If you’re a long time reader of this blog you’ll know that I’m a big fan of something new or different. The variety that you have in gluten free food here in Germany is very small compared to my home country of Britain. Not that I have a problem with the Schaer/Schnitzer/Seitz of the world, it’s great that they provide all the every day items, but sometimes I’d like something a little more special.
Thankfully, some entrepreneurs are setting up online shops just to fill that niche. Today we’re talking about glutso.com, a new Italian based gluten free shop with lots and lots of things you cannot buy here in Germany! Perfect. They were kind enough to send me a box of items to try out for a review, a good combination of pastas and cookies and such.
So, let’s just get to it. First up, the pasta selection. The pasta you can buy here in Germany is, well, technically pasta. It’s not terrible, but it is also not great. Now if there’s one thing you would expect an Italian gluten free shop to have, it’s good pasta.
First up is the Tri Colour Pasta. Just look at it, good packaging and good quality looking pasta. It is worth noting here that all of this pasta is a little more sensitive to cooking times, so you have to be very careful not to under or over cook it. I, unfortunately, am not an expert pasta cooker, but even with that I was very happy with what came out.
The texture and flavour are amazing, around 57 times better than any gluten free pasta I’ve tried before.
Next up is the Corn Pasta, perhaps my favourite out of all the pastas I tried. It’s the closest I’ve had to regular gluten-filled pasta.
Next is the Amaranth Fusilli, this one was pretty good but I think I overcooked it a little. Even with that, it’s still a lot better than any other gluten free pasta I’ve tried.
Lastly the Chestnut (and rice) Pennette, which again, was a little hard to cook and as a result had a little odd texture to it, but was still pretty good.
Overall, each of these pastas if far above what you can find in any shop here in Germany and I would highly recommend you give them a try. You may pay a little more, but you are paying for quality. Plus, they even have Gnocchi!
Next up, biscuits.
These little almond cantuccini were amazing, certainly the best I’ve had. They were a little powdery, but the flavour was perfect.
Farcighiotto, something I’d never really heard of before, but they’re basically shortbread with a chocolate cream filling in the middle. They were a little powdery (see my comments below for all of these cookies), but the flavour was great.
Chia and Blueberry cookies, how amazing does that sound! These were delicious, if a little powdery also.
The same goes for these little cinnamon cookies, amazing flavour but a little powdery.
Next up is Ghiottone, another thing I’ve never really seen before. This was unfortunately the only real disappointment out of everything I tried, the biscuit part was super dry and powdery and the chocolate wasn’t all that great.
Next up were some little chocolate muffins, which were again delicious, but the texture was a let down and they were prone to crumbling.
I’ve never had a yoghurt muffin before, but these were even better than the chocolate ones, but again, a little crumble prone.
Last up are some little Teff Tortillas, they were good but have a very distinct flavour that might not be to every-bodies taste. If you like things made from teff flour, you’ll probably like these though.
So, you may be thinking that the pasta sounds amazing, but you’re not too sure about the crumbly/powdery nature of the cookies and muffins. Well, yes, it is a little bit of an issue. But that is what gluten free food is, you’d be hard pressed to find a manufactured cookie that doesn’t have this problem. Plus, the ones that are less powdery/crumbly are usually full of so many chemicals that I’m not sure how good they really are. In the end though, for me the flavour made up for any texture problems.
They have a lot more on offer than I’ve reviewed here so be sure go to and have a look through their online shop.