Olive Garden Gluten Free Menu

If there’s one thing I truly like about the Olive Garden gluten free menu, it’s the fact that they offer gluten-free pasta.

There’s nothing better than going to an Italian restaurant and seeing that they offer gluten-free versions of their famous pastas.

I think that’s pretty awesome! But hey, that’s just me.

Anyways, here’s the Olive Garden gluten free menu.

Olive Garden Gluten Free Menu

Please be sure to ask your server for the Gluten-Free version of their menu.

Salads

  • Garden Fresh Salad: Order without croutons
  • Caesar Salad: Order without croutons

Pastas

  • Be sure to request Gluten-Free Pasta
  • Penne Rigate Pomodoro
  • Penne Rigate with Marinara
  • Children’s Penne Rigate with Marinara

Entrees

  • Steak Toscano
  • Herb-Grilled Salmon
  • Mixed Grill
  • Mixed Grill (Chicken)
  • Children’s Grilled Chicken

Sides and Garnishes

  • Broccoli
  • Side of Grapes
  • Grilled Vegetables
  • Red Bell Peppers

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Comments

  1. gemdiamondintherough says

    I am also allergic to corn as well as wheat. Are you able to accommodate that? Many of the gluten free items will add corn. Thank you.

  2. Peggy says

    Just because they offer gluten free pasta doesn’t mean it is that good. Olive Garden has really disappointed me in the last year. They used to have great gluten free pasta, then they changed the brand or something. It is mushy, and corny, and yes, to answer the above comment. They work hard to prevent cross-contamination. But do yourself a favor and get the mixed grill or something without pasta. You can make better pasta at home, I promise.

  3. Lindsay says

    Honestly, while it is nice that they offer gluten-free options, I think it’s actually pretty negligible compared to the options at other places. Don’t get me wrong. I love Olive Garden, and I miss it tremendously. One of my favorite things in the world is their Alfredo sauce. But despite the fact that the recipe they provide on their corporate website for their Alfredo sauce is completely GF, the Alfredo served in the stores is not. This makes no sense whatsoever; I even make the sauce at home on occasion using their recipe! This may not be a huge deal to most people, but red pasta sauces generally cause me severe heartburn, and I just generally prefer white sauce to red anyway.

    Ever since my diagnosis, my go-to pasta place has been Noodles & Co. Not only do they offer two different types of pasta (rice noodles and GF fusili), they have multiple sauce options, and you can mix and match however you’d like. Additionally, when you order GF at Noodles, the employee asks if it is for an allergy; when you respond affirmatively, they push a button on the register “Allergy Aware”, and a manager has to come swipe their keycard to authorize the request. The kitchen tickets (at least at our two stores here) then print out with ***ALLERGY AWARE*** in bold red print. I feel good about eating here – there’s never a question when looking at my food whether I’ve gotten the “right” pasta or not, and they even offer handy wallet-size guides to their GF menu that you can take with you.

    I actually emailed the Olive Garden corporate office after I discovered their sparse GF menu. I inquired not only about the discrepancy in ingredients between the posted Alfredo recipe and the exclusion of said sauce from the GF menu, but also stated that I could not understand their lack of options, given their power as a national brand. If a smaller, less expensive casual restaurant like Noodles can offer me multiple options of sauces (even pesto!), then I could see no good reason why Olive Garden would want to further alienate food-sensitive customers and their families and risk losing that business. I received a response of a boilerplate stating that “We have allergy-friendly menus which you can find on our website”. It was vague, indirect, and very obviously a form letter. I was quite dismayed, as it was clear that no one had bothered to do anything more than skim my correspondence for the word “gluten”, and copy/paste a prepared response.

    My family and I used to eat at Olive Garden several times each month, but they have since lost our business. I know we’re a small drop in the bucket, but we cannot be the only family that feels likewise.

    As you mentioned, it is very nice to have options at all, so in the event I do need to eat at OG, I am able to do so. However, I would recommend anyone who is craving more options for gluten free pasta dining to direct their attention to Noodles & Co. Hopefully someday Olive Garden will make gluten free Alfredo available in stores… in which case, I’ll be back!

  4. Deborah Shreckengost says

    Olive garden uses a corn based gluten free pasta that is very tough. I ordered it twice because of lack of choice, and I actually couldn’t eat much of it. Also did not take leftovers home, because the corn pasta only gets tougher when you try to reheat it. Disappointing.

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