Starting Sept. 25, you can eat your fill of Olive Garden’s Never Ending Pasta Bowl menu every day for eight weeks — assuming you can get your hands on a $100 Never Ending Pasta Pass.
Olive Garden will offer fanatics 22,000 of these Pasta Passes on a special website starting Thursday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m. EST.
If that sounds like a ton of passes, you probably weren’t paying attention when 21,000 of them sold out in one second last year.
This time around, Olive Garden said the sale will last 30 minutes, but if you want a pass, you’d better be ready at 2 p.m. — there’s an added option this year that may bring out even more eager pasta eaters than in 2016. This added twist is Olive Garden’s Pasta Passport, which costs $200 and comes with a trip to Italy.
Really? A Trip to Italy and Unlimited Pasta for $200?
The short answer: Yes, really.
But there is a catch, of course. Olive Garden will offer only 50 Pasta Passports, so they will be the toughest to get. That means only the luckiest among us will get one.
And there’s added pressure in going after the Pasta Passport: If you aim for this $200 deal and miss out, you could also squander your chance to get the standard $100 Pasta Pass because those will go fast, too.
If you’re trying to strategize, the details of the trip might make missing out on the $100 passes worth it. This trip sounds epic.
According to a press release from Olive Garden, you and a friend will get to see most of Italy in eight days and seven nights.
Your trip, which will run April 7-14, will start in Siena then move on to Florence and Assisi before heading into Rome, Vatican City and Pisa. You’ll walk the cobblestone streets, see the ancient architecture of the Colosseum, the beauty of the Sistine Chapel and the wonder of the Tower of Pisa all while eating delicious Italian food.
Olive Garden has your airfare, hotel, food, transportation and activities all covered. The chances of getting that trip might be worth missing out on the $100 passes.
Without the passes, the Never Ending Pasta Bowl menu starts at $9.99.
What You Get With the $100 Pasta Pass
The $100 Pasta Pass may not come with a trip to Italy, but there are still perks.
Between Sept. 25 and Nov. 19, every passholder will get eight weeks of unlimited access to Olive Garden’s Never Ending Pasta Bowl menu. Passholders can choose from seven pasta styles, six sauces and five meat or seafood toppings, plus they get unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks.
If you use the Never Ending Pasta Pass at least 10 times in those eight weeks, you’ll break even — everything after your 10th trip is on the house.
According to Olive Garden, the Never Ending Pasta Menu offers more than 100 different combinations, so you’ll never get bored.
Desiree Stennett (@desi_stennett) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s going to try for the $200 pass because she believes in going big or going home. That’s good because home is where she’s headed if she doesn’t get the pass.
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