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Gluten-Free Restaurants: Win A $50 Gift Certificate For Carrabba’s Italian Grill

265 Comments 11 February 2009

Chicken Bryan
Chicken Bryan


Did you know that Carrabba’s Italian Grill has a gluten-free menu? Years ago I ate at a Carrabba’s in Florida, before they had this GFRAP approved gluten-free menu, and they were super attentive to my gluten, dairy, and corn restrictions. 

Did you know that there are over 200 locations nationwide? Here’s the map. Leery of chain restaurants? I understand. The impressive thing to me about Carrabba’s is the great care they take to make things from scratch, and the great distances they go to buy quality ingredients. You can read all about it here under Food Facts. Plus, you have to be a little charmed that both of the owners, Johnny and Damian, make statements thanking their Italian mama along with sharing little bios about these women.


Please post a comment below to enter. One comment per person. (My blogging software tells me when you have entered more than once, so be nice.) Your comment can really be about anything, but you could let us know what you think about Carrabba’s, or what you would like them to add to their gluten-free menu, or just list your favorite Italian dish. There is no wrong answer. One winner will be randomly chosen on Sunday, February 15th, 2009.  The gift certificate will be valid from Feb. 17 to March 31.

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265 Comments so far

  1. 1
    sande guetthoff says:

    wow. I tried this once & it didn’t go through so I’ll try again!
    I drive over one hour to get to a Carrabas. it is that good. It is nice to be able to relax & enjoy a totally gf meal without a care. The staff & manager always come over to our table to make sure everyting is what we expected.We have never had a problem with carrabas. Its the place to go!Even if you must drive an hour to get to one!


      So wonderful that you have a GF menu. All of us who are Gf really appreciate the wonderful manor in which your servers treat us and help in any way possible. I and our son are both Gf so wonderful that we can go out to dine and feel comfortable about it. Hope I win so can go out for our 51st Anniversary.

  2. 2
    stephanie layfield says:

    I love everything on the GF menu already. I love both chicken dishes and I think the shrimp scampi was GF last time I went and it is amazing…now I need to go again soon! Can’t think of anything I would add, I don’t even miss pasta the chicken is so good!

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    Chastity says:

    We have avoided Italian restaurants because our daughter who is 7 has Celiac’s. I am very excited to hear Carrabba’s has a GF menu! Thank you Carrabba’s!!!

  4. 4
    Kay says:

    Haven’t been for a while because i always think there is nothing there for me … looking forward to trying them again.

  5. 5
    Melissa says:

    I am going to begin a GF diet due to Celiac diagnosis. Would love to start out with a bang with a wonderful dinner from Carrabas!

  6. 6
    Paula says:

    My husband was diagnosed in May 2008. Its very hard to find a nice Italian place. I hope to win so that I can take him out for a belated Valentines Day Dinner. Thank You

    Happy Valentines Day TO ALL!!!


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    Natasha says:

    I would LOVE for them to have more vegetarian options! Also more desserts!

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    Krista says:

    My family and I have not eaten out much since I was diagnosed with celiac 2 years ago. My 7 year old son was just diagnosed last week. I would love the opportunity to enjoy a nice meal out from Carrabbas with my family (you mean, I actually don’t have to cook it?). I have had several friends recommend their menu and rave about how good their food is, we just have not had the opportunity to partake. The best thing is that we actually have a Carrabbas only 10 minutes from our home. I would be pretty open to enjoying anything from the menu that is GF.

  9. 9
    Staci says:

    I didn’t really know that Crarabba’s had gluten-free! How exciting!

  10. 10
    Emily M. says:

    Anything involving pasta would be awesome.

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    anna maria says:

    Can’t wait to try it..there’s one very close by…sounds like a destination this weekend!!

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    Sarah Dugo says:

    Carraba’s is one of my favorites here in Charlotte. I love the Chicken Marsala with the garlic mashed. The wine selection is excellent and the appetizer mussels are abundant and tasty.

    I love going here for business with non-GF diners. I have my own menu and I don’t get all the questions about my illness.

    I would love to see pizza on the menu. It is the one italian item I miss the most, lasagna would definately be second, followed by a broader variety for dessert, cannoli maybe?

  13. 13
    Jody B says:

    I love that oil they have at Carabbas!!

  14. 14
    loretta says:

    I would love to go to this restaurant. I would love to try baked zitti. I miss that so much.

  15. 15
    Robin says:

    I’ve not been to Carraba’s…so looking forward to winning, so I can give it a whirl…LOL 🙂

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    Betty says:

    That Chicken Bryan is one of my favorite meals! I must say though that on most of my visits to Carrabas the servers look at me like I’m from Mars when I ask if they are familiar with the restaurant’s GF menu.

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    Paul says:

    In all of my visits to Carrabas, I have been treated as special. The entire staff is cognizant of a GF diet and is quite helpful

  18. 18

    Carrabas is my husband’s favorite Italian restaurant. So we were pleased to find out they had GF menu after he was diagnosed Celiac. They have great food.

  19. 19

    Carrabbas was my aunt’s favorite restaurant before she passed away. The year that she got sick, we found out they had a gluten free menu so the two of us would go there together all the time. I love that place – it brings back such special memories 🙂

  20. 20
    Michael says:

    My gluten-free doctor told me about Carrabba’s gluten-free menu the last time I saw her. There is one near her office. I’m interested in learning more.

  21. 21
    Karen Fielder says:

    Anywhere that I can eat gluten free makes me happy!


  22. 22
    Karen says:

    I have never been to a Carrabas & we rarely eat out since GF, but would be thrilled to try it out with all of the great reviews!

