Olive Garden: Casual Eating on the Circle

For a big chain restaurant, Olive Garden offers a taste of Italy.

The Olive Garden ... that's the place that's always running those TV commercials, right? If it's a big chain restaurant, how good could it be? Pretty good, actually.  

Aside from the fact that it's not exactly a  bargain, we had a very satisfying meal. We started  with a delicious  Hot Artichoke - Spinach Dip ($7.50), which was too much for two people. A crispy, fresh salad ( included with the entree) followed.  The Pear and Gorgonzola Ravioli with Shrimp ($14.25 ) was delicious,  if a bit sweet and rich. The Parmesan Crusted Tilapia ($14.95) was just right. Light and tasty, the oven-baked dish was served with italian vegetables over angel hair tossed in a light garlic-butter sauce.

Service was friendly and efficient.  The atmosphere was bright and pleasant, partially due to the jazz playing in the background. We did not  take advantage of the wine list or the dessert menu, but the Black Tie Mousse Cake and the Warm Apple Crostata looked particularly tempting.

A reasonably priced children's menu was also available.

If you go:

 227 Eisenhower Parkway
Phone: (973) 992-0044
Fax: (973) 992-4138

Sun - Thurs: 11:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M.
Fri - Sat: 11:00 A.M. - 11:00 P.M.       

flipnyc March 08, 2011 at 06:58 PM
Anyone who thinks this is acceptable food is out of their minds!!! Too salty and it's over-priced for the food you're getting.
GGB July 17, 2011 at 12:20 PM
Good-grief. Anyone who lives in NJ and is surrounded by all of some of the best Italian food whether East or South of Livingston (think NYC, Staten Island, Brooklyn and some of the bet Italian food right here in Essex county and then some...)and think that The Olive Garden is even palatable needs to have their tongue examined! I once "dined" in an Olive Garden while on a business trip to Amarillo, TX. My host, a true Texan even apologized for the restaurant choice but it was all there was other than the best steak and rib places in that wonderful city. Yee Haw!


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