Olive Garden Has A New 'Pasta Passport' And Yes, It Involves Travel

Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass & Pasta Passport to Italy

Olive Garden fans are rejoicing today after news that the Italian restaurant chain will be launching sales of this year's Never Ending Pasta Pass, a diner's ticket to unlimited pasta. The recipients of the passport will receive an eight-day, seven-night, all-inclusive vacation to Italy for two, as well as the eight weeks of free pasta. The sale will last 30 minutes, or until the passes are sold out. It was the first year the chain offered grilled chicken, giving diners the chance to create Olive Garden's best-selling entree, Grilled Chicken Alfredo. They will start by exploring the sprawling cobble-stoned streets and terracotta rooftops of Siena, then will travel throughout Italy, including Florence and Assisi, cities known for their ancient architecture and fresh, seasonal cooking.

The 50 available "passports" will go on sale at the same time as the traditional passes.

The Pasta Passes, which cost $100, will be valid from September 25 through November 19. Last year's passes reportedly sold out in one second.

Olive Garden is selling 22,000 Never Ending Pasta Passes and 50 Pasta Passports to Italy. Airfare, ground transportation, hotels, meals, and excursions will all be included in the $200 cost. Eastern time. Olive Garden says it sold 21,000 passes in one second past year.

The promotion allows customers to pick from seven pastas and six sauces and includes unlimited soup or salad and breadsticks.

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