40% of 5 votes say it's Celiac friendly

178 WOLF ROAD, COLONIE NY 12205 Directions

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I took a chance despite some of the terrible reviews. I ordered the pasta with marinara as I figured that has the lowest potential to get screwed up. The waitress seemed knowledgeable. She knew which soups were gf, though I declined to get any. The pasta came out and clearly looked like corn pasta. It was ok tasting. Would not recommend going out of your way to go here, but if you end up here with a group, you can survive, or at least I did.

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Super helpful when we explained being celiac...the gluten free rotini one of the best ones out we have had plus portion was the same as a “regular” order & price same as well

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I ordered the shish-keb-bobs since I know the pasta is usually not very good. Half way through my dinner I noticed what looked to be pieces of "breading" in my potatoes. I asked the waitress about it-she got the manager and they apologized for giving me deep friend potatoes - thee breading was from calamari. This staff needs more training about what's exactly "gluten free" before I will eat there again!

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Gluten Free Features

  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Pasta

Categories

  • Italian
  • Kid Friendly
  • Late Night
  • Restaurant
  • Takeout

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Celiac

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They do have a separate gf menu which is great but I definitely had a reaction from my meal. Ordered their salad without croutons and their grilled salmon meal with steamed veggies. My guess is the grill was not clean from other breaded items. Tasted great but my stomach sure was in knots later on.

Updated 7 years ago read full review

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It's hit or miss here. One time had a very knowledgeable waiter and a nice gf meal. The next time, we had to send the salad back twice for croutons, they almost served hubby regular pasta, and when the gf pasta came out, it wasn't thoroughly cooked. It is nice that they try to offer gf, but I'm not sure they have the hang of it yet.

Updated 8 years ago read full review

Celiac

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The pasta is terrible. Dry and hard. Plus they charge you 11.00 for a quarter of the normal portion size.

Updated 9 years ago read full review

Reviews of this Chain

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Kitchen cuts corners. Had a to-go order last night, and upon opening the container labeled gluten free (which looked like a kids portion) I found shells and spaghetti noodles mixed in with the rotini pasta. They only do rotini for GF. Apparently to save time, they just cooked it in the same water as all the other pastas they serve.

Reckless only scratches the surface.

The manager was apologetic, refunded my portion of the meal, and offered to make me a new one... which would have been fair if I was still there, but driving back while my family enjoyed their dinner, and then eating by myself after didn’t seem worth the mediocre portion of “noodles with sauce”.

I could do that at home, in the same amount of time, and feel 200% more confident in the final product.

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

Celiac

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Request Rachel (server) and John (manager). Ask them to make you my signature dish (if you can have butter & cheese) gf rotini, grilled chicken, broccoli, cheese and garlic butter. It was delicious!! It should be on the menu and named the "Celiac Jen Special" 😁 I would order Alfredo sauce if it were gf.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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I ordered GF pasta with marinara, which wasn’t the best GF pasta I’ve tasted. I also enjoyed the Zuppa Toscana, which was delicious. It was take-out during the pandemic, and the take out organization was top notch. My food was very well labeled, and I did not get sick. The rest of my party also said the pasta was mushy (with gluten), so maybe pasta just doesn’t travel well.

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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?

— Not Much

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

— Good

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers online ordering
Celiac

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I used to go here before being diagnosed, the food was great. Although, I went back recently and there were very few gf options. I can’t remember what I had but I did NOT get sick which was good. The staff was nice but it was sad not being able to have the typical dishes. You can get a really basic chicken and pasta dish. You’re better off making something at home!

Safety


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

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


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?

— Good

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I dined here yesterday and specified I had a gluten allergy. The waitress suggested I look at the allergen info on the Ziosk to confirm what u could order. I ended up getting the GF rotini with meat sauce and meatballs. The zuppa toscana is also GF, so that was my soup. Their breadsticks contain gluten, as does 90% of the menu.

I could tell there was not any gluten at all in my meal, and our food was served hot and fresh. I do wish they had more GF pastas available than rotini. I believe their salmon dish is also a GF option, as well as zucchini noodles.

Another suggestion I would make to the Olive Garden chain is to offer a few GF desserts. All of their dessert menu contains gluten.

Safety


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?

— Not Much

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

— Excellent

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Other Characteristics
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Offers online ordering
Celiac

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Food is ok, but they can't be trusted. I have eaten there several times and have found other noodles mixed in with my gluten free noodles. They obviously aren't taking proper safe guards to minimize cross contamination.

Celiac friendly?

No

Not celiac

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There is only one gluten free pasta dish and they don’t tell you that other ingredients contain gluten if you order a dish and substitute gluten free noodles

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Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main 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

Celiac

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NOT CELIAC SAFE - ordered a curbside pickup order off the gluten free menu, and marked the name on the order as “GLUTEN FREE/ALLERGY” to be extra safe. Got all the way home and looked and food (was not marked separately) and was not gluten free. Luckily I have eaten at other Olive Gardens and already knew which type of noodles were GF and which weren’t, otherwise I would have had no idea. Called the store & they were apologetic and offered to remake it correctly, bummer is now I have to drive another 20 minutes each way to pick up my food (again).

