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Sun May 26, 2013, 10:49 AM

Didn't Olive Garden originally make fresh pasta?

IIRC, when the local OG first opened, they made fresh pasta in a machine near the entrance to the store. My friend claims that they never did and I'm confusing it with another, locally-owned restaurant, which still makes fresh pasta in their front window. Anybody recall seeing fresh pasta being made in an Olive Garden?

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Reply Didn't Olive Garden originally make fresh pasta? (Original post)
nuxvomica May 2013 OP
Major Nikon May 2013 #1
In_The_Wind May 2013 #2
nuxvomica May 2013 #3
Rhiannon12866 May 2013 #23
Grammy23 May 2013 #4
MADem May 2013 #6
olddots May 2013 #5
Tabasco_Dave May 2013 #12
hibbing May 2013 #16
datasuspect May 2013 #21
pinboy3niner May 2013 #7
LeftofObama May 2013 #8
pinboy3niner May 2013 #9
LeftofObama May 2013 #11
Aerows May 2013 #19
MiddleFingerMom May 2013 #13
pinboy3niner May 2013 #14
Aerows May 2013 #18
kentauros May 2013 #28
Tuesday Afternoon May 2013 #10
Dash87 May 2013 #15
LiberalEsto May 2013 #17
kentauros May 2013 #29
datasuspect May 2013 #20
KamaAina May 2013 #22
CaliforniaPeggy May 2013 #25
Locut0s May 2013 #24
pinboy3niner May 2013 #26
RILib May 2013 #27
kentauros May 2013 #30
caraher May 2013 #31

Response to nuxvomica (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 10:52 AM

1. Yes

I used to buy semolina from my local store in the days before being able to find anything on the interwebs.

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Response to nuxvomica (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 11:04 AM

2. Yes

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Response to nuxvomica (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 11:11 AM

3. Thanks for the replies

I hope my friend sees them.

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Response to nuxvomica (Reply #3)

Tue May 28, 2013, 11:32 PM

23. I remember going to the local Olive Garden when it first came in

But I don't remember any pasta being made fresh. At Wheatfields, yes, but not Olive Garden. I think we were disappointed, don't remember going there again any time soon after that.

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Response to nuxvomica (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 03:08 PM

4. I haven't thought about that in a while but perhaps you're right.


Seems like they did, a long time ago, have someone making the pasta where you could watch them making it ...especially if you had to wait for a table. But then I could be totally making that up. Not on purpose, mind you, just mis-remembering it?

The last time I ate at Olive Garden with some co-workers (before I retired) I vowed I would NEVER go back. The food tasted like it had been frozen and nuked back to near life. Very unappealing and unappetizing.

Someone please correct me if I am wrong, but the food at Olive Garden used to be rather tasty. My husband and I would go there for special occasions and always enjoyed their Italian Trio and a few of the other dishes they made. (This would have been in the mid 1980s.) Do they still offer some of those entrees that they were so famous for making? I know the salad and bread sticks still seem pretty much the same, but as for the rest of it, most of what I ate and my co-workers had that day in 2010 looked like it came from the local grocery frozen food department. Blech....I could do that MYSELF!

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Response to Grammy23 (Reply #4)

Sun May 26, 2013, 03:43 PM

6. It is a great name for a ristorante...pity the food is so ghastly.

I've only been in one of those maybe four times in my life. Awful!

Tastes like canned sauce and frozen (overcooked) pasta and bagged, gassed salad and Poppin' Fresh breadsticks.

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Response to nuxvomica (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 03:20 PM

5. most of these mega chains start out good

 

Subway was okay and even Arby's then the greed patrol gets to work and they become bad jokes .

even bad food ain't bad .

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Response to olddots (Reply #5)

Sun May 26, 2013, 09:14 PM

12. I remember when Arby's used real meat

I'm pretty sure it was chuck but at least it wasn't that processed loaf they use now.

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Response to Tabasco_Dave (Reply #12)

Sun May 26, 2013, 11:36 PM

16. Arby

Hi,
I remember that too, the stuff they use now is like the cheapest cheap crap I could get at the grocery store, think Buddig brand "meats". And yes, the stuff at Olive Garden tastes like frozen entrees that are nuked because they are frozen entrees that are nuked.

