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Guest-Favorite Promotion Features more than 200 Pasta Combinations

ORLANDO, Fla. (Oct. 3, 2016) – Olive Garden's most popular promotion – Never Ending Pasta Bowl – returns today with the first-time addition of the restaurant's best-selling entrée, Chicken Alfredo. From now until November 20, the promotion will offer pasta lovers unlimited servings of their favorite pasta combinations, homemade soup or salad and freshly baked breadsticks, starting at just $9.99.

"For more than 20 years, Never Ending Pasta Bowl has become an iconic promotion among families since each guest can create their favorite custom pasta dishes for a great value," said Jose Duenas, executive vice president of marketing for Olive Garden. "This year, by popular request, we've added Chicken Alfredo—giving our fans unlimited refills of their all-time favorite entrée."

Never Ending Pasta Bowl includes options to please the entire family with more than 200 possible combinations of specialty pastas, homemade sauces and craveable toppings:

  • Pastas: Spaghetti, Rigatoni, Angel Hair, Pappardelle, Fettucine, Cavatappi and Gluten-Free Rotini

  • Sauces: Alfredo, Traditional Meat Sauce, Asiago Garlic Alfredo, Marinara and Five Cheese Marinara

  • Toppings: Meatballs, Italian Sausage, Crispy Chicken Fritta, Crispy Shrimp Fritta or Grilled Chicken can be added to any combination starting at $2.99.

To celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Never Ending Pasta Bowl, last month Olive Garden made an unprecedented 21,000 Never Ending Pasta Passes available to their fans, all of which were claimed immediately. This was the third year in a row Olive Garden sold Pasta Passes for its Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion. Last year, the restaurant sold 2,000 passes in less than one minute. Pasta Pass holders can enjoy unlimited Never Ending Pasta Bowls from Oct. 3 through Nov. 20 at any Olive Garden across the country by simply presenting the pass.

Guests can follow along and join the conversation with #NeverEndingPasta and connect with Olive Garden at, and For more information and to find your nearest Olive Garden restaurant, visit

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 35 million pounds of food to local community food banks across the country. For more information, visit Connect with us on, 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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