LaRosa\'s Pizza

Posted on: Tue, 02/18/2003 - 12:29am
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I don't know if anyone out there like LaRosa's pizza, but I called concerning my 2 1/2 year old daughters peanut allergy and they informed me that the crust does contain peanut oil. They also said depending on other items on the menu, there were other things that contained peanut oil. My daughter had eaten the pizza (before we knew about the allergy) with no problem, but I guess we will be cutting out our favorite pizza place.

Posted on: Tue, 02/18/2003 - 1:45am
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Thanks for the info. I love LaRosa's. What restaurants in your area have you found to be safe? My sisters live outside Cincinnati and we pass by Lebanon on the way to visit.

Posted on: Wed, 02/19/2003 - 11:31pm
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Well, not many as my daughter was just diagnosed last week. We used to eat out 3 and 4 times a week and have never checked (because we didn't know about the allergy). Since we found out about the PA we have eaten at 2 local restaurant in Lebanon because I could speak to the owner, and we ate at Applebee's because she could get Kraft Mac n' Cheese, I asked at Applebee's but the teenage waitress just didn't make me feel comfortable even though she said they fry with veg. oil. I know my daughter LOVES Montgomery Inn BBQ sause and has eaten it hundreds of times. The label mentions nothing of peanut products. And I have noticed someone else posted thier PA child has eaten at The Montgomery Inn with no problem.
If you know ANY "safe" restaurants in the Cincinnati area please let me know as we feel trapped in our home and unable to get out for fear of a reaction. THANKS!
Sara

Posted on: Thu, 02/20/2003 - 3:14am
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Sara -
My daughter eats LaRosa's pizza all the time with no problems - I called the headquarters and a local store a couple of years ago and they said nothing (except the Mike Sells potato chips they sold there) contained peanut oil.
I truly hope you were given the wrong information - I'm going to call LaRosa's again to see what they tell me.
Jackie

Posted on: Thu, 02/20/2003 - 5:47am
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Sara -
I called the headquarters again and they told me that they do not use peanut oil in their pizza crust, etc. and said you must have received erroneous information. Did you talk to someone at their headquarters or just one of their restaurants?
Jackie

Posted on: Thu, 02/20/2003 - 9:25am
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Hi Jackie,
Well, I have to admit, being new to this whole PA checking (1 week yesterday) I called the local number and spoke with a woman that said she was talking to a regional manager. I only know when I asked she told me it would depend on the product ordered but that they did have a couple things on the menu that contained peanut oil. I said that I was mostly interested in the pizza crust and sause and she put me on hold, came back and told me yes there was peanut oil in the crust.
My family LOVES LaRosa's so I am glad to hear headquarters say there is no peanut oil in the crust. My daughter has also eaten the pizza with no problem but I wanted to double check with them as she was just diagnosed last week. I guess I should be checking with the headquarters....didn't even think to, I just checked locally.
Sara

Posted on: Fri, 02/21/2003 - 3:40am
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Sara,
I too am relatively new to this whole business of checking with restaurants and am always worrying whether I have actually asked all of the necessary questions in a clear enough way to get correct answers.
A couple of things I have learned from my experiences and from these boards (and if I am wrong, please, veterans, correct me)are:
1--Local restaurants very rarely have a clue what is in their meals nor do they understand the severity of the allergy.
2--Even though a national chain's office says that thye don't have peanut products, sometimes, depending on the chain, the local restaurants may make substitutions, especially if they run out of something.
So, I don't have a clue whether LaRosa's has penut oil or not, but I guess I just wanted to add my 2 cents that you may need to further question the local restaurant as to whether they only use the products that all of the stores in the chain do.

Posted on: Wed, 02/26/2003 - 5:50am
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Hi SaraO! I am a fellow Cincinnatian who has a child with Peanut/Tree nut allergies. I have talked with people from the LaRosa's home office and our local restaurant and I have been told that the pizza is safe. My son eats LaRosa's fairly often. We also eat Papa John's pizza and go to Red Lobster, Applebees, Ruby Tuesday's, Chuck-E-Cheese's, McDonald's, Arby's, Wendy's, Skyline Chili and Taco Bell. We have not had any problems. I can tell you some places to AVOID as well. AVOID: TGI Fridays-We used to go there until they began to serve a crusted chicken dish which is covered with nuts and is fried in the same oil that other fried foods could be fried in. They also put pecans on my son's sundae! We also AVOID the following places due to the use of Peanut oil: Chik-fil-A, Great Steak and Fry, Subway, Pizza Hut. That is all I can think of right now. Good luck.

Posted on: Wed, 02/26/2003 - 11:29pm
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THANKS YOU SO MUCH for the list of Cincinnati area restaurants. It has been a nervous few weeks getting used to looking through ingrediants and checking with restaurants. We love LaRosa's and don't know what we would do without one now and again. Great to hear there is a Cincinnatian out there that can help, it is much appreciated.
THANKS! Sara

Posted on: Thu, 02/27/2003 - 5:54am
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After I posted about avoiding Pizza Hut, I noticed that other people are saying that it is safe. I know that back when I called, I was told that they used peanut oil spray on the pizza pans. I guess maybe it varies by location or maybe I was given the wrong information. A lot of times employees don't know what they are talking about. Sometimes even management just says that we shouldn't eat someplace because they are too lazy to check or don't want to be responsible if something occurs. I am glad I could help.

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