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The Olive Garden Offers Gluten Free Options


For better or worse, the Gluten Free lifestyle is gaining in popularity. While some in the community may bicker over its trendiness, one thing is for certain: bringing GF food into the mainstream is causing more and more restaurants and stores and manufacturers to sit up and take notice. There are more GF offerings at more locations than ever before.


One surprising addition has been The Olive Garden’s Gluten Free menu. Who would have thought that an almost strictly pasta restaurant would have GF offerings? Of course, you can always get their salad sans croutons, but now they have a GF pasta on their Garden Fare options menu. Pennine Rigate with Marinara is a hearty marinara sauce made from tomatoes, bell peppers, onions and herbs served over gluten free penne pasta. Gluten sensitive diners can also try their Steak Toscano (grilled 14 oz. steak served with grilled veggies) or the Herb-Grilled Salmon (salmon filet brushed with herbs and olive oil, served with broccoli and red bell peppers. The Mixed Grill, which comes with broccoli and grilled veggies, can be made with skewers of grilled steak and chicken, marinated in Italian herbs and olive oil, or with all chicken. There is even a children’s GF menu item: Grilled Chicken Breast served with broccoli and grilled veggies.

The Olive Garden has many locations in the Philadelphia area, with more coming soon.

1200 Bethlehem Pike, North Wales, PA;
83 City Line Ave., Bala Cynwyd, PA;
1001 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, PA;
1346 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA;
9280 E. Roosevelt Blvd., Philadelphia, PA;
2328 Moreland Rd., Willow Grove, PA;
2245 E. Lincoln Hwy., Langhorne, PA;
1279 New Churchman’s Rd., Christiana, DE.
The Olive Garden in Collegeville, PA, is slated to open November 2009.

Author Information: Trish Deitemeyer

About Trish Deitemeyer

Trish Deitemyer, a lifelong resident of the Philly suburbs and mom of three, was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2002. Since then, she's scoured the tri-state area for delicious gluten-free food, and can't wait to share her discoveries.
  • Alexis Martin says:

    Olive oil is very tasty and has some nutty taste too.-`:

  • MORRIE says:

    The Pennine Rigate with Marinara is very good ,but they skimp on the sauce and do not have extra

  • Barbara Lewis says:

    I ate at an Olive Garden two days ago in Springfield PA and my food was contaminated. While the wait staff and manager seemed to care and comped my meal I do not feel that their corporate office has taken me seriously. I am sick and I will not be eating here again.

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