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From Food & Wine:

In Italy, there are an estimated 600,000 people who have celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder treated with a gluten-free diet. A recent initiative called “Alimentazione Fuori Casa” (“Nutrition Away from Home”) has led to over 4,000 restaurants, pizzerias, hotels and ice cream shops following gluten-free guidelines set by Associazione Italiana Celiachia. As awareness spreads throughout Italy, arguably faster than in many other European countries where gluten-free is understood as a fad diet or not understood at all, the food options for people with celiac, long alienated by their inability to eat pasta or pizza in a country where both reign supreme, have improved. Italians are tested for celiac at an early age, and many who test positive receive a monthly stipend from the government for gluten-free food.

 

I have visited Italy multiple times and studied Italian and gave up on ever going there again after my diagnosis.  Seems like it may be easier than eating out here.  Wonderful response from a culture as gluten-heavy as ours.  There is a tax on GF food and the Italian government recognizes that.  Tip from the Gluten Free Travel Facebook group.

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