While visiting Salem, I had dinner at The Grapevine Restaurant located across from Pickering Warf. My friend and I were seated outside in the lovely Grapevine courtyard which has been described as a “Trip back to Tuscany” by Fodor’s Travel Guide. Not having dined there before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. After inquiring about which foods on the menu might contain “wheat”, our pleasant and attentive server, Jose, immediately asked if I have to avoid GLUTEN. Since he was aware of the word gluten, I immediately became more relaxed and excited that I could order more than a salad with oil and vinegar! I really appreciated the effort he made going back and forth to the chef to ensure that the particular dishes in question were gluten-free. I ended up ordering the pan seared pork tenderloin scallopini with sage and proscuitto and roasted potatoes, which also happened to be dairy-free. (However, it had to be served without the gluten containing Madeira wine sauce). It was very delicious. My friend ordered from the Daily Specials Menu and was brought out a naturally gluten-free entree of pan seared scallops over risotto which he thoroughly enjoyed. Some of the gluten-free desserts served that evening were the creme brulee, flan, flourless chocolate torte and there was also a variety of sorbets for those needing to avoid dairy and egg.
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