50% of 4 votes say it's celiac friendly

1652 S. Padre Island Dr., Corpus Christi, TX 78416 Directions

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They don't have gluten free anything. The waitress said they took out their gluten free menu.

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Updated 1 year ago read full review

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My husband is highly sensitive to gluten. We told the server we needed our meals gluten free (I got mine gf as well so we could share). Both our meals were delicious and no problems for my husband. would definitely easy her again

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The waitress put croutons in my soup !!! I told her not to simply remove the croutons but to bring me a new soup. Them anorher waitress came to talk to me about their GF pastas and she did not know if they were warmed in the same water as their regular pastas... So I took their bunless burger... This was not why i came in an italian restaurant... :-(

If you come here, be sure to ask many questions to your waitress to ensure she knows what gluten is and how to handle your plate

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 6 years ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten Free Features

  • Gluten Free Menu

Categories

  • Italian
  • Kid Friendly
  • Late Night
  • Restaurant

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Loved their gluten free pasta. They were very nice and aware of the gf allergy

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Yes

Updated 7 years ago read full review

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great accommodations to my specific needs.

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Yes

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They don’t have gluten free menu however they are knowledgeable about gluten free dishes when requested and they have gluten free options

After returning though I don’t recommend the place. I asked for a new salad without croutons because of an allergy and they just took the croutons off with bread crumbs showing. Won’t be returning unfortunately since when they do make the food gluten free it tastes good. However I no longer trust that the food is indeed gluten-free

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How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

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Inquired about the gluten free selections multiple times prior to ordering GF Chicken Parmesan specifically from their gluten free menu. Shortly after eating became profusely sick vomiting and diarrhea for four hours.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Average

Not celiac

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This restaurant is closed, permanently

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This place was delicious! Great gluten free options! I had grilled chicken parmesan and gluten free pasta,amazing! Ceasar salad without croutons, very fresh! For dessert they a lava cake, it was too rich for me but was good. My husband (not gf) had the 16 layer lasagna and said it was really good and he had some mozzarella sticks and said those were delicious too!

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Yes

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The staff seemed to care about making sure the dishes were made properly and made sure to double check which items were gluten free. We ordered over the phone and the lady who took our order was super friendly and made sure to check the gluten free menu to double check that the sauce on the dish I ordered was safe. I don't know how extensively they train their staff on gluten free protocols, but this experience gave me hope!

They have a whole gluten free menu at the restaurant, but it isn't posted online unfortunately. They can switch out the pasta on most dishes for gluten free pasta and for a lot of dishes that is all that needs to be done to make it gluten free. I got the Chicken Scaloppini with gluten free pasta and I couldn't tell the difference from regular pasta! It was a bit softer, but the taste was the same to me. Very happy with my dish and I can't wait to try more! They also offer a gluten free flourless chocolate lava cake and it was good, but extremely chocolaty! Which is ok if you like that sort of thing!

The staff was very friendly and made sure to help us navigate the gluten free options. We had to call in our order instead of ordering online because the online ordering doesn't list gluten free as an option. The staff we spoke with seemed to be well informed as to what had gluten or how to found out if they didn't know.

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Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

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Other Characteristics
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers online ordering
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I was just there in July 2020 and they do it currently have any gluten free options because of Covid. I ended up getting the appetizer nachos, which was hoping was mostly gluten free.

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They do have gluten free pasta at this location. I ordered the jalapeno alfredo chicken. I would order alfredo again but not with the jalapeno. It was so spicy it took away from the dish itself. The service was super slow which was surprising coming off of being unopened for months... i would come here again just hope the service will be better next time.

Celiac friendly?

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I had a gluten free pizza here and it didn’t taste very good and I also felt a little sick to my stomach after. I definitely wouldn’t eat here again unless I got a salad with basically nothing on it because they don’t seem to take CC very seriously

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Average

Celiac

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How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Not celiac

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Good food! I really like the lemon rosemary chicken!!!

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There gluten free menu is very limited. I ordered their gluten free version of GF Chicken Alfredo. It was horrible and tasteless. The noodles were hard as well. We will not be going back there.

