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Passes Go On Sale Tomorrow and Unlock Seven Weeks of Unlimited Pasta

ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 16, 2015) – Olive Garden is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its fan-favorite promotion – Never Ending Pasta Bowl – with a new, limited offer. Beginning tomorrow, pasta lovers across the country will have a chance to snag one of two versions of the coveted Never Ending Pasta Pass, which has even more perks this year.

Never Ending Pasta Pass made headlines last year after selling out in only 45 minutes and giving cardholders access to seven weeks of unlimited pasta. That's why Olive Garden is giving even more guests the opportunity to take part by introducing a Family Edition of the Pasta Pass. This new version allows the cardholder to extend the unlimited pasta benefits to more people so families of pasta lovers can share in the excitement around the table. Beginning tomorrow, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. Eastern time, 1,000 of each type of Pasta Pass will be available via www.OliveGarden.com/never-ending-pasta-pass. The family Pasta Pass will be available for $300, and the individual Pasta Pass will be available for $100.

"At Olive Garden, helping families create memories together is at the heart of everything we do," said Jose Duenas, executive vice president of marketing for Olive Garden. "We were thrilled with the response to our Never Ending Pasta Pass last year, and that's why we are excited to expand the offer to give families a way to join in the celebration together."

For seven weeks, from Oct. 5 through Nov. 22, Pasta Pass holders dining in our restaurants will have access to never-ending pasta, homemade sauces, pasta toppings, soup or salad, breadsticks and Coca-Cola® soft drinks as many times as they would like. Those who purchase a family Pasta Pass can share the pass benefits with an additional three guests dining with the cardholder. Without the Pasta Pass, guests can enjoy Never Ending Pasta Bowl starting at just $9.99 throughout the seven-week promotion beginning Oct. 5.

Guests can follow along and join the conversation with #PastaPass and connect with Olive Garden at Facebook.com/OliveGarden, Twitter.com/OliveGarden and Instagram.com/OliveGarden for chances to score a Pasta Pass for you and your family.

Olive Garden is the leading restaurant in the Italian dining segment with more than 800 restaurants, more than 96,000 employees and more than $3.8 billion in annual sales. Olive Garden is a division of Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI), which owns and operates more than 1,500 restaurants that generate over $6.8 billion in annual sales. Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., and employing more than 150,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people. Olive Garden is committed to making a difference in the lives of others in the local community. As part of this commitment, Olive Garden restaurants have donated more than 33 million pounds of food to local community food banks across the country. For more information, visit www.olivegarden.com. Connect with us on Facebook.com/OliveGarden, Twitter.com/OliveGarden and Instagram.com/OliveGarden.

In the News

Olive Garden's Latest Plan: Breadstick Sandwiches (Associated Press, May 11, 2015) 
Coming to an Olive Garden near you: Breadstick sandwiches (USA Today, May 11, 2015)
Olive Garden's Latest Plan: Breadstick Sandwiches (Yahoo News, May 11, 2015)
Olive Garden Breadstick Sandwiches Headed to the Menu This Summer
(LA Times, May 11, 2015)

Olive Garden Introduces Sandwiches Made with Giant Breadsticks (Mashable, May 11, 2015) Olive Garden's New "Buy One, Take One' Deal Sends Diners Home With a Free Meal (Huffington Post-March 3, 2015)
Olive Garden offering free babysitting (TODAY-Feb. 11, 2015)
Olive Garden: $100 for 7 weeks of pasta (USA Today-Sept. 8, 2014)

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