Carraba\'s

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Does anyone have information on Carraba's?? I believe it's owned by the Outback??? We've been there before and they say they don't cook with peanut oil, but after reading all the posts, it is scary to trust anyone? We live in SW Florida. If anyone has any restaurants to recommend, I'd appreciate it. My son is allergic to Peanuts. Thanks!

On Oct 14, 2006

I am pretty sure that we went to Carrabas in Orlando. The manager was wonderful and went over the ingredients with me and showed me how the kitchen was set up to prevent cross contamination with nuts. I do not recall there being any peanuts/peanut oil at all and I think the nut was pine nuts in the pesto. My son had pasta with tomato sauce.

On Oct 15, 2006

My son has peanut and milk allergies. Carrabba's is one of the few restaurants that we will take him to. We just went last weekend and had a wonderful experience. I always talk to the waiter/waitress and the manager to be safe. The manager went into the kitchen (which you can see from the sitting area) and had the cooks use separate utensils/separate pans and new gloves. I felt very safe there and would definately recommend this restaurant! Not only do they have just about the best Italian food around, but they make me feel very secure. If you have any Popi's restaurants around you they are also very good about his allergies. Stay away from Crab Trap Restaurants b/c they use peanut oils in the kitchen and the staff wasn't very knowledgable or concerned, so we left. Good luck!!

On Oct 15, 2006

Funny you are talking about Carrabbas. We just went there last night for the first time since our dd was diagnosed with PA, EA, and advised to eliminate all tree nuts and shellfish. The peanut part went all right- we had checked on that but if you child has an EA- watch out! The first thing my older daughter (no food allergies) was handed was a blob of dough to play with and when we inquired (before my 2-1/2 yo with severe EA touched it) we were told it indeed had egg in it! WHAT?!?!?!? Why would you had out something with raw eggs anyway?? I was also a bit frustrated because although we knew that she couldn't eat the bread we assumed (and we all know what happens when we do that) that they would have some crackers. NO CRACKERS!!?!?!?! A restaurant without crackers? Anyway, long story short, it was a long evening with to much work to make it really enjoyable. Hopefully she will eventually outgrow the EA and can once again enjoy Carrabba's. I still wonder if they had it wrong about the egg in the dough, I can;t believe that a restaurant would just hand things like that out......

On Oct 16, 2006

Our local Carrabba's has done fundraisers at our school. They brought the grill and grilled the chicken on site. I spoke to them ahead of time, and they were really great. My daughter had wayyyy too much Caesar salad (only pa, everything was safe for her). I don't know if they also catered the desserts, but obviously we didn't eat that. Very good.

On Oct 17, 2006

I live in Sarasota, Florida and eat at Carrabba's on a regular basis. In fact, I am going there tonight. They are completely in my comfort zone. I contacted corporate and the manager at our local store years ago and they were both very reassuring that there was nothing with peanuts, peanut oil, peanut by-products, etc. On occasion, they will serve a fish covered in pistachios or macademias so on those nights, I stay away from anything that is grilled.

On Oct 26, 2006

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Originally posted by karenlind: [b]I live in Sarasota, Florida and eat at Carrabba's on a regular basis. In fact, I am going there tonight. They are completely in my comfort zone. I contacted corporate and the manager at our local store years ago and they were both very reassuring that there was nothing with peanuts, peanut oil, peanut by-products, etc. On occasion, they will serve a fish covered in pistachios or macademias so on those nights, I stay away from anything that is grilled.[/b]

Carraba's is indeed safe for those who are PA but they do ask that we stay away from pesto sauce which do contains nuts. It was posted from someone in another thread but I cannot remember who posted it or which thread it was posted, I'm sorry. Can anyone help?

On Oct 26, 2006

Thanks everyone for your comments. We have been there a few times in Sarasota also. HEY YOU SARSOTIANS, WE ARE IN BRADENTON! Anyway, I STILL always ask a manager when we go unless anything has changed. The manager told me that everything was safe that a manager in the Sarasota Carabbas has a PA child and she eats everything there. Anyway, I did find out something interesting. The waiter told me, because of course I asked him too, that the only thing they put in their fryer is a HAZLENUT that they put on one of their salads. He said he's been asked many times by other PA moms and that is what he tells them. I don't know a thing about Hazlenuts. Where do they fall. My son alwasy gets chicken fingers and french fries, which stinks. Anyone want to add their 2 cents to the Hazlenut thing, I'd love to hear it. Thanks!

On Oct 28, 2006

I believe at one time they had (and may still have) a chicken pizza with pine nuts on it FYI.If so watch the pizza cutters. We are PA and avoid all TN due to cross-contam. in processing facilities

On Nov 14, 2006

Well, I've been e-mailing some of the chains asking for a response regarding any items they have in the restaurant. Here is a response from Carrabbas. After this response I sent back another e-mail asking specifically about their bread and ice cream and if they knew if it was a may contain and/or manufactured on the same lines as. Haven't heard back yet.

Dear Linda,

Thank you for your interest in Carrabba's! We do not use Peanuts or Peanut oil or any other nut oil. However, our homemade pesto is made with Pine nuts and walnuts. One of our salads (Insalata Fiorucci) has hazelnuts on top and our dessert called John Cole has pecans on top. Please let your server and the manager know about your nut allergy and they will be happy to help you.

Sincerely,

Your friends at Carrabba's

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