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Olive Garden’s Breadstick Bouquets Return For Valentine’s Day

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If you haven’t made those all too necessary Valentine’s Day plans yet, don’t stress because Olive Garden has your back (and your wallet) with a to-go dinner for two special, so you can get back to more important things planned for the evening. And if you’re lovers of their breadsticks (who isn’t), then it’s about to be a celebration!

Starting February 13, Olive Garden’s 3-course special includes your choice of soup or salad, a shareable entree of their Five Cheese Ziti Al Forno or Chicken Alfredo, or your choice of tiramisu or mousse cake, and a box of after dinner mints. Of course, you can’t leave without a bouquet of fresh breadsticks. Flowers are played out anyway!

Pasta, breadsticks… its hard to imagine a more perfect way to carbo-load for that marathon you two had planned, right?

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Olive Garden Selling LIFETIME Pasta Passes For $500

Olive Garden is upping the ante on their famous Never Ending Pasta Pass, not only offering a nine-week pass, but also selling a lifetime pass to a select few with enough dough in their pocket.

The Lifetime Pasta Pass will be sold for $500, plus tax, to the first 50 patrons who can get their hands on it through Pastapass.com, August 15.

In order to qualify for a Lifetime pass, you have to purchase the standard nine week pass first, for $100. The nine week pass will be available to the first 24,000 buyers, and from there, an email will be sent to 50 people who can upgrade for an additional $400, plus tax.

If you don’t want to upgrade to the Lifetime pass, they’ll just offer it to someone else until they’ve sold all 50.

The passes will start selling at 2 p.m. ET, with a virtual waiting room activating at 1:55 p.m. ET

This is the sixth year in a row that Olive Garden has offered some sort of Pasta Pass, but the Lifetime Pass is definitely the ultimate version, unless they can somehow offer a Pasta Pass that can be used in the afterlife.

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Olive Garden Adds Footlong Chicken Parm As Part Of New Giant Foods Menu

No April Fool’s Joke here: When the month of showers kicks off, Olive Garden will be going big with their new Giant Italian Classics menu that features some dinosaur-sized foods.

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The new lineup features four items in total, the most colossal of which is this plate-sized cut of Chicken Parmesan. Measuring in at approximately a foot long (11.5 inches, to be precise), this fried chicken cutlet absolutely dwarfs the side of Fettuccine Alfredo it comes with. You may find yourself having enough Chicken Parm to last the entire week when ordering this beast of a meal.

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Olive Garden is also adding an oversized version of their Spaghetti and Meatballs to the menu. The meatball clocks in at an impressive 12 ounces, and is smothered with even more meat sauce for those extra gains.

Other items on the Giant Italian Classics Menu include a pair of Giant Stuffed Shell Pastas. They’re available in Four Cheese Marinara and Four Cheese Shrimp varieties.

All of these massive takes on classical Italian-American pasta dishes will be dropping nationwide on April 1st (no joke, seriously). They’ll then hang around on the menu until May 27th.

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Spicy Alfredo Fried Chicken Is Olive Garden’s Latest Hype Creation

The United States is obsessed with hot chicken at the moment, whether it be the fiery heat of Nashville Hot or the spicy sweetness of Hot Honey. Olive Garden’s contribution to the trend makes it even more decadent, as their new crispy chicken tenders are coated in a fiery Alfredo sauce.

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A very recent addition to the chain’s appetizers lineup, the Spicy Alfredo Chicken is coated in its namesake sauce. The piquant sauce gets its spice from cherry peppers, which balances with the alfredo in a blend of flavors that is as luxurious as it is picante.

In case you need more decadence on the side, the chicken comes with a side of regular Alfredo, which the tenders can be dipped into for a more delectable version of Ranch Dressing.

An order of the Spicy Alfredo Chicken has a starting price of $8.99, and comes with six tenders.

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Olive Garden has found other ways to play with their alfredo as well. They have a new Chicken Alfredo Pizza Fritta on the menu that is essentially chicken alfredo (minus the fettuccine) in a fried pizza pocket. The only extra addition to mix of chicken and alfredo is a three-cheese blend.

It comes with marinara and alfredo for dipping, and is a limited-time dish available for $6.99.

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Competitive Eater Destroys 10 Pounds Of Pasta During Olive Garden’s PASTA PASS Season

Olive Garden’s Pasta Pass has officially launched and those lucky enough to get their hands on the elusive card will now be able to test the limits of their stomachs. There’s always been a question in the back of my mind every time this season comes around as to how many bowls of pasta someone could actually eat before throwing in the towel?

To answer this burning question, we brought in competitive eater Raina Huang to test a human’s limits on these Never-Ending Pasta Bowls. For science, obviously.

In the short time she’s been in the professional eating scene, Raina’s accomplishments have been pretty sizable. She’s eaten the entire Panda Express menu in a single sitting and even set a world record for devouring a 50×50 In-N-Out Burger in less than an hour.

Here’s what you need to know before trying this at home:

Here’s how Olive Garden’s Never Ending Pasta works. Guests with the pass get access to unlimited pasta, soup or salad, and breadsticks at any Olive Garden location. You can mix and match your pasta with different sauces and toppings with more than 100 different combinations to play with.

