The BF and I love food, and we both thoroughly enjoy Italian food. So when we discovered Olive Garden’s Tour of Italy dinners we were excited. But before I jump into why these are fantastic, I’d like to just let it be known that I’m not being paid or compensated in any way for this post, and that I purchased my meal at Olive Garden myself. I am also not affiliated with Olive Garden in any way shape or form. All points and opinions made here are entirely my own.
Now that the boring stuff is done…let’s get with the food fest! 🙂
From left to right, I got the Ziti with 5 Cheese Marinara Sauce, the Chicken Marsala Ravioli, and the Shrimp Ravioli with Lobster Alfredo.
The ziti was by far my favorite part of the dish, but that’s probably because I’m a sucker for copious amounts of cheese. The dish was a perfect balance of cheese and sauce, and it wasn’t overly cheesy or oozing with sauce. This is something that I’m going to have to try to find a copycat recipe for. 😉
The Chicken Marsala Ravioli was a great take on classic chicken marsala, but a more homey and kid-friendly version. Either way it was just as good, again with the perfect sauce to pasta ratio.
As for the Shrimp Ravioli…let’s just say that it was interesting. Now don’t get me wrong, it was quite good, and the lobster wasn’t overpowering in the alfredo. I also enjoyed the touch of spice the sun-dried tomatoes gave them. However, for me it was just a tad bit too much on the creamy side and didn’t seem to agree with my stomach (luckily there wasn’t a lot of it, or I’d have felt compelled to finish it all).
Overall, this is the perfect meal to get if you either like trying a bunch of different things or have a lot of favorites at Olive Garden. And considering you get unlimited breadsticks and salad/soup, it’s really a good deal starting at around $13 per person. Because while you only get a small amount of each thing (that of course being the point of the dish, to try a little of everything), you don’t leave feeling hungry – or overstuffed unless you gorge yourself on breadsticks and salad and force yourself to eat all of the food…and then order dessert.
Have you tried the Tour of Italy yet? What are your favorite dishes to get ?