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I’m at this restaurant now and there is NO Gluten Free menu ☹. Hard to trust your app these days 🤨

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No

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They completely got rid of their gluten free menu!Very disappointed!Can only get a plain salad or spend $17 or more on a choice of 2 entrees!

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This place is loaded with cross contamination if you have celiac disease DO NOT EAT THERE pasts cooked in ssme water as regular pasta if I could give 0 stars I would

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They told me they discontinued their gluten free menu a year ago.

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I was so happy to eat here in october 2019 and it be gluten free. I went back today, november 10, 2019 to be told Corportate had removed the GF items. so sad!

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Upon entering the restaurant, I asked the hostess about gluten free and she had no idea. That make me nervous but a manager came over and explained their procedures in detail.

The wait staff was then prompted that I had celiac. I decided to try a pizza as they set Gf pizzas on foil, so they don’t touch where regular pizza does in the stove.

The good news is that I didn’t get sick. It’s always a roll of the dice when eating out with celiac. The staff was also very accommodating, however there was no dedicated gf menu.

The gf pizza crust wasn’t great though. I hadn’t eaten all day and could barely choke down 2 pieces.

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Yes

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I ate here twice for lunch in past 6 months with no problems. Had spicy ramano chicken and shrimp with GF pasta and house salad no croutons. Chicken shrimp dish is very flavorful. Took my own GF bread.

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They do not have a gluten free menu. Only have a pasta noodle. Everything that is on the pasta will have gluten.

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I have Celiac and had a scary experience, which proved the lack of knowledge the staff has. I asked the waitress for the gluten free menu and I asked for the chicken Parmigiana with spaghetti from the gluten free menu. When I received my food, the chicken was breaded, when I spoke to the waitress about this she said, she knows because some people like to mix it up. I tried to explain how serious this is and your are playing with the health of your customers.

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They say they have gf options. Went for dinner and was disappointed overall. They did offer a gf bread option so I had something when others at my table were enjoying bread to dip in the garlic & oil. Nice touch. I had a Caesar salad and it was weird: tomatoes, red onions, and olives. The dressing was bland at best. And I had the Italian Chili which is listed as gf. It was tasty but barely warm. I chose not to do pasta as they don’t offer traditional spaghetti in gf form. Big disappointment. The corkscrew gf noodles I’ve had at other pasta restaurants never worked out very well so I declined here. Why don’t they just use gf spaghetti noodles, there are so many really excellent choices out there. I finished with the flourless chocolate cake and it made everything else fade away. I say go but be aware, ask questions, and decide for yourself but be sure to post afterwards.

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Yes

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They Do Not have a gluten free menu and are clueless. My server told me the got rid of it a few months ago. She then told me she could just pull the noodles out of the soup so I could eat it!

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No

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Food was the best tasting I’ve had in awhile but 20 minutes after finishing, I had a bad reaction. I’m guessing cross/contamination

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I have had several good experiences at Carino's. Just be sure to let the server know that gluten free is not a choice, it is a necessity. Good selection of gluten free items available on the menu and gluten free pasta.

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Definitely not safe for people with celiac!!! They have very bad cross contamination! I will not eat there again.

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No longer have gluten free options.

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Received meal with mixed with regular pasta. Cross contamination is a problem here.

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Ate here twice before with awesome service and options. Went there today 4/2019... No longer offer a gluten free menu! 🤬

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They have gluten free foods but they use the same pizza paddle to get everything out of oven and I bet use the same water to cook the pasta. Server told me the meatballs are gluten free but not according to their online menu. Also could not provide a gluten free menu. If you have sensitivity like me probably safe but if you are truly celiac I wouldn't risk it.

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No longer offering gluten free options.

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I requested my pasta be boiled in new water. I’m not sure what happened but I got sick. I thought the waitress understood my request. Third time to get sick after eating here so no more Carinos for me.

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Does not have a gluten free menu anymore.

