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Old 09-12-2014, 05:42 PM   #11
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Good gracious another Olive Garden thread!

Confession, I eat there on occasion AND I even enjoy it, imagine that! Maybe my taste buds are broken...

Do I consider it REAL Italian food? Not really, but the one near me is consistent and tasty. They do a great Alfredo, even if it does come out of a bag, far better than most place's attempts. I enjoy their soups. Their pizza isn't half bad, with a good chewy crust, with a bit of char. I enjoy their chicken parmesan if they don't cremate the chicken breasts.

I envy those of you who live in an area with a lot of authentic Italian mom and pop places, but even in a city the size of mine, we don't really have that. Most places that I've tried have been pretty inconsistent, and more expensive than OG. There is this one place that we went and I was pretty excited, they served the best Italian bread, baked fresh in house, I just knew that this would be our new spot. Since this is a mom and pop place I ordered the lasagna, I don't know how old it was but it was an inedible blob under a flood of under seasoned marinara. I hope this was a fluke. I've never gotten inedible food at OG, mediocre yeah, but not inedible.
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Old 09-12-2014, 05:52 PM   #12
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And of course you can just save your money since you hate going out to any restaurant. We know...
True. But then we don't get any real Southern Comfort restaurants in this market either. KFC just doesn't cut it for me. Too salty. But I do love a good plate of Fried Chicken w/Grits.
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Old 09-12-2014, 06:31 PM   #13
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True. But then we don't get any real Southern Comfort restaurants in this market either. KFC just doesn't cut it for me. Too salty. But I do love a good plate of Fried Chicken w/Grits.
What? No idea what the connection is there. KFC is not an example of a southern restaurant.
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It's parent company stock was down 1.5% today, but overall they've been doing a ok for the most part. I don't care for their food either.
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That's pretty funny GG.

We have no family run Italian restaurants in these parts that I know about, and as it is, both Macaroni Grill and Olive Garden are 10-15 miles from us so it tastes pretty darn good to me when I want Italian out.

Now if we're talking Mexican food, I don't know how nasty Taco Bell does any business here at all because every single ethnic restaurant is Mexican. Beats me.
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That's pretty funny GG.

We have no family run Italian restaurants in these parts that I know about, and as it is, both Macaroni Grill and Olive Garden are 10-15 miles from us so it tastes pretty darn good to me when I want Italian out.

Now if we're talking Mexican food, I don't know how nasty Taco Bell does any business here at all because every single ethnic restaurant is Mexican. Beats me.

We can't go wrong with our Mexican food here either, we have a large Hispanic population. It's plentiful, and excellent. We have a few Italian places, run by a few Italians, but they're not consistant. Mostly it's related families who run opposing restaurants who are mad at each other, and a lot of it is pizza. Some days the lasagna is fantastic, other days my homemade leftovers taste better.

Haven't eaten at Taco Bell for awhile, but when we did, it wasn't too bad either!
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That's pretty funny GG.

We have no family run Italian restaurants in these parts that I know about, and as it is, both Macaroni Grill and Olive Garden are 10-15 miles from us so it tastes pretty darn good to me when I want Italian out.

Now if we're talking Mexican food, I don't know how nasty Taco Bell does any business here at all because every single ethnic restaurant is Mexican. Beats me.
If I wanted authentic Mexican food, I too would head to California and Arizona. And maybe southern Texas or over by El Paso. And I would be very disappointed if they spoke English.
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Old 09-13-2014, 12:44 AM   #18
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olive garden is to italian food what red lobster is to seafood, imo.

you can easily do better, but sometimes you forget.
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I enjoyed the article. And OG is pretty decent here. Nearest one is about 45 minutes away. I don't care much for pasta, so usually have the soup, salad and breadsticks too. I like their Pasta e Fagioli soup, and make a really good knock-off of it. (And, I just realized, without the pasta!)
My husband really likes their Pasta e Fagioli. Would you be willing to post your knock-off recipe?
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My husband really likes their Pasta e Fagioli. Would you be willing to post your knock-off recipe?

Sure! Let me dig around.

Ah, found it: http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/rec...oli35471.shtml

I use whatever spaghetti sauce, jarred or homemade, that I have on hand, and any beans will do. I add corn sometimes. I also have left out the pasta. It freezes really well. And I scale it WAY down.
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