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Recently, Olive Garden — one of the most beloved chain restaurants — came out with a never-ending pasta pass for $100, which sold out in literally one second. Those lucky enough to score one can eat as much pasta as their heart desires from September 25 to November 19.
That sounds great and all, but with a menu that’s pretty long and varied, how can one decide what to order? Luckily, I’ve got you covered. Here are the best Olive Garden menu items, ranked by taste. Even if you don’t score the unlimited pasta pass, you’ll still be able to try some of the best dishes Olive Garden has to offer year-round.
10. Chicken & Shrimp Carbonara
There’s nothing better than a heaping pile of pasta with creamy sauce, shrimp, bacon, and cheese. This dish is decadent and is packed with flavors that will satisfy your craving for all things cheese, meat, and carbs.
9. Lasagna Fritta
This appetizer will make all your deep-fried dreams come true. Since it’s scientifically proven that everything is better fried, Olive Garden has amped up its classic lasagna recipe by breading it and deep-frying it. Pasta for every dish? Sign us up!
8. Eggplant Parmigiana
A classic, eggplant parmigiana is one of those dishes that makes you feel like you’re eating at your Italian grandma’s dinner table. The eggplant oozes out with rich cheese, which pairs perfectly with the tart marinara sauce to balance it out.
7. Raviolo di Portobello
The ravioli di portobello is such a complex and interesting dish that you won’t even miss meat. The ravioli is filled with smoky cheese and served with sun-dried tomatoes and a light Pinot Noir sauce.
6. Shrimp Alfredo
One of Olive Garden’s tastiest dishes is the classic fettuccine Alfredo. However, I believe its best version is the Shrimp Alfredo. The freshness of the shrimp and the creamy sauce makes for a wonderful bite.
The first sweet dish to make the list, these guys definitely belong. For those of you who have never tried a zeppoli, think of the Italian version of a beignet, but fluffier. It’s a great dessert to share, or keep to yourself (I won’t judge).
3. Tour of Italy
Are you indecisive? Order the Tour of Italy, which features three of Olive Garden’s most popular dishes (chicken parmigiana, lasagna, and fettuccine Alfredo). It’s the dish for you if you enjoy having a little bit of everything.
2. Grilled Chicken Piadina
Piadina (aka Italian flatbread) is a game-changer. Not only is it cooked like a quesadilla, but it’ll blow your tastebuds away. Olive Garden’s take on the piadina, which consists of grilled chicken and cheese, is nothing short of mind-blowing.
1. Any Breadstick Sandwich
At the top of the list are the breadstick sandwiches, which took the Internet by storm when they first came out. It’s no secret that Olive Garden’s breadsticks are some of the best in the game. Make it the base of a sandwich to create an epic sandwich. I personally love the meatball parmigiana, but honestly any of the three options are delicious.
So now that you’re hungry and exposed to the best Olive Garden has to offer, go out to your local storefront. It’s worth the wait.