The pass entitles the owner to unlimited quantities of food at any Olive Garden location for seven weeks; including pasta, sauces, toppings, soup, salad, breadsticks and soft drinks. The chain refers to it as their ‘Never Ending Pasta Bowl’.
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According to restaurant officials, 2,000 passes were claimed in less than one minute in 2015. Those passes quickly showed up for resale on websites like eBay, and resold for prices far above the initial $100 price that the restaurant charges.
This year, a total of 21,000 passes will be made available to consumers. The passes are good from October 3rd through November 20th. The pass is only valid for the person whose name is printed on the card.
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News 8 spoke with restaurant representatives Tuesday, who confirmed that the chain is not offering the “family pasta passes” this year. That pass allowed cardholders to bring up to three guests last year, but that version of the pass is no longer available.
The passes go on sale Thursday, September 15th at 2:00 p.m. eastern time. The link to purchase the passes will be available here starting at 1:30 p.m.