Years ago one of my Italian-American friends commented that he considered the grub at Olive Garden to be, “fast food Italian.” Not having much experience I was kind of taken back since I thought it was pretty good.
It’s been a number of years since we’ve eaten at an OG and until today, never at the one in Chillicothe. Looking for something different we decided to give it a try this afternoon. Well, the setting was fine, nothing wrong with the service, but (there’s always a but), the food was average at best.
We had the Tour of Italy combo plate with a sampling of lasagna, chicken Parmigiano, and fettuccine Alfredo along with the customary bowl of mixed salad and bread sticks. We enjoyed the chill and freshness of the salad but as my wife said of the bread sticks, “Nothing special here.” Well, there never was. OG’s bread has always been low-end.
We usually opt to eat out for one of two reasons. Either we’re too far from home or eating out offers something you can’t get at home. The decision today was purely one of proximity to home. I’m pretty sure I can do Italian better than most restaurants just as most of the best steaks I’ve ever eaten came off a backyard Weber grill.