As part of Olive Garden's latest promotion, the popular Italian restaurant chain is toying with a 3-course Italian dinner priced at $12.95 a person. The selections are made simple, your first course consists of a Soup or Salad, second course is a decision between 5 entree dishes and your final course pits you against one of 5 mini-dessert options.

The Soup or Salad options are as follows:

  • Garden Fresh Salad: "Our famous house salad, tossed with our signature Italian dressing."
  • Pasta e Fagioli: "White and red beans, ground beef, tomatoes and pasta in a savory broth."
  • Zuppa Toscana: "Spicy sausage, russet potatoes and cavolo greens in a creamy broth."
  • Minestrone: "Fresh vegetables, beans and pasta in a light tomato broth, a vegetarian classic."
  • Chicken & Gnocchi: "A creamy soup made with roasted chicken, traditional Italian dumplings and spinach."

The entree options include:

  • Smoked Mozzarella Chicken -- Sauteed chicken breast tenderloin medallions topped with smoked mozzarella cheese, served with penne pasta tossed with sweet roasted red peppers in a four cheese sauce.
  • Asiago and Roasted Garlic Tortelloni with Grilled Sausage -- Tortelloni filled with asiago cheese and roasted garlic tossed in a basil marinara sauce with fresh basil and tomatoes, topped with grilled Italian sausage.
  • Five Cheese Marinara Penne with Shrimp -- Sauteed shrimp in a five cheese marinara sauce served over penne and topped with mozzarella and seasoned breadcrumbs
  • Creamy Parmesan Portobello Fettuccine -- A creamy parmesan sauce with roasted mushrooms, topped with sun-dried tomatoes served over fettuccine.
  • Spaghetti with Four Cheese Meat Sauce -- A pizza-inspired red sauce with pan-seared beef, pepperoni and Italian sausage, topped with mozzarella and fontina cheeses and served over spaghetti.

Mini-dessert options:

  • Chocolate Mousse -- Layered with dark chocolate cookie crust, topped with chocolate shavings
  • Strawberry Cream Cake -- Layers of strawberries, white cake, cream and white chocolate.
  • Limoncello Mousse -- Vanilla cookie crust topped with white chocolate and candied lemon
  • Dark Chocolate Cake -- Layered with chocolate mousse and caramel cream, topped with chocolate curls
  • Amaretto Tiramisu -- Chocolate crust topped with almond cookie crumbles

Elie Ayrouth

Elie is a product of Orange County, CA. In early 2012, his dentist diagnosed him with 8 different cavities, three of which on the same tooth, as a result of his 23-year Sour Patch Kid addiction.