Friday, May 29, 2015

Carrabba's 'testing' gluten-free pasta

Carrabba's Italian Grill posted an FAQ "in honor of" Celiac Awareness Month and what caught my eye was a note that they are testing gluten-free pasta in "select markets."

I've been complaining about this for years. Carrabba's has a gluten-free menu and brags about its efforts to provide safe gluten-free meals for people who need it. So why haven't they offered gluten-free pasta?

Most of the entress on their gluten-free menu are steak and chicken dishes. When I go to an Italian restaurant, I expect pasta. Maggiano's Little Italy has gluten-free pasta as an option (and is reportedly coming out with a separate gluten-free menu for the first time). At least a couple of local, family-owned restaurants offer gluten-free Pasta: Enza's and Joseph's Pizza. So what's the problem at Carrabba's?

Pasta is one of the things I can actually cook myself at home. All a restaurant needs is one dedicated pot for gluten-free pasta.

"We have been searching for the best gluten-free pasta for our menu and guests," Carrabba's says in its FAQ

"Thank you for your patience as we conduct this research, and please stay tuned."

Yeah, OK. Now finish the test and offer gluten-free pasta at all your restaurants.

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