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Restaurant Recommendations

Although olive oil is the oil of choice for Italian food, and the most recommended oil for nutritional value and for those with food allergies, not all Italian restaurants cook with olive oil. On occasion, I have been to a local family owned restaurant, asked what oil is used, heard the response olive oil, and got an allergic reaction to the food. They really did not use olive oil, but used soy based vegetable oil or a blended oil to create the sauce.

National chains are sometimes the best bet for someone with food allergies, because the websites have nutritional information. One of these that I would like to highlight is Olive Garden. You can find one of these everywhere. The website has a special page for people who are looking for gluten free or allergy friendly options: http://www.olivegarden.com/Menu/Gluten-Allergen/. Certain dishes are clearly labeled that the oil is olive oil.

When you go you still need to declare to the server that you do not want soy or sauce on the meat, or else they put a sauce on the dish liked the “mixed grill”.

TGI Friday’s nutritional info says there is an allergen menu available, but it is not on the website.

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