So last night my family and I decided we would all go out for dinner. We picked our old go-to place, Olive Garden, which is an American-Italian chain of restaurants, but of course since most of the items on their menu contain pasta, I hopped on over to their site to see what allergen free options they had. Quickly my heart sank. Even their wheat-gluten free options had soy. So I was like ok, I’ll just order their Chicken Marsala, it’s just chicken and mashed potatoes no biggie. Eh, WRONG! I scrolled down to that section and it also contained soy.
So I called up my local Olive Garden and spoke with Dina* who was more than nice enough to explain that most of their sauce bases come from a manufacturer that uses soy and most likely other preservative ingredients. Great. So I asked her what other options they could provide me instead. She said: plain chicken and broccoli or gluten-free pasta with tomato sauce. I quickly figured out that this dinner outing wasn’t going to happen. I didn’t want to go to a restaurant for something I could eat at home, so I kindly thanked her for her time and hung up. Sigh.
Well I can’t say I’m not surprised, dining out and eating clean can be hard, but I was thinking/hoping they’d have more options to cater to my needs, but all hope is not lost; I’ll just have to find a place that does. I think I’ll start by going to a more authentic family-run Italian restaurant and see what I can find. Stay tuned!
Have any suggestions on restaurants with more options? Leave a comment :)
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