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Mar. 15th, 2007 10:42 am[personal profile] kshandra
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While looking at their menu to decide what I'm having for lunch today, I noticed that The Old Spaghetti Factory is offering gluten-free pasta. I've just sent off an email to discern which of their dishes now have GF alternatives; as I noted in that letter, I can certainly understand that making a tray of GF lasagna every day is probably not cost-effective in terms of both materials and labor, compared to the number of servings likely to be ordered in a given day.

Edit, 3/16/07 0959hrs: Here is the full text of the response I got to my email:

Good morning Kirsten,

Thank you for your email! Since our specialty is pasta and all of our regular pasta items have gluten in them, our Gluten-Free options are slightly limited. However, we are currently testing a Gluten Free Corn Rotelli in some of our units in (OR, WA and CA, except, Sacramento, Concord, Elk Grove, Roseville, Stockton and Rancho Cordova). We also have the following Gluten Free options available at all of our locations.

Main Courses:

* Baked Chicken. This is a chicken breast with the wing bone attached. It is marinated in oil and spices and baked in the oven. You can order this meal with the broccoli and or a side of Gluten Free pasta if it is available.
* Caesar Salad (with or without chicken) - ask for it without the croutons and without Caesar Dressing (substitute the Caesar Dressing for our Famous Creamy Pesto Dressing or our Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing)

Sauces

* Tomato Sauce
* Mushroom Sauce

Side Dishes:

* Chicken strips. These are grilled chicken strips and have no breading. They are a great addition to the Caesar Salad or a pasta dish!
* Broccoli covered with Mizithra cheese, Brown butter and Olive oil.

Salad Dressings:

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
Creamy Pesto Dressing

(Select test areas Only):

* Cobb Salad – no Blue cheese crumbles or dressing (sub. Pesto or Balsamic Dressing)
* Salmon Tuscany without the Orzo pilaf (sub. Broccoli or GF pasta)

We also suggest that you make sure to alert your server to your food allergies so they can better help you with your special order. We hope this information helps and we look forward to serving you!

NOTE: Locations that have Gluten Free pasta – the pasta is cooked separately, stored separately and reheated separately.

Creamy Pesto Ingredients

Mayonnaise, Salad Oil, Sweet Basil Leaves, Tabasco Sauce, Salt, Granulated Garlic, Grated Romano Cheese, Buttermilk, Half & Half

In an 8.5 gallon recipe there are 2 teaspoons of Tabasco Sauce. Tabasco has distilled vinegar in it, which can be unsafe to some Celiacs.

Sincerely,
The Old Spaghetti Factory

Date: 2007-03-15 11:17 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] technoshaman.livejournal.com
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The other thing I would wonder is what their alternatives are. My housemate is allergic to wheat; she is *also* allergic to nightshades, which puts potato starch right out. Rice pasta, on the other hand, is definitely in; we had it last night.

(Here via [livejournal.com profile] mdlbear)

Date: 2007-03-16 05:06 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] technoshaman.livejournal.com
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w00t. That rocks. Thanks. (And, cool icon, too. *appropriate sound effect here*

Date: 2007-03-28 10:03 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] dsmoen.livejournal.com
Thanks for the info, I hope their pasta is tasty. :)

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