I noticed the recent splurge of advertising featuring "two three course meals for $25.00" and out of curiosity visited Olive Garden to see if they would live up to the advertising. At the outset we approached the reception desk where three employees were engaged in animated conversation with each other. Eventually, one turned to my party to provide the buzzer that notifies when the table is available. We were led to a table close to the screen used by the servers and after waiting about ten minutes, a young man approached to inquire if we had been "taken care of." He left briefly and returned to announce that he would be our server. After poring over the three menus, I learned that the $25.00 special was limited to a small number of entrees that are significantly different than those on the normal menu. We chose the special and requested the fried mozzarella and zucchini as the appetizer and chose the entrees. The salad was served promptly and turned out to be the best part of the meal. The zucchini was overdone to the extent that the breading was a rather greasy dark curst. The entrees we ordered were barely edible and appeared to be warmed over and from a can. On the positive side, the salad was excellent and we enjoyed second servings of salad and did not finish the pasta entrées of chicken vesuvio and Tuscan chicken. Compared to their local competitors, Olive Garden comes in as a distant third as is not at all representative of authentic Italian cooking. It would appear that the items on the normal menu might be considerably superior to the so-called "special" but the one advertised does not resemble the seductive advertising.
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