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Posted on: Mon, 11/13/2006 - 9:34am
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Just wanted to let you all know that our local Bertucci's (in MA) is now peanut-free. I spoke with the Manager who informed me that the trend for Bertucci's to go peanut-free should be national. My 5 year old is so excited to have SAFE Italian food!

Posted on: Mon, 11/13/2006 - 10:50am
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good to know!
Are they only going peanut free? I ask b/c they have nuts in some of their dishes. In particular pine nuts. This is what the woman some 10 years ago now died from in a Bertucci's (b/c the server incorrectly told her the pesto contained "no nuts")
Just an FYI - that there is a cross-reactivity with pine nuts from peanuts, also from almonds. Hence, if one is allergic to peanuts and almonds, the chances of being allergic to pine nuts is much greater...this is my situation.
I'm still waiting for a pine nut RAST test - we can't find one near me in Arizona.
Adrienne
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30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Mon, 11/13/2006 - 11:15am
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I am fortunate not to be allergic to pine nuts... I am PA only. I have eaten at Bertucci's many times when I have visited Washington DC and Boston and have found them very allergy aware. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 11/13/2006 - 12:23pm
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AJ,
See this link.
[url="http://cas2.questdiagnostics.com/scripts/webdos.wls?MGWLPN=QDCWS0287&wlapp=DOS&OrderCode=900602&SITE=1&SearchString=PINE%20NUT&tmradio=title"]http://cas2.questdiagnostics.com/scripts...T&tmradio=title[/url]
HTH,
Daisy

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Quote:Originally posted by Daisy:
[b]AJ,
See this link.
[url="http://cas2.questdiagnostics.com/scripts/webdos.wls?MGWLPN=QDCWS0287&wlapp=DOS&OrderCode=900602&SITE=1&SearchString=PINE%20NUT&tmradio=title"]http://cas2.questdiagnostics.com/s cript...T&tmradio=title[/url]
HTH,
Daisy[/b]
thanks Daisy
We were trying to avoid me having to drive up near Phoenix (2 hours away). The 2 labs in Tucson don't have pine nut test, but are looking into 'ordering it' from whatever their corporate company is.
I don't *think* I'm allergic, or if I am I have a low number (my almond is Class III and peanut is Class V). I eat out at too many places with pine nuts, and I'm sure I've had cross-x pine nut food in some italian places.
It's "the knowing", ya know? My sesame is getting worse (eczema flare ups on face)...so it's nice to know of the 'low number' allergies just in case.
Adrienne
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30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Mon, 11/13/2006 - 9:27pm
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Just an FYI, Bertucci's does not use any nuts in their pesto or any other entrees or pizzas. The only things that may contain nuts are some of the desserts.

Posted on: Tue, 11/14/2006 - 2:30am
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I was told by the Manager that the only nuts used in the entire restaurant are hazelnuts in one particular dessert. He offered to show me that the prep area for the desserts was entirely separate from the meal section, but it was unnecessary because my PA daughter is not allergic to hazelnuts. I was very impressed with the Manager's concern. REFRESHING!!

Posted on: Tue, 11/14/2006 - 3:25am
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Quote:Originally posted by eklmom:
[b]Just an FYI, Bertucci's does not use any nuts in their pesto or any other entrees or pizzas. The only things that may contain nuts are some of the desserts.[/b]
wow, great! maybe they changed everything after that fatal reaction.
Adrienne
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30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Wed, 11/22/2006 - 11:44am
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They must have made the change after the woman died--I believe in Salem, NH (???). I know it was local because I saw it in the paper before I knew anything about food allergies. I'm happy to hear they learned from their FATAL mistake.
NicoleinNH

Posted on: Thu, 04/12/2007 - 7:20am
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Do you think Bertucci's would be safe for someone who has a shellfish allergy?

Posted on: Thu, 04/12/2007 - 12:39pm
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Bertucci's frequently has shrimp or scallops in some of their dishes. Not sure if it is separate from the other foods like the desert is.

Posted on: Fri, 04/13/2007 - 1:26am
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As an FYI, it was in 1995 that a woman died in their Salem, NH restaurant - nut exposure, not seafood.
[This message has been edited by Spoedig (edited April 13, 2007).]

Posted on: Fri, 04/13/2007 - 2:42am
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Our family recently tried to eat at a local Bertuccis (dairy, peanut, and treenut allergies). The hostess said that she did not want to make a mistake telling us about the food, and she would get the manager. He told her he was too busy to talk to us. (My husband saw him walking around (soft drink in hand) chatting with folks in the dining room). He left her to try to figure out what to say to us. We told her that if the manager was too busy to talk to us, then we did not want to eat there, and left.

Posted on: Fri, 04/13/2007 - 3:30am
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We eat at Burtuccis and have always had good luck getting information. A friend also works at Bertucci and says they are trained when they start about food allergies.

