Olive Garden. Another chain, you would think. Until you decide to give it a try. This Saturday, being very busy, we’ve come to a point where we were dying to get some food in our stomachs. Italian sounds great, also fills you up very well. The closest facility was Olive Garden. As a foreigner I haven’t eaten here yet, I didn’t know what to expect and had a feeling that wearing shorts and no make-up is not very appropriate. Well, you can easily hide your shorts under the table and let the fun begin!
The restaurant was very busy, but since we had a party of 2, we easily got a table in about 5 minutes. Our server, Tony was a very sweet old man, who had a great, deep voice that calms you down and pays the most respect possible. We’ve noticed he must’ve been working in the industry for a long time. He came with a bottle of red wine, called Head to head, telling us its story and pouring us a little to taste.
For a starter, we’ve ordered some Peach Sangria and a small bottle of red wine. The sangria was a good choice, like my Strawberry Margarita the last time. Little taste of alcohol, huge amount of sweet juice. Tony brought hot bread sticks soaked up in salty garlic sauce and unlimited soup or salad of our choice. I got the Minestrone soup, which is a red soup with a lot of vegetables. White beans, read beans, string beans, carrots and some more.
As the appetizer, the Sampler Italiano blew our minds off. My partner being a vegetarian and not the biggest fan of seafood, our 3 choices were the stuffed mushrooms, fried mozzarella sticks and parmesan crusted zuccini. Our favorite that evening. Reading the menu after 2 days I have come to a realization that the mushrooms were stuffed with clam. I have a lot to learn 😀
We’ve already been filled up with the soup, salad, appetizer and the drinks when our entrees arrived. I got the Stuffed Chicken Marsala, which is creamy marsala wine sauce with mushrooms over grilled chicken breasts, stuffed with italian cheeses and sun-dried tomatoes. It came with garlic mashed potatoes. I know! Just reading about it makes you hungry.
My partner ordered the Ravioli di Portobello. Not hard to guess, ravioli stuffed with portobello mushrooms, topped with a creamy smoked cheese and sun-dried tomato sauce. „The light body and mild flavor of the Beringer Founders Estate Pinot Noir complements the richness of the smoked cheese and sun-dried tomato sauce.”
(Un)fortunately, we couldn’t eat all of it and didn’t have any more space for desserts. I can’t wait to have the rest of it for lunch! In the end, I had an amazing experience at Olive Garden thanks to their yummy food with great Italian spices and Tony 🙂