For a city known for pizza and pasta, Rome is stunningly accessible for diners who avoid wheat or gluten. Because of a chronic illness, I don’t tolerate wheat very well, and a recent week of dining out in Rome was not just easy — it was awesome. Italy has a long-lived and robust awareness of celiac disease — as the New York Times notes, the country’s celiac disease association was founded in 1979, years before gluten allergies were well-understood elsewhere. This means there are great gluten-free options around the city, especially when it comes to pasta. More importantly, while most of the world regards gluten-free diners with confusion or annoyance, those who can’t have wheat will find genuine compassion in Italy.