Olive Garden has introduced the “never ending pasta pass." If you don’t get what that means from its explicit name, let us give you all the details. For $100, 1,000 lucky fans can buy unlimited pasta and Coca-Cola soft drinks at their local OG from Sept. 22 through Nov. 9.
In order to make this lucrative offer worthwhile, pass holders should plan to eat at the restaurant at least 11 times in the seven weeks. The restaurant offers a similar one-time-only $9.99 never ending pasta bowl, so going 10 times would be the same price as just choosing that option. One more, though, and you’re totally gaming the system.
Americans understandably get extra excited when words like “never ending” and “unlimited” are applied to food, and excitement is ramping up on Twitter in advance of the 3 p.m. EST sale time later today.
update: boyfriend says he DOES NOT WANT the Olive Garden pasta pass, anyone want my terrible boyfriend?— amy brown (@arb) September 8, 2014
If a girl buys you the Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass YOU PUT A RING ON IT.— E.J. Judge (@ejjudge) September 8, 2014
[Side note: maybe these two should talk?]
I love living in American because it's a place where if I wanna I can buy an unlimited pasta pass for Olive Garden for only $100 !!!!— Alyssa Caroline (@Yaasslyss) September 8, 2014
I hope Olive Garden is ready for me to buy all 1,000 of these unlimited pasta passes http://t.co/ePbOQJaFnL— Lavis Tarchuk (@larchuk) September 8, 2014
While others aren't so jazzed about the idea:
that olive garden pasta pass is the most ridic thing i've ever heard lol. how bad is your restaurant doing to promote something like that???— Earl DelaCruz (@earldelacruz) September 8, 2014
Olive Garden announces new Diabetes DeepDive membership plan http://t.co/cmq6xIYL5q— Chris Wage (@cwage) September 8, 2014
For $100, Olive Garden is selling 7 weeks of unlimited pasta and breadsticks. I don't know. It sounds like a punishment to me.— Joe See? (@inturnaround) September 8, 2014
Sadly, there’s no word yet from America’s favorite Olive Garden food critic Marilyn Hagerty.
If you want to get in on this deal, plan to be on Olive Garden’s site at 3pm EST sharp – there’s no doubt these things will go quickly. But here’s the real question: what’s the resale value on these passes? Because they’re bound to hit the black market no later than 3:01.