On April 14th my husband and I celebrated our 12 year anniversary. It’s a special occasion for us that we never make a big deal out of but we try hard to find some time alone. This year, rather than making any weekend getaway plans we settled on a simple lunch date. Olive Garden has been apart of our marriage for many, many years. It was actually the first real restaurant my husband (boyfriend at the time) asked me out on a date with him. It’s a long story but we ended up not going on that date but have made up for it with dozens of visits since.
Our visit was very ordinary, which I like because I know what to expect when I visit an Olive Garden and the service is always incredible. We started our meal with a bowl of the Chicken & Gnocchi soup for me.
And my husband devoured the unlimited salad and bread sticks he loves so much.
The only thing out of ordinary during our lunch date was the fact that I ventured away from my usual Chicken Parmigiana meal and ordered from the new Buy One, Take One menu. If this is new to you as well you’ll want to know there are 5 great dishes and each one if just $12.95. The real value of ordering from this menu is that you get to pick a second entree for free! While you’re eating the entree is packaged in a to-go container, chilled and ready to take home with you to enjoy later.
Even though it was out of my comfort zone, I ordered the Smoked Mozzarella Chicken. I am so glad did! It’s absolutely delicious and loaded with pasta, grilled chicken chunks, sliced bell peppers and a mozzarella cheese sauce. There was actually so much on the plate I ended up taking home half of it as well.
For the “take home” entree I chose the Spaghetti with Four Cheese Meat Sauce and even though bread sticks and salad do not come with the take home entree, our server was sweet enough to add a couple of bread sticks for me. It’s the perfect little meal for lunch the next day and even has the heating instructions labeled on the container.
While I don’t usually eat dessert with lunch, this was a special occasion so I ordered an Amaretto Tiramisu Dolcini while my husband indulged in his favorite Black Tie Mousse Cake. Overall, it was an exceptional meal which is not unexpected. Our Olive Garden location in Springfield, IL is top notch!
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