Olive Garden announces new ‘Lifetime Pasta Pass’

Andrew Cummings
August 13, 2019

Not only will 24,000 lucky winners get nine weeks of unlimited pasta, soup, salad and breadsticks for $100 plus tax, 50 of those winners will have the chance to purchase the Lifetime Pasta Pass for an additional $400 (plus tax).

For the first time ever, Olive Garden is offering 50 lifetime pasta passes.

Of course, there is a catch. Until past year, the regular $100 multiweek pasta passes sold out in seconds. Visit pastapass.com for more information.

Olive Garden successfully launched the Never Ending Pasta Pass in 2014 as a publicity stunt.

The Orlando Sentinel points out the deal, which can be used any day except when Olive Garden restaurants are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas, is about the cost of 45 meals. In 2017, all 22,000 Pasta Passes also sold out in one second. The length of the $100 pass was extended to nine weeks, from the eight weeks covered by last year's pass, and the number offered for sale was raised to 24,000, from the 22,000 that were offered in 2018.

Want a piece of the action but not sure you can handle the intensity of either pass? The chain is recommending that hopefuls join the "waiting room" on its website at 1:55 p.m. EST so that they're queued up and ready to go once the clock strikes 2 p.m.

According to MarketWatch, the passes are expected to sell fast.

Lifetime Pasta Pass holders must be 18 years old or older to purchase the lifetime pass, which never expires. You can take part in the Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion on a nightly basis instead, with the unlimited perks starting at $10.99.

FILE - This Monday, June 27, 2016, file photo shows an Olive Garden restaurant in Methuen, Mass. Darden Restaurants Inc. reports financial results Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.

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