There are few things not to love about Olive Garden. They’re here to help us out and always offering up “classic” Italian cuisine, like mom used to make…right? It’s a chain which is dependable and surprisingly inventive. Plus, that endless soup, salad and breadstick deal — which has gotten many a stoned teenager satisfied for a reasonable price. The Olive Garden may not always be a guaranteed good time, but it’s at least an only mildly disappointing lunch compromise.
This week, the eatery recently stepped up its dessert game and has presented to us with a Chocolate Caramel Lasagna that sounds really impressive, but looks a whole lot like boring old chocolate cake. The new dessert features “layers of vanilla-soaked sponge cake, chocolate, caramel, and creamy custard topped with chocolate shavings for about $8.” A little pricey, a little decadent, a little misnamed but appealing nonetheless.
Along with their dessert-lasagna-wannabe, the restaurant chain has beefed up their summer menu with Garlic Marinara Mussels — a dish that features oven-roasted mussels in garlic marinara sauce and, of course, a breadstick. Another thing you have to appreciate about The OG (something I’m calling the restaurant now): It’s lovable in its predictability.