49 Days of Pasta

Seven weeks with the Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass

Day 34 – More Subs


Mmmm.. Meatballs with spicy three meat sauce on top of cavatappi. Kind of hard to spot the meatballs. Read the rest of this entry »

Days 32 and 33

017Thursday was busy, so I ended up getting takeout. The first twenty or so times I got takeout, I always got the salad because, well, I didn’t know better yet. Now, I almost always get the soup. Or maybe I’m just sick of the salad. As much as I love the salad, it’s just a giant mound of iceberg lettuce, which is essentially the same as having a big glass of water.  Read the rest of this entry »

Day 31 – Pasta Party!

Today was a huge moment in the great Pasta Pass Experiment – I was joined by three friends, one of whom was my wife! She had previously promised to come with me at some point before my pasta pass ran out, but a special guest appearance in week 5? That’s insane!001

I was also graciously joined by our friends Taylor and Sean, who were both experienced pasta bowl veterans. They hardly had to look at the menu – they knew all of the combinations by heart.  Read the rest of this entry »

Days 29 and 30 – Week 5 Begins!

Everyone keeps asking me if I’m sick of pasta yet. The answer, maybe a bit surprisingly, is no – the problem isn’t that I’m sick of pasta, it’s more that I miss eating other things. I walked by a hot dog stand yesterday and I really wanted a hot dog, but knowing I was just an hour or two away from a meal at the OG, I couldn’t really justify it.

Monday morning, I still had a leftover breadstick and a sausage from the weekend, so I threw together another sausage sandwich on OG breadstick for breakfast with the rest of the leftover peppers and onions. This must be at least tangentially the product of my hot dog craving.


Not as good as when it was on the Amoroso roll, but in other ways it was better because the breadstick was nice and salty on the outside. If you ever wondered if you could re-heat two-day old OG breadsticks, the answer is a resounding yes! Read the rest of this entry »

Days 27 and 28

Four weeks deep, my weight hasn’t changed a bit, but my wife keeps saying that I look softer and plusher all around. Like your favorite teddy bear.

Busy weekend so I had to get takeout both days. I much prefer to eat in since the food is fresher, tastier, and I get to witness some interesting things, but hey, life happens too. Saturday I ordered whole wheat linguine with spicy three meat and sausage.


Instead of the usual dinner portion, for some reason I got this smaller lunch portion, and they gave me spaghetti instead of the whole wheat linguine. No worries, it was still delicious. And I’m not a huge fan of their sausage. In fact, the only reason I ordered it was because it was the weekend and I knew I’d be having a little fun with it. Read the rest of this entry »

Day 26 – Fettuccine with Spicy Three Meat and Shrimp Fritta

The best time to hit the Olive Garden is either right when they open at 11 AM , or around 2:15 PM, after the lunch rush but not so far after that you end up getting the leftover “fritta” toppings. Today I went right when they opened, and it was interesting watching the restaurant slowly rouse itself for the day.


I barely ate dinner last night, so I was starving by the time I got to the OG today. Hunger really is the best spice, because today was the tastiest meal I’ve had at the OG during the entire pasta pass promotion thus far. Read the rest of this entry »

Day 25 – Rating the Pastas at the Halfway Point

Over halfway through this project, I have now tried every pasta, sauce, and topping. So how do the pastas rate?


1. Cavatappi

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I can’t even begin to imagine how you roll out these corkscrew shaped pastas by hand. I’m imagining hobbits taking a long tube of pasta, scoring the sides, then wrapping the giant tube of pasta around the world’s longest #2 pencil, waiting for the shape to take, then cutting it into cavatappi. Really fun to eat. Imagine you’re Godzilla eating a building and you come across a spiral staircase in someone’s home. Read the rest of this entry »

Day 24 – Wine and Inspiration


Came home to an open bottle of wine! Thanks wife!


Naturally, you want to pair a nice big California cab with an heirloom cherry tomato and mozzarella-enhanced classic OG salad. The thing about me and wine is, wine has this magical effect of triggering long lost memories. After a few glasses, I remembered this tweet that I saw a few weeks back: Read the rest of this entry »

Day 23 – I don’t feel so good today


I’ve been having a lot of marinara lately so I decided to finally give the roasted mushroom Alfredo a shot today. This was a mistake.

Alfredo sauce is kind of like a quesarito or a triple whopper from Burger King – something you should have maybe two or three times a year. I’ve now had Alfredo sauce three times in three weeks. The first two times weren’t that bad, but I think all of the butter and cream finally caught up to me today. I can tell I’m not going feel okay for a very long time. Read the rest of this entry »

Days 21 and 22 – Happy Columbus Day!

I didn’t have my camera with me yesterday, ended up getting penne with five meat and shrimp fritta before the football games. My fantasy teams are a mess this season.

I wonder what Native Americans do on Columbus day. I, for one, am spending Columbus day taking my taste buds on a trip across the Atlantic from Philadelphia all the way to Italy!

001I started getting the salad dressing on the side. I’d much rather have my salad underdressed than overdressed. Same way I like my wife when she’s around the house.  Read the rest of this entry »

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