Posted on: Fri, 04/13/2007 - 8:14am
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We just spent a few days in Boston and ate at Bertucci's (2 different locations) 3 times. I felt very comfortable there, because they do not have nuts/peanuts in anything.
Two of our waiters were fabulous and made me feel very safe and comfortable, one was a bit distracted/unsociable and I would have felt uncomfortable if there were nuts in the building and would have asked to speak with a manager.
I didn't talk to the managers, but I did have a good experience there all three times. And the food was delicious!!
Tara P

Posted on: Sun, 04/15/2007 - 5:24am
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Bertucci's is at the top of our list of places that we like to go. In fact, we are going there tonight!

Posted on: Mon, 09/10/2007 - 3:18am
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I'm so happy to see this thread. DD just was diagnosed a 4 days ago and I've been thinking "we will never eat out again" and we eat out about once a week or get take out.
Anyway I'm going to call my local Bertucci's but I'm glad to hear people have had positive experiences with Bertucci's.

Posted on: Mon, 09/10/2007 - 12:36pm
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We eat at Bertucci's almost every week. My son recently tested positive on the skin prick test to many shellfish (he's never eaten it) but he's not had a problem eating there.
Laifong

Posted on: Mon, 09/10/2007 - 11:21pm
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Their pesto sauce does not contain pine nuts ever since that fatal reaction several years ago.
Even their desserts, not that I would let ds have them, don't seem to have nuts. I know they had something that had something hazelnut but maybe it's artificial flavoring or something but nothing obvious. Also, I remember reading something that their desserts are not made on the premisis.
My kids enjoy the Hoodie ice cream cups that they get with the kids meals. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 09/14/2007 - 7:18am
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I called my local Bertucci's and spoke with the manager. He confirmed what I heard here, he said:
No Peanuts on the premisis
No nuts used in any dishes, except for one dessert (he said it was the "Bomba", which I checked the website and that dessert has almonds).
Desserts are puchased and not made on site
He said one other dessert might be made in a facility that has peanuts around and that he could find out more if I wanted, I declined since we don't eat desserts there anyway.
All dough for pizza and rolls are made on-site.
They use soybean and olive and not peanut oil.
He was very nice and willing to answer my questions.
I meant to ask what brand of pasta they buy, but forgot.
So I feel pretty good and we are going to Bertucci's tonight (8 days after learning about DD being allergic), I figured we might as well jump in. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I'm thinking that going forward I'll buy my pizza dough at Bertuccis since that seems "safe". I usually buy the stuff in grocery stores from the bakery, but that seems risky.
Does anyone else use Bertucci's pizza dough? It actually is really good and my Bertucci's will even roll it out for you.

Posted on: Mon, 11/13/2006 - 10:50am
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good to know!
Are they only going peanut free? I ask b/c they have nuts in some of their dishes. In particular pine nuts. This is what the woman some 10 years ago now died from in a Bertucci's (b/c the server incorrectly told her the pesto contained "no nuts")
Just an FYI - that there is a cross-reactivity with pine nuts from peanuts, also from almonds. Hence, if one is allergic to peanuts and almonds, the chances of being allergic to pine nuts is much greater...this is my situation.
I'm still waiting for a pine nut RAST test - we can't find one near me in Arizona.
Adrienne
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30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Mon, 11/13/2006 - 11:15am
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I am fortunate not to be allergic to pine nuts... I am PA only. I have eaten at Bertucci's many times when I have visited Washington DC and Boston and have found them very allergy aware. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 11/13/2006 - 12:23pm
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AJ,
See this link.
[url="http://cas2.questdiagnostics.com/scripts/webdos.wls?MGWLPN=QDCWS0287&wlapp=DOS&OrderCode=900602&SITE=1&SearchString=PINE%20NUT&tmradio=title"]http://cas2.questdiagnostics.com/scripts...T&tmradio=title[/url]
HTH,
Daisy

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Quote:Originally posted by Daisy:
[b]AJ,
See this link.
[url="http://cas2.questdiagnostics.com/scripts/webdos.wls?MGWLPN=QDCWS0287&wlapp=DOS&OrderCode=900602&SITE=1&SearchString=PINE%20NUT&tmradio=title"]http://cas2.questdiagnostics.com/s cript...T&tmradio=title[/url]
HTH,
Daisy[/b]
thanks Daisy
We were trying to avoid me having to drive up near Phoenix (2 hours away). The 2 labs in Tucson don't have pine nut test, but are looking into 'ordering it' from whatever their corporate company is.
I don't *think* I'm allergic, or if I am I have a low number (my almond is Class III and peanut is Class V). I eat out at too many places with pine nuts, and I'm sure I've had cross-x pine nut food in some italian places.
It's "the knowing", ya know? My sesame is getting worse (eczema flare ups on face)...so it's nice to know of the 'low number' allergies just in case.
Adrienne
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30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Mon, 11/13/2006 - 9:27pm
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Just an FYI, Bertucci's does not use any nuts in their pesto or any other entrees or pizzas. The only things that may contain nuts are some of the desserts.

