Gluten-Free, Corn-Free, Dairy-Free Italian/English Restaurant Card

7 Comments 09 February 2010

Gluten-Free Rome Meal 

Here's a photo of my first meal in Italy. I used the information below to communicate with the waiter and it worked! I have no idea what this was, some sort of beef in an amazingly delicious red sauce with capers. I also can't really tell you the name of the restaurant or the exact location due the fact that I was sleep deprived and had jet lag at the time.

Below is the Italian restaurant card I created that explains my gluten, corn, and dairy allergies. I know there are a few of you out there with the same food issues. Hope this helps!

Ho un’allergia a:

Glutine (frumento, nella segale, e nell’orzo neppure)

Soffro di un disturbo chiamato celiachia.

Per favore niente molliche di pane (bread crumbs), burro (butter), amido di granturco (corn starch). Nessun piatto con farina di frumento nella/nel: pastella (batter), brodo(bouillon), insaporitore per carne/pesce (meat/fish dusting), salsa (sauce).

Potrebbe consigliarmi dei piatti del menu adatti nonostante le mie allergies?

Grazie per la cortesia!


I’m allergic to:

I have a condition called celiac disease.

Please no bread crumbs, butter, corn starch. No dish with wheat flour in the batter, bouillon, meat/fish, sauce.

Could you suggest a few menu items that are safe for me to eat with my allergies?

Thank you for your help!

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7 Comments so far

  1. 1
    Jim says:

    Great Read!

  2. 2
    Alessandro says:

    Hi, in Italy there is no problem to eat gluten free. There is very active association that has created a network of restaurants – hotel – bar – pizzeria in Italy. To view the local members please go here:
    We are the world’s most advanced nation regarding celiac disease (at least that). Good holiday in Italy.

      Katie says:

      Alessandro –

      How can you get this website in English? It looks like a great resource for my husband and I to use when we visit Rome, Florence, and Venice this summer!

  3. 3
    rebekah says:

    Thank you very much for this – I have been diagnosed with Coeliac disease for a year now and was a bit anxious about navigating Italian menus!! I am going to use your idea about carrying a little card – a simple and perfect solution!!

  4. 4
    mel says:

    thanks a bunch for this! A school trip to rome sounds exciting, right? yeah i thought so too.. until a month ago i was diagnosed with celiac disease! but now it looks fun again !

  5. 5
    Amanda says:

    Can you please tell me where you found a card like this? I am gluten free and vegan and would like a card that specifies both in Italian. Thanks!

  6. 6
    Debbie says:

    My son has the exact same line up of dietary restrictions! This is perfect. Thank you for sharing!

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