Last week I attended my first Atlanta Gluten Free Dinner Club event at Sugo Restaurant in Roswell. What a meal! I can confidently say that this feast was worth the 30 minute drive from our apartment.
Sugo is an Italian and Greek restaurant that has a gluten free menu every day. Last week the management even created gluten free specials for our dinner. Everyone in our group dined gluten free so I could actually share food with people, and sample other meals. I love sampling and sharing at a meal and I rarely get to do that when going out to dinner.
Let me tell you what I ate. The menu speaks for itself! As you’ll see, there was a large variety and many fresh vegetables and flavors are used by the cooks at Sugo. We started the meal by sharing the crispy potatoes for our appetizer. This sizable dish was so yummy, crunchy and salty. The roasted, then flash fried potatoes came with a paprika aioli dipping sauce. This simple dish did not disappoint and it was great to have something fried for once. For my entrée I ordered the butter poached salmon dressed with walnut fig pesto, served with grilled and marinated peppers, char-grilled pencil thin asparagus, caramelized parsnips and radishes and finished with extra-virgin olive oil. Sugo’s portions are very generous and the different flavors on my plate went together very well. I also got to sample the other two specials, each one very unique. The squash blossoms stuffed with marscapone cheese and spinach, served over rice pasta with a white wine sauce was such a delicacy. The squash blossoms were lightly fried too and had a great crunch to them. Cooking with GF pasta can be tough but the folks at Sugo used a thin pasta that was cooked perfectly. I also tried the slow braised veal cheeks with shallot, fennel, fresh mint, and sage, slow roasted for 6 hours, served with sautéed cremini, shitake, oyster and porcini mushrooms. Wow! What incredible tastes and variety of choices.
While these were the specials that evening, Sugo’s regular GF menu has a large variety, including homemade meatballs! The best part about Sugo was just how friendly and knowledgeable the entire staff was about celiac and gluten. They seemed willing to accommodate anything a gluten-free diner would want. Sugo even has gluten free vodka that they used in a watermelon martini!