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For guest inquiries, please contact Olive Garden Guest Relations at (800) 331-2729.

Recent News

Olive Garden Unveils New Breadstick Sandwiches and
Deep Dish Spaghetti Pies


Summer Sampling Tour Gives Families and Friends Nationwide Opportunity
to Gather Around the Table


ORLANDO, Fla. (May 25, 2016) – Olive Garden is doubling its offering of Breadstick Sandwiches and bringing new twists on an Italian classic. Beginning this week, iconic Olive Garden menu items will transform with new varieties of the legendary Breadstick Sandwiches and brand new Deep Dish Spaghetti Pies. To celebrate, Olive Garden is giving unique and customized opportunities for families to come together around the table.

Last summer, America fell in love with Breadstick Sandwiches when they debuted in restaurants and on food trucks touring the country. Inspired by fans’ excitement and passion, Olive Garden is hitting the road again helping guests across the country create summer memories. The Olive Garden Never Ending Family Table will cross the nation to give fans the opportunity to gather together and sample the new menu items.

This first-of-its kind summer-long celebration kicks off in New York City where the table will grow along the High Line. From there, the two versions of the Never Ending Table will continue across the country delighting guests with the new food. One will have a planned route through a new city every week while the other will pop up and surprise guests at their summer celebrations, such as birthdays, family reunions and graduation parties. To submit your summer celebration story and to learn more about the mobile tour, visit olivegarden.com/specials/family-table. Select stories will receive customized Olive Garden dining experiences at the Never Ending Family Table or in restaurants.

“Last year, we were thrilled at our guests’ enthusiasm for our Breadstick Sandwiches and look forward to sharing our latest breadstick and spaghetti innovations,” said Jose Duenas, executive vice president of marketing for Olive Garden. "Since nothing brings loved ones together like food, we’re excited to help our fans create amazing memories around the table with our Never Ending Family Table tour.”

Available for lunch, the new Breadstick Sandwiches joining the popular Chicken Parmigiana and Italian Meatball Breadstick Sandwiches are:

• Spicy Calabrian Chicken Breadstick Sandwich: Lightly breaded chicken, fried and tossed in our spicy Calabrian sauce served with tangy gorgonzola sauce on Olive Garden’s signature breadstick.

• Eggplant Parmigiana Breadstick Sandwich: Hand-breaded eggplant, fried and topped with Italian cheese and marinara served on Olive Garden’s signature breadstick.

Olive Garden is giving guests new ways to enjoy spaghetti throughout the day:

• Meatball Deep Dish Spaghetti Pie: Spaghetti, seven cheeses and Italian bacon baked to perfection in a flaky crust and topped with meatballs and homemade meat sauce.

• Chicken Alfredo Deep Dish Spaghetti Pie: Spaghetti, seven cheeses and Italian bacon baked to perfection in a flaky crust and topped with grilled chicken and our homemade Alfredo.

• Spaghetti Rosso with Chicken & Bacon: Tomato-infused spaghetti with grilled chicken, bacon, red peppers, tomatoes and asparagus tossed in a homemade Parmesan pesto sauce.

Guests can follow along and join the conversation with #NeverEndingTable and connect with Olive Garden at Facebook.com/OliveGarden, Twitter.com/OliveGarden and Instagram.com/OliveGarden

ABOUT OLIVE GARDEN
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 34 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 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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