There's something new on Olive Garden's lunch menu: a burger topped with Italian prosciutto, mozzarella, arugula, marinated tomatoes, and aioli. We took it for a test-drive.
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If you make it past the breadsticks, oil-slicked salad, and a carb-heavy entrée at the Olive Garden with room for dessert, you've got 14 different items to choose from. We tried every last one to find out which (if any) are worth splurging on.
Today we begin our foray into exploring the wine lists at popular chain restaurants. If you find yourself at The Olive Garden, there's no sommelier, and no cutesy descriptions, but you will see many of the same wines at every branch (though there may be a little variation from location to location). We tasted our way through 23 wines that you'll find at The Olive Garden in order to point you toward the best deals.
I have to admit up front that I'm a huge fan of the Garden; I used to eat there about twice a week in high school. Breadsticks, never-ending salad, and spaghetti with meatballs—I loved them. And I loved that every Olive Garden had the same pictures on the walls, and played the same Frank Sinatra songs ("Fly me to the moon...") But nostalgia only goes so far. The food might still be tasty, in that comforting generic-and-heavy way. But their specialty cocktails? That's another story.