RE: I ate at Olive Garden...AND SURVIVED!!!
The pasta is generally overcooked and the red sauces are hideous.
I remember my thought when I went to OG years ago. "Just how bad can yu screw up red sauce and pasta"?
Apparently, a lot.
Then there is the invariable line "But the salads and breadticks are good". I suppose, compared to the other food they serve there.
The place is horrid. Not because it's a chain- it's just plain awful.
But it probably has good quality control and is consistently awful.