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Tried to eat here 2/7/19 and was told that they no longer serve gluten free pasta. Isn't that the reason for going to an Italian restaurant? Gluten free dessert had also vanished. Such a disappointment.

Not celiac

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They have a GF menu online but do not carry GF pastas or pizza crusts. Your only option is going to be entree salads. We left so I can't say if it's Celiac friendly or not.

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Way better than Olive Garden’s gf food! Shaniqa, our waitress, was awesome!

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Service was horrible. Salad had croutons picked off evidenced by the crumbs left behind. Gluten free pasta dish had cold bacon and chicken was rubbery. Will not be back.

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Was handed an alergen menu at the door, but it was 7 years old. Found no mention in either menu of their GF pizza or pasta. However, the waiter knew, knew how to treat a celiac order, and was very helpful and accommodating.

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Yes

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The staff and manager know absolutely nothing about gluten, which sauces contain it, or how much risk there is of cross-contamination. We left without ordering.

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The food was great, however I do feel like I got sick the next day. I’m not sure if it was just me or a fluke, but I don’t think I’ll risk it and eat there again. Big bummer.

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Gluten free pizza is great! They have gluten free menu...

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I always make sure the wait staff knows that eating gluten free is not a choice but necessity. I have eaten here several times and just no more... The last time I was served croutons in my salad and when they took it back I am pretty sure all they did was pick them off because when I started to eat my new "GF" salad I found several croutons in the bottom. I set that aside knowing I was now going to have a week of stomach cramps. Got my main meal and they were indeed GF noodles but were terribly under cooked and found regular noodles when I got a little ways through the dish and stopped eating all together. I talked to the manager who apologized and brought me a GF brownie. We left everything on the table brownie included and were still charged full price. Every time I have gone there has been an issue. I wait up to a year before trying again hoping that with education they will get better but it is worse every time. This is a favorite for my large family and no one eats there now because of my allergy. Bummer.

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Best pasta I've ever had, and it was gluten free! I ordered the Grilled Chicken Bowtie Festival. Our server, David, assured me they could swap out bowtie pasta for gf penne, and make any other changes needed. After checking, they modified the asiago cream sauce as well. It was one of those "Are you sure this is really gluten free?" meals.

Also, you can get gf bread (baked pizza crust) to dip in olive oil and roasted garlic for an extra fee of about $5. Obviously, it's not the same as free loaves of fluffy fresh-baked bread, but I appreciate having the option, and David was clear it would be an extra charge. For me, it was worth it.

The staff was very friendly and our food was served quickly with no problems at all. We had planned to eat at Olive Garden, but the parking lot was full. I'm glad we chose to try Carino's, aa there was no wait and there are more options than Oilve Garden if you are gluten free.

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I’ve eaten here three times in the last year. They have a separate kitchen area and almost any pasta on the menu can be made gluten free. I always make sure I let the waiter know how sensitive I am as a celiac and they seem to go above and beyond to make sure it is gluten free.

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We tried eating here with our daughter (Celiacs) who did the gluten free option, unfortunately she had some pain later that night. Possibly ok for gluten intolerance but not Celiac friendly (at least for this kiddo).

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Only gluten free pasta available was spaghetti. Kinda sad about that, After reading other reviews. Fortunately for myself it's only a sensitivity not allergy. But heads up. Food was good. Service lacking. Maybe cause it a Monday night. Idk

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Lots of choices which I appreciated. They do have a gluten free bread option which is $1 extra. They just really over cooked the gluten free pasta.

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Its been a while, but I found gluten containing pasta mixed in with my gluten free pasta. If I eat here I get a salad or get the meal on spinach instead of pasta. Communicate your allergen level with the manager.

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They have done away with their GF menu but still have the GF pasta & GF bread for the dipping oil. (However though it looks kinda like a pita cut up. All the red sauces are GF but the Alfredo is not.

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Disappointed. Try the Columbus location where they go above and beyond for gluten free customers.

Not celiac

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Ordered a pasta dish from the gluten free menu and half way through eating my pasta I found a normal pasta noodle in my food. Not safe

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