Restaurant Reviews

A Little Treat at Olive Garden!

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I know probably many of you must have visited Olive Garden but not me, until recently. The thing is, for some reason, whenever I played any video on Youtube, the restaurant’s ad used to keep on playing. It was so tempting that one day I was like – that’s it! We HAVE to go there! Olive Garden…I must say your attempt at luring me was successful.

I had looked up their ‘Lunch for 2’ deal which I must say was pretty neat. The location we went to was the one in Times Square, NYC. Now, as much as people love Times Square, one should also know that sometimes, certain food places can get a little pricier as compared to their counterparts in other locations. So when we told the waitress that we are looking for the ‘Lunch for 2′ deal, she said that it would be a few dollars extra since it was at this location. We should have expected that considering I had seen on their site that certain locations’ cost may vary.

The Lunch for 2/ Dinner for 2 basically gives you the following options:

  1. Start with unlimited soup or salad and breadsticks
  2. Choose 2 entrees out of 7 entrees on the list.
  3. Choice of Dolcini – little dessert treats 

Now, this may vary as per the deal going on at that time.

So we started with unlimited soup. We ordered the Chicken and Gnocchi soup and Minestrone soup. Loved the simplicity of it… as I like to say, a good way to warm up the stomach. Since I wanted to savor the main course, I avoided the temptation of going for a second serving.

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For the entrées, we ordered the Penne Pasta with diced tomato & Fresh Ricotta Cheese and Stuffed Chicken Marsala.

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Both the dishes were delicious; the Marsala being better amongst the two. I always tend to be a little biased towards dishes which are creamier and richer in flavor.

Okay, now there is something I’d like to confess. Does it ever happen to you that sometimes you are so hungry, you feel you can eat an entire town but end up eating really less? Okay, that maybe an exaggeration, but does this ever happen to you guys? Or maybe it’s just me. Weird right? So even though I thought I was super hungry, I couldn’t really finish it and had to take the rest of the entrée for a to go. 

Now even though we were practically full, the sweet tooth inside us kept looking at the Dessert menu.

The Dolcini or “little dessert treats” as they call it are really cute and small in size which was perfect for us. We ordered the Tiramisu one out of the many options. You can say its consistency was more like a mousse or pudding rather than the normal Tiramisu cake so I guess if one is expecting to have the authentic taste of Tiramisu, they are better off ordering that rather than the ‘Dolcini.’

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Finally, with a full stomach, I felt that I won’t feel tempted the next time I see an Olive Garden ad playing. Well, I can at least hope for it.

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20 Comments

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    naammekyarakhahai

    July 1, 2015

    i don’t eat much outside.. but my husband took me here, last year on my b’day.. it was wonderful.. they treat you so well.. n the food is amazing!! :)i would always love to recommend anyone to olive garden! 🙂

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      Smiling Notes

      July 1, 2015

      Yes I agree with you..it’s a beautiful place with wonderful food 🙂 thanks for checking out my post 🙂

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    noorainsobiya

    July 1, 2015

    Take me along Shamira….. What superb mouth watering review!! 😋😋😋
    And yes.. I feel that way whenever I go for a buffet dinner.. I promise myself that I’m Sooo hungry that il eat everything in the menu.. No amount of food is enough and all that..
    15minutes into the dinner,I’m groaning at the starters and really rethinking my decision of having the main course..
    Desserts I always skip..
    That the Ravenous,vulture-ish me.. 😒😒

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      Smiling Notes

      July 1, 2015

      Glad I am not alone in this!! I sometimes feel how did I get so full so quickly when I was practically dying in hunger. 😵
      And yes thank you for your sweet compliment. But I must admit..your food reviews are just out of the world!! 😍😘

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        noorainsobiya

        July 1, 2015

        Awwwwhh shucks!!! Don’t get me all mushy now… You know I love u.. Don’t make fall deeper… ❤️❤️

        In a restaurant it’s highly irritating for me cos I’m thinking on the terms of “Paisa Vasool” and all that ever happens is ” Paisa bhool”
        Ok today’s the day of bad pjs.. Hope you don’t mind that.. 😁😁😁

        You can dunk me in rotten tomatoes for that pj.. N it’s great for my skin.. So win-win for me..

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          Smiling Notes

          July 1, 2015

          Hahaha you never fail to make me smile my dear!! Is this what they say falling head over heels in love with someone? Hmm..I wonder lol 😍😛

          • noorainsobiya

            July 1, 2015

            Yes yes yes… It’s love all the way to the moon and back.. Hugs mi amour!! ❤️❤️💋
            Nothing beats the happiness of talking to a girlfriend!! That’s all the reprise we need from our busy lives..
            Though we live seas and miles across,that smile reaches our faces wen we see a msg from one another..
            This is technology at its best.. ❤️❤️🎁

          • Smiling Notes

            July 1, 2015

            Yes girl!!you said it right..chatting with girlfriends is the best form of therapy one could ever have 👍👍😛

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    noorainsobiya

    July 1, 2015

    Omg.. 2 typos.. Please bear with my autocorrect..

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      Smiling Notes

      July 1, 2015

      Hahaa don’t worry hun! Autocorrect sucks big-time..whoever invented it must be smacked in the head. 👊

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        noorainsobiya

        July 1, 2015

        Smack em left and right!!! Girl power.. Powderpuff girls!!!

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          Smiling Notes

          July 1, 2015

          👊👊Girlpower all the way!!👊👊

          • noorainsobiya

            July 1, 2015

            👊🏻👊🏻💃🏻💃🏻* Shamira and Noorain break into a fit of Zumba and Salsa* 💃🏻💃🏻

          • Smiling Notes

            July 1, 2015

            Hahaha yes with two left feet 💃💃😜

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    What a scrumptious treat !! I haven’t been to Olive Garden but your spot on , the YouTube adds really tempt you😁

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      Smiling Notes

      July 1, 2015

      Thanks a lot..hahha yes the ads compelled me to go..lol. you should visit someday 😛😘

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    youthfoodblog

    July 1, 2015

    In addition to the items you showed, I particularly like their bread sticks.

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      Smiling Notes

      July 1, 2015

      Yes yes.. I actually forgot to mention about them..they are the softest and freshest bread sticks 😘

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    Snapshotsincursive

    July 1, 2015

    One can never tire of Italian food, can they? 🍓

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