May 29, 2015

Gluten-Free Pasta and Bread at Twisted Noodle in Longmont

By Evan Sandsmark -  

When searching for new gluten-free eating opportunities in and around Boulder, we take a special satisfaction in finding GF options in surprising places, and a restaurant specifically dedicated to pasta certainly counts as a surprising place. It was therefore with pleasure and excitement that we learned of Twisted Noodle in Longmont, a pasta-centric restaurant with plenty of gluten-free options. Fittingly, these options include gluten-free pasta dishes, but there is also gluten-free bread and garlic bread, as well a gluten-free soup and dessert. The restaurant has actually been open since last September, but our first chance to visit came last week, and we are happy to report that Twisted Noodle is both delicious and economical.

The restaurant is located along Ken Pratt Blvd, which is to say Highway 119, the road you take to get from Boulder to Longmont. So, if you are coming from Boulder, you can follow the Diagonal Highway straight into town, taking the soft right over the train tracks as you remain on the highway/Ken Pratt Blvd. Stay the course for another mile and you’ll see Twisted Noodle on the right. It’s part of the Harvest Junction Shopping Center, right next to the TGI Fridays. Alternatively, you can ignore everything we’ve just written and type this address into your GPS:

15 Ken Pratt Blvd Suite 220
Longmont, Co. 80501

Like several restaurants we’ve reviewed, Twisted Noodle evidently came to the realization that for a broad range of dishes, it’s actually not that hard to make a gluten-free version. Gluten is of course in the foundational ingredient of the restaurant’s main offering, pasta dishes, but it is also only in this foundational ingredient (at least in several cases – always make sure to confirm that the other ingredients are gluten-free if you have any doubts). Thus, in offering gluten-free pasta, Twisted Noodle’s signature dishes can be made gluten-free.

In fact, they take it further by offering three different types of pasta – baby shells, linguini, and rigatoni – that are all made by Sweet Escape, the company that provides gluten-free hamburger buns to Larkburger, gluten-free hoagies to Smiling Mouse, and several gluten-free products to Martino’s Pizzeria. At Twisted Noodle, Sweet Escape also makes gluten-free baguettes for the restaurant, meaning the sandwiches on the menu can be made gluten-free as well. Finally, to round things out, the restaurant makes gluten-free chicken minestrone and gluten-free chocolate almond torte, so there is a GF side and GF dessert available as well. This leaves only the salads, and since most of them are or could easily be made gluten-free, a huge percentage of the menu is open to those eating gluten-free.

Which brings us back to our meal. We decided to order pasta – the Lemon Cream Angel, made with capers, artichoke hearts, and asparagus in a lemon cream sauce – in part because we felt like it, and in part because this seemed like the most reasonable thing to do, given the focus of the restaurant. The meal was superb – it was delicious and generously portioned, and for $8.49, it’s a pretty great value. The waitstaff is also friendly, helpful, and energetic, so overall we had an excellent experience, one that we highly recommend to our readers next time they are in the Longmont area. The restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner, but it closes at 8:30 PM on weekdays, 9:00 PM on weekends, and 8:00 PM on Sunday, so it works best as a place for lunch or early dinners.

For more information, including the entire menu, check out the Twisted Noodle website.

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