How to be a vegetarian (no milk) with gluten issues in Italy without offending?

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  • How to be a vegetarian (no milk) with gluten issues in Italy without offending?


Answer #1 | 18/09 2011 10:30
Erm... well, you're Italian isn't exactly correct so this may lead to more confusion, but we can clear this up. First, yes, being anything other than an omnivore in Italy is weird (to them). You've mentioned a few different diets (pescetarian, vegetarian, and vegan). 99% of Italians do not know exactly what these mean (they say they do but insist, for example, that vegetarians eat fish... and vegetarians do not) so you'll just make things confusing by throwing in labels for yourself and having to explain them. (And by the way, you're a lacto-pescetarian.) No restaurant is going to think you're rude by choosing something you want from a menu. They can certainly make things that are not on the menu as well. Look over the menu for things that you want and order accordingly. If you don't see anything that suits your needs just ask if they can make whatever it is you're looking for. If you're at someone's house, make sure they know ahead of time that you have certain food allergies or diet preferences. A good way to say that you have various food allergies is "ho qualche allergia" and add what you can/will eat, like "I can eat fish and vegetables"/ "posso mangiare il pesce e le verdure". They will groan and moan about it so that's unavoidable, but you'll be fine. Don't worry about offending people. They'll only be offended if you don't eat at all.

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