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.

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Choosing the Best Pasta Shapes


Choosing the best sauce for a pasta dish is as important to your meal’s success as selecting the right wine. Considerations are the shape, texture and density of the pasta and how they complement the varying weights and ingredients of the sauce.
Just in time for National Sauce Month, Chef Marie offers these tips for pairing pasta and sauces:
  • Angel hair pasta, with its delicate shape, is best paired with a rich broth or a light sauce such as tomato pomodoro, marinara or pesto.
     
  • Spaghetti and linguine or tubular pastas such as penne or ziti work best with sauces bursting with chunks of sausage, meats, garden fresh vegetables or seafood as these shapes hold sauce well.
     
  • Fettuccine, lasagna and other flat, thick noodles are made to be paired with heavier meat or cream-based sauces, such as alfredo or bolognese.

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