49 Days of Pasta

Seven weeks with the Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass

Days 19 and 20

Busier weekend than normal. Friday I went to the OG for soup and ended up taking the pasta to go.


Zuppa Toscana was good today! This soup is kind of all over the place. Sometimes it’s watery and flavorless, other times it’s spicy and delicious. Also, the potatoes can vary quite a bit as to how far they’ve been cooked. Read the rest of this entry »

Day 18 – Pranzo!

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Pranzo is the Italian word for lunch, and Italians take lunch from 1:00 to 3:00 every day. Today I went to the OG with some friends, and it was a beautiful day so we decided to have pranzo outside. Between the quaint accordion street music and the highly multilingual crowd around us, it was hard to remember that we were in Philadelphia at all. It really felt like we were dining on a small Italian cobblestone sidewalk in Rome! Read the rest of this entry »

Day 17 – Cavatappi with Five Cheese Marinara and Shrimp Fritta


Every day I have to look at this menu. It’s true what they say about how once you see a commercial enough times, something happens in your brain and you end up wanting whatever they’re selling. At some point, I know I’m going to end up trying both the deep-fried lasagna and the spicy Calabrian wings. Read the rest of this entry »

Day 16 – Penne with Marinara and Meatballs

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The more I learn about the Olive Garden, the more surprised I am at how polite and positive all of the employees there are. For instance, did you know that there is something called the “other NRA” that spends a ton of money lobbying to keep server’s wages low? Apparently it’s been quite a while since the federal minimum wage for servers has been raised. So basically, the people who are serving me food every day are working for a company that is actively lobbying politicians to keep their pay frozen at the 1991 level.  Read the rest of this entry »

Day 15 – Fettuccine with Marinara and Chicken Fritta

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Today turned out to be more interesting than I expected. I thought I’d be having a quiet meal by myself at the bar, when a very loud gentleman sat down next to me so he could plug his phone into the outlet behind the bar. He introduced himself to me as Michael Avello, the “#1 Sylvester Stallone imitator in the world.”  Read the rest of this entry »

Day 14 – Fettuccine with Marinara and Shrimp Fritta

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Turns out that for much the same reason that angel hair pasta sucks, fettuccine is actually even better than spaghetti, which I like quite a bit. I feel bad for fettuccine – it’s the Scottie Pippen of the pasta world. It’s always associated with Alfredo sauce, and Alfredo sauce will always get the credit for an entire dish’s tastiness, even though the sauce couldn’t have done it without the fettuccine. Also, fettuccine never quit and tried being bread for two years before realizing it should stick to being pasta.  Read the rest of this entry »

Day 13 – Spaghetti with Marinara and Meatballs

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Takeout spaghetti with meatballs today. Read the rest of this entry »

Day 12 – Cavatappi with Spicy Meat Sauce and Shrimp Fritta

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Bonjourno! Salad for one please! Read the rest of this entry »

Day 11 – Spaghetti with Spicy Meat Sauce and Meatballs

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Went with a few friends I used to work with today. The OG was especially packed today, and people everywhere were downing endless bowls of pasta. This is probably the reason why. Four person party means you get an especially huge bowl of salad. Read the rest of this entry »

Day 10 – Penne Alfredo with Chicken Fritta

Today I celebrated the fact that I was having lunch with a future doctor by ordering penne with Alfredo sauce!Day 10 005But we’re getting ahead of ourselves, aren’t we? Today’s conversation inevitably landed on Ebola’s appearance in America. My esteemed lunch companion assured me that Ebola is quite difficult to contract, and that you would need significant close contact to contract it.

“What if you were a cook and you had Ebola, could it spread to the patrons if some of his blood got in the sauce?”

He thought for a moment. “Mmm, should be fine as long as they cook the sauce.” And with that assurance, we were ready to eat! Read the rest of this entry »

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