[The following post was commissioned by Olive Garden, via Resourceful Mommy Media.]
Last week I wrote about Olive Garden’s great new deal, called Dinner Today & Dinner Tomorrow. And this week I got to try it out.
It’s a simple but genius idea: for one low price, you choose an entrée for dinner (along with unlimited soup or salad and breadsticks), and you get an entrée to take home as well! The entrées you get to choose from are:
- Mezzaluna Ravioli with Five Cheese Marinara (new!)
- Spaghetti with Four Cheese Meat Sauce (new!)
- Lasagna Rollatini with Meat Sauce (new!)
- Five Cheese Ziti al Forno
- Fettuccini Alfredo
As part of my participation in promoting this deal, I received a gift certificate to go to The OG and try it. I took the kids on a Monday night, a very rare weekday dinner out. Since it was raining and I was feeling lazy I decided to take the car into Manhattan, something I rarely do. We encountered no traffic (!) and got free parking on the street less than half a block from the restaurant (!!). Clearly this dinner date with my kids was meant to be.
Fiona loves the placemat games!
I went in knowing what I was going to order (and for once I wouldn’t have to choose between my two favorites): Fettuccini Alfredo for today, and Five Cheese Ziti al Forno for tomorrow. But, I’m on a diet. I’ve been steadily losing weight, and after looking at the calorie counts on the menu, I decided to try the Mezzaluna Ravioli with Five Cheese Marinara instead.
I was so glad that I did! The ravioli themselves were great, but what made it special was the cheesy tomato sauce. One helping of Olive Garden’s awesome salad and two breadsticks, plus most of Fiona’s garlic mashed potatoes, and I was stuffed but happy (and still came in under 2,000 calories for the entire day, which was my goal!).
According to Fiona, this is how a fancy person wipes her mouth
According to Jake, a three-course meal is tiring work
While the kids were eating dessert (they both love the kids’ chocolate mousse with the cookie on the bottom), I ordered my to-go entrée, Five Cheese Ziti al Forno. It came right out, all packaged for home. We packed up the rest of our leftovers, and headed back to Brooklyn.
Going to Olive Garden on Monday was especially well-timed, because Tuesday evenings are a little crazy. Jake has Tae Kwon Do until 7:15, so we get home late and starving. The kids both had OG leftovers, and all I had to do was put my Five Cheese Ziti al Forno in the microwave and heat it up!
I wish I could show you a picture of the entire entrée heated up, but if I heated up the entire thing, I knew I’d eat the entire thing. I actually stretched my ziti over three different meals on Tuesday and Wednesday – I got a ton of value out of that one Olive Garden meal!
The Dinner Today & Dinner Tomorrow deal goes until November 18th, so you still have a month to check it out! You can get more info here. Enjoy!
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