Okay, so we went to Olive Garden. If you want to get up and leave in a huff now, I understand - but you'll come crawling back during grilling season. Remember the Applebee's incident? This is similar. Mr. FvF will pretty much eat anything that's not nailed down and doesn't have onions in it. So, when someone does something nice and buys him a gift card for food, they probably don't painstakingly think it through as much as they might if it were for me. I mostly got soured on OG because my former boss is vegetarian and made us have lunch meetings there ALL the time. Oh, also - it's kind of gross. There are a handful of things on their menu not solely based around pasta, but I'll be damned if I'm ordering a steak at Olive Garden. I may as well go into Pottery Barn and ask them to make me a slab of ribs. I would normally order something involving chicken skewers and rosemary potatoes, but that wasn't on their dinner menu. I settled for the Stuffed Chicken Marsala.
Here's the thing - I can't say anything was bad. Our server was nice and attentive and the food was good, but it all tasted the same. If I took a bite of mine and a bite of the Mister's, I could hardly tell the difference. Here's what gets my goat: the prices. If you're not ordering from the "Classics" pasta menu, you're looking at the $12 and up range, which is ridiculous for food that's been sitting around all day, soaking in a vat of hot water to stay warm. This isn't exactly culinary expertise. It's the same shit Fazoli's is selling, plated up nicely and served with sub-par breadsticks and salad swimming in rancid dressing. Both of our entrées were damn near $15 each. I know we weren't paying for it, but it's the principle. And everyone around us was sitting around with their pinkies in the air like this was their big fancy Saturday night dinner. Have you people ever eaten anywhere else? Do you know that this exact same meal can be made for a family of four for less than $10? People who really like Italian food don't like Olive Garden, and vice versa.
I'm so annoyed by all of this that I really don't even want to rate them. Good thing for you guys, I got lucky last night and I'm feeling pretty generous, so I'm going to give them 2 out of 5 sporks.