1,270-calorie salad, others slimmed down thanks to Calif. laws


No law in California requires restaurants to limit entree selections to 500 calories (compared to the average recommended adult intake of 2,000 a day) or fewer. However, new menu labeling laws requiring chain restaurants to reveal calorie counts for regular menu items is effecting major changes in some restaurant chains, especially at Romano's Macaroni Grill.

With more than 20 outlets, Romano's Macaroni Grill falls under the California law. The law's first phase went into effect July 1, requiring that chains offer brochures with counts of calories, saturated fat, carbohydrates and sodium for all standard menu items. At sit-down restaurants like the Italian casual chain, the information must be on the table, in a brochure or menu insert, or on a table tent.