Olive Garden Italian Restaurant
2200 Plaza Pkwy, Modesto, CA 95350
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Cuisines: Family Style, American, Take Out, Italian, European, Continental
Alcohol: Beer, Full Bar, Wine
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Is there a reason why there are 2 reviews for Winco under the heading of Olive Garden? Food for thought. Anyway I tried Olive Garden for the first time, my dish was chicken parmisian. It was too salty for my tastes. The pasta was overcooked, not al dente like I make at home. The bread tasted like garlic sticks from Little Caesers with 5 times the salt. Olive Garden is wha most people think of when they think Italian food, but its really just a chain like Denny's that serves overcooked spaghetti instead of pancakes. Being a cook who has spent many years studying Italian cuisine I'm biased, but really, Olive Garden is mediocre at best.
07/11/2006Provided by Citysearch -
It's affordably priced, Americanized Italian food. However, I *love* it. I really recommend their salad. The dressing is one of my favorite Italian dressings ever. Of their soups, all are good, but I especially like the zuppa toscana (potato/sausage) and the pasta e fagioli (pasta/beans/tomato base). I particularly enjoy their create a sampler as an appetizer that can appeal to anyone. Often, I get it as my meal. Of their appetizers, I recommend all the tried and true favorites - the chicken parmigiana, chicken or seafood alfredo, chicken alfredo pizza, etc. Obviously, I recommend their alfredo sauce. If you do get the chicken parmigiana, either order the lunch portion or split it with a friend. It comes with two chicken breasts and plenty of pasta (you can substitute fettucine alfredo for the spaghetti).
This particular Olive Garden has friendly, cheerful service. I would avoid it on a Friday or Saturday night or Sunday midday (they're always swamped!), but otherwise, the wait is usually minimal. The food is plentiful, the atmosphere relaxed. It's a great place to take your family.