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Selecting Healthy Italian Foods and Pizza


Keep in mind that Italian restaurants has both healthy and less-healthy choices.   Here are some pointers to remember that can help you make better choices when eating out at various Italian restaurants and pizzeria.

General Guidelines to Healthier Italian Cooking

  • Red sauces
  • Primavera (no cream)
  • Piccata (lemon)
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Crushed tomatoes
  • Lightly sauteed
  • Grilled

Italian Food Options:


Healthier Italian Food Options

lower healthier Italian food options

Roasted peppers or minestrone soup
Pasta primavera
Pasta with red sauce
Marsala and piccata dishes
1 Meat topping and vegetable pizza
Light on the cheese pizza
whole wheat or thin crust

Higher Calorie Italian Foods

higher calorie italian food options

Fried calamari
Cheese or meat-filled pastas
Pastas with butter or white cream sauce
Any scallopine or parmigiana 
Cheese and pepperoni, sausage pizza
Extra cheese pizza
Deep dish crust


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