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Italian Gluten-Free Restaurant Opens, A First for Montclair


MONTCLAIR, NJ - ​Punto Rosso​, which has just opened for business at 6 Park Street in Montclair, is the first Italian restaurant in Montclair to offer authentic dishes that are 100% gluten-free.  The restaurant also features a full menu of small batch, freshly prepared meals that are based on original family recipes.

“Our goal at Punto Rosso is to accommodate our customer’s unique dietary needs by serving them delicious Italian food that doesn’t compromise on taste,” says Duke Carlino, whose family owns La Riviera Trattoria in Clifton, one of northern New Jersey’s best reviewed and most popular Italian restaurants.  “We serve exclusive culinary creations that my family has been crafting for over 36 years, with a gluten-free menu that’s been delighting customers for nine years.  We’re looking forward to making it all available to Montclair’s discriminating diners.”

Carlino and chef/co-owner Ryan Vargo designed the layout of their kitchen to deliver safe, gluten-free dining for those with celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders.  Both Carlino and his sister Maria, who is the restaurant’s manager, have earned official certification from the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), the food industry’s leader in the certification of gluten-free products and food services.  In addition to the items created in Punto Rosso’s kitchen, the restaurant will also serve sweets baked by Carlinos's company, Duke’s Gluten-Free Desserts​ - which are featured in restaurants across the tri-state area.

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Along with being the first restaurant in Essex County to serve gluten-free Italian specialties, Punto Rosso also brings a number of other distinguishing elements to its customers, including:

  • Non-GMO, organic ingredients that are imported from Italy

  • Fresh mozzarella that’s made on premises

  • Pasta that made fresh daily using the family’s recipes

  • 100% organic, grass-fed meats

  • Small batch, freshly prepared, made-to-order dishes

“I developed my passion for cooking as a pasta maker for Franco Carlino, who’s Duke and Maria’s dad and the owner of La Riviera,” says Vargo, who had previously been the chef at Porto in Livingston and North Bergen.  “We’re taking the classic dishes that Franco invented and adding a modern touch to them that will bring an entirely new dining experience to our customers at Punto Rosso.”

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