Eating Out on a Diet

Restaurant Advice: Italian
Beware of Italian food that has too much olive oil, cheese or butter.
Beware of Italian food that has too much olive oil, cheese or butter.

Whether it's pizza or pasta, there are a few more tips to add to your menu-sleuthing. You can eat fewer calories while eating Italian, but you need to know some pitfalls to avoid.

Best bets:

  • Salad, with dressing on the side.
  • Marinara or tomato sauce.
  • Pasta lightly tossed with olive oil -- ask your server to be sure only a small amount of oil is used in preparing your pasta.
  • Pizza without cheese. Get extra tomato sauce and plenty of veggies instead, and maybe some grilled chicken, too.
  • Pizza with thin crust or whole-wheat crust.
  • Plain Italian bread.
  • Dishes in which vegetables or beans play a starring role.
  • Pasta stuffed with vegetables, such as spinach or squash.
  • Dishes made with grilled chicken, meats, or seafood and fresh or steamed vegetables.
  • Italian ice or fresh fruit.

Waistline expanders:

  • Antipasto, which usually includes high-fat meats, olives, and cheeses along with marinated vegetables.
  • High-fat white sauces, such as Alfredo.
  • Pasta swimming in olive oil.
  • Pizza with extra cheese or only cheese.
  • Pizza with thick crust or cheese-stuffed crust.
  • Pre-buttered garlic bread.
  • Meat-based dishes, especially veal.
  • Pasta stuffed with cheeses.
  • Dishes made with breaded and fried meats or eggplant, as are often used in lasagna or "parmesan" dishes.
  • Tiramisu, cannolis, and gelato, which are made with high-fat ingredients.
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