Bertucci\'s in MA

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My sister heard recently of a lady having an anaphylatic rx at a local Bertucci's from a peanut cross contamination. We have taken my 6 year old (severe PA)in the past and haven't had any problems. We always make sure to inform our server of our situation. Has any one else heard about this? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/confused.gif[/img]

On Jul 5, 2004

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Originally posted by nervousmom: [b]My sister heard recently of a lady having an anaphylatic rx at a local Bertucci's from a peanut cross contamination. We have taken my 6 year old (severe PA)in the past and haven't had any problems. We always make sure to inform our server of our situation. Has any one else heard about this? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/confused.gif[/img][/b]

When I was in Washington DC last summer I ate at Bertucci's several times and really enjoyed it.. great food!!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I asked about peanuts and they did not use them there (as of July 2003). Maybe things have changed, but I found it to be a safe place for me to eat, and very tasty. I ate there with no nervousness at all and would highly recommend it (I was staying at the nearby Topaz Hotel, which I would also highly recommend!)

Are you sure that it was not a reaction to something else? Maybe it was a reaction to "pesto sauce", as this contains pine nuts. I am not allergic to pine nuts so I do not have to worry about this.

On Jul 5, 2004

There was an incident at a Bertucci's (in Hingham, Massachusetts, I believe) several years ago where a woman died from an anaphylactic reaction after eating pesto there. She asked the waiter if there were any nuts in it, was told no, and subsequently had a reaction from the pine nuts in it. They have revamped their menu now, and as far as I know, they are nut safe. I am not aware of any peanut allergy incidents.

But I would ask your local restaurant just to be sure.

On Jul 5, 2004

We have eaten at Bertucci's many times. The one in Newton Corner. My understanding is that there was a problem there a number of years ago, due to pine nuts. Management and policy has changed since. They have told me that they do not use peanuts or nuts in anything...(no nuts in pesto there)...except for a prepackaged desert that is in a separate area from the other food and contains hazelnut (I think). My kids have safely eaten the kids pizza and gimelli with tomato sauce, and rotini with tomato sauce.

Another place we eat is at Cafe Nicholas in Newton Center on Beacon Street. They do have nuts in some ice cream - prepackaged, but that is it. They are very willing to let you look at ingredient labels. It is a lot quieter than Bertucci's. My kids have eaten the pizza many times, and the pasta with meatballs and tomato sauce.

On Jul 5, 2004

Although I have never really eaten in the restaurant (they seem a bit pricey), I've bought their dough to make pizza at home. It's (IMHO) the best dough. It's so much cheaper that their pizza and it comes out almost the same. I think a large is like $15 and when you need to buy more than 1 for my family, it's only $1.59 for a good size bag of dough. We buy our own toppings and put them on.

The best way to cook the pizza is at 475 degrees for approx. 12 min on the lowest rack of your oven.

On Jul 6, 2004

I heard the same story about the woman who died of anaphylaxis from the pesto and how they changed their menu. Though I used to live in Boston, we're in Maryland now and I checked with the Bertucci's near us and they confirmed that their pesto sauce no longer contains nuts. As someone else already mentioned, the only thing that has nuts on the menu is one or two dessert items that are prepackaged. Bertucci's is one of the few places that we feel comfortable bringing our kids. We have never had a problem.

On Jul 8, 2004

I have read many testimonials here saying Bertucci's is safe, and they do not have nuts in their pesto. I have never called myself because my picky dd will not eat pizza or any sauces on pasta. But I would love it if she liked the food there. It is my favorite pizza. becca

On Jul 8, 2004

Hi Becca, Maybe you can still get to Bertuccis. They could make her pasta with nothing on it. They could make pizza with just cheese and no sauce, that way you both could enjoy. My son was like that for the longest time, hated sauce and we would always have to order a "white" pizza for him.

On Jul 9, 2004

LOL, Becca! My PA son is the same way. He loves pasta under 2 conditions: 1 -- that it has no sauce on it (some butter is fine) and 2 -- it can not be linguini shaped. He says it makes him gag. So it has to be macaroni or penne or rotini or something like that.

It drives me crazy, because nutritionally, he may as well be eating white bread for dinner.

We have gone to Bertucci's in Marlboro, MA several times, but personally, I like the pizza at the local pizza joint better. But it does seem to be safe for my kids, and that's more important that it actually being food that I like, right? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

--Debbie

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On Jul 9, 2004

Bertucci's is the only restaurant we bring DS to. We go to the one in Longmeadow (western Mass.) The 2 desserts with hazelnut are the only nut-containing items, and the chain is quite aware of the allergy because of the death they had in Newtown several years ago. We still ask every once in a while as new items appear on the menu -- but so far they have been safe and DS enjoy eating there a lot.

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