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Giveaway: Olive Garden gift cards!

Posted April 7, 2014



Olive Garden has recently unveiled a new menu that offers guests a host of new pasta dishes (including a make-your-own pasta section!). To get the word out, they have donated 5 gift cards for $15 each to give away to Smart Shopper readers to try the new menu!



Here are some of the tasty new menu offerings:

New Cucina Mia ("My Kitchen") for $9.99

Choose your pasta: New Large Paccheri, New Tri-Colored Vegetable Penne, Bucatini, New Cavatappi, Whole Wheat Linguine, New Gluten-Free Rotini
Choose your made-from-scratch sauce: New Creamy Garlic Asiago, New Primavera, New Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato, New Spicy Diavolo, Fresh Tomato Pomodoro
Add a topping (additional cost): New Chicken Meatballs, New Sausage Meatballs, Meatballs, Sauteed Shrimp

New Small Plates

Parmesan Olive Fritta – A bite-sized blend of olives and Italian cheeses, rolled together and lightly fried. Served with your choice of a citrus aioli or gorgonzola cream dipping sauce.
Polenta Shrimp alla Greca – Sauteed shrimp served on creamy polenta and topped with a fresh blend of olives, capers and tomato sauce.

New Appetizer

Spicy Calabrian Wings – Chicken wings tossed with garlic and chili peppers from the Italian region of Calabria, served with gorgonzola dipping sauce. Increase the heat by adding our signature Calabrian chili paste. Available for a limited time.

New Lighter Italian Fare

Center Cut Filet Mignon – 6 oz. premium cut filet, seasoned with Italian herbs and grilled. Served with sauteed Italian vegetables and roasted garlic.
Chicken Abruzzi (Olive Garden Specialty) – Grilled chicken breast in a savory broth simmered with cannellini beans, kale and garden vegetables.

New Olive Garden Specialties

Crab Topped Chicken – Pan-seared chicken breasts topped with crab meat in a lemon cream sauce. Served with fresh spinach and garlic parmesan mashed potatoes.
Salmon Bruschetta – Grilled salmon filet topped with bruschetta tomatoes and basil pesto, served on freshly prepared seafood risotto with crab meat.
Pappardelle Pescatore – Sauteed shrimp, bay scallops and clams tossed with pappardelle pasta, fresh asparagus and tomatoes in a creamy red pepper seafood sauce.
Mediterranean Grilled Trout – 10 oz. filet seasoned with basil and extra-virgin olive oil. Served with pappardelle pasta tossed with garlic, broccoli and fresh tomato sauce.

New Carne/Beef

Parmesan Crusted Filet – 6 oz. premium center cut filet, grilled to perfection and topped with a creamy parmesan-alfredo crust. Served with sauteed Italian vegetables and roasted garlic.

New Antipasti and Caprese Salads

Choose a new topping for Olive Garden's signature garden-fresh salad:

Antipasti Italian Meats & Cheese – Hard salami, genoa salami, pepperoni and mozzarella.
Roasted Tomato Caprese – Fresh mozzarella bites, roasted tomato, bell pepper, basil, kale and an extra-virgin olive oil drizzle.

New Lunch Combinations & Sandwiches

Tuscan Trio Combinations: Start with Soup, Salad & Breadsticks and add a new salad topping, a pasta side or a Small Plate.
New Smashed Chicken Meatball Sandwich – Smashed chicken meatballs with roasted bell peppers and mozzarella on a focaccia bun.

New Dessert

Salted Caramel Tiramisu – Layers of creamy caramel mousse and vanilla-soaked ladyfingers, topped with salted caramel crumble and chocolate shavings. Available for a limited time.


To Enter the Giveaway:

To enter the giveaway for one of the 5 Olive Garden gift cards worth $15 each, fill out the short form below AND leave a comment in the Comments section with your favorite pasta combination!  I will randomly pick the 5 winners on Tuesday, April 8  at 1:00 pm and will post the winning usernames on the blog soon after 1:00 pm. Good luck!

Many thanks to Olive Garden for donating the tickets!


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  • skkdouble Apr 8, 2014

    Pasta with the garlic alfredo sauce.

  • jisscobo Apr 8, 2014

    Eggplant Parmigiana

  • stensrus2 Apr 8, 2014

    Stuffed Chicken Marsala

  • cwunsche Apr 8, 2014

    Whole wheat linguine with garlic asiago

  • ang32991 Apr 8, 2014

    Spaghetti with meatballs

  • nheerdt Apr 8, 2014

    I like penne and Spicy Diavolo

  • wendy19982003 Apr 8, 2014

    My favorite pasta combo is Bucatini and the Creamy Garlic Asiago.

  • cents2save Apr 8, 2014

    Would like to try the Olive Garden Cucina Mia and combine my favorite pasta, sauce and toppings for a personalized meal!

  • bb Apr 8, 2014

    I like Eggplant Parmigiana.

  • wideopen2life Apr 8, 2014

    So many great ones to choose from! I would love the Gluten-Free Rotini with Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato sauce! Sounds delicious! Hope I win! It's about time for a good meal that isn't made up from my stockpile!