest additions.
ABEETZA NEXT DOOR, 82 Glen Cove Rd., Greenvale
Abeetza's chef-owner, Joseph DeLorenzo, offers a lush zucchini lasagna that's gluten free, since it substitutes zucchini for pasta. The vegetable is layered with a mix of goat cheese, ricotta and Parmigiano-Reggiano and topped with red sauce before it's baked. You also can get gluten-free personal pizzas and gluten-free pastas.
BBD'S -- BEERS BURGERS DESSERTS, 49 Rte. 25A Rocky Point
At this hip Rocky Point nexus for well-crafted burgers and craft beers, chef Ralph Perrazzo presents the option of a gluten-free bun, which works with beef burgers as well as his house-made falafel burger. Cheeseburger nachos are made with gluten-free corn chips.
THAT MEETBALL PLACE, 54 W. Main St., Patchogue
On the menu of this gastro pub specializing in all manner of meatballs are gluten-free chicken meatballs, seafood balls and a vegan ball made with rice, lentils and vegetables. Check out the daily specials for more gluten-free options.
MAGIC TACO CORP., 3321 Sunrise Hwy., Islip Terrace
Anything but your average taqueria, the quirky new spot is driven by two chefs: Steven Scalesse, the force behind Tulullah's in Bay Shore, and Devin Delgado, who cooked with Scalesse for years. Rice flour kimchee pancakes with pickled vegetables are colorful, piquant -- and gluten-free. Also good are crispy-fluffy banana pancakes, made with gluten-free rice flour, topped with bananas Foster jam.