So thank you Kevin for sharing and he writes:
" We are always working at finding new places that can serve us gluten free, and we are especially looking for restaurants around our family members where we can all go out and enjoy a meal together.
I stopped in to have a visit with my mom the other day in St. Albert. She told me that while she was at work, one of her customers mentioned that they worked at East Side Mario’s. My mom mentioned in her conversation with the customer that there were members of her family that had celiac disease, and had to eat gluten free, however the customer quickly responded that they were able to serve gluten free food. I know that my mom would never lead us down the wrong path, but I will honestly say that I was a little skeptical that a franchised casual dining restaurant would have the knowledge on how to prepare gluten free food.
My first step was turn to my phone and check online for a menu. They had an extensive menu listed online, but there was nothing specifically on the menu which stated that any of the items could be made gluten free. My back-up plan was to give them a phone call, where I stated that I had celiac disease and needed to eat gluten free, and asked if they could accommodate. She stated that they could serve gluten free.
Upon arrival, I told them that I called in earlier, and that I was told that they could serve gluten free. They provided me with a gluten free menu, which had a number of appetizers and mains and a dessert to choose from. I ordered the Sausage and Pepper Pasta, choosing to go on the wild side with something a little bit of spice to it.
The food arrived at the table, and was clearly introduced to me as “gluten free Sausage and Pepper Pasta”, which was such a reassuring step for them to take. The pasta was cooked to perfection, and the sausage and sauce had just a little bit of a kick to it. The taste was amazing, and I was even more impressed at the fact that the portion size was perfectly adequate to fill a guy like me up, without being too much.
I walked away from the meal with a very positive experience knowing that the restaurant took my request very seriously, yet treated my dietary restrictions as if it wasn’t a problem for them to handle. Having another restaurant option is always a bonus, and mom and I are looking forward to bringing Sherri along the next time!"
East Side Mario's
615 St. Albert Trail
St. Albert, Alberta
Ph: (780) 470-5880