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Olive Garden is a casual, Italian-style chain of restaurants owned and operated by Darden Restaurants, the same company that owns Red Lobster. The first Olive Garden was opened in 1982 in Orlando, Florida, and by 2008 there were 657 throughout much of the US and several cities in Canada.

Many critics have challenged the authenticity of Olive Garden's Italian cuisine, citing the absence of cold-cut antipasto dishes and veal from the menu, both signatures of traditional Italian meals. However, many restaurants are nonetheless decorated with a rustic Italian theme.
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Quick Tip by . November 24, 2009
I like the italian food and olive garden is the closest restaurant to enjoy a delicious rainbow pasta
review by . December 15, 2008
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I've always been a fan of Olive Garden. Not only do I love Italian cuisine, I like the atmosphere in this restaurant. It is always nice and warm, and the staff has always been approachable and friendly during my visits.    I'd have to say that my favorite dish served at the Olive Garden would be their Steak Gorgonzola-Alfredo: Grilled beef medallions drizzled with balsamic glaze, served over fettuccine tossed with spinach and gorgonzola-alfredo sauce. Yum!    I …
review by . December 16, 2008
I'll just admit it. Before I went to Italy for the first time, I thought Olive Garden was authentic Italian food. Then I went to Florence and Pisa for a few days back in high school, and yeah... I was slightly surprised.     It turns out, Olive Garden is far, far, far from authentic. They've got the basic forms down, like ravioli, spaghetti, fettuccine, etc, but what goes in, on top, and around them is what differs. Let's just say in Italy, there's no such thing as marinara sauce …
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