So when I was younger, my parents and I only requested like once or twice for a pizza place to heat up my pre-made pizza and they said no, that if any food goes back into their kitchen they are liable, so they won't do it. I've been hearing a LOT of you talk recently about your luck calling ahead and having chefs at restaurants be so accomodating and making things with low pro pasta, bread, etc. I felt inspired to give it another shot. My husband and I decided recently that this weekend we would go out for a some-what nice meal and invite my parents. We called a few places inquiring about an afternoon meal, before their dinner rush on Sunday, and were quickly shot down "no, we cannot do that. It's against our health code." Even if we were to provide a box of unopened pasta, the one restaurant said "our GM wouldn't allow it" to make the pasta themselves (we offered to bring it in pre-cooked, but thought maybe for health reasons if they prepared it, it'd be less risky). A lot of times at fast food restaurants, they have "pre-made salads" so I don't have luck if they have cheese sprinkled on top. Those instances aside, I am usually able to ask for menu-items "without..." and don't have much of a problem. The best experience I have had is when we were on our honeymoon in Sedona, AZ we went out one night for a fancy dinner and the B&amp;B we were staying at called the restaurant ahead of time and gave them a heads-up of my dietary needs. They asked what they could prepare and made a great combination of veggies that they had on-hand. I was touched, but that was different, because they used their own ingredients. I was saddened by our recent experience and just wanted to share/vent. How depressing! We ended up letting my dad pick the restaurant in the end b/c it's Father's Day and he picked Macaroni Grill. In the past, I've had bad luck there, but was looking at their online menu today and found a tasty-looking veggie dish that I think I'm going to try. I kind of miss the days of not worrying bout eating high-phe pasta when I go out to Italian restaurants. Oh, well. I feel better with the lower levels now that I don't!