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Olive Garden unveiles the most significant menu evolution

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Olive Garden unveiled the most significant menu evolution in the restaurant’s history, including more than 20 new menu items that broaden the choice, variety and value it offers guests, prepared with new cooking techniques that accentuate new flavors. Olive Garden’s new menu is designed to appeal to the evolving palettes and preferences of casual dining guests, while providing guests with more options to customize their meal experience at both lunch and dinner.

• “Cucina Mia” Section: Introducing a new menu section that gives guests the ability to create their own entrée from a variety of six pastas and five made-from-scratch sauces—for only $9.99 every day.

• Small Plates: Expanding the Tastes of Italy section to include eight small plate dishes for guests whowant to explore different flavors.

• Lighter Italian Fare: Enhancing variety within the under-575-calories menu section by introducing additional dishes for calorie-counting guests.

• Specialty Entrees: Bringing new culinary-forward entrees to the chicken and seafood sections of the menu, enhanced by preparation on a new Piastra flat-top grill for a more evenly cooked, tender and juicy taste.

• Antipasti and Caprese Salads: Creating new ways for guests to enjoy Olive Garden’s popular signature salad through the addition of antipasti or caprese toppings.

• Lunch Experience: Recognizing the busy schedules of lunch guests, Olive Garden is debuting a new lunch menu and enhanced service steps that provide busy guests with a variety of choices for a quick and satisfying meal.

• Tuscan Trio Combinations: Enhancing the popular soup, salad and breadsticks lunch by offering guests an additional pasta side, Small Plate or new salad topping.

• Sandwich & Flatbread Combinations: Giving guests more handheld options with sandwich and flatbread combinations served with unlimited soup or salad and breadsticks.

With this evolution, guests will continue to find their Olive Garden favorites on the menu — including
Fettucine Alfredo and Lasagna Classico — and all entrees are served with choice of homemade soup orgarden-fresh salad and unlimited garlic breadsticks, which are baked fresh every 15 minutes.

“Our new menu is designed to give our guests an enhanced experience by giving them new flavors, more variety and everyday value,” said Jay Spenchian, executive vice president of marketing for Olive Garden. “We’re staying true to the fresh, simple Italian food, while creating more ways to delight our guests."

New Cucina Mia (“My Kitchen”) for $9.99

• Choose your pasta: New Large Paccheri, New Tri-Colored Vegetable Penne, Bucatini, New Cavatappi,

Whole Wheat Linguine, New Gluten-Free Rotini

• Choose your made-from-scratch sauce: New Creamy Garlic Asiago, New Primavera, New Creamy

Sun-Dried Tomato, New Spicy Diavolo, Fresh Tomato Pomodoro

• Add a topping (additional cost): New Chicken Meatballs, New Sausage Meatballs, Meatballs,

New Small Plates

• Parmesan Olive Fritta – A bite-sized blend of olives and Italian cheeses, rolled together and lightly

fried. Served with your choice of a citrus aioli or gorgonzola cream dipping sauce.

• Polenta Shrimp alla Greca – Sautéed shrimp served on creamy plenta and topped with a fresh blend

of olives, capers and tomato sauce.

New Appetizer

• Spicy Calabrian Wings – Chicken wings tossed with garlic and chili peppers from the Italian region of

Calabria, served with gorgonzola dipping sauce. Increase the heat by adding our signature Calabrian

chili paste. Available for a limited time.

New Lighter Italian Fare

• Center Cut Filet Mignon – 6 oz. premium cut filet, seasoned with Italian herbs and grilled. Served

with sautéed Italian vegetables and roasted garlic.

• Chicken Abruzzi (Olive Garden Specialty) – Grilled chicken breast in a savory broth simmered with

cannellini beans, kale and garden vegetables.

New Olive Garden Specialties

• Crab Topped Chicken – Pan-seared chicken breasts topped with crab meat in a lemon cream sauce.

Served with fresh spinach and garlic parmesan mashed potatoes.

• Salmon Bruschetta – Grilled salmon filet topped with bruschetta tomatoes and basil pesto, served

on freshly prepared seafood risotto with crab meat.

• Pappardelle Pescatore – Sautéed shrimp, bay scallops and clams tossed with pappardelle pasta,

fresh asparagus and tomatoes in a creamy red pepper seafood sauce.

• Mediterranean Grilled Trout – 10 oz. filet seasoned with basil and extra-virgin olive oil. Served with

pappardelle pasta tossed with garlic, broccoli and fresh tomato sauce.

New Carne/Beef

• Parmesan Crusted Filet – 6 oz. premium center cut filet, grilled to perfection and topped with a

creamy parmesan-alfredo crust. Served with sautéed Italian vegetables and roasted garlic.

New Antipasti and Caprese Salads

Choose a new topping for Olive Garden’s signature garden-fresh salad:

• Antipasti Italian Meats & Cheese – Hard salami, genoa salami, pepperoni and mozzarella.

• Roasted Tomato Caprese – Fresh mozzarella bites, roasted tomato, bell pepper, basil, kale and an

New Lunch Combinations & Sandwiches

• Tuscan Trio Combinations: Start with Soup, Salad & Breadsticks and add a new salad topping, a

• New Smashed Chicken Meatball Sandwich – Smashed chicken meatballs with roasted bell peppers

and mozzarella on a focaccia bun.

New Dessert

• Salted Caramel Tiramisu – Layers of creamy caramel mousse and vanilla-soaked ladyfingers, topped

with salted caramel crumble and chocolate shavings. Available for a limited time.

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