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BERGEN HILL, 387 Court Street (at 1st Place), Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

More and more people these days are going gluten-free. Whether it’s for a true sensitivity to wheat or because it’s the trendy thing to do, restaurants are realizing they have to start offering more options. Bergen Hill is certainly not catering to that audience, but they do make an amazing pasta that is entirely made out of fish.

Seriously, if gluten-less pasta was always as good as the calamari tagliatelle I tasted, I might never step foot inside an Italian restaurant again. The other dishes we tried at this seafood small plates neighborhood spot were all nicely composed with my one complaint being the portions are small for the price. If I could get an entree-size of the squid, however, I might not need anything else.

Squid at BERGEN HILL

You actually believe you are eating al dente pasta as you experience the pleasant chew of the squid strips. The other components certainly help emulate a dish somebody’s Nonna might create.  A garlic rich pomodoro sauce is the base, along with some capers, a bright gremolata, and a touch of lardo. And, of course, the flavor of squid fully comes through.

Bergen Hill is not on the list of trendy, healthy places for all sorts of dietary restrictions. It is a seafood restaurant through and through. In fact, the gremolata is made with breadcrumbs (which they could probably leave off), but if they figured out a way of boxing up this pasta, I bet celiacs everywhere would rejoice.

BERGEN HILL
387 Court Street (at 1st Place),
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
(718) 858-5483
bergenhill.com
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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