Olive Garden Buy One, Take One!
I am smitten with Olive Garden (and always have been!). My family and I enjoy eating there often for several reasons. The amazing bread and the endless soup or salad. If you haven’t tried their salad, you just have to. I could pretty much make a meal out of the salad alone! We also love the menu choices, and their frequent specials (I especially love their combination meals, or “trios”). When I heard about the Olive Garden “Buy One, Take One” menu items, I knew this was something that I had to take advantage of. Twist my arm, right?
I took a friend out for dinner, at our local Olive Garden. A little “girl” time over dinner was much needed by both of us. The only hard part was deciding what to order! Naturally we wanted to try meals from the Buy One, Take one menu (shown below). There are five items to choose from, so we each got something different.
I opted for the Mezzaluna Ravioli with Five Cheese Marinara, as I adore just about any kind of ravioli. The portion was a little smaller than with a regular meal, but it was just perfect for me. The ravioli were tasty but the marinara sauce was almost too cheesy. I think with a little less cheese in the sauce, it would be a perfect dish. My friend had a little taste of mine, and she agreed about the cheese.
My friend decided to get the Smoked Mozzarella Chicken and it was very good! I “had” to sample hers as well (which I thoroughly enjoyed!). The pasta was tender and full of flavor. I have to admit that it could have used more chicken. We were both slightly disappointed that there were only four small pieces. It actually worked out okay though, as we were already getting kind of full from the delicious salad (all you can eat!) and bread that also come with the meals! You can choose from soup or salad, which I love.
With Olive Garden’s Buy One, Take One meal special, we were each able to bring home another meal for our kids! I think this is a FANTASTIC idea and I wish more restaurants would offer this (and I hope that Olive Garden will continue to offer it). It was nice for us to go out to dinner alone, but it was even better to not have to worry about cooking for our kids before or after our own fun night out. The only hard part was deciding what to bring home for them!
I decided to bring the Fettuccine Alfredo home for my daughter. She loves pasta with cream sauce, so this fit the bill perfectly. The waitress told us that we didn’t need to place the “take home” orders until we were done eating ours. We wondered how long it would take, but we didn’t need to worry. Olive Garden “take home” meals are packaged and refrigerated for freshness, and ready to reheat when they are ready to be eaten at home.
The reheating instructions were really easy to follow. If you don’t have kids at home, these would be great to reheat and eat for lunch the following day. Heck, you could even take it to work, and be the envy of everyone in the office! Since they are refrigerated, you don’t have to wait for them to cool down before putting them in the refrigerator (another plus!).
My friend brought the Spaghetti with Four Cheese Meat Sauce home to her teenage son. He was quite happy, and even happier that he didn’t have to go out to dinner with the “old ladies”. It was a win-win for all of us!