Olive Garden brings back the Never Ending Pasta Pass

For $200, you can enjoy the benefits of a Pasta Pass plus an all-inclusive trip for two to Italy. NBD!

Olive Garden's $100 never ending Pasta Pass offer is returning this Thursday with a new bonus. While that's wonderful, the food chain is offering something even better this year: Pasta Passports to Italy.

Both types of passes will be available at PastaPass.com for one hour beginning Thursday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. ET. but in the past, they've usually sold out within just a few seconds once the link to buy them goes live. For an extra $100, 50 people also will be able to buy an eight-day trip to Italy for two. The restaurant chain claims that a year ago, all 21,000 cards - which entitles the holder to unlimited pasta for eight weeks - sold out in one second. With the Never Ending Pasta Pass, customers can purchase a $100 pass that allows them to consume an unlimited amount of pasta during each visit between September 25 and November 19.

Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass & Pasta Passport to Italy
Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass & Pasta Passport to Italy

"The passion of our guests have helped make Never Ending Pasta Pass an annual phenomenon", MaryKate Rosack, Olive Garden's director of marketing, told TODAY FOOD over email. Airfare, ground transportation, hotels, meals, and excursions are all covered for the journey.

"Recipients of a Pasta Passport to Italy will. start by exploring the sprawling cobble-stoned streets and terracotta rooftops of Sienna, then will travel throughout Italy, including Florence and Assisi, cities known for their ancient architecture and fresh, seasonal cooking", according to an Olive Garden news release.

If you're lucky enough to score a Pasta Passport to Italy from the website, you'll have eight minutes to complete your transaction.

  • Jon Douglas