Carinos – Pigeon Forge, TN

We decided to give Carino’s in Pigeon Forge, TN a try after it was recommended by a few friends. our friends told us that Carino’s had a gluten free menu so it sounded good. I did not do any research online prior to going to the restaurant. When we asked about the gluten free menu we were told that the gluten free options were in the main menu and that our server could answer any questions. Upon reading the menu we saw that there was a “GF” next to items that could be “made” gluten free. Carino’s is an Italian Restaurant and the items that could be served gluten free were all non-Italian type foods.

The rib-eye steak was the safest selection and our server assured us that she would make sure the order was processed in a way to avoid cross contaminati0n. The steak was cooked to perfection and came with a side of vegetables and potatoes. The meal tasted great but within about 30 minutes, my wife was experiencing signs of a celiac attack. I have double checked Carino’s online menus and they do list allergy information. The rib-eye is not on the online menu at this time. I think that the food was gluten free but there are no precautions taken in the prep areas to avoid cross contamination.

If you are looking for gluten free Italian food you will not find it at Carino’s in Pigeon Forge. In order to make the Italian dishes gluten free they just remove the pasta and sauces and substitute vegetables. Based on our experience, we will not be going back.

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