Olive Garden Introduces $200 'Pasta Passport to Italy' to Celebrate Return of 'Never Ending Pasta Pass'

Pasta Passes and NEW Pasta Passports for Week-Long Trip to Italy Go On Sale September 14

Olive Garden Introduces $200 'Pasta Passport to Italy' to Celebrate Return of 'Never Ending Pasta Pass'Orlando, FL  (Restaurant News Release)  Olive Garden is taking its annual sale of Never Ending Pasta Pass to extreme heights by giving 50 superfans the opportunity to buy an all-inclusive, weeklong trip to Italy for themselves and a friend for $200. The first-of-its-kind Pasta Passport to Italy has all the benefits of Pasta Pass plus a trip of a lifetime for two to Italy. The 50 Pasta Passports will be available to purchase alongside 22,000 Pasta Passes exclusively at www.PastaPass.com for 30 minutes beginning Thursday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. ET. Last year, 21,000 Pasta Passes were claimed in one second, giving guests an all-access pass to Olive Garden’s most popular promotion of the year, Never Ending Pasta Bowl.

“Every year, through our Pasta Pass sale, we get to connect with and delight thousands of our most passionate Olive Garden fans,” said Jennifer Arguello, executive vice president of marketing for Olive Garden. “We couldn’t think of a better way to create even more memories and a deeper connection to our brand than through a special edition Pasta Pass that includes an all-inclusive trip for two to the country that inspires us.”

Never Ending Pasta Pass

  • 22,000 available
  • $100 each
  • Eight weeks of unlimited access to Never Ending Pasta Bowl

Guests who claim one of the 22,000 Pasta Passes for $100 can enjoy eight weeks of access to unlimited pasta, homemade sauces, pasta toppings, soup or salad and breadsticks for the duration of the Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion Sept. 25 through Nov. 19.

Pasta Passport to Italy

  • 50 available
  • $200 each
  • Eight weeks of unlimited access to Never Ending Pasta Bowl
  • Eight-day/seven-night, all-inclusive trip to Italy for two

For just $100 more than the price of a Pasta Pass, the 50 recipients of a Pasta Passport to Italy will receive all the benefits of Pasta Pass in addition to being whisked away with a guest to Italy. They will start by exploring the sprawling cobble-stoned streets and terracotta rooftops of Siena, then will travel throughout Italy, including Florence and Assisi, cities known for their ancient architecture and fresh, seasonal cooking.

From there, guests will enjoy cultural excursions to the ancient Coliseum in Rome, a visit to the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City and a chance for the ultimate photo opportunity at the leaning Tower of Pisa. Guests will also taste Tuscan wine, sample Italian Gelato and learn to prepare regional cuisine. Airfare, ground transportation, hotels, meals and excursions are all included.

Olive Garden Introduces $200 'Pasta Passport to Italy' to Celebrate Return of 'Never Ending Pasta Pass'

Never Ending Pasta Bowl

Throughout Never Ending Pasta Bowl beginning Sept. 25, all guests can still enjoy unlimited servings of their favorite pasta combinations, homemade soup or salad and freshly baked breadsticks, starting at $9.99.  Guests can choose among pastas, homemade sauces and toppings to create more than 100 possible combinations. This year, a new Creamy Mushroom Sauce is added to the lineup.

For more information or to purchase a Pasta Passport to Italy or Never Ending Pasta Pass on September 14, visit www.olivegarden.com/pastapass. Guests can join the conversation with #PastaPass.

About Olive Garden

At Olive Garden, we know that life is better together and everyone is happiest when they’re with family. As the leader in the Italian dining segment, Olive Garden has more than 800 restaurants and employs more than 96,000 team members. Olive Garden is a division of Darden Restaurants. At Darden, our people equal our success, and we are proud to employ more than 175,000 team members in nearly 1,700 restaurants. Olive Garden is committed to making a difference in the lives of others in the local community. As part of this commitment, Olive Garden restaurants have donated more than 38 million pounds of food to local community food banks across the country. For more information, visit www.olivegarden.com. Connect with us on Facebook.com/OliveGarden, Twitter.com/OliveGarden and Instagram.com/OliveGarden.

Jessica Dinon