Posted on: Tue, 11/14/2006 - 2:30am
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I was told by the Manager that the only nuts used in the entire restaurant are hazelnuts in one particular dessert. He offered to show me that the prep area for the desserts was entirely separate from the meal section, but it was unnecessary because my PA daughter is not allergic to hazelnuts. I was very impressed with the Manager's concern. REFRESHING!!

Posted on: Tue, 11/14/2006 - 3:25am
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Quote:Originally posted by eklmom:
[b]Just an FYI, Bertucci's does not use any nuts in their pesto or any other entrees or pizzas. The only things that may contain nuts are some of the desserts.[/b]
wow, great! maybe they changed everything after that fatal reaction.
Adrienne
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30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Wed, 11/22/2006 - 11:44am
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They must have made the change after the woman died--I believe in Salem, NH (???). I know it was local because I saw it in the paper before I knew anything about food allergies. I'm happy to hear they learned from their FATAL mistake.
NicoleinNH

Posted on: Thu, 04/12/2007 - 7:20am
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Do you think Bertucci's would be safe for someone who has a shellfish allergy?

Posted on: Thu, 04/12/2007 - 12:39pm
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Bertucci's frequently has shrimp or scallops in some of their dishes. Not sure if it is separate from the other foods like the desert is.

Posted on: Fri, 04/13/2007 - 1:26am
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As an FYI, it was in 1995 that a woman died in their Salem, NH restaurant - nut exposure, not seafood.
[This message has been edited by Spoedig (edited April 13, 2007).]

Posted on: Fri, 04/13/2007 - 2:42am
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Our family recently tried to eat at a local Bertuccis (dairy, peanut, and treenut allergies). The hostess said that she did not want to make a mistake telling us about the food, and she would get the manager. He told her he was too busy to talk to us. (My husband saw him walking around (soft drink in hand) chatting with folks in the dining room). He left her to try to figure out what to say to us. We told her that if the manager was too busy to talk to us, then we did not want to eat there, and left.

Posted on: Fri, 04/13/2007 - 3:30am
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We eat at Burtuccis and have always had good luck getting information. A friend also works at Bertucci and says they are trained when they start about food allergies.

Posted on: Fri, 04/13/2007 - 8:14am
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We just spent a few days in Boston and ate at Bertucci's (2 different locations) 3 times. I felt very comfortable there, because they do not have nuts/peanuts in anything.
Two of our waiters were fabulous and made me feel very safe and comfortable, one was a bit distracted/unsociable and I would have felt uncomfortable if there were nuts in the building and would have asked to speak with a manager.
I didn't talk to the managers, but I did have a good experience there all three times. And the food was delicious!!
Tara P

Posted on: Sun, 04/15/2007 - 5:24am
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Bertucci's is at the top of our list of places that we like to go. In fact, we are going there tonight!

Posted on: Mon, 09/10/2007 - 3:18am
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I'm so happy to see this thread. DD just was diagnosed a 4 days ago and I've been thinking "we will never eat out again" and we eat out about once a week or get take out.
Anyway I'm going to call my local Bertucci's but I'm glad to hear people have had positive experiences with Bertucci's.

Posted on: Mon, 09/10/2007 - 12:36pm
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We eat at Bertucci's almost every week. My son recently tested positive on the skin prick test to many shellfish (he's never eaten it) but he's not had a problem eating there.
Laifong

Posted on: Mon, 09/10/2007 - 11:21pm
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Their pesto sauce does not contain pine nuts ever since that fatal reaction several years ago.
Even their desserts, not that I would let ds have them, don't seem to have nuts. I know they had something that had something hazelnut but maybe it's artificial flavoring or something but nothing obvious. Also, I remember reading something that their desserts are not made on the premisis.
My kids enjoy the Hoodie ice cream cups that they get with the kids meals. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 09/14/2007 - 7:18am
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I called my local Bertucci's and spoke with the manager. He confirmed what I heard here, he said:
No Peanuts on the premisis
No nuts used in any dishes, except for one dessert (he said it was the "Bomba", which I checked the website and that dessert has almonds).
Desserts are puchased and not made on site
He said one other dessert might be made in a facility that has peanuts around and that he could find out more if I wanted, I declined since we don't eat desserts there anyway.
All dough for pizza and rolls are made on-site.
They use soybean and olive and not peanut oil.
He was very nice and willing to answer my questions.
I meant to ask what brand of pasta they buy, but forgot.
So I feel pretty good and we are going to Bertucci's tonight (8 days after learning about DD being allergic), I figured we might as well jump in. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I'm thinking that going forward I'll buy my pizza dough at Bertuccis since that seems "safe". I usually buy the stuff in grocery stores from the bakery, but that seems risky.
Does anyone else use Bertucci's pizza dough? It actually is really good and my Bertucci's will even roll it out for you.

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