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.
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.