Of course we all know that a roadfood joint would NEVER overcook their pasta. That's only done by chains
Ha...as I've said before...there is ok food at some chains...and some terrible food at mom & pop "roadfood" places.......sometimes it's the snob factor(I can't abide chain pizza,others don't mind).......I'm 100% Italian and very fussy about my food....I've had bad food in NYC's little Italy...and love the Gorganzola pasta at OG...I agree with some here...for the money, at least, some meals are quite enjoyable....the salads are fine...and I've had a good glass or two of good red wine,,,,,it's consistant(although even an Olive Garden employee told me quality varies from franchise to franchise--our's in Toms River is an award winner!)So if you like it,go..and don't tell those who find a meal there enjoyable it's Chef Boyaree or the equivalent...it's not. We all love roadfood and we all have opinions, and we can all share them...but when some tell other's they're crazy and wrong....oh I love those comments...hey you hamburger haters, don't eat at 5 Guys,they're not a Luger burger after all. I wouldn't get caught dead at Pizza Hut...but hell,they're in business,and so some must like it...Do I think it's real pizza...hell no...but if you like it......oh hell...this is too hard to explain......I just don't think Olive Garden is as bad as many find it...I don't go there often, but when I do,I've found that our local one is a decent meal for the price...we enjoy the setting, the service in our's is always top-notch, and we don't break our budget...again, I've paid a fortune in Mom & Pop's for pasta no where near what I can make...and we're an Italian family that has home made pasta EVERY Sunday.Our recipes come from my mom who got it from her mom who was born in Italy.....I won't eat terrible pasta...I don't eat tomato sauce dishes ANYWHERE...because I often make it better...I go for specialty pasta dishes, and many of OG's are fine.
I've tried Carrabba's, that many like, but I prefer OG, if I had to choose.
Again, is it great Italian..no...is it as terrible as some of the put- downs above? ,this Italian doesn't think so.....but what do I know, I've eaten at 5 Guys and had sea food At Bubba Gump's on Broadway......but hell, you won't see me eating at Papa Johns!!!!!