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But there is a complex art to making these dishes and others that are prepared and sold at the 2-month-old establishment on Mound Road between 16 and 17 Mile roads.
He started to learn about it when Coles approached him at a mutual friend's cookout. Yaquinto was doing grill duty. Coles began to share her personal health story. "She approached me several months later. She said 'I know you like to cook. And I know we need a restaurant that celiacs can enjoy and trust.' "
Cooking gluten-free can be costly and tough to learn.
Vassallo, who comes from a long line of fine Italian cooks that trace back to Sicily, was surprised by the style of restaurant her son wanted to open. She moved back from Florida to help him get it going. "I said 'You want to do what?' "
Gluten-free snacks, such as chips, are available at G.F. Cucina's for people who opt to eat gluten-free by choice and others, such as those with celiac disease, who go without gluten out of medical necessity.