A Red Velvet Christmas

A Red Velvet Christmas

Italian Foods Your Kids Will Enjoy Too

by Zachary Castro

It can be challenging to take your kids out for something besides fast food. However, if you want to expand your kid's palate it is important to expose them to different types of food. The next time you are craving Italian food, take your kids along with you and use this guide to help you order foods your children will enjoy as well.


Don't shy away from appetizers. Try one of the appetizers below with your kids.

Classic Calamari

If your kid is used to eating breaded food, such as chicken nuggets, try ordering some calamari. If you think your kids will be grossed out at the idea of eating octopus, tell them that it is an Italian dish similar to chicken nuggets.

Kids are more likely to try a new dish if it seems familiar. Offer them up some ranch or ketchup to dip it in, and you may be surprised how quickly your kids help finish off that calamari.


Most Italian restaurants offer flatbread appetizer options. Just explain to your children that flatbread is similar to pizza, but the crust is a lot thinner. If you eat thin crust pizza, you can explain that the crust is very similar in thickness, but the flatbread is usually much smaller than a pizza.

Try to order a flatbread with mostly familiar toppings the first time. This will make the introduction to this new food go more smoothly for your child.

Main Dish

Don't feel like you have to stick to selections on the kid's menu. You can ask for a plate on the side, and share your dish with your child. Or, if you have a few kids, you can order one dish for them and ask for a few extra plates so you can split the dish among your children. Restaurant portions are usually big, so this should not be a problem.

Spaghetti With Meat Sauce

The easiest thing to order your child is spaghetti with meat sauce, or spaghetti with meatballs.

Even if you already eat this dish at home, ordering it when you are out at an Italian restaurant will reinforce for your child that they do, indeed, like Italian food.

If you try a few appetizers that are outside of the types of food your child normally eats, allowing them to eat something they are familiar with for dinner will make your child more comfortable in a new setting.

Fettuccine Alfredo

If you feel like being a little more adventurous, try splitting your fettuccine alfredo with your child. Fettuccine alfredo is full of flavor, while being light on the spices.

This food will be easy on your child's palate, while also exposing them to something new at the same time.

Don't get stuck in the fast food rut with your kids. The next time you want Italian food from a restaurant like Alfa Greco Roman Cuisine, take them out an Italian restaurant. Expose them to Italian food that are similar to foods they already eat in order to help ease them into this new type of food.


About Me

A Red Velvet Christmas

Before marrying my amazing husband nine years ago, I had never baked a cake in my life. At our wedding shower, one of my beloved aunts gifted me with several types of cake pans including three single layer ones. Never one to waste a gadget, I anxiously stirred up my first desert, a towering rich red velvet cake, with my new cake pans. Since baking this first cake, I’ve become known around my community as an expert red velvet cake baker. Around Christmas time, I always get requests to make this tantalizingly delicious dessert. One of the secrets to my success is adding an abundant amount of liquid to my batter in the form of oil and buttermilk. On this blog, you will discover the other ingredients needed to have your own red velvet Christmas this year.