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?

— Not Much

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

— Average

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Other Characteristics
  • Offers online ordering
Not celiac

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There is ONE gluten free dish, it is gross and tastes metallic. I do not recommend for celiacs!

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?

— No gluten-free information on the 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?

— Poor

Celiac

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Not celiac safe. I was glutened few days ago after ordering the GF noodles. and after sharing my experience with fb celiac support group a lot commented that OG shares pots and water. I don’t know if this is true but makes sense because within 10 mins I was sick.

Pasta tastes great but I was glutened after eating it. Not celiac friendly.

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?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main 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?

— Good

Celiac

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I haven't been sick here for years! GF pasta snafus and salad can be ordered with croutons on the side. I just wish they had more options :)

Not celiac

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Olive Garden currently has not had any of its gluten free options in the last 4 months due to COVID. Not currently a gluten free establishment.

Safety


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

— Not very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— None

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

— Good

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When the waiter asks "What's gluten?" it's time to start worrying. It went downhill from there. The first salad came with croutons and chicken parmesan came with pasta that was not gluten free.

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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Asked for a gluten free chicken Parmigian over gf rotini and it was amazing. Sad that can't offer a gluten free salad.

Celiac

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There was one Gluten-free pasta option. There were two gluten-free sauce options. I spoke very specifically about my celiac status. The waiter asked the kitchen a couple of questions for me regarding soup and salads. When my gluten-free pasta dish arrived, four bites in and I see a fettuccine noodle in my pasta dish. I calmly asked the waiter about it. He in turn went and asked the kitchen about it. He came back and confirmed that they cook gluten-free pasta in the standard glutinous pasta water. He assured me “if you have an allergy, they cook it otherwise “. I was astonished! Of course the manager was involved she said all the right things… Didn’t deny their poor actions....Tried very hard to give me a gift card for there a restaurant. I assured her I couldn’t possibly come back. The poor waiter was nervous… I even actually felt kind of bad for the manager… But I decided I needed to write this review. There really is no question about it… There is zero consideration for people with celiac disease in this restaurant.

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?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main 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

Celiac

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I have ate at this Olive Garden on 3 seperate occasions over the past 2 years and each time I am glutened. There was actual fettuccine hiding in my gluten free pasta this time after I asked SPECIFICALLY if they boil the gluten pasta and gluten free in different waters and was assured that they do. I will never come back here again.

Celiac friendly?

No

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Ordered the GF pasta and within a few bites I was running for the bathroom. Don’t think the wait staff really understand what GF is and how to deal with someone who has Celiac.

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?

— Poor

Celiac

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I had the takeway spaghetti and meat sauce (GF rotini subbed for spaghetti) and the Zoupa Tuscana. Good straight forward food, and I had no reaction.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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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?

— Some

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

— Poor

Celiac

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No safety protocols put in place. Menu has a heavy disclaimer

Gluten free pasta is terrible! And pretty sure cooked in came gluten pasta water. Soo sick after

Staff is not knowledgeable about cross contamination

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?

— Poor

Celiac

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Portions are decent, I had to get a to-go box for the rest. The quality is great. Their pasta with bolognese is amazing and their salad is my favorite!

Waitstaff was knowledgeable and understanding of gluten-free. Staff ensured extra precautions would be taken. When they brought salad the croutons were left off in a separate bowl for non gluten-free diners. This place has amazing gluten-free pasta, but I wish there were more options.

Safety


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

— Very

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?

— Excellent

Celiac

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They made me sick, they must have given me non gluten free food. Not going back there.

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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Since I’m also a vegetarian, the choices were slim, but my pasta & salad were very good.

Safety


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

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

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

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers delivery
  • Offers online ordering
Celiac

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I was very clear about my allergy and ordered gluten free pasta, when they brought it out I verified that the pasta was GF, it was full gluten spaghetti!

Even when they brought out the pasta I asked if it was the gluten free pasta and the waitress assured me it was and after one bite I knew it wasn’t and I was sick for a week!

Safety


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

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


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

Celiac

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This store is horrible we said my kid was allergic to................and then they served fodd with..................in it

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Gluten free pasta had multiple pieces of non gluten free pasta in it.

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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Pretty sure my celiac son got glutened here from cross contamination. After further investigation. I believe they use the same pasta water for the gf pasta and regular pasta.

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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The menu states not safe for celiac. I asked the waitress if salad can be made GF, she told me “no because it has tomatoes”. I told her tomatoes are naturally GF. I asked to speak to the chef. He told me that the salad can be made GF But none of the dressings are GF. So he gave me oil, but the oil goes from table to table and I did not trust the contamination. This place is not safe at all for celiac.

The salad was gross and tasted 3 days old.

The service was below average and did not understand what celiac or gf was. The drinks are also not safe

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?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main 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?

— Poor

Not celiac

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Not Celiac friendly! Gluten free food is not good and is always cross contaminated.

Celiac friendly?

No

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They only offer gluten free pasta.. not their sauce and most food.

