What Could be Better than Buy One, Take One Meals at Olive Garden?

My family loves dining out at Olive Garden. When they were younger, I found it to be one place that both my kids enjoyed the food and it was a very comfortable family setting. It has become a family favorite and the place that my in-laws enjoy going to for many birthday celebrations. I like how their restaurants are set up with areas throughout that are partitioned off in a way that gives you a family-type setting. We always request the large table in its own little area at the Fairlawn, Ohio location for our large family gatherings, it feels like our own personal restaurant.  Their tag line, “When you’re here, you’re family” rings true with every dining experience we have enjoyed.

Buy One, Take One Meals at Olive Garden

Have you heard of the Olive Garden Buy One, Take One menu? Olive Garden has a special menu with 5 entrees for this promotion. Select one item to enjoy at the restaurant and bring the second entree home. I was given an Olive Garden gift card and promotional item to try this new menu out last week.

I think the Olive Garden Buy One, Take One menu is an amazing idea – at an incredible price of only $12.95. Two meals for $12.95 is unheard of! Choose from 5 delicious menu items that are sure to tempt anyone!

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I selected the Smoked Mozzarella Chicken with Penne Pasta.  I was curious as to whether the portion sizes would be less since you get 2 meals for just $12.95, however I was surprised with a regular, large portion of hot food! The flavor was amazing too with a delicious sauce and plenty of medium size pieces of tender chicken throughout the dish. The mozzarella cheese throughout makes this dish a crowd-pleaser for sure! It was delicious, and way too much for me to consume in just one setting, so I brought leftovers home.
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My meal included unlimited garden-fresh salad or homemade soup and bread sticks. I always choose the garden salad because I just love it. I even order a bowl of the garden salad to go for family dinners and parties! We had a great time during our visit at Olive Garden. Some how, sitting at a restaurant with your family becomes more than just dinner. It becomes a fun time engaging with each other and having fun. Olive Garden is the perfect setting for a family dinner out.

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The “Take One” meal that I chose was the Mezzaluna Ravioli with Five Cheese Marinara. This is a new dish for Olive Garden with the ravioli shaped in crescent moon shapes instead of squares.

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They brought the chilled entree to me in a sealed container with heating instructions. It is ready to take home when you are ready to leave. It almost felt like I was cheating by taking a second entree home- especially for the low $12.95 price tag!

taking_it_homeIt takes just a few minutes in the microwave to heat up and enjoy the entree at home. I enjoyed it for lunch the next day while my kids were in school. It taste even more amazing eating a fresh Olive Garden meal at home! It was plenty for lunch, so I even shared it with my husband, along with my Smoked Mozzarella Chicken leftovers. He didn’t complain! Usually, I don’t take time to prepare myself a good lunch during a work-day. It was so nice to be able to just pop my Olive Garden second entree in the microwave and enjoy a delicious meal – without wasting time in the kitchen!

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I think that next time we visit Olive Garden, I’m going to have my entire family order from the Buy One, Take One menu so that I can have another free night of cooking the following day! It makes for an easy evening the next day, which we can all use! Doesn’t it sound like this promotion was made for moms?! I highly recommend moms take advantage of this affordable and amazing offer.

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Cindy
Founder and Lead Blogger at Akron Ohio Moms
Cindy is the top Akron Blogger with her own take on awesome brands for families, where to vacation for families, a beat on local activities and family fun, a knack for getting moms to share , and a house that is always 2 weeks away from a complete remodel!
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