Here is a handy guide to making the best choices the next time you find yourself at an Italian restaurant. Note that I’ve suggested the best “type” of order - Stealth, Hungry and Lean - to help you choose no matter what your hunger level or social situation:
Stealth Order - This is a diet-friendly choice for those times – business entertaining, meeting new people – when you don’t want to call attention to yourself and make a fuss about eating clean.
Hungry Order - This is a good choice for the volume eater: the person who likes/needs a lot of food to feel full, is a fast eater or may just simply be having a hungry day. This is a good choice for those who have 20 pounds or more to lose.
Lean Order - This is the lowest calorie, cleanest choice and it’s good for those who want to power through on their goals, are on the final stretch and have just a couple more pounds to go or those who are struggling with a plateau. It’s also good for a night when you are with your best friend or your spouse and you want to eat really clean. This is a good choice for those with only 5 to 10 pounds to lose.
ITALIAN Food Tips:
Stealth Order: starter salad and shrimp marinara, chicken scarpariello or steak tagliata (just skip the potatoes)—if any entrée comes w/pasta don’t have them remove it, just skip it.
Hungry Order: start w/ salad (or grilled octopus or tuna tartar) or even insalata caprese (30 plus to lose) and have the veal or chicken Milanese w/out the breading plus side green veggieLean Order: 2 apps—go for arugula salad plus grilled calamari or another lean protein appetizer and side veggie. Alternatively, choose any simple, grilled fish as entrée.