Wondering how I would communicate my food allergies to servers in Italy, I did what all Americans do in a quandary: I turned to google. I was pleasantly surprised to find a long list of websites offering translation cards in many languages and at low-cost. The one I chose was actually free at Allergy Free Passport.
Within seconds I had a pocket-sized dining card listing the most common allergies in both English and Italian. Now some other websites offer customized cards, but for my purposes the top allergies were sufficient. I simply drew a line through the allergies that didn’t apply to me. Then I took one of the cards to the office supply store and had it laminated for about a dollar. How easy was that!
The other cool thing I found at Allergy Free Passport was an e-book, Allergen Free Dining In Italian Restaurants, which I quickly bought and downloaded on my iPad to take with me.
Now I feel prepared to eat out in Italy! Do any of you have a suggestion for traveling with celiac and allergies?