We have been living with food allergy restrictions for 9 years and gluten-free for 5 years now and it can make birthday celebrations pretty tough sometimes, especially if you have kids to please. We don’t go out for meals often because most places just can’t accomodate all of my son’s different food allergies.
Maggiano’s is different and we love them for it. I discovered Maggiano’s about 4 years ago and we are so very thankful to them. Maggiano’s is an Italian restaurant that serves fresh and delicious RICE pasta. That’s right, fresh gluten-free pasta at a nice restaurant. But, I love them because they get it. They understand how serious food allergies are and they really listen. So, here is how we dine at Maggiano’s and how you can be successful too if you are nervous about dining out with food allergies or Celiac Disease.
We always make a reservation and tell them to make a note of my son’s food allergies. We typically try to go during a slower dining time like 3:00 p.m. but last night we had a family birthday to celebrate and with school and Tae Kwon Do schedules we arranged to get there at 6:00 p.m. on a Wednesday night and they still did a great job. When you inform the hostess about a food allergy, they sit you close to the kitchen because the chef personally comes out to speak with you about your allergies. That’s right, a chef comes out to our table every time we visit and interviews me about what my boys can and can’t eat. We then come up with a safe recipe together and the chef goes back in the kitchen and makes it himself. Sometimes, the chef even personally delivers the meal to our table and makes sure the boys like what he has come up with. I am told Maggiano’s uses separate pans for allergy dishes and separate water to avoid cross-contamination. They also flag the ticket order with a yellow sheet that says “ALLERGY ALERT!” And the best part is my two young sons LOVE the rice pasta we order from Maggiano’s every single time. So, last night we had another successful, relaxing evening and were able to celebrate my oldest son turning 9 years old at Maggiano’s in Denver. It was one of his greatest gifts of the day.
Have you tried dining gluten-free at Maggiano’s or do you have any other restarant suggestions? I would love to hear them. Share your thoughts here.