LA Tavernetta, Southampton Review

La Tavernetta based in Southampton city centre is an authentic Italian Restaurant, that offers the best gluten free pizza I have ever had the pleasure to taste.

Located just a two-minute walk from the Guildhall or a short five-minute walk from Southampton Central Station and The Mayflower Theatre.

It is the perfect place to enjoy some traditional Italian food if you are ever visiting the area. I visited the restaurant on Thursday 12th November at around 8 pm with 6 of my friends, 3 of which like myself are gluten free due to medical conditions.

The restaurant was very easy to find and the staff were friendly and welcoming.

They offer gluten free pizza and pasta as mains and were even able to make gluten free garlic bread for my brother and friend who are also gluten free, which wasn’t even on the menu!

The service was very good and the food once ordered came relatively quickly. Every one of my friends said how delicious the food was and in particular, all of those eating gluten free were very impressed. I had the Hawaiian gluten free pizza, which I knew would be low FODMAP as it contained mozzarella, ham and pineapple.

You may not know this but most cheese is low in lactose so suitable on a low FODMAP diet as it will not trigger an IBS attack.

I didn’t realise this myself until recently after a consultation with my NHS dietician, previously I had been strictly dairy free, thinking dairy was the problem.


This photo doesn’t really do the pizza justice as the lighting was very dark to create an ambient mood in the restaurant.

Due to the shape of the pizza, you can tell it was freshly made and it tasted out of this world, seriously yummy!

I strongly recommend you visit this restaurant for the pizza alone, unfortunately I can’t comment on the pasta as all three of us eating gluten free chose to have the gluten free pizza.

I can’t wait to revisit this restaurant and try other things on their menu! They even said they would be happy for us to phone up and collect a pizza for takeaway.

We were all very impressed with the food and will definitely be back soon especially to try out some of their themed nights! 2-4-1 pizza & pasta from Sunday to Thursday and Wednesday steak night.

La Tavernetta Menu

They only use the freshest quality ingredients. (V) indicates vegetarian option.  All pasta is cooked al dente.  Most pasta dishes are available gluten-free. They also offer daily specials which aren’t listed below.

If you have visited this restaurant before I’d love to hear your feedback and comments. If there are any other restaurants you would like me to review please let me know, I am happy to try them and report back.

UPDATE – January 2018

I revisited this restaurant in January 2018 and their gluten-free pizzas are still the best around! This time I opted for the Giardiniera Pizza (V) which contained mozzarella, tomato sauce, aubergines, peppers, courgettes, feta and rocket. It was very yummy. Even better though was the price an absolute bargain of 6.95 for a normal size pizza just because it was lunch time, although this was not advertised it was a really pleasant surprise when it came round to paying. I will definitely be back again soon!

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