*This dining experience took place in October 2015.
On the mean streets of New York at Universal Studios Orlando sits Louie’s Italian Restaurant, a quick service dining location that serves up pizza by the slice. With some additional salad and pasta offerings, Louie’s Italian Restaurant is mostly gluten-filled but does have a few options for those who are gluten free.
During Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, we stopped by Louie’s Italian Restaurant, as the Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley had closed, and our group was not thrilled with the idea of getting burgers again (and I’d recently been glutened by Mel’s Drive-In at Universal Studios). I wasn’t sure if I’d have any options but was surprised to learn from the manager that the restaurant carried gluten free pasta. Oddly, they didn’t have gluten free pizza for those who consume dairy. The only options were a salad (Caesar, which contains cheese) or plain pasta (without cheese).
A little leary of gluten-free pasta, I confirmed that they cook it in separate areas and containers. The manager told me the wait would be a bit longer but offered to bring it directly to my table so I didn’t have to wait at the counter the entire time.
Once it arrived, I knew it probably wasn’t going to be the best thing I’d ever eaten. The chicken was tender and somewhat flavorful (tasting mostly of Italian herbs), but the pasta was overcooked and bland. The marinara sauce didn’t add much to the dish either. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t very good at all.
Universal Studios Orlando does have some tastier options throughout the parks (especially in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and City Walk), but this at least filled my stomach, safely, with something to eat. Knowing how limited the options are at Louie’s Italian Restaurant, I wouldn’t dine here again. Still, I was glad to see the precautions that the manager and team took to ensure that my dish was safe for me to eat.
Have you been to Louie’s Italian Restaurant at Universal Studios Orlando? What did you order there?