Do you like discounted food?
How about all-you-can-eat deals?
What about pasta?
If you answered “yes” to all three of the above questions, then have I got a bargain for you:
This Thursday, September 15th, 2016, you can snag an Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass, good for seven full weeks of Never Ending Pasta Bowls, for a mere $100.
That’s a heck of a lot of noodles.
What Your Pasta Pass Will Get You
For $100 plus sales tax, a Pasta Pass entitles you to unlimited Never Ending Pasta Bowls any day of the week from October 3, 2016, through November 20, 2016.
Each Never Ending Pasta Bowl includes your choice of one type of pasta, one sauce and one topping from this limited-time-only menu. With 5 to 7 choices in each category, you could come up with as many combinations as your stomach can handle. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are also available.
The Fine Print
Passholders must be 18 years of age or older, and passes are only valid for dine-in orders at Olive Garden locations in the United States (with the exception of Puerto Rico).
You may only purchase one pass per transaction but can assign that pass to yourself or to another recipient who loves (and we mean loves) pasta.
If you’re thinking you can get sneaky and share one Pasta Pass among friends, think again. You must enter the passholder’s name when you make your purchase, and Olive Garden reserves the right to ask for ID each time you use your Pasta Pass.
That said, passholders and anyone else at their table will be entitled to free Coca-Cola soft drinks with unlimited refills. (You’ll need something to wash down all that food, after all.)
If endless pasta doesn’t fill you up and you want any additional menu items (desserts, appetizers, alcohol, etc.), you’ll have to pay for those yourself.
And, as always, even if your meal is free, it’s common courtesy to leave a tip for your server based on the meal’s retail value.
How to Snag Your Pasta Pass
The Never Ending Pasta Pass sale begins at 2 p.m. ET sharp on September 15, 2016, at this page, but the link to the sale will be live starting at 1:30 p.m. ET. Last year, all 2,000 Pasta Passes were snatched up in one second, so we recommend getting there sooner rather than later.
This year, Olive Garden is upping the total number of available Pasta Passes to 21,000. Passes will be available for one hour or until they sell out.
If you miss the online sale, you can bid for 21 additional Pasta Passes in a charity auction. Olive Garden will donate all proceeds from this auction to the hunger-relief organization Feeding America.
So, what are you waiting for? Mark the time and date on your calendar, brace yourself for full carb impact, and let us know…
Your Turn: Would you purchase a Never Ending Pasta Pass? How much pasta could YOU eat in seven weeks?
Kelly Gurnett is a freelance blogger, writer and editor who runs the blog Cordelia Calls It Quits, where she documents her attempts to rid her life of the things that don’t matter and focus more on the things that do. Follow her on Twitter @CordeliaCallsIt.