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PAT4PROG
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2/8/13 6:14 A

Enjoy!!!
I love Italian....For myself, I always start with extra salad(yummy). Sometimes, I'll have some of the bread and sometimes not. I do always consider the portion sizes, most are huge(makes for a great lunch the next day). I do always enjoy my meal!

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AEBARDEN
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2/8/13 12:32 A

Sounds great guys!

Thanks for the feedback. After looking at the menu, I decided to compromise by ordering the Fetuccini Primavera and making sure to save some for leftovers. I will probably have some wine, too, but no desert.

Appreciate the feedback!!

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35BYMAY
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2/7/13 4:07 P

If it were me, I would enjoy whatever I wanted, eat a small portion (half), and take the other half home and give it to the boyfriend for lunch the next day :)



LUCKINLOVE
Posts: 216
2/7/13 2:59 P

I'd have 1 piece of bread; a mixed greens salad & dip my fork in balsamic dressing instead of pouring it on the salad; spaghetti without meatballs. Right when they bring you your meal, portion out your serving of pasta and ask for a to-go container to avoid going way overboard.

That's what I would do...and acutally what I did do in January at an Italian restaurant. Zero guilt, 100% stayed on track.



AUDREYUK
Posts: 607
2/7/13 2:37 P

I would have the minestrone to start and then the Frutti di Mare pasta for a main. With the pasta I would eat all of the seafood in it and then just 1/2 of the actual pasta. I would also try to limit myself to one or 2 pieces of bread with dinner.



CHASESMOM15
Posts: 54
2/7/13 2:24 P

Honestly I'd just say enjoy your dinner and get back on track the next day. It's once a year and you are going to a nice place. Just eat sensibly the rest of the day and don't go crazy at dinner but eat what you want. This is your new lifestyle and it's okay to enjoy yourself every once in a while. You don't have to eat everything on your plate, either. If you get something "bad" just share it with the SO or leave it on your plate. That's just my opinion, though.



CBLENS
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2/7/13 2:20 P

minestrone soup, and for your main, order of Mussels (from App) served with a salad most of them look ok,sans the salmi and dressing on the side.

or
one suggested from yojulez, but ask them to box half to take home.



BUNNYKICKS
Posts: 2,173
2/7/13 2:20 P

Oh yummmmm i am jealous! So many things on that menu sound just delicious!

Now, the problem with "restaurant meals" of course is PORTION SIZE. Keep in mind that "one serving" of pasta = about 1 cup cooked. So many restaurants will give you double or triple that. Get yourself familiar with what a cup of pasta looks like sprawled out on a plate, so that you can more easily gauge just how much is on your plate/how much to track in your journal.

Avoid cream-based sauces (very rich and beyond comprehension how many calories they can sometimes contain). Also look at "pesto" with caution (it's pretty much straight oil). Go for a tomato based sauce - I am looking at the Spaghetti Putanesca Della Casa and just drooling - what a flavourful combination of sweet, salty, spicy, and tart. Delish! And perhaps not a bad choice. Or frutti de mar - yum!!

Alternatively, step outside that pasta box and try the chicken or veal piccata. Or the scampi! Jumbo shrimp are very low cal - of course they might come drowning in butter and/or olive oil, but only so much is going to stick to them once you pick them up and shake them off a little. Just don't lick the plate and you'll be fine. These entrees come with a side of linguini so you would still get your "pasta fix" (just... leave that pasta till last and then pretend you are too full to finish it, if they serve you too much!).

If you are going for an appetizer, steamed mussels would be very light/not many calories. Or minestrone (don't add the meatball!).

Share a carafe of wine, don't even bother with the "refillable soft drinks," just wine and water and maybe coffee afterwards. Share a dessert and let him have most of it.

You might go over your range for the day, but it's only one day! It is so hard to estimate calorie content in restaurant items, but if you make the "better choices" then it will all be ok. Plan to eat lightly the following day and it all evens out :)

ENJOY!

Edit: ha ha, looks like Yojulez and I have similar tastes... I am chuckling reading her suggestions which are almost exactly the same as mine!




Edited by: BUNNYKICKS at: 2/7/2013 (14:23)


YOJULEZ
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2/7/13 2:10 P

If you're doing apps, the steamed mussels or the bruschetta would be OK, just don't eat too many of them. The spinach salad looks good too but that's probably more of an entree size. Which I guess you could order as an entree but I'm of the opinion that you go out to eat to splurge a little, and not order a salad at an Italian restaurant :)

For a main:

Fettuccine Primavera - eat all the vegetables, but just some of the pasta
Chicken Piccata (this is one of my favorites! So good)
Chicken Marsala (My SO's favorite, I make it at home and when I do that it's not bad at all)
Gamberi Scampi
Maybe fresh fish of the day depending on what it is

It'll be a little difficult since I'm sure a lot of these items I suggested may be cooked with butter, but that's still better than something that's loaded with cheese, cream, or non-lean meats.

There's nothing on the dessert menu that looks remotely healthy, but since it's Valentine's Day, you could maybe split any of them with your SO.

Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 2/7/2013 (14:11)


AEBARDEN
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2/7/13 2:01 P

Hello all,

My boyfriend absolutely adores hearty Italian meals, so I made a reservation at this Italian place near our favorite record store. Now, when I look at the menu, I am so confused! Usually I order pasta and I've never tried to order anything healthy. If anyone has the time to help me out, here is a link to the menu: originalgiovanni.com/menu/sp-menu . I would reeeallllly appreciate the feedback! This could be a very disappointing or empowering experience for me and I really want it to go well.

Cheers!

A

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