They are maybe not eating any pork dishes ... İtalian cuisine can be convenient for Turkish family ... İt s so similar ... Soup is always a Good choice ... That can be vegetable or tomato soup ... Grill meat or chicken also is a Good alternative with french fries ... Then some pastry or desert .. over 6 years ago
I dined with a family in Turkey in their home though the menu is a bit hazy. They love things I hate like rice. I remember stuff wrapped in vine leaves. They love those sticky desserts like baklava.
I was also hosted to a meal in a terrific restaurant over looking The Bhosphoros. A platter was brought out from every type of meat, including chicken, westerners are familiar with barr any pork. They don't seem too hot on desserts.
We were brought to a terrific fish farm where the fish is caught and served up to you as fresh as can be. Far as I remember salad and crispy white bread wouldn't go amiss. I'd imagine fresh fruit would go down well too.
The things I learned about Turkey is to them it is considered very offensive for people not to eat everything on their plate. They tend to put platters in the middle of the table so you can help yourself and perhaps this is better to avoid embarrassment for them should there be a dish they don't like.
I still took foods I wasn't familar with and remember having to play around with them on my plate and forcefeed myself with rice etc not to cause offence. over 6 years ago