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Old 12-14-2009, 12:11 AM   #1
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Ok...I have a business lunch tomorrow at a very authentic Italian restaurant. I have to eat SOMETHING because I don't want to look stupid...but it is a little hole in the wall place with no nutrition facts. This is the first time I haven't been able to count calories. Is there anything I can get that wouldn't be *too* bad??? Anything I can ask for special? HELP!

The menu is here: http://www.peppinosonline.com/

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Old 12-14-2009, 12:19 AM   #2
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If it were me, I would order either the grilled Halibut salad, or the Roasted salmon salad, and I'd ask them to leave out the mozarella.
That's a healthy meal right there
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Old 12-14-2009, 12:23 AM   #3
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yikes...forgot to tell you guys I'm allergic to seafood! =(
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Old 12-14-2009, 12:24 AM   #4
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Authentic Italian restaraunts almost always have amazing salads with low fat dressing choices! AND they are usually great! Just use your best judgement and I am sure they will be willing to work with you. Maybe call ahead of time and ask whats on their menu as far as salads! Just a thought!
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Old 12-14-2009, 12:28 AM   #5
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I would ask for a veggies salad and ask them to put grilled chicken on top with some dressing on the side for you to dip your fork into. No cheese.
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Just a few rules that work for me in situations like this. Stick with the red sauce, no alfredo. Their seafood dishes sound safe (and yummy). And when in doubt only eat half a meal. At least then your calorie count shouldn't be too high.

If nothing else the soup and salad sound good. Minestrone if it isn't too salty is a healthy choice, ask for dressing on the side and no croutons on the salad.

I think you can eat here and make some good choices. They only thing I'd worry about is the amount of sodium in the food. Just drink lots of water for the next few days and any temporary water/wt gain will flush right out.

And yes, you can always ask how things are prepared and ask for modifications. You can ask what do they mean by 'saute', can they use the least amount of oil possible, leave xy or z off the meal. Ask for a to go box to be brought with the meal and immediately put half of it in the box before you even start eating.

I wish you well and may you enjoy your meal!
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Yeah defo a veggie salad option with chicken is the way to go.

Enjoy looks like a gorgeous restaurant
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Ooops, by the time I posted you had already come back with the seafood allergy info--sorry!
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Have the soup and salad combo Tasty, low fat... you're good to go!
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Too weird, they are right by my house!

I'd get the grilled halibut salad with the dressing on the side.

Oops! Saw the allergy thing late. Substitute chicken on the salad? Or Chicken Rustica salad, hold the bread crumbs, dressing on the side.
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Old 12-14-2009, 01:39 PM   #11
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I feel for your freakout. It feels harrowing now (did to me, for too long) but I can tell you that it's liberating, eventually, to be able to make decent choices almost anywhere. I just did it for five days, where the places were not of my choosing/paying. I noticed that it was much easier at higher-end restaurants where I could get non-friend 5 oz fish, etc -- whereas places more like the one you've posted have large amounts of cheap ingredients, like pasta and bread.

Off the top of my head, non-seafood options I'd narrow in on include:

*2 rolls ("1/2 rolls") with marinara sauce soup OR salad (easier than to be expected to make decent-looking inroads into two lunches (salad AND soup option -- neither salad nor soup are side-ish looking enough for me, socially).

*chicken/veal parmigiana and the like -- for getting a 'real' entree, if that's what you'll do, marinara, etc is better than any 'stuffed' pasta-type dish. Except the chicken will likely be fried. And too large. Eating half is a good rule of restaurant-rich foods for me.

*Salad: I am actually pretty comfortable with cheese and oil compared to restaurant salad dressing (I know, seems odd -- it's a 'devil you know' thing). If I picked a salad that wasn't just a greens salad, and wasn't seafood, I'd get the Chicken Rustica Salad. Dressing on the side is always good and I know many people would opt to omit the mozzerella.

One thing to keep in mind, is what I read recently (I think it was In Defense of Food?) When your food comes, it is not your meal yet. It is a portion served to tall professional athletes and petite women alike. So don't eat more than you would've served yourself, just because it's there.

I tend to make separations on my plate, separations that I can recognize as being the distinctions between what I'm eating and what I'm leaving.
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Old 12-14-2009, 05:56 PM   #12
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thank you everyone! I had a great time and ordered the chicken rustica salad w/o the breadcrumbs and cheese and did the dressing on the side. The dressing was probably pretty bad (no low-cal options, chose the vinagrette) but I used it relatively sparingly and it was delicious. And my NSV for the day is that I didn't eat the bread! yay! =)
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I knew you could do it! Good job!
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