Hi, The letter stated that my daughter is seriously allergic to peanuts/all tree nuts (for her it was eggs too). Her life could be in danger if she ate any of these. It had a request to the chef to make sure there is no contamination. I made a list of the peanuts/tree nuts. Wrote the possible foods that contained these like dressings/nutrella/peanut oil/ etc and attached a picture of each just to make sure. You can then use Google translate. Everyone is very helpful and you will have a good time. Just be careful of cross contamination in Gelattos. Ask for a clean scoop
Hi, Will be more than happy to help. We are in India right now and the letter is back home in the USA. I Will reach on the 18th July. Can email the letter after that. I just wrote the letter in english then translated in Italian using Google translate. I made a list of all the nuts and translated them. Finally I got the letter checked by an Italian friend. The main problem for my daughter was eggs. It is added to the pizza dough and most pastas have egg in it. she could have sphaggeti with cream sauce. The chefs are very helpful everywhere and will make a dish that will work. Gellatos too have egg. The fruit ones will be fine but make sure that they wash the scoop. I took bread from home so she could have bread and cheese for breakfast. let me know if you have any questions. I know how stressful travelling is when you have food allergies in the family
Will be more than happy to share all the information with you. I did a lot of research. I contacted the Italian Allergy association to confim that the labelling laws are the same as in USA. Yes- they are. All the ingredients are listed. ( This started in Nov. 2005 before which only major ingredients were listed.) So that is a relief ! I also made a list of the italian names for all nuts. (Can email the list to you) So you can check the ingredients as mostly they are in italian. And yes he can eat the Gelatos as egg was a majot issue not nuts. Some of them have the ones with nuts in a separate section. So just make sure of that. And do check if the pizza / pasta contains lupin. Lupin protien is similar to that of peanut. There was only one pizzeria we came across which used Lupin. Others had not even heard of it. Talk to the owners/ chefs. They are very friendly and helpful. I had made a letter in italian about my daughters allergies. I can delete the egg/soy part and email it to you along with the letter from the Italian Allergy association about their advice. Even though you would like to eat all the yummy italian food just want to let you know that you can check out the McDonald (Italy) web-site. They list all the allergens clearly. That came in very handy as there is a McDonalds everywhere in Rome. Grom Gellatos too lists all the allergens on their website. Please don't hesitate to ask any questions. I am an allergy mom and know how stressful travel is. My daughter is allergic to all tree nuts/peanuts/eggs & soy protien
----- Grom via del Campanile, Florence, Tuscany 50122, IT
Not really. There is not much choice if you are allergic to all tree-nuts too. So there really was no choice other than the fruit sorbets which she doesn't like. Children like regular flavors like Vanilla & Choclate
Basis of communication was a letter written in Italian by an Italian friend. Frankly not needed as most of the owners spoke good english. They would reassure me that we were not the first to come to their restaurant with food allergies and they understood what we wanted. Very friendly & helpful.. The very first restaurant we went to - The Irish Pub on Via Nazionale in Rome used egg in pizza dough. Like I said, if you don't have egg allergy it really makes no difference.
Jen - If you don't have egg allergy you can believe it or not. But if you have egg allergy then please do believe it. Most of the pizzerias use egg for making the pizza dough. And lupin was used by only one of the several we checked out. Others did not even know what lupin was. And ice- creams other than fruit sorbets contain egg. Even the famous Grom Gellataria used egg in Choclate ice-cream.
----- Grom via del Campanile, Florence, Tuscany 50122, IT
Got back from our trip last night. Everything went fine. We always ate at the Trattorias. The owner or chef would discuss what my daughter could eat which would always be cheese pizza and sphaggeti with cream sauce. The packaged food is clearly labelled. Some restaurants did not want a head-ache and told us that there was nothing we could order for her. Egg is there in almost everything - in pizza dough in some restaurants. One had lupin in pizza dough. Others did not know what lupin is. Overall a great experience,
Great to know that pizza dough doesn't generally contain lupin. Cheese pizza is my daughter's favorite so she will be happy with that ! Thank You for the info about the same water used for egg & egg-free pasta. I will check that. Every tip helps ! Thank You
Yes, I plan to be hyper vigilent. Our rental apartment has a kitchen so I plan to cook most meals. My 13 yr old son loves to eat out so we will have to find a balance. Great to know that the pasta in restaurants doesn't contain eggs (I will check with them of course) Pasta with alfredo sauce and cheese pizza is all we need for my little girl. Thank You
Hi, We are travelling to Italy in March for a week. We will be in Rome and may go to Venice for a night. My 5 yr old daughter has severe peanut/tree-nut, egg & soy protien allergy. (Soy Lechtin and Soy oil are fine for her) I have made a letter in Italian listing her allergies requesting that her food be free of contamination too. I have memorised the italian words for what all she is allergic too. Any other advice from anyone with food allergies ? How aware are the restaurants about food allergies ? Also is egg-free pasta available at the restaurants ? And is Lupin dough flour mixed in for pizza/pasta dough ? She might be allergic to Lupin too as peanut & lupin are similar. Any recommendations of any stores/restaurants where we can eat. ? Are all the packaged food products labelled for ingredients ? I am very worried about the trip.