Yupp! You read it! It is possible to eat vegan at an Italian restaurant. Of course you have to ditch the mozzarella, the Alfredo sauce, and of course the meatballs; however, you can still manage to have a yummy Italian meal à la “no animals harmed”!
Below are some of the vegan-friendly options I have personally tried and absolutely recommend:
Salad: Order their signature salad, just make sure to order it with NO dressing and NO croutons, since both their dressing and croutons contain some animal-derived ingredients. Instead, request olive oil and vinaigrette for extra flavor.
Sides: Phew! You can still order breadsticks, but make sure to order them plain, NO butter! You can also order sides of their available vegetables; I love ordering a side of broccoli every time I dine at this place.
Soup: You can safely order their exquisite Minestrone Soup. Even non-vegans love this soup, as it contains beans, pasta and a variety of nutritious vegetables that will satisfy your hunger in no time.
Main Course: Here is where the fun begins:
-Eggplant Parmigiana: order it with no mozzarella or parmesan cheese.
Other options: Parmesan Roasted asparagus, but of course without the Parmesan! Make sure to order the asparagus oven-roasted and skip the aioli sauce; according to my research this sauce contains egg. Instead, order olive oil and/or other vegan friendly vinaigrettes. Bruschetta could also be vegan-friendly, though I do not know the exact ingredients of their bread (some online sources state that ciabatta bread could be vegan, do not be afraid to ask the waiter/waitress about their food ingredients and cooking methods).