Now, Olive Garden usually serves you a sizable bowl as your meal begins and the following servings come in smaller portions after you finish your previous order. The restaurant was kind enough to serve us as many bowls of pasta as we wanted all at once, however,  just to see how many Raina would be able to wolf down in a single sitting.

Raina explained to us that for starch-heavy dishes, time is crucial. Once a starchy dish, like pasta, is in your stomach, it will expand in size making you full quickly over time. Because of this, she gives herself about a 20-minute window for which she eats her food before her body tells her to stop.

We asked the Olive Garden what the previous pasta-eating record was for that specific location and they told us that someone once accomplished 12 bowls during a visit. Not one to back down from a challenge, Raina took a seat and the pasta challenge was in motion.

You can see how it all goes down during our livestream below:

Over ten and a half pounds of pasta were sitting in her stomach by the end of the challenge. We even caught Raina sneaking a couple breadsticks after all was said and done.

For someone to eat 13 bowls of pasta in 25 minutes is surely a feat that will ring through the halls of the restaurant for years to come. Or at least until Raina’s next visit there.

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Olive Garden Has 10 Free EXTRA Pasta Passes They’re Giving Away Right Now

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Getting your hands on an Olive Garden Pasta Pass seems to be getting harder and harder each year. The card is essentially a golden ticket to chow down on as much Olive Garden pasta as you want, every day for three month. It’s beautiful.

While this year’s batch was claimed almost instantaneously, half a second to be exact, Olive Garden is giving fans another shot at the Pasta Pass, free of charge.

In celebration of the 5th anniversary of the Pasta Pass, Olive Garden launched an online scavenger hunt where 10 clever fans will have a chance to get their hands on the coveted meal voucher free of charge.

Earlier this week, the Italian restaurant chain launched a mysterious online countdown clock. Once the clock struck zero, the riddles appeared with the promise of pasta. Here’s an example:

“Organization dedicated to fawning over grand forks’s best food reviewer.” 

Each of the riddles, puzzles, and ciphers led to the name of an Instagram handle, Twitter profile, or Facebook group. Once you figure out the puzzle, send a direct message to the profile with the secret phrase “Pasta Pass Please”. If you’re the first to do so, you’ll get your Pasta Pass.

Olive Garden says they’ll do their best to provide live updates with which passes have already been claimed, but at the time of publication, folks have already begin sleuthing, though none have been claimed yet.

There will only be one clue per profile and only one free pass can be claimed from each profile. More details on the riddles can be found here. Happy hunting, everyone!

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Olive Garden To Sell ‘Annual Passes’ That Get You Free Unlimited Pasta For A Year

For the past few years, Olive Garden has been rolling out a “Pasta Pass” that you can purchase to score free unlimited pasta for 8 weeks. This time, they’re upping the ante and selling annual passes that are good for all-you-can-eat pasta for an entire year.

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Starting at 2 pm EST on August 23, 1,000 of these annual passes will go on sale on a special “Pasta Pass” website. They cost $300 each with tax, and are good from September 24, 2018 to September 22, 2019. Bring it into Olive Garden any (or every) day during that time span, and you can get unlimited helpings of the chain’s returning Never-Ending Pasta Bowl menu. That includes pasta, sauces, toppings, soup, salad, and breadsticks.

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For those who aren’t fast enough to score one of the annual passes, there’s also 23,000 regular Pasta Passes going on sale at the same time. They cost $100 plus tax, and have all of the same perks as the yearlong version. The only difference is that these passes are only good through November 18th, 2018.

If you don’t get one of these passes, the Never Ending Pasta Bowl is still accessible at a starting price of $10.99 per person.

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Olive Garden Filled This ‘Pizza Bowl’ With Cheese And Meatballs

It seems with each limited time item they bring out, Olive Garden’s menu gets crazier and crazier. Case in point, Pasta Nachos.

Just when we thought the casual Italian-American restaurant chain couldn’t top such an unorthodox item, they come out with a pizza bowl.

As part of their Lunch Duo special, Olive Garden has introduced a new Meatball Pizza Bowl diners can try to conquer during their lunch break.

The Meat Ball Pizza bowl begins as a simple crust made of pizza dough that’s then molded into a vessel for the saucy, meaty goodness that awaited us. Through a savory, transformative process, the bowl is combined with melted cheese and topped with marinara sauce and plump, picture-perfect meatballs.

Some of the Foodbeast team — stomachs roaring from a late morning start — decided to hit up the local Olive Garden to try these pizza bowls out.

Here’s what they had to say:

Reach

Just when you thought pizza couldn’t get any better, Olive Garden pressed the elevator button to rooftop and took things up multiple levels with this pizza bowl. That, and it was a pang pang in my mouth.

Ricky

It was a cheese lover’s paradise. As a cheese lover myself, I was amazed by how much melted cheese was in that bowl.

Izzy

It was good enough to make me actually want to go back to Olive Garden.

The Pizza Bowl is available at participating Olive Garden locations nationwide.