We've ordered in from Pizza Nova dozens of times, probably too many. Their website offers a comprehensive food allergen chart that shows only three items on the entire menu containing peanuts or tree nuts: wing sauce and the caesar and balsamic dressings. A phone call to inquire further and it seems like Pizza Nova is very diligent in answering all of our questions, with one worker deferring to a more senior colleague several times when she doesn't know the answer. We're at least convinced they take our questions seriously, and combined with the allergy chart, we feel safe in ordering. DJ's already had dinner, but we are trying to maintain a strictly nut-free home at all times, regardless of who's actually eating.
A blog about how one family is finding safe places to eat out in Toronto
Always do your own research before eating out with a severely allergic child. Call ahead and speak with the restaurant owner or chef, remind the staff once you arrive. Ask once again before you order and when the food arrives. Always carry an epi-pen, medical information and a cell phone. Understand there is always a risk.
Since my 20 month old son was diagnosed with life-threatening peanut allergy, I've become the crazy nut lady!
In Toronto, eating out is almost a sport, and it's one that my husband and I enjoyed frequently, both with and without our tot.
An anaphylatic reaction to a dab of peanut butter smeared on toast pretty much put an end to that. Instantly, we stopped eating out. Even ordering in seemed fraught with stress.
By starting this blog, I'm hoping to find a 'new normal' A way to balance keeping our son safe, while still enjoying all that the city has to offer.