  23. 23
    Ellen Wilcox says:

    I would love to win a gift certificate to Carrabas. I’m so appreciative whenever a restaurant goes to the trouble of having a GF menu. It makes the dining experience much more enjoyable because it takes away at least one level of stress!

  24. 24
    Barbara says:

    We would love to try Carrabas for a gluten free meal.

  25. 25
    Stacy says:

    I would love to bring the whole family for a night out

  26. 26
    Donna says:

    I have eaten at Carabbas many times. I eat from the GF menu. I love the food and it has always been a good experience. If there was something that I would like to see on the menu, it would be GF lasagne and GF italian bread. I sure miss those two things.

  27. 27
    kristin says:

    Mmm I love Penne a la Vodka. That would be my choice of something to add to the menu. 🙂

  28. 28
    clp1989 says:

    Carrabas is the only Italian restaurant that I trust to eat a GF meal.I wish they woud have a GF fancy ravioli (not cheese or plain meat). I have mastered making most of my favorites Italian dishes, since I am half Italian. But ravioli still eludes me!

  29. 29
    Carole says:

    We are soon to be visiting Disney World with our recently diagnosed daughter. We are THRILLED to see that there is a Carrabas right near Disney and we can’t wait to try it out. It has been so difficult eating out lately, even some places with a gluten free menu get her sick so we are getting worried about cross contamination. Carrabas will be a welcome addition to our Disney trip!!! Can’t wait! Thanks so much girls for all you do! You don’t know how much you really are helping everyone with this site! Keep up the great work!

  30. 30
    Marisa says:

    I can’t wait to check it out!

  31. 31
    Bonnie Middleton says:

    I’m so excited to find out about Carrabba’s Grill being gluten-free. Since my diagnosis, I’ve been afraid to eat out and it has limited my restaurants. I was getting so tired of the same ones — now I can try something new! The Carrabba’s isn’t that far from me either.

  32. 32
    Sarapre says:

    I look forward to trying their GF menu.

  33. 33
    Jodie says:

    I would love to see a meat cannelloni with a bechamel cheese sauce. We have been to Carrabas many times and we love it!

  34. 34
    Mary-Ann Bieksza says:

    I love Carrabas. Especially, the no longer offered Pasta Rambo (which my Carrabas will make for me, when they have Spinach).

  35. 35
    Dennis says:

    I would love to take my brother there to eat as he is on Gluten Free Diet and glad to know you have the foods available for him!
    Thanks for the chance to go:)

  36. 36
    charlene Hobot says:

    I am always looking for GF menus. I am finding more and more chain restaurants that have them. So excited about Carrabas offerings.


  37. 37

    The suitability of oats in the gluten-free diet is still somewhat controversial. Some research suggests that oats in themselves are gluten free, but that they are virtually always contaminated by other grains during distribution or processing. However, recent research[7] indicated that a protein naturally found in oats (avenin) possessed peptide sequences closely resembling wheat gluten and caused mucosal inflammation in significant numbers of celiac disease sufferers. Some examination results show that even oats which are not contaminated with wheat particles are nonetheless dangerous to about 10 percent of coeliacs, while not very harmful to the majority. Such oats are generally considered risky for coeliac children to eat, but two studies show that they are completely safe for coeliac adults to eat,

  38. 38
    Sydney says:

    I was unaware they had a GF menu, but will be certain to stop by the next time I see one. Thanks for all the GREAT info!

  39. 39
    Nicole says:

    It’s great that so many places are going gf–too bad I’m rural! Not one GF restaurant within 2 hrs. If I win, I’m going on a road trip!

  40. 40
    GfGirl says:

    Since needing to live Gluten Free, I’ve found that new ideas from your website and restaurants who serve GF meals make it easier for me to find exciting ways of eating and assure me that I won’t starve. One good meal from a GF restaurant helps me get excited about taking the ideas home to become a creative cook. Thanks for your website!

  41. 41
    Patty says:

    I so love dining at Carrabba’s. It is one of the few restaurants where I can take my family and not feel like an outcast when I order my food. 🙂

  42. 42
    Meg says:

    LOve the grilled samon with niccola sauce

  43. 43
    Theresa says:

    I tried this restaurant for the first time a few weeks ago. I loved it

  44. 44
    Kristan says:

    I love eating Italian and was so bummed when I found out I am allergic to gluten. I had pretty much given up eating out UNTIL a friend of mine suggested your website. Here, I’ve found loads of gluten free dishes offered at lots of restaurants. Eating out has been restored to my ‘fun things to do’ list. My favorite Italian dish is Fettuccine Alfredo (or anything close!). Second runner-up is pizza 🙂 One happy gluten-free eating girl!

  45. 45
    Karen says:

    Had never been to Carrabbas before, but I’ve been twice since hearing about the GF menu. It’s great!!!

  46. 46
    Tina says:

    Looking forward to trying this restaurant!

  47. 47
    SueV says:

    Would like Carrabba’s and other restaurants to include a childs menu thats GF. So far I’ve only see one at Burton’s but I’m not sure that they have it anymore.

  48. 48
    Pam says:

    I’m easy. I just really, really want to eat an authentic tasting Italian meatball and not think about what’s in it.

  49. 49
    Ellyn says:

    I avoid Italian restaurants or for that . matter eating out. Most servers don’t know what is in most the dishes they serve. So they tell you can’t eat anything or just lie and tell you the particular meal you want is ok. I would love to go to a restaurant that sort of caters to GF.

  50. 50
    Deb Van Pelt says:

    I’m happy to hear that Carrabas has a GF menu…although I’m saddened to know I can no longer enjoy their callarmari (spelling is wrong I’m sure)…my husband and I will have to make our way back! It would be nice if they could include some GF pasta…maybe in the future? Thank you!

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