Gluten Free Italy: Bella Vista Pizzeria, Lake Garda

My global quest to discover the world’s best gluten free pizza is well documented both on this blog and via my Instagram/Twitter feeds. So epic is this quest I sometimes wonder whether this blog should be called (with a large nod to Kelly) Around the World in 80 Gluten Free Pizzas. Except my tally of gluten free pizzas consumed around the world now far exceeds 80. Sorry? Not really, no.

So when I took a trip to Lake Garda on our recent weekend in Verona, I was particularly happy to discover that in the town we were visiting there was a highly rated pizzeria offering gluten free options.

Restaurant Bella Vista Pizzeria located in Peschiera del Garda a small town on the shores of beautiful Lake Garda.

As far as gluten free pizza perfection comes, Bella Vista’s pizza is very high on the list. Why?

Gluten Free Options on the Menu

Not just gluten free pizzas are on offer here, but a whole host of tempting gluten free treats such as gluten free calamari (so long since I had that) fritto misto and more.

Pizza Crust

I like it thin, crispy and cooked in a proper pizza oven. This ticks all boxes!


For me the perfect pizza is as they are served in Italy – with just enough topping to taste but definitely not over loaded.

What’s not to love about sitting out on a vine covered shady terrace, right next to the sparkling waters of Lake Garda in the May sunshine?

Finally, is there gluten free beer?

Yes there is! Although I stuck to water on this occasion.

Website: Bella Vista Pizzeria

Cost: Under EUR 50 for 2 adult pizzas (one gluten free), 2 children’s meals plus salad, grilled vegetables and drinks. Outstanding value.

Would I go back? You bet! I wish every Sunday lunch could be like this.

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  1. Rachel ¦¦ A Nesting Nomad
    May 27, 2016 / 9:59 am

    I was amazed by all the excellent quality gluten free foods in Italy. I do think it’s one of the best places to travel as a coeliac. Granted, I’ve only been once (!) and I’m now thinking I need to fix that asap! That pizza base looks delicious, and good to have some other options available too. As for the lake view, that’s definitely a winner.

    • May 27, 2016 / 10:30 am

      I can’t recommend travel to Italy more highly! I’ve spent a lot of time there over the years and it’s just incredibly easy to be gluten free there. The Lakes are so beautiful – and each is quite different. Also highly recommend!

  2. May 27, 2016 / 4:40 pm

    “Around the World in 80 Gluten Free Pizzas” . . . . Oh, what a wonderful idea!

    Italy certainly seems to be a fantastic vacation destination for coeliacs. Both myself and Alex at Food Allergy and Intolerance Ink also wrote about great recent experiences there.

    Mine did not feature pizza though, so I must return, and follow your advice on where to eat 🙂

    • May 28, 2016 / 2:46 pm

      Thanks for the comment, your yoga retreat looked amazing! It makes me so happy to see hosts who take food allergies and intolerances seriously and go well over and beyond what’s expected to cater safely for us. I’ve only been to a yoga retreat, once in India. I absolutely loved it. Personal circumstances mean it’s unlikely I’ll do it again any time soon so I was really interested to read about your excellent experience.

  3. May 31, 2016 / 7:51 pm

    Can’t believe you found such a fantastic range in such a beautiful spot. Lush.

    • May 31, 2016 / 8:02 pm

      Thanks! I think my specialist skill is scouting out good gluten free pizza. And that was indeed a beautiful spot!

  4. June 30, 2016 / 9:36 pm

    Haha you should totally change the name! Go on!!! I really fancy some proper italian gluten free pizza now

    • July 1, 2016 / 10:29 am

      Very tempted to change it ?! I love Italy, so super easy to eat gluten free and oh the pizza!

  5. Alison Saunders
    October 2, 2016 / 2:38 am

    Im so moving to Italy one day! ?????

    • October 2, 2016 / 3:11 am

      Yes! Me too when the (gluten free) food and views are this good!