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40 Paper Italian Bistro & Bar

Located in scenic Camden, Maine,  40 Paper Italian Bistro & Bar  is the go-to place for romantic dining.  Yet even those romatically challenged will find contentment from the delicious dishes that highlight fresh, local foods and as well as grassfed meats whenever possible, and most of the menu is available gluten-free! 

While many dishes are naturally gluten-free, others may need to be slightly modified.  For instance, gluten-free pasta is substituted in the Orecchiette with panna di pomodoro & fresh basil dish as well as in the Pappardelle with Grass-fed  Lamb Ragu with rosemary & Parmigiano,or the Bucatini Carbonara with guanciale & baby peas, to name a few.   Entrees include Shortribs, Rainbow Trout, Quail and Natural Angus Hanger Steak. I’m told the Shortribs which are braised with green chilies and served with creamy polenta and local kale with garlic are not to be missed!  Gluten-free bread is available. 

Their dessert menu is entirely gluten-free thanks to their gluten-intolerant pastry chef  who, by the way, authors a blog on gluten-free living which includes some of her indulgent recipes!  Having her on staff has also instilled in the staff the importance of food prep, etc. to decrease the risk of cross contamination issues.   The Italian theme continues through dessert with Ricciarelli Cookies (contain almond), Budino (pudding type dish) and gelatto.  But there are many other sweets to end the meal here too and vary according to seasonal ingredients and the whim of the chef.

Multiple seating options include the bar, two dining rooms, a lounge area or the seasonal patio.  Open 7 days per week.  Drinks from 4-11pm (Greens Belgian Amber available).  Dinner from 5-10pm.  

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