Not good. Not worth the chance of getting sick. They offer gluten-free pasta but their sauce isn’t

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?

— Not Much

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

— Below Average

Celiac

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Our daughter has celiac disease so she chose the grilled chicken with pasta marinara, kids portion. She enjoyed her meal but woke up sick the next morning so obviously something wasn’t gluten free or something was cross contaminated.

Our daughter has celiac disease so for the kids, they had 2 options. Grilled chicken with pasta marinara or pasta with a meat sauce. She could also have the salad without croutons.

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?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main 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

Overall Rating

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I wish they had more choices, but very good non the less.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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Found wheat pasta in my gluten free to-go rotini. Manager was apologetic when I called, but obviously they need better training in the kitchen.

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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I ordered GF pasta. When it came out I noticed it was spaghetti rather than their normal GF Rotini. I asked several times if they were sure it was GF and the assured me it was. A few minutes later as I went to take my first bite, the manager, waiter, and server ran out talking at me to stop.... they served me the wrong pasta and was in fact not GF. Literally my worst nightmare and I also have anaphylaxis to wheat.

I ordered GF pasta. When it came out I noticed it was spaghetti rather than their normal GF Rotini. I asked several times if they were sure it was GF and the assured me it was. A few minutes later as I went to take my first bite, the manager, waiter, and server ran out talking at me to stop.... they served me the wrong pasta and was in fact not GF. Literally my worst nightmare and I also have anaphylaxis to wheat.

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?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main 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?

— Below Average

Celiac

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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?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— None

Celiac

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The last 2 times I ate here and ordered gluten free option I went home and became very ill. The first time I thought maybe it was a fluke. The second time I learned my lesson and won't go back.

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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We have tried eating here sporadically over the years. Too many times, we have found gluten noodles in the gf rotini pasta. We think it’s coming from the sauces. No more Olive Garden for us.

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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Garbage food. Not gluten free, not fresh and not worth a dollar

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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Staff was very knowledgeable and made sure to keep my food separate. Good portions and didn’t get sick! Their menu says “gluten sensitive” bc they have a kitchen full of gluten, but this staff did their best to keep my food separate.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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DO NOT EAT HERE Untrained staff, got served soup with wheat after waiter recommended the soup for GF. My pasta had a few regular noodles in with the gf noodles. Then was charged for the dish after sending it back because I obviously wasn’t gonna eat it

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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They have a gluten sensitive menu and were able to make accommodations but I received my refill salad and it had a crouton so I immediately stopped eating. Cross contamination is a big risk.

Celiac friendly?

No

Not celiac

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Went with two individuals with Celiacs. We asked the staff which items could be made gluten free, to which they stated any item. Both “gluten free” dishes made them incredibly sick. Apparently they put bread crumbs in the dish. Would not recommend for gluten free dining.

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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My husband received a gift card to olive garden and I was nervous about it. I was able to eat salad without croutons and their zuppa toscana soup which is gf and tastes amazing. It is like a potato soup with sausage in it. I'm very sensitive to even the slightest bit of cross contamination with severe reactions and I had no issues at all. We will definitely go again as it is so hard to find safe places to eat. I won't risk their gf pastas though. I've heard they use the same water for both regular and gf pastas. Don't know if that's a fact but I'm not willing to chance it. The zuppa toscana soup and salad was amazing and I was safe with no adverse reactions.

Celiac

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Sad to say I enjoyed eating here because of the convenience of the gluten-free menu, however the last time I ate here I found regular noodles mixed in with my gluten-free noodles. This was despite me questioning before ordering whether the gluten free pasta was cooked in separate water. It clearly wasn't but they told me it was. What a shame would love this to be a safe and convenient option for celiacs but sadly this problem changed my mind and their response to it proved that they didn't really understand the issue fully.

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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I came to this Olive Garden and asked for a gluten free menu. They had a nice menu with a decent number of options. When I ordered the steak and Alfredo off the GF menu I was given regular Alfredo linguine and was told the pasta was made from whole wheat. This location has absolutely zero clue what they are doing when it comes to gluten sensitivity.

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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Ordered gluten free pasta and when it came out was not gluten free, had regular pasta mixed in very apparently, so most likely boiled in the same water. I'm celiac and was illl for days! Would not recommend.

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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My boyfriend has celiac and he ordered gluten free rotini pasta (the only kind of gluten free noodle they have) only to have his plate come out with a fettuccine noodle from his daughters plate laying right in the middle of his noodles. Needless to say he was soon sick from it.

Celiac

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They don’t care about cross contamination. I was severely glutened, and won’t be returning. It’s sad because the GF pasta itself was fantastic. Just not safe for Celiacs.

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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Daughter has celiac and we heard Olive Garden has a gluten free menu come to find out the salad that’s on the menu all the do is pick out the gluten.

Celiac friendly?

No

Celiac

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Waitress was clueless. Should have asked for the manager, but ordered something safe (salmon), so didn't think it was necessary. I got VERY sick - seemed different than the usual gluten exposure though... Maybe food poisoning?

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