Last week, Olive Garden added a new “Italian Nacho” dish to their menu. So of course, I had to try them.
There are six Olive Gardens in the Charlotte area and I dined a the location next to the Red Lobster on Pineville-Matthews Road. I ate alone in the bar area and washed down my nachos with an unsweet tea. Yes, I had the breadsticks too.
The dish is called Loaded Pasta Chips ($6.99) and the menu describes it as “Homemade pasta chips, lightly fried and layered with Italian cheeses and a hearty meat sauce. Topped with cherry peppers and an Alfredo drizzle.”
I had the waitress take photos of me. Very uncomfortable, but whatever.
It’s only 1,500 calories, 🙂
Alfredo drizzle, FTW
Fascinating chip choice — Olive Garden choose a wonton style chip. On several occasions, the chip easily collapsed under the weight of the Alfredo covered chicken and chunky meat sauce. I would have gone with a thick, pita-style chip.
The cherry peppers packed a little heat, which I can appreciate.
Overall, I’d give Olive Garden’s Italian nachos a C+ grade. They’re not in the same nacho tier as nacho hotbeds like Sabor, Three Amigos, VBGB and Duckworth’s.