Peace

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Response to Tabasco_Dave (Reply #12)

Mon May 27, 2013, 11:50 AM

21. Welcome to Arby's!

 

We're very sorry to hear you had a less than enjoyable experience at your neighborhoods Arby's.

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Response to nuxvomica (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 03:50 PM

7. I went pasta Olive Garden once

Kept right on goin' ...

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #7)

Sun May 26, 2013, 05:13 PM

8. I think there's marinara you're telling us.

You probably elbowed your way pasta the line and linguinied at the bar.

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Response to LeftofObama (Reply #8)

Sun May 26, 2013, 05:24 PM

9. A friend went to Olive Garden for pasta and he swore he'd never go back

When he came out his car was al dented.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #9)

Sun May 26, 2013, 05:38 PM

11. LOL!

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #9)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:12 AM

19. Did he take out his frustration

 

by getting sauced that night?

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #7)

Sun May 26, 2013, 10:35 PM

13. I went to Olive Garden about 8 years ago and had their grilled chicken Alfredo.

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Response to MiddleFingerMom (Reply #13)

Sun May 26, 2013, 10:41 PM

14. That dish has its fans in the country and in the ziti

Orzo I've heard.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #14)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:11 AM

18. This thread is quickly

 

unravioli-ing.

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Response to Aerows (Reply #18)

Wed May 29, 2013, 08:09 AM

28. A penne for your thoughts

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Response to nuxvomica (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 05:33 PM

10. it's all antipasta now

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Response to nuxvomica (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 11:17 PM

15. Olive Garden is shit

- The one I went to had horrendous service.
- The bread sticks taste like they were precooked and unpackaged from Sam's Club or something. There was so much much salt on them that it was like falling with your mouth open at the beach
- Food, from what I remember, was very bad, and very typical of a soulless chain restaurant. There's an Italian restaurant every block here, and almost every single one is better (and most are even cheaper).

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Response to nuxvomica (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 09:35 AM

17. Yes, but it was made from cornflakes nt

 

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Response to LiberalEsto (Reply #17)

Wed May 29, 2013, 08:09 AM

29. Cornflakes and breastmilk

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Response to nuxvomica (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 11:45 AM

20. Hello

 

This is Bruce Bhatnagar from Darden Restaurants.

We're very happy that you've chosen The Olive Garden for you family dinning experience.

The Olive Garden brand dates back to 1976 when Alistair Darden and his brother Duke we're enjoying a private screening of the Godfather. They wanted to find a way to bring true Italian family style dinning to Americans everywhere at the lowest cost possible using the best ingredients.

Thank you again for choosing The Olive Garden!

Bruce Bhatnagar
Operator 223498
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Response to nuxvomica (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 02:29 PM

22. Sure, but where else are you gonna get a decent Italian meal in Times Square?

 

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #22)

Wed May 29, 2013, 01:08 AM

25. ...



You'd better hide!

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Response to nuxvomica (Original post)

Wed May 29, 2013, 01:06 AM

24. Olive Garden never seems to have succeeded here in Canada...

According to Wiki they have closed many of their operations here. From what I hear of their food we aren't missing a lot

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Response to Locut0s (Reply #24)

Wed May 29, 2013, 01:16 AM

26. They'd probably be more popular...

...if it weren't for their policies on pit bulls, breast feeding, concealed carry, and corn flake-fried chicken. Oh, yeah...and their "food."

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #26)

Wed May 29, 2013, 06:16 AM

27. what, do they object to people exposing themselves in public?

 

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Response to Locut0s (Reply #24)

Wed May 29, 2013, 08:15 AM

30. Canada's still able to import at least one chain here.

Sarpino's started there and it's one of the places I'll call for delivery. I don't know if Pizza Pizza ever moved any operations over here though... nine six seven, eleven eleven

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Response to nuxvomica (Original post)

Wed May 29, 2013, 08:52 AM

31. I remember the machine from my first time there in the early '90s

Mainly I remember it because the guy whose idea it was to go there was drooling at the young woman handling the spaghetti noodles. He found it far too titillating for his hormone-addled brain to handle....

So yeah, they did make at least some, though I'm not sure whether all their pasta was made in-store or whether that was mainly for show.

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