The Best Choices When Eating Out: Italian Restaurant Edition

The Best Choices When Eating Out: Italian Restaurant Edition

By Leda Tello, Registered Dietician at LBU


Your family should spend quality time together around the dinner table. It may not always seem like a good idea to eat at an Italian restaurant, but if you follow our tips, it can be.

Minestrone soup

This filling vegetable soup is a wonderful way to get a range of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It can be prepared with a range of vegetables, including tomatoes, onions, carrots, and celery, as well as legumes like beans or lentils.


This traditional hors d'oeuvre is made by spreading garlic on toast and topping it with tomatoes, basil, olive oil, and salt. It's an easy way to prepare tasty fresh vegetables.

Caprese salad

Fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil are used to make this salad, which is topped with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. It's a nutrient-rich choice that is light and refreshing.

Chicken or fish alla puttanesca

This dish is made with tomatoes, olives, capers, and anchovies. It is often served with pasta, and this will increase total calories of the dish.

Pizza with vegetable toppings

Instead of high-calorie meats and cheeses, try topping your pizza with vegetables like bell peppers, mushrooms, olives, and onions.


Arborio rice, a short-grain Italian rice, is used to make risotto. It is cooked in broth and frequently combined with vegetables including peas, mushrooms, and asparagus. It's a creamy, filling dish that has some protein and healthy carbs.

Despite being examples of nutritious foods, the foods in the above list should all be consumed in moderation. Particularly during supper, portions at restaurants are excessively large. Look at the internet menu before going out to eat so you can choose a dish that will meet your daily calorie needs.


For more information, please contact:

Leda Tello, RD, LD, CDCES

Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist

(214) 540-0303