One of Olive Garden’s biggest traffic-building deals is back with the return of the Never Ending Pasta Bowl after a two-year hiatus during the pandemic, the company has confirmed.
The casual dining division of Orlando, Fla.-based Darden Restaurants Inc. said this year’s pasta promotion will run from Oct. 3 through Nov. 31. 20.
“Customers can enjoy unlimited servings of their favorite pasta combinations, house soup or salad and freshly baked breadsticks, starting at $13.99,” a spokesperson said. “Each endless topping (meatballs, Italian sausage, crispy chicken) can be added for $4.99.”
This marks the 25e year of the Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion.
While Darden executives on previous earnings calls had been skeptical about the possible return of the Never Ending Pasta Bowl, current economic uncertainties have sent the brand into its promotional toolbox.
In December 2021, Rick Cardenas, now CEO and President of Darden, said, “We decided to reduce reliance on the Never Ending Pasta Bowl this year because we didn’t need to increase the volume in our restaurants.”
Jaime Bunker, Olive Garden’s senior vice president of marketing, added in a statement on Friday, “Over the past two years, Olive Garden has streamlined Limited Time Offers (LTOs) and menu items back to the core. what our loyal customers expect. from us – endless, plentiful and appetizing Italian cuisine at an affordable, everyday price.
“Never Ending Pasta Bowl is a fan-favorite promotion that our guests couldn’t wait to see on the menu again,” Bunker added. “This demand, coupled with a return to pre-pandemic culinary trends, makes this a great time to bring back Never Ending Pasta Bowl to build excitement and give our loyal customers another reason to visit Olive Garden.”
The 2022 Endless Pasta Bowl Menu will include: a choice of pasta (fettuccine, spaghetti, rigatoni or angel hair); sauce (creamy mushrooms, marinara, five-cheese marinara, meat and alfredo sauce); and the extra toppings (meatballs, Italian sausage, and chicken fritta).
Meals are accompanied by the restaurant’s endless soup, salad and breadsticks.
Olive Garden had teased the return of the deal on TikTok and in emails to loyalty rewards members.
Olive Garden began offering unlimited servings of pasta in 1995, but the agreement was lifted in 2020 and 2021 during the height of COVID19.
As of August 28, Darden had 887 Olive Gardens among its 1,875 restaurants, which also include Longhorn Steakhouse, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Yard House and The Capital Grille.
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