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 :)
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)
Goal 1 - break 200 (46 pounds lost)**DONE**
Goal 2 - leave obesity behind (BMI 29.9, at 185#) **DONE**
Goal 3 - BMI = Normal (154# or less)
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