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Carrabba’s is using even more soy now

We took our son to Carrabba’s for his birthday, as it’s one of the only Italian restaurants that our kids can eat some of the food.

Now, not only does Carrabba’s lasagne have soy in it, their bread does too. They’ve quit making ice cream (but they do make gelato now).

Again, I’ve got notes, but I just want to get this information out to make sure everybody gets to see it.




I'm trying to track allergen information for every restaurant that we eat at. With my son's soy allergy, each time we eat at a restaurant, it can take up to 30 minutes to figure out what he can eat. Especially since most restaurants don't accurately represent their usage of soy.

We're tracking what soy free (including soybean oil free) foods our son can eat at all restaurants we go to. If you've got a soy allergy in your family and have any information you can share, please contact us.

Carrabba’s started using soybean oil

I can’t remember the details off the top of my head, but the last time we went to Carrabba’s, our son was extremely disappointed to learn that things have changed at Carrabba’s, and now he can’t have their lasagna because there’s soybean oil in it now. I can’t remember what all things changed, but there were some pasta dishes that the kids were still able to have. I’ll have to dig out my notes and share them, but be warned, things have changed for the worse!




I'm trying to track allergen information for every restaurant that we eat at. With my son's soy allergy, each time we eat at a restaurant, it can take up to 30 minutes to figure out what he can eat. Especially since most restaurants don't accurately represent their usage of soy.

We're tracking what soy free (including soybean oil free) foods our son can eat at all restaurants we go to. If you've got a soy allergy in your family and have any information you can share, please contact us.

Carrabba’s now using more soy?

I just received this information from alert reader, Beth Moody.

Carrabbas has changed!  The last time I went, July 2014, there were only 2 entrees that did not contain soy. It pays to ask every time!

Beth brings up a very good point. As useful as all of this information is, you just never know when a restaurant or food manufacturer is going to change ingredients — and since soy is apparently the cheapest ingredient on the face of the planet, more often than not, when an alteration is made, it is to include soy in some form (think soy lecithin instead of cocoa butter in chocolate).

So, let’s all learn the lesson that Beth learned: “Ask every time.” I’ll definitely be digging deeper at the Carrabba’s near us. Our son will be heartbroken if they’ve bungled his favorite restaurant.




I'm trying to track allergen information for every restaurant that we eat at. With my son's soy allergy, each time we eat at a restaurant, it can take up to 30 minutes to figure out what he can eat. Especially since most restaurants don't accurately represent their usage of soy.

We're tracking what soy free (including soybean oil free) foods our son can eat at all restaurants we go to. If you've got a soy allergy in your family and have any information you can share, please contact us.

Carrabba’s ice cream sundae

We came to Carrabba’s for our son’s birthday. The very nice waitress came out with an ice cream sundae for him. It was an extremely nice gesture, but it didn’t really go as the waitress had planned. Instead of being excited, we all had worried looks as we all assumed that our son wouldn’t be able to eat it. So while she went to check the ingredients, he blew out the candle and made his wish (his wish was that he could eat the ice cream sundae!)

Well, his wish came true. Amazingly (along with their butter) they make their own ice cream and chocolate sauce — needless to say, if you’re making your own ice cream and chocolate sauce, you #1) know what’s in it and #2) don’t need to put soy in it!




I'm trying to track allergen information for every restaurant that we eat at. With my son's soy allergy, each time we eat at a restaurant, it can take up to 30 minutes to figure out what he can eat. Especially since most restaurants don't accurately represent their usage of soy.

We're tracking what soy free (including soybean oil free) foods our son can eat at all restaurants we go to. If you've got a soy allergy in your family and have any information you can share, please contact us.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill

Wonderful News! Our kids can eat at Carrabba’s Italian Grill. I haven’t seen him this happy at a restaurant in a long time.

Most Italian restaurants “cool” their pasta in soybean oil to keep the pasta from sticking together. That and sneaky doses of soybean oil in the pasta sauces make it extremely difficult to find an Italian restaurant the kids can eat at.

They use Extra Virgin Olive Oil for most of their oil usage, so they can have the pasta. There’s no oil in their spaghetti sauce, so he can have the spaghetti and meatballs kids meal. Even better news, they can have the lasagna. I thought he was going to dance himself right out of his chair when he hear that news!

They use real butter in their fettuccine alfredo sauce, so that’s another option.

The Sicilian Chicken Soup is okay.

The chicken fingers are fried in soybean oil, so “no”, to those — but who wants chicken fingers when there’s lasagna in the house.

Even better, there’s no soybean oil in Carrabba’s bread. This is the first “restaurant bread” that he’s been able to eat. With the olive oil and herbs and spices, I think he’d eat the whole loaf of bread if we let him.

Mike the manager was really helpful, even to the point of bringing labels out to us to inspect.

They use margarine in the garlic mashed potatoes, so those are off limits.

Unfortunately their house creamy Parmesan dressing is full of mayonnaise (which is why my wife likes it so much) so “no” on that. We’re assuming all of the salad dressing will be a problem, but they are pretty busy tonight so we don’t want to ask too many questions in one sitting. Their Italian dressing is okay since they use extra virgin olive oil.

Interesting little-known Carrabba’s fact: They actually make a lot of their butter in-house.

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North Canton, OH 44720
330-966-2426




I'm trying to track allergen information for every restaurant that we eat at. With my son's soy allergy, each time we eat at a restaurant, it can take up to 30 minutes to figure out what he can eat. Especially since most restaurants don't accurately represent their usage of soy.

We're tracking what soy free (including soybean oil free) foods our son can eat at all restaurants we go to. If you've got a soy allergy in your family and have any information you can share, please contact us.