Olive Garden is offering a very special (and carb-filled) deal for 1,000 lucky macaroni fans. At 3 p.m., the Italian chain will be launching their “Never-Ending Pasta Pass” deal which, for $100, will buy you all of the pasta, bread, salad and soda that you can consume for the next seven weeks. We’ll repeat that again: for $100, you’ll be able to gorge yourself silly on pasta, bread, and salad (heck, every day if you want), at Olive Garden. But you’ll have to hurry: the deal goes on sale September 8 at 3 p.m., and there are only 1,000 of these special golden, doughy tickets available.
"We're trying to make our fans feel like VIPs," Jay Spenchian, executive vice president of marketing, said in a press release. “That's one reason that up to seven guests who eat with the pass-holder will receive freebie Coca-Cola branded drinks."
It’s quite possible that Olive Garden is trying to outdo all the hubbub created by TGI Friday’s endless appetizers deal from earlier this summer.
But if you want to be one of the lucky VIPP’s (that’s Very Important Pasta Person), it will definitely not help your diet. If, for instance, you dined at Olive Garden just twice a week, to make the $100 price tag more than worth it, you could be consuming up to 1,400 calories per meal (Olive Garden’s spaghetti with Italian sausage hits that mark all on its own), and if fettuccini Alfredo is your thing, you’ll be ingesting a whopping 68 grams of fat twice a week.
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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter@JoannaFantozzi