Food 7 Things You Never Knew About Olive Garden, Straight From an Employee

17:21  19 may  2017
17:21  19 may  2017 Source:   PopSugar

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  Here's Giada De Laurentiis's Famous Savory Oatmeal Recipe It's no secret that Giada De Laurentiis eats oatmeal with olive oil for breakfast. It's "one of my favorite things to eat for breakfast," she told POPSUGAR in an interview. Giada typically recommends drizzling oats with just olive oil and sea salt, but she shared a recipe on her new lifestyle site Giadzy that proves oatmeal with olive oil goes beyond the basics and that you can get creative with unexpected toppings. Giada's savory oatmeal is made with lemon, thyme, chopped almonds, extra-virgin olive oil, and oranges for just a touch of sweetness.

Besides the fact that Olive Garden serves 220 million guests per year and gave out 21,000 Never Ending Pasta passes last year (people really love the pasta), the popular Italian Keep reading to find out more about the homemade soups, the employee discount, the culinary institute in Italy, and more.

Besides the fact that Olive Garden serves 220 million guests per year and gave out 21,000 Never Ending Pasta passes last year (people really love the pasta), the popular Italian Keep reading to find out more about the homemade soups, the employee discount, the culinary institute in Italy, and more.

Olive Garden Secrets Revealed© Flickr user Mike Mozart Olive Garden Secrets Revealed

Curious about Olive Garden's restaurant secrets, POPSUGAR spoke to a representative to get all the details. Besides the fact that Olive Garden serves 220 million guests per year and gave out 21,000 Never Ending Pasta passes last year (people really love the pasta), the popular Italian chain has plenty of fun facts that will make you an even bigger fan. Keep reading to find out more about the homemade soups, the employee discount, the culinary institute in Italy, and more.

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The most popular menu item is . . .

"Chicken Alfredo is Olive Garden's most popular menu item. Shrimp Scampi is also among the bestselling dishes at Olive Garden - it is so flavorful, many guests are surprised to learn the entire entrée is just 500 calories! Out of all the noodle options, Olive Garden guests prefer fettuccine noodles. As far as pasta toppings go, Olive Garden guests love the grilled chicken."

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  The Truth About Adding Olive Oil to Pasta Water I'm not saying you should get in an argument with your Italian grandmother about whether or not you should add olive oil to pasta water, but I am saying that she would win. For some reason, it has become relatively common knowledge in the US that the one thing you should always do when boiling water for pasta is drizzle in olive oil to prevent the pasta from sticking. And it's just downright wrong - at least, according to Italians. The truth is that olive oil and pasta are a match made in heaven, but only once the pasta is cooked.

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Olive Garden really does have a culinary institute in Italy.

"Every year, more than 200 managers and team members travel to Olive Garden's Culinary Institute of Tuscany. This trip is designed to immerse team members in the Italian culture while learning about the cuisine and interacting with Olive Garden's overseas partners, the wineries and pasta makers we consider to be a part of Olive Garden's extended family."

The restaurant has been around since the early '80s.

"The first Olive Garden restaurant opened in Orlando in 1982."

The soups are made fresh every morning.

"All of Olive Garden's signature soups - Pasta e Fagioli, Chicken & Gnocchi, Zuppa Toscana, and Minestrone - are made by hand and from scratch every morning using fresh, whole ingredients such as kale, peppers, and squash."

Why I'm Thankful My Family Never Let Me Eat at Olive Garden

  Why I'm Thankful My Family Never Let Me Eat at Olive Garden Growing up, my family never let me eat at Olive Garden. I come from a pretty large Italian family, so the idea of eating Italian food that wasn't prepared by my mom or grandma was at best disgusting, and at worst, sacrilege. © letscookvegan on Instagram Instagram post by Let's Cook Vegan Italian food was a staple in my home. I grew up on a solid diet of pasta, cheese, and bread, and every Christmas, my home was filled with the smell of two huge lasagnas cooking. I remember my mom cutting her finger making gnocchi during the Torino Olympics, and I remember learning how to make my own red sauce before I could ride a bike.

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Employees get a great discount.

"Team members can enjoy $1 unlimited soup, salad, and breadsticks and 50 percent off of meals before, during, and after their shift."

You can get Olive Garden delivery for large parties.

"Olive Garden offers delivery for large parties, weddings, and other events. Olive Garden loves to celebrate with brides around their big day and even created a DIY breadstick bouquet."

There are gluten-free pasta options upon request.

"Olive Garden servers will work with guests on any dietary needs. Servers will happily work with guests to address any food allergies or dietary restrictions. In many instances, they can suggest simple swaps - such as subbing in gluten-free rotini or ordering the Chicken Parmigiana grilled instead of fried - so guests can still enjoy their favorite dishes while meeting their individual needs."

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