Side: Zuppa Toscana
"Do you guys know each other or something?” Too many questions, bro. Just take the picture.
The pasta was fine. I got soup since the weather was getting colder, and the Toscana remains the best of the meat soups. The Alfredo sauce was cheesy and hearty, and complemented the chicken fritta, which isn’t saying much because breaded chicken strips go with anything. The fettuccine was a winner, but I was glad this was the last one. I was in dire need of a pasta hiatus.
4) Italian Sausage
Is this meat? I’m not sure. “Italian” could mean anything. I usually associate it with fine leather goods, which is what this sausage tastes like. A bland meat tube of nothingness. Chewy on the outside, dry on the inside. In my garage, have a box of emergency food in case an earthquake hits. I bet my freeze dried emergency sausage tastes better than this. Avoid at all cost.
Slightly more tasty than the Italian Sausage, but not by much. It’s shockingly devoid of flavor. I’m not sure why though, what’s the purpose? The pasta is pretty flavorful, albeit quite salty. Balancing it out with bland meat makes no sense, it just makes me not want to eat it. If tradition forces you to get a plate of Spaghetti and Meatballs, then knock yourself out. But the next two are far better choices, and it’s almost unfair.
Unfair mostly because these items are both “new” which means that they’ve been kid-tested, mother-approved by Olive Garden lab rats. Also, they’re deep-fried which… how do you fuck up deep fried things? You can’t, which is why these two are the only toppings you should get, if at all, really. I think the pasta bowl is best on it’s own, but if you need a lil’ extra, then get the shrimp or chicken. Either one. They’re the same, but I prefer the chicken so…
Winner winner, chicken dinner.