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Olive Garden To Sell An Unprecedented 21,000 Never Ending Pasta Passes

More than Ten Times the Pasta Passes Go on Sale September 15

ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 12, 2016) – More pasta lovers than ever before have the chance to snag a coveted Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass on Sept. 15. To celebrate the 21st anniversary of its fan-favorite promotion—Never Ending Pasta Bowl—Olive Garden is selling up to 21,000 passes for one hour this year

Last year, 2,000 Never Ending Pasta Passes were claimed in less than one minute, so Olive Garden is giving more guests the opportunity to get an all-access pass to enjoy seven weeks of Never Ending Pasta Bowl. Beginning Thursday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. ET, up to 21,000 passes will be available for one hour exclusively via for $100 per pass.

“Within seconds of last year’s Pasta Pass sale beginning, our most enthusiastic fans clicked ‘purchase,’ becoming part of an exclusive club and the envy of pasta lovers everywhere,” said Jose Duenas, executive vice president of marketing for Olive Garden. “We know there are more fans than there were Pasta Passes so we’re expanding the club tenfold to give more guests an all-access pass to our most popular promotion of the year.”

For seven weeks, from Oct. 3 through Nov. 20, every Pasta Pass holder dining at Olive Garden will have access to unlimited pasta, homemade sauces, pasta toppings, soup or salad, breadsticks and Coca-Cola® soft drinks. This year, the most popular Olive Garden entrée, Chicken Alfredo, is being introduced as part of the Never Ending Pasta Bowl lineup. Guests without a Pasta Pass can take part in Never Ending Pasta Bowl and enjoy unlimited pasta starting at $9.99 throughout the seven-week promotion starting Oct. 3.

In partnership with Feeding America, after the online sale is complete, Olive Garden will be auctioning additional Pasta Passes on eBay. Olive Garden will donate 100 percent of all proceeds from the auction to Feeding America, with a minimum guaranteed donation of $21,000, to fight hunger in local communities. Guests can join the conversation with #PastaPass and connect with Olive Garden at, and

In the News

Olive Garden Launches Spaghetti Pie, Just In Time For Summer (Buzzfeed, May 24, 2016)
Olive Garden Adds Spaghetti Pies, New Breadstick Sandwiches to Menu
(Today, May 25, 2016
Hoda, Jenna give Olive Garden's Spaghetti Pie Two Thumbs Up! (Today, May 25, 2016)
Olive Garden Spaghetti Pie is a Thing that Exists Now, And it's All of Your Wildest Pasta Dreams Come True (Bustle, May 25, 2016)
Olive Garden's New Breadstick Sandwiches and Spaghetti Pies, Ranked
(Cosmopolitan, May 25, 2016)

Olive Garden's New Deep-Dish Spaghetti Pie is the Meal We've Been Dreaming About
(People, May 25, 2016)

OMG: Olive Garden Now Serves Spaghetti in Pie Form (Mashable, May 26, 2016)
Olive Garden Debuts Spaghetti Pie, Adds New Breadstick Sandwiches to Its Lineup
(The Daily Meal, May 26, 2016)

Olive Garden is Now Serving 'Spaghetti Pie' (Time, May 25, 2016)
Olive Garden's New Spaghetti Pies Will Both Delight and Confuse You
(Popsugar, May 25, 2016)

Olive Garden Will Now Deliver Giant Platters Of Pasta For Catering (Buzzfeed, Jan.25, 2016) 
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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