This Examiner and her photographer, LaToya Houston, visited the Olive Garden in Cherry Hill. Some of the highlights of our visit included their seasonal item, the goat cheese flatbread, which ends this month, so if you want to taste it too, you better hurry over to the restaurant and order it! Another favorite was the grilled chicken toscano, which is permanent on their menu. Annemarie was our very attentive waitress who gave us insight on some items we had not tried before and another waitress Kristen informed us of Olive Garden’s Allergen menu that can be requested if you have special food allergies.
Other favorites included:
- Salted Caramel Tiramisu – In my opinion, the best dessert I have ever had in a chain restaurant
- Pomegranate Citrus – Non-alcoholic drink and I added a pack of sweetener to the drink
- Roasted tomato caprese topper on their garden fresh salad
- Olive Garden house dressing 12 oz. bottle for $5.75
- Annemarie, an awesome host, be sure to ask for her when you go in
Last month, 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.
New Dinner Menu Highlights
·“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 who want 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.
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 extra-virgin olive oil drizzle.
New Lunch Menu Highlights
·Lunch Experience: Recognizing the busy schedules of lunch guests, Olive Garden is debuted 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.
“Making a big jump like this is what you have to do to keep up in the market today. There are so many restaurants out there…we had to think quick … and if it doesn't work, we’re okay with that, we scratch it and start over again with something new,” said Adrianne K. Griffith, General Manager for the Cherry Hill location. It’s all about customer satisfaction and the manager also noted that customers can call two hours ahead of time to make a reservation.
With this evolution, guests will continue to find their Olive Garden favorites on the menu — including Fettuccine Alfredo and Lasagna Classico — and all entrees are served with choice of homemade soup or garden-fresh salad and unlimited garlic breadsticks, which are baked fresh every 15 minutes.
For more information and to find your nearest Olive Garden restaurant, visit OliveGarden.com.