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User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2144 times:

Whilst in tampa last friday, Myself and a group of friends after we'd been to Busch Gardens decided to visit the Olive Garden for dinner.

I must say, it was some of the best italian food i've ever eaten. Their bread sticks & salad ROCKS!

I also had Shrimp Pasta (Forgotten the italian name) which was delicious...

Who else eats there? What do you normally order?

I highly reccomend it..!


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User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2144 times:

The Olive Garden is to Italian food what Paris Hilton is to music.

A gross travesty.

(although one can't avoid relishing the kitsch quality both have).


User currently offlineAislepathLight From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 562 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2140 times:

Quoting Kaddyuk (Thread starter):
Kaddyuk

So now you have decided you like Florida??

It is pretty good, but in Cleveland, there is better food at this little place called Mama Santa's... Really cheap and really good. Nothing can match their pizza!



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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2135 times:

Quoting Kaddyuk (Thread starter):
it was some of the best italian food i've ever eaten

Sorry, but you still haven't eaten Italian food then.


User currently offlinePiercey From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 2233 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2133 times:

Quoting Kaddyuk (Thread starter):
Their bread sticks & salad ROCKS!

Amen, along with the Chicken Marsalla, but...

Quoting AislepathLight (Reply 2):
It is pretty good, but in Cleveland, there is better food at this little place called Mama Santa's... Really cheap and really good. Nothing can match their pizza!

I know their a chain, but have you been to a Bucca di Beppo (Lakewood or Strongsville)? Romano's Macaroni Grill is good, too.



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User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7126 posts, RR: 87
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2118 times:

Last time I dined at the local Olive Garden (2 years ago) there was a porn producer negotiating with a Madam for girls to use in his film. "All my girls are clean!"...she says. The salad is delicious says I!

 no 


User currently offlineAislepathLight From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 562 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2118 times:

Quoting Piercey (Reply 4):

I know their a chain, but have you been to a Bucca di Beppo (Lakewood or Strongsville)? Romano's Macaroni Grill is good, too.

Piercey, I know, in a round about kinda way, the owning family of Mama Santa's. I live in Cleveland Heights, and Mama Santas is just 10 minutes away, so I have no reason to go else where. It is so good, and really cheap



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User currently offlinePiercey From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 2233 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2112 times:

Quoting AislepathLight (Reply 6):
Piercey, I know, in a round about kinda way, the owning family of Mama Santa's.

Really? SEND ME FOOD!!!!!!

They do have good food, though.



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User currently offlineAcjflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 426 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2112 times:
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Let's be realistic, you get what you pay for. For around $12 a plate Olive Garden has great Italian food for that price, and if you want something more authentic and 'better' then be ready to fork out some more money.

To answer the question you originally asked Kaddyuk - after eating at Olive Garden last night and ordering the sald and breadsticks, stuffed mushrooms, and the stuffed chicken marsale I would say that it was great. Mind you after living in Europe for two years and having the true Itilian experience I'm partial to the real thing but for what you pay for it's a great meal.


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2112 times:

Quite honestly, I'd rather just open a can of Spaghetti-O's.


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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 60
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2101 times:

Did you tip the staff Kev?  Wink




Lee



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2101 times:

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 10):
Did you tip the staff Kev?

 rotfl  Good one!



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User currently offlineEasternSon From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 666 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2101 times:

I just read your profile, so I know you have a sense of humor.

I must assume that this post was made in jest.

I have eaten things off the floor that taste better than the food that they serve in the Olive Garden. I thought I knew Italian food because I had gone to "really good" Italian restaraunts. Then I met my future wife, Ms. Damiano, and sat down at a dinner table to eat a meal prepared by her Mother and Aunt.

Good God, the food is so incredible it makes you want to hurt yourself.



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User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3697 posts, RR: 28
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2088 times:

Quoting Jaysit (Reply 1):
The Olive Garden is to Italian food what Paris Hilton is to music.

A gross travesty.

Agreed. My wife refuses to eat there so I've never had the 'pleasure'. I think spending time growing up in Italy makes you realise how shite places like Olive Garden are....

Kaddyuk, did you realise the food isn't actually cooked on site. One of my wife's cousins used to work at one in PA and said the food arrived on a truck having been made and then frozen in a factory. Not quite wholesome cuisine now is it?   I believe Red Lobster (owned by the same company as Olive Garden) and another big crappy chain place creates their food in a similar manner. My wife even get's grossed out at the TV adverts from these places  biggrin 

I have been to Carrabba's Italian Grill and have been to Romano's Macaroni Grill a couple of times and it wasn't too bad. Although probably not authentic Italian cuisine by a long stretch it certainly wasn't the completely faux authentic Italian, cooked and frozen in Kentucky then shipped 700 miles experience of Olive Garden.

[Edited 2006-08-02 18:17:56]


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User currently offlineVikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9391 posts, RR: 27
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2070 times:
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Frankly, I don't give a sh*t if the food is authentic or not. If I like it, then I like it. I tend to usually get the chicken parm at the Olive Garden (though I don't go there very often).

Buca di Beppo is also very good. Great place to go with like 10 people.

Of course, I also like to actually try authentic ethnic food.

I've gotta get into the North End in Boston one of these days and sample some of the restaurants.

~Vik



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User currently offlineDrDeke From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 830 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2068 times:

I really dislike the food at the Olive Garden. It tastes fairly bad and is ridiculously overpriced. Even if I wasn't paying, I'd rather go to Fazolis any day, and it's not like they're a gourmet outfit either!

Macaroni Grill isn't too bad, seems to be about the same price as Olive Garden and the food is considerably better (although still nothing to brag about).

-DrDeke



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User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2054 times:

Quoting DrDeke (Reply 15):
It tastes fairly bad and is ridiculously overpriced

Must be a one off experience... I ate there, 2 Courses, including drinks set me back about $18.

