Connect with the Family Over the New Menu Options at Olive Garden #OGTastes

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you already know that I love a good family outing – especially one that my whole family can enjoy!  And if you know anything about me, you definitely know that I like to EAT.  A lot.  So, for me especially, a good family outing will almost always involve food.

OliveGarden DRI stock 300x146 Olive Garden Adds 20 New Menu Items Including a Lighter Fare

Olive Garden has been my family’s go-to when looking for a good place for Italian food.  Their food is consistently good, and everyone in my large family leaves there satisfied.  Well, after the endless salad and breadsticks, I should probably say we all leave there stuffed.  Yeah, stuffed is more like it.

Recently I was invited – sans family, whoop – to a tasting at Olive Garden to try some of their new menu items.   Don’t hate, but I got to try each and every one of these items:

Olive Garden New Menu

The new appetizers were amazing – my personal favorite was the Crispy Risotto Bites.  They were the perfect blend of crispy and chewy, and I could have eaten several of plates all by myself.  They were seriously that good!

Olive Garden Appetizers

Then there was a new salad topper, Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad Topper – added right on top of Olive Garden’s already-yummy signature salad, and plenty of new main entrees.  Here are a some of my favorites:

Olive Garden Main Entrees

It was definitely a treat to get to try all of these menu items – the Chicken Abruzzi was one of my favorite entrees.  So much flavor in one bowl, and it’s less than 575 calories!  That’s what I’ll be getting on my next trip to Olive Garden.

And hat’s off to the kitchen and wait staff at the Olive Garden in Melrose Park.  They were all amazing and made the event memorable for all who attended.

Olive Garden Melrose Park Staff

The Olive Garden in Melrose Park has been open for less than six months, and seated at my table was a couple that had their very first date at a restaurant that formerly occupied the space.  Sweet doesn’t even begin to describe them! I was so glad that we got to chat at the event.

So – drooling yet?  Which new menu item are you most excited to try?

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  1. The girls and I were just there for GNO! Love their new specials and menu items.
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  2. Those Risotto Bites look right up my alley! So yummy!
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  3. Olive Garden is a favorite for us. My husband and I had our first dinner date at Olive Garden.
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  4. Everything looks scrumptious! I haven’t heard of the product before, but they sound great.
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  5. Don’t you think it would have been nice to invite me? LOL! Man these new menu additions look slammin! I NEED to try those Crispy Risotto Balls, mmmm!
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  6. I’m the same way. I love a family outing, especially if it has FOOD!
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  7. Most definitely drooling WOW those all look delicious. x
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  8. Their new menu looks amazing! Can’t wait to go try it!
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  9. We love Olive Garden. Thank you for the reminder because we often over look this one.
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  10. I love Olive Garden! Those crispy risotto bites look so good, I can’t wait to try them.

  11. They just built a new Olive Garden near us! I’ve been craving those breadsticks!
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  12. I love the Olive Garden. The best is the salad!
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  13. We love Olive Garden – next visit I will check out the new menu! Maybe Dawn and I will go for lunch this week.

  14. All I can say is…yummy! I am so glad they have a new menu. The risotto balls looks scrumptious. Can’t wait to try them.
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  15. A great place to eat. We have a new one close to us that we like to go to. The atmosphere is always friendly.

  16. Lucky you to get to go out to a nice meal on your own. My husband would flip for the Smashed Chicken Meatball sandwich!
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  17. I’d go for the Papadelle Pescatore! That looks so yummy. I haven’t been to Olive Garden in ages.
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  18. OK, I will! I love their commercials where they show some chefs training in Italy, that is the authentic I want!
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  19. Yummy! Yes, I am jealous! My go to is their Zuppa Toscana… But I might have to branch out after seeing these!
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  20. We are headed there for dinner tonight and I can not wait. I have two races that I will be running today so Olive Garden is a great way to celebrate. I can not wait to try those new menu items – luckily I will be very hungry after running two events!
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  21. I am going to have to get over there. We all love the Olive Garden in our family. Those bread sticks are the BEST!
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  22. Olive Garden is my absolute favorite restaurant!! I wish we had one closer!
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  23. I love Olive Garden! I was there last week with some friends. I love their new menu layouts! They’re so much easier to read and I love all the pictures since I like to see what the food looks like before ordering!
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  24. I love the two for 20 deals. I enjoy Applebees my 7 year old calls it the Apple place and I enjoy it because it’s where my hubby proposed to me

  25. Yum! Everything looks amazing. Although, I saw several people post about how wonderful the Crispy Risotto bites were, so those are first on my list. It’s always so fun to experience new menu sections first! Thanks for sharing!!!