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 $3.6 billion in annual sales. Olive Garden is a division of Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI), which owns and operates more than 2,100 restaurants that generate over $8.5 billion in annual sales. Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., and employing more than 200,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people. In 2014, Darden was named to the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the fourth year in a row. 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 nearly 30 million pounds of food to local community food banks across the country.



Buy One Take One


Olive Garden Restaurants are bringing back, for a limited time only the chain's "Buy One, Take One" deal. Olive Garden patrons can select one of seven featured entrees to enjoy in house; with that purchase they get an additional meal "to go" from among a list of four eligible choices.

Dine in Options:

  • Fettuccine Alfredo
  • Mezzaluna Ravioli with Marinara
  • Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
  • Five Cheese Ziti Al Forno
  • Smoked Mozzarella Chicken
  • Chicken Scampi
  • Baked Parmesan Shrimp

Take Home Options:

  • Fettuccine Alfredo
  • Mezzaluna Ravioli with Marinara
  • Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
  • Five Cheese Ziti Al Forno

Create your own Tour of Italy

Olive Garden Has Introduced a New Way to Tour Italy

Make every meal one of a kind when you Create Your Own Tour of Italy! For a limited time only,
choose a trio of tastes to enjoy from our menu of  three delicious Classic Favorites, three savory
Signature Pastas and three indulgent Premium Pastas. Your ultimate combination will also include
unlimited soup or salad and freshly baked breadsticks. Ready to create your Tour?

Classic Favorites
  • Eggplant Parmigiana
  • Chicken Lombardy
  • Chicken Parmigiana

Signature Pastas
  • Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
  • Ziti with Five Cheese Marinara
  • Fettuccine Alfredo

Premium Pastas
  • Ravioli di Portobello
  • Tortellini al Forno
  • Lasagna Classico

Pepperoni Crusted Bread sticks

Olive Garden Recipe

Serves 4

8 Olive Garden Bread  Sticks
1 ounces butter, melted
1/3 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
1/4 cup diced pepperoni
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
8 ounces marinara sauce

In a bowl, mix panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese and chopped pepperoni. Spread mix in a baking pan and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. While mixture bakes, align 8 breadsticks on a parchment paper covered baking pan. Remove mixture from oven and set to cool at room temperature.

Brush a thin layer of melted butter on the top of the breadsticks. Cover the top of each breadstick with the pepperoni mixture evenly. Bake the crusted breadsticks for 2 1/2 minutes at 450 degrees, then rotate the pan and bake for an additional 2 1/2 minutes. Cool and plate crusted bread sticks. Top the breadsticks off with parsley and serve with a side of your favorite marinara sauce.

Breadstick Grilled Cheese

Breadstick Grilled Cheese with Tuscan Tomato Soup
Olive Garden Recipe

Serves 6-8

64 ounces tomato sauce
1 breadstick
1 cup diced fresh tomatoes
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup chopped basil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Dice breadstick into 1/2 inch sized pieces. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, diced breadsticks, heavy cream, extra virgin olive oil, basil, salt and pepper in a pot and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Using an immersion blender, blend soup until smooth.

Breadstick Grilled Cheese:
8 breadsticks
4 tablespoons melted butter
8 slices of your favorite cheese

Cut bread sticks in half, lengthwise. Place cheese slices between breadsticks, cut sides facing out
Melt butter on medium heat in a large skillet or griddle. Place sandwiches on griddle for 1 to 2 minutes until golden brown, flip and repeat. Cheese should be fully melted.

Breadstick Sandwiches

Olive Garden is inviting guests to celebrate the new menu offering throughout the summer with Breadstick Nation: a seven week long nationwide tour of four Olive Garden food trucks that will be giving away free samples of the Signature Breadstick Bun Sandwiches. The tour will hit the road today with one food truck in New York City and will be joined by additional trucks visiting 20 cities nationwide.

With the Signature Breadstick Bun Sandwiches hitting the lunch menu today, guests can select one of two options, served with garlic Parmesan fries, unlimited breadsticks, and choice of homemade soup or Famous House Salad.
New Italian Meatball Sandwich: Sicilian meatballs with alfredo and marinara served on the signature breadstick bun.
New Chicken Parmigiana Sandwich: Parmesan breaded chicken breast, fried and topped with Italian cheese and marinara served on the signature breadstick bun.

Tuscan Dinner for Two

2 for $25 is back! For a limited time only, the Tuscan Dinner for Two you can choose from more NEW entrées than ever before. Select two entrées from seven delicious options and enjoy them with unlimited homemade soup or our famous house salad and freshly baked breadsticks. They even include dessert as you tour the tastes of Tuscany.

  • New! Creamy Chicken Firenze: Chicken tenderloins sauteed with tomatoes and spinach in a lemon cream sauce served on a bed of fettuccine.
  • New! Pappardelle Portobello Alfredo: Roasted portobello and mushroom Alfredo sauce poured over pappardelle pasta.
  • New! Tuscan Three Meat Fettuccine: Spinach and egg fettuccine in a spicy tomato sauce with seasoned beef, Italian sausage and salami.
  • New! Florentine Rollatini: Rolled spinach and ricotta lasagna topped with five cheese marinara, fresh spinach and marinated tomatoes. 

PREMIUM ENTRÉES (for an additional charge)

  • New! Florentine Rollatini with Chicken: Rolled spinach and ricotta lasagna topped with five cheese marinara, fresh spinach, grilled chicken breast and an Alfredo drizzle.
  • New! Pecorino Parmesan Ravioli with Shrimp:  Ravioli stuffed with pecorino and parmesan cheeses then tossed in a creamy parmesan sauce and given a balsamic drizzle.
  • Garlic Rosemary Chicken: Grilled chicken breasts covered in caramelized garlic cloves served with garlic parmesan mashed potatoes and fresh spinach.

Italiano Burger

As part of an ongoing effort to be more competitive by offering a broader variety of menu items, Olive Garden added an Italian inspired burger to their lunch menu in 2013. Dubbed the Italiano Burger, it featured a six ounce beef patty topped with crisp prosciutto; mozzarella cheese; arugula; tomatoes marinated in fresh basil; garlic and Italian spices and served with a garlic aioli spread. The suggested retail price was $9.99 (with Parmesan garlic fries and unlimited breadsticks and soup or salad).  This sounds good but it seems people don't order hamburgers when they go to an Italian restaurant so this dish disappeared from the menu rather quickly.