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 10):
Did you tip the staff Kev?

Yeah, Broken Rider on the 2:30 at Sandown...

Quoting AislepathLight (Reply 2):
So now you have decided you like Florida??

Oh No. i said ORLANDO sucked... Not Florida...



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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 60
Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2046 times:

Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 16):
Must be a one off experience... I ate there, 2 Courses, including drinks set me back about $18.

2 portions of fries then  Wink

Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 16):
Yeah, Broken Rider on the 2:30 at Sandown...

Typical, always picking a loser

Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 16):
Oh No. i said ORLANDO sucked... Not Florida...

Orlando doesn't suck.



Lee



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User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4264 posts, RR: 52
Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2031 times:

Olive Garden is passable. Love the bread sticks. Prefer the smaller, lesser known places.

Texan



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User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2024 times:

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 13):
My wife even get's grossed out at the TV adverts from these places

Ditto!
The ads showing a group of multi-racial beautiful yuppies natter on about what culinary creation they're about to devour at the Olive Garden makes me hurl.

You're a lot better off just grabbing a slice of Pizza or a calzone from any one of 500 New York street corner pizza parlors, where the pizza (and the calzone) are as real as they get (this does not, however, include Pizza Hut, Dominos, or other similar places that sully the culinary perfection that is the pizza).

Quoting Vikkyvik (Reply 14):
Frankly, I don't give a sh*t if the food is authentic or not. If I like it, then I like it.

I hear you, but I don't like the food at the Olive Garden. It tastes like airline food in Coach reheated up. Because . . . that's exactly what it is !!!


User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 20, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2024 times:

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 17):
Typical, always picking a loser

Tell me about it... Oh well... wasn't my money...

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 17):
Orlando doesn't suck.

And When was the last time YOU were in Orlando?



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User currently offlineMax999 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 993 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2017 times:

Quoting Jaysit (Reply 1):
The Olive Garden is to Italian food what Paris Hilton is to music.

Good one...

Quoting Acjflyer (Reply 8):
Let's be realistic, you get what you pay for. For around $12 a plate Olive Garden has great Italian food for that price, and if you want something more authentic and 'better' then be ready to fork out some more money.

There are places in the US where you can get 'more authentic' Italian food for about the same price, if not less, than what you pay at Olive Garden. Don't forget, you have to pay for a lot of corporate overhead in your food when you go to chain restaurants. This overhead doesn't exists in small establishments.

[Edited 2006-08-02 18:58:57]


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User currently offlineAA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 22, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2017 times:

I'll go to the Garden if I'm strapped for cash, simply because you can load up on the breadsticks and salad. Beyond that the food is mediocre...


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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 23, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1986 times:

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 13):
Agreed. My wife refuses to eat there so I've never had the 'pleasure'. I think spending time growing up in Italy makes you realise how shite places like Olive Garden are....

Hmm, and all this time I'd taken you for an Aberdeen Angus Steak House kinda guy!

 duck 



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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 60
Reply 24, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1974 times:

Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 20):
And When was the last time YOU were in Orlando?

Erm, January 2003 Big grin

I guess times change  Wink



Lee



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25 Post contains images Piercey : Like I said, I'll still take MCO over MCI which I was just at...
26 N229NW : If you find a really good place there, tell me. Because the last six places or so I have tried there have been disappointments. Either the food there
27 A332 : Olive Garden rocks... they obviously mix cocaine into their salad and breadsticks because man, you just can't get enough! The Italian Feast is the bes
28 Kaddyuk : A real businessman or someone with an eye for that sort of thing would OPEN one...
29 Flight152 : rofl. The Olive garden is some of the worst italian out there. Try a non chain restaurant for starters.
30 Post contains images Doona : McItalian, anyone? Cheers Mats
31 Post contains images FLVILLA : Eww olive garden, I'll pass ! You came to the land of many restaurants and some pretty fantastic food and even from your other thread (the I hate Orla
32 A332 : Unfortunately, Olive Garden does not have any franchising opportunities otherwise I am sure we would have a few locations now... hell, I'd go in on o
33 KFLLCFII : I can't say I've ever eaten there and NOT gotten the runs before even paying the check... And that has only happened to me at the Olive Garden. Ever.
34 Gunsontheroof : Their prices would be too high even if their food was half-decent. Not a fan.
35 FutureSDPDcop : I wouldn't say I LOVE to eat there, but I do enjoy Manicotti and it's one of the only places around me that I know of that serves it. Plus, I got an e
36 BHMBAGLOCK : This is so incredibly dead on true! As one other person has mentioned, Romano's is much better for chain Italian. I generally avoid chains for any ki
37 Bongo : That is completely true...however I like The Olive Garden, nice restaurant chain.
38 Senorcarnival : # of times I've eaten at Olive Garden: 2 # of times I've experienced intestinal problems within moments of arriving back home after said meals: 2 # of
39 Misbeehavin : So true! The breadsticks and salad are pretty good though. But Fazoli's breadsticks are much better.
40 Jaysit : The North End is pretty lousy nowadays. Good Italian food has gone mainstream and moved out of the North End, and most of the restaurants left there
41 Post contains images AeroWesty : Now I'm truly gutted. I've just discovered that my favorite Italian restaurant in San Francisco is no more. Ah well, the memories will live on, at lea
42 Itsjustme : Olive Garden and "Italian Restaurant" are not synonymous regardless of what their sign says. One evening last year I was in the mood for an Italian di
43 Post contains links Max999 : Damn good cannolis -> http://www.venierospastry.com/
44 Lhrmaccoll : Haha no probably just MSG or is that banned in the US yet? Jesus, olive garden sucks. How could you even say the food is 'the best italian ive ever e
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