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Old 09-12-2014, 02:43 PM   #1
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Olive Garden ripped by potential purchaser

I'm lmao reading this article: Olive Garden And Its Flavorless Pasta Get Ripped Apart In 294-Page Report

The report is a PowerPoint slideshow. If you want to read how corporate America tries to be a food critic, read this. OMG.
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Old 09-12-2014, 03:00 PM   #2
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Olive Garden isn't a regular stop for us. There are better choices.
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Old 09-12-2014, 03:44 PM   #3
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It isn't for me, either. I just thought the article was funny.
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Olive Garden food it made at a central location and shipped to the individual restaurants in plastic bags to be reheated. You might as well go to the groshree store and buy a boil-in-bag meal!
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Old 09-12-2014, 05:10 PM   #5
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I can't believe I'm actually going to defend a chain restaurant. While I agree OG isn't the greatest, I'll also say I've had far worse.

Last year when I was hobbling around on crutches with a broken ankle, I needed to find sit-down lunch options close to my office that were reasonably priced and easy to get in/out of (i.e. not crowded, and with good handicapped access). This limited me to an Olive Garden, Macaroni Grill, Big Bowl, and a few fast food chains with a drive-thru.

I couldn't stomach the fast food (literally), so I would trade off between the other three. I learned there are some things at Olive Garden that are better than others. As mentioned, the pasta, for the most part, was fairly bland and overcooked. The sauces were a mixed bag. I did find the ravioli to be one of the better options. Maybe only because it had filling to detract from the blandness.

Overall, I also thought their lunch pizzas were pretty good. The crust had good flavor and texture, although there was one time I had one come out undercooked.

That article is pretty funny, though. The whole debate over breadsticks, for example.
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Seriously! Breadsticks wasted? Everyone takes them home, don't they? I do like the soup/salad /breadsticks special. I've made a copycat recipe of the chicken and gnocchi soup, which is really good.
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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!)
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The closest Olive Garden to me is out in the suburbs. I have too many authentic Italian restaurants available to me to waste my money and travel time on OG. There is a reason why they never tried to enter the market in this area.
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The closest Olive Garden to me is out in the suburbs. I have too many authentic Italian restaurants available to me to waste my money and travel time on OG. There is a reason why they never tried to enter the market in this area.

Indeed, authentic Italian would trump OG anytime. Sadly, we don't always have that luxury here.
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The closest Olive Garden to me is out in the suburbs. I have too many authentic Italian restaurants available to me to waste my money and travel time on OG. There is a reason why they never tried to enter the market in this area.
And of course you can just save your money since you hate going out to any restaurant. We know...
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