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I love eating out because not only does it give me a break from cooking, I get a chance to try food that I would otherwise never make at home. But sometimes, even if the quality is excellent, the quantity of food doesn't satisfy my hungry appetite.
At home, you can cook a meal as big as you like, but when you dine out, your portions are limited. Unless, of course, you find yourself at Olive Garden during their annual Never Ending Pasta Promotion.
The restaurant is bringing its beloved Pasta Passes back and this year, to mark the chain's 23 years of business, they'll be selling 23,000 of them!
The $100 pass will get you unlimited pasta, sauces, toppings, breadsticks, and your choice of soup or salad. It's valid for eight weeks starting September 24 and ending on November 18.
However, this year, they're adding another special deal into the mix for fans who think two months of unlimited pasta doesn't cut it.
Olive Garden will be selling 1,000 annual Never Ending Pasta Passes that will be valid for all 52 weeks of the year. Of course, it is more expensive at $300, but it's totally worth it.
"We have the most passionate fans who look forward to Pasta Pass and Never Ending Pasta Bowl throughout the year, and they’ve made it clear that eight weeks just isn’t long enough,” Jennifer Arguello, executive vice president of marketing for Olive Garden, said in a statement. “So we listened, and we’re excited to give our guests more of what they’ve been asking for -- an Annual Pasta Pass that extends our Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion year-round."
You can buy it at PastaPass.com on Thursday, August 23 at 2 p.m., but just keep in mind that while you have 30 minutes to make the purchase, the passes will be sold out in seconds.
Last year, the chain sold all of its 22,000 passes in just one second, so if you'd like to get your hands on one, you should be ready to be in the virtual lineup and hit the "buy" button as soon as they go live.
In 2017, the demand was so high that Olive Garden made the decision to reward 50 "super fans" who spend an extra $100 with a deal of a lifetime.
They all received a special Pasta Passport, which includes the eight-week never-ending pasta deal as well as an eight-day, seven-night, all-inclusive trip to Italy for two.
It's unclear if they'll be repeating this special offer this year, but if the past is any indication, we know that Olive Garden is full of surprises and anything can happen.
If you don't end up snagging one of these passes, you can still take advantage of the Never Ending Pasta Bowl deal starting at $10.99 per person.