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.




Tomato Basil Crostini

Tomato-Basil Crostini


  1. 1 1/2 cups fresh plum tomatoes, seeds and jelly removed, diced
  2. 1 Tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped
  3. 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. 1 medium garlic clove, peeled & crushed
  6. 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  7. 2 Italian flat breads (4 oz each)
  8. 1 Tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese to taste



  1. PREHEAT oven to 400ºF.
  2. BLEND tomatoes, basil, first quantity of extra virgin olive oil and salt thoroughly. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving. Just prior to serving, drain excess liquid.

Garlic-Infused Olive Oil

  1. COMBINE crushed garlic to second quantity of extra virgin olive oil. Infuse (let soak) for one hour.


  1. LINE sheet pan or cookie sheet with foil.
  2. DRIZZLE garlic-infused olive oil over flat bread; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  3. BAKE for 4-5 minutes until hot, but not crisped or dried.
  4. TRANSFER flat breads to serving plate. Cut into wedges or 2" x 2" squares.
  5. TOP each piece with chilled Tomato-Basil Topping. Serve immediately.

Serves 4

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