UPDATE MAY 2013
I would not recommend visiting Simela anymore as their standards have dropped significantly. I ate a pizza there recently and had a fairly severe gluten reaction, most likely due to significant cross contamination.
In addition to this their service is below standard with long waiting times for food.
Update Summer 2014 – They are now working to improve their service and reduce cross contamination, although I’ve not been back to verify for myself.
I was in New York late last year and what struck me most about the place was the abundance of restaurants and bakeries that didn’t just know about glutenfrei-ness, but that they actually made gluten-less items. The ones I looked forward to the most were the pizzerias. As in, actual pizzas, made by someone else (ie. actually good and containing flavour, I’m somewhat inept at the making of pizzas myself), cooked properly and all gloriously absent of gluten.
So, when I heard that we have an actual pizzeria in Berlin that can do gluten free, I almost popped.
The place itself is pretty small, there are only 3 tables/high benches on the left, each seating four people and then a few spots against the wall on the right. Basically, if you want to sit down and eat, its best to reserve a place. The menu is all above the little serving booth, written in chalk.
Probably the first time I’ve actually seen a glutenfrei written on a menu like this and not just as a side option scribbled below the description of a regular meal. They are a little more pricey (an extra €4 above the wheat based one) but, as you can see from the lack of pre-defined pizzas, its a very much think of what you want on your pizza and they make it. The staff themselves are very friendly and very happy to suggest good ideas for pizza toppings before disappearing away to create a little magic in the back.
The pizza itself was rather delicious and in my opinion far above what I had in New York, it just had a little more flavour to it and I preferred the base being lighter and crispier.
In conclusion, yes, its pricey. But its good. Go (but reserve/let them know you’re coming and wanting of gluten-less pizza).Click the banner below to see all the details of this restaurant on our sister site, Allergy Explorer.