When Maggie was 2 years old, she started calling restaurants by the name of whatever food she loved there. The Chicken Nugget House. The Quesadilla House. And she called Olive Garden “The Cheesy Noodle House.” It still cracks us up, and we still sometimes call it that, just for fun. And even though Maggie is the Pickiest Eater That Ever Fought Over A Microscopic Bite Of Carrot, we know she’ll always eat her cheesy noodles (Fettuccine Alfredo, in case you were wondering).
I personally LOVE Olive Garden. Some people may sniff and make a comment about it not being “authentic” Italian food. And that may be true, but I don’t think that’s what they’re about anyway. They’re about fresh, delicious Italian-inspired meals that fill you up and make you happy and don’t cost a bajillion dollars. And dang, those breadsticks ARE AMAZING.
I was lucky enough to be able to take my entire family to Olive Garden last week for dinner. There were 8 of us, including the girls, and the entire experience was great. I love being able to take the kids somewhere that doesn’t have cartoon characters on the walls and feel comfortable, you know? It’s a relaxed atmosphere but still feels like a fancy night out- well, at least as fancy as you can get with a pink plastic sippy cup on the table.
For my meal, I was asked to choose from Olive Garden’s new 3 Course Italian Dinner- 1st course is soup or salad, 2nd course is one of 5 new entrees, 3rd course is one of 5 Dolcini desserts. All of this is only $12.95! Fabulous. Want to see all the delicious options available with Olive Garden’s 3 Course Italian Dinner? Just visit Olivegarden.com/specials. The special is happening now through March 18th!
Normally I get something chicken-y and cheesy and noodle-y (gee, I don’t know WHERE my kid gets it!) but I decided to branch out that night and choose something a little different. I got the Asiago and Roasted Garlic Tortelloni with Grilled Sausage as my entree, plus the salad and breadsticks. The pasta was amazing! I’m not always a big fan of sausage-sometimes it’s too powerful in a pasta dish for me-but this was perfect. And the sauce added a great, light, tomato flavor and of course the cheese-stuffed tortelloni? YUM. I usually have leftovers when we come home from Olive Garden… but not this night :) Maggie of course had a grand time with her cheesy noodles.
Once all the pasta was gone, I thoroughly enjoyed my dessert: dark chocolate cake with caramel sauce and chocolate mousse…so delicious!
The whole night was such a nice break from our usual weeknight routine, getting together with my family for some good food. And what’s the saying? Olive Garden-When you’re here, you’re family┬«? In our case, it was true :)
Now for the fun part! Olive Garden and BlogHer are letting me give away a $100 Olive Garden gift card to one of my readers! To enter for a chance to win, tell me your favorite part of a three course meal. The appetizer, dinner, or the dessert?
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Disclaimer: I was compensated for my time in researching and preparing for this post. But my opinions are my own, and I would never recommend a product I wouldn’t purchase with my own money.