49 Days of Pasta

Seven weeks with the Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass

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Day 49 – Addio

Hard to describe how I’m feeling about the end of the pasta pass. It’s a mix between feeling like a good friend just passed away, and getting out of prison. I suppose they say that if you truly love something, you have to let it go.

What am I going to do for lunch? Dinner? I’ll probably just starve, and curl up into a bowl and wake up when I’m about 20 lbs. lighter.


The last pasta bowl ever? Fettuccine with spicy three meat and shrimp fritta. Looks like they started putting alfredo sauce on it before realizing it was supposed to be spicy three meat. Now, I kind of regret not having done a half and half sauce on one of the 49 days. That may be just about my only regret.

Olive Garden, it’s been real, please do the pasta pass promotion again next year.

Special thanks to everyone at the Center City Olive Garden – Marti, Dani, Will, Star, Tammy, Tammy, Wayne, and everyone else who was so pleasant and tolerant of the guy who came in every day.

Final numbers:

Weight: 173.3

Breadsticks consumed (today/total): 2/83

Cost per pasta bowl: $5.02

Total spent: $246 ($100 on the pass, $146 in gratuity)

Calories consumed: Roughly 82,000

After all of that, I end the project 0.6 lbs. lighter than when I started. I will never fear a carbohydrate again. Thanks again!

Comments from the wife: “I actually like the Olive Garden.”

Days 47 and 48 – Rating the Toppings

So how do the never ending toppings rate? No surprises at the top of the list…

1. Shrimp Fritta


Crunchy, delicious, breaded shrimp. Hopefully these aren’t the ones being produced by slave labor. Did Costco ever find a non-slavery-using source for their shrimp? Read the rest of this entry »

Day 46 – More Takeout Shenanigans


Had a dim sum lunch date with the wife Thursday. Philly’s Chinatown is just a few blocks north of the Olive Garden, so since I was in the area, I decided to grab some takeout and save it for dinner. Cavatappi, marinara and meatballs. On the way to the OG though, the wife wanted to stop by Reading Terminal Market for some sweets and produce.

My wife doesn’t cook much, but one thing she makes all the time is tomato and mozzarella salads. I was actually at Reading just a few days ago and remembered seeing the grilled cheese place advertising that they make home made mozzarella daily. They sell it for $8.99/lb., and not knowing what a pound of mozzarella looks like, we asked for a pound. Read the rest of this entry »

Day 45 – Both???

Today started off innocuously enough – nice bowl of chicken and gnocchi.


Then I asked my co-pilot Marti to hit me up with something different. What does she do? Read the rest of this entry »

Days 43 and 44 – Week 7 Begins!


Last week of the Pasta Pass! Through 44 days, there were only two days that I actually dreaded eating pasta. For the most part, I was really excited to go to the OG every day. Seems crazy, but the six weeks so far have flown by!

Yesterday, I forgot my camera so I only have a few poorly lit cameraphone pics to show the salad and cavatappi I had.  Read the rest of this entry »

Days 41 and 42 – Week Six Comes to a Close

Wow, I’ve now experienced 42 days of pasta. Only seven more days to go! I’m getting sad. A few days ago, I was excited for the Pasta Pass to end. Now that the end is staring me in the face, I’m sad. Depressed, even. I may do some unpredictable things this week. Maybe it’s the cold weather coming in. After four years in California, this cold weather just seems inappropriate for human beings to live in.


I didn’t go to the OG on Saturday. Why? Because it was cold, and this is what my freezer looks like. At this point, a zombie outbreak could occur and I’d still have more than enough OG food to complete the 49 days of pasta. I have over a dozen breadsticks in the freezer and somewhere around eight frozen soups, not to mention mounds of whole wheat linguine in the fridge. Read the rest of this entry »

Day 40 – Spaghetti with Shrimp and Fish

Fish? You’ll just have to wait and see. For now, let’s take a look at my Christmas wish list!


Yep, pretty much this. I came pretty close to buying one for myself.

I went jeans shopping with my wife and ended up just a few blocks away from the OG. I wasn’t really hungry, but the OG is a mile away from my house so I decided to pick up some takeout. Spaghetti, marinara, and shrimp fritta. Read the rest of this entry »

Days 38 and 39

I was crazy busy Wednesday, which marked the first time during the entire experiment that I didn’t actually make it to the OG. Sad, if it wasn’t for the copious amounts of OG food that I have in the fridge and the freezer. I should have taken a picture – I think I have five or six frozen bowls of soup in the freezer, some bags of breadsticks, and who knows what else. Anyway, I woke up Wednesday morning and found this in the fridge.


I guess I ate more than half the pasta the night before, and also picked out all of the shrimp fritta. What do you do when life deals you lemons? Read the rest of this entry »

Days 36 and 37 – A Lot of Soup


Yesterday, I went to the OG with a serious craving for the zuppa toscana. I think I’ve had it three or four days in a row now, delicious every time. They definitely figured out how to solve their consistency issues, as the soup’s been on point for at least the past two weeks now.  Read the rest of this entry »

Day 35 – Rating the Sauces

Last day of Week 5! Hard to believe that it’s already been 35 days of pasta. I think the 5/7ths point is a great time to rate the sauces of the Unlimited Pasta Bowl.

1.  Spicy Three Meat

Day 12 005The Spicy Three Meat sauce is my favorite sauce at the OG. It’s meaty, spicy, and made fresh every morning with ground beef, sausage, and salami. It also has 1450 mg of sodium. What does that mean? Who knows, ask someone who cares. Milligrams are, like, way way smaller than grams, and grams are small anyway, so it’s probably like 1,450 atoms of salt.  Read the rest of this entry »

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