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Gluten-free cones at gelateria cici in Mill Valley, CA

Posted on June 18th, 2009 by Alison Read 6 Comments - Add Your Own »

gelateriaciciLast Sunday I had the pleasure of visiting gelateria cici in Mill Valley, CA (11 miles north of San Francisco). After meeting friends in the square in the center of town, we walked up to cici, specifically because I had heard that they have gluten-free cones — quite a rarity in ice cream or gelato shops!

glutenfreeconeIndeed, there were gluten-free cones. In fact, there were only gluten-free cones. And not only that, but they were WAFFLE cones! I was actually a bit confused at first, making certain that they understood I wanted the gluten-free cones. The people working there must have thought I was kind of slow! It took me a little while to get it that all the cones there are gluten-free. Got it? (Note: if other allergies are a concern, the cones do contain dairy and eggs, and may contain traces of soy, but other types of gluten-free cones may be in the works for the future.)

Even someone with a dairy or nut allergy would find something here. The traditional gelato contains dairy of course, but they always offer dairy-free sorbets. In the summer they usually have 4 or more sorbet flavors (in the winter there are less because they use seasonal ingredients). At the time I was there, there was even a chocolate sorbet made with Guittard chocolate! Regarding nut allergies, the owner herself is allergic, so although there could be a gelato that contains nuts, the employees are well-aware of cross-contamination issues and know how to serve up a safe treat!

Other wonderful things about this gelato shop are that the gelato is made from scratch and is seasonal, meaning that they make flavors according to what is available fresh at a given time of year. They also use local ingredients, meaning they source ingredients from as close as possible. And, the gelato is organic (except for the Guittard chocolate, which they chose to use because it is nut-free). The owners belong to Marin Organic which is an organization that supports local farms and they make a commitment to buy from these farmers when they can.

You just can’t go wrong in this gelato shop — there is something for everyone! I look forward to making this a regular pitstop for my family.

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  1. How exciting! It makes me wish I still lived in the Bay Area. I’d take the kids there today! The gelato looks fabulous, and the cones…well, they are just unbelievable.

  2. That is just beyond delightful! There are few things as nostalgic as eating ice cream in a cone!

  3. Hi Alison,
    You have made my longing for the California coast even greater with this post! (I used to live in southern cali). I’m going to have to look into any east coast ice cream parlors with similar gluten-free cones!

    Something I wish would pop up somewhere near me is an ice cream shop with coconut ice cream (though dairy-free sorbet is great too). I am one of the many who has to forego ice cream because of a dairy allergy. But I love coconut ice cream and find it just as creamy as regular ice cream. Moca almond fudge is my favorite.

    Now I might be living in a dream but wouldn’t it be nice for the gluten/dairy-free person to be able to feel somewhat normal by being able to partake in a delicious gluten-free and dairy-free ice cream cone? Well, apparently I’m not because you are talking about a real place – but sometimes I would love to have something more creamy than dairy-free sorbet. It’s so nice to know that gluten-free cones exist!

    Anyway, whenever I get back to California, I’ll look them up if I have the time! Thanks for posting this!

  4. Just wanted to say I’m so glad to have found your website. I have multiple food allergies (possibly Celiac–may as well, I test allergic to every form of gluten) and, unfortunately, my 11 month old daughter is showing signs of many allergies too. It’s SO NICE to find someone who understands and who has some advice. Thanks!

  5. Sarah,
    I think coconut ice cream and other non-dairy kinds are going to become more and more common, don’t you?

    Welcome! Hope you can find lots of info here for you and your daughter.

  6. Cute picture…we will have to go there when I come to Marin County next time….great newsletter….MIL

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