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Experience the Italy of America...The Olive Garden Restaurant
by Kathy White
When trying a new Italian restaurant, you
desire friendly service and a relaxing atmo
sphere. You also look for great food and a
reasonable bill. A restaurant with these quali
ties is hard to come by. However, the Olive
Garden may become your favorite restaurant
because it offers all of these traits.
You know you are at the Olive Garden
when you walk through the door. Everything
is new to you, even the front door service you
receive. There are usually one or two hosts
waiting to escort you from the mad rush of the
outside world into the Italian hide-away. The
hosts wear smiles as if to say, “We are glad
you are here; we are at your disposal.” The
customer feels important, no to mention at
ease. As soon as you are seated, you are
greeted by your waitress or waiter, who is
ready for any question or order you may have.
Yom serves smiles whether it takes two min
utes or ten minutes to decide what you would
like to try. You are at ease, and you are glad
you have come.
The atmosphere is one thing that brings
customers back again. Italian instrumental
music plays softly, sending the message, “Out
side is America, but inside is Italy.” Well, it
is not quite Rome, but the music gets you
there faster than a jet! The Olive Garden is
more sophistocated by far than Pizza Hut, but
still relaxing and infrx'mal. Although many
people fill the place, you are sill able to talk
with your dinner companion thanks to parti
tions, plants, and lattice that not only add to
appearance, but cut down on noise.
In most restaurants, the menu either makes
or breaks the evening. At the Olive Garden,
the menu makes the evening. There is a
broad Italian panorama of choices varying
from soup and salad to swordfish. However,
all the times I have gone, I have tried only the
“soup, salad and bread” special. Now if
soup and salad do not intrigue you, the taste
music plays softly,
sending the message,
"Outside is America,
but inside is Italy."
of the bread will “take you away.” Tlie bread
is excellent, which is why I order this spe
cial! This combination entails all you can
eat of the minestrone soup, the elaborate
salad,a nd the hot, moist garlic bread. The
soup is hot and a little spicy, but it is not one
to cause you to grab for the closest glass of
water, and it tastes better than Campbell’s soup; it
tastes like Italy. The salad is wonderful even to those
who do not enjoy salads much. The leaves are fresh,
green, and doused in the restaurant’s own dressing.
Also added are peppericini, feta cheese, and black
olives. The salad has its own unique flavor and is far
from bland; people ask for seconds and perh^ thirds.
Yet the bread is what customers talk about; it is
probably why they come. The bread is so warm and
so moist that it melts in your fingers as well as your
mouth. Since I have not tried anything else on the
menu, I can only say the words of my friends, “All of
it is superb.”
so how does the bill stack up with the rest of the
meal? Surprisingly the bill is as pleasant as the
evening up until this point. For the soup, salad and
bread special, I pay about five dollars, including free
refills on soda. Not a bad deal at all considering the
fact that your order lasts as long as you do. Five
dollars for all you can eat and drink is better than a fast
food, greasy order any day. The other prices are fair,
even for the mose exquisite delicacies. Dinner for two
costs from twelve to twenty-five dollars depending on
what is ordered.
So if you need a new restaurant, service with a smile,
food that make syour mouth water - before you taste
it, arelaxed ambiance, and abill you can afford, try the
Olive Garden in Raleigh on Glenwood Avenue (near
Crabtree Mall) or at the new Crossroads Plaza in Cary.
Experience the Italy of America.
30 minutes or
(to a limited area)
SUN. - THUR.
i1:00 AM - 1:30 AM
FRI. - SAT.
11:00 AM - 2:30 AM
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