Olive Garden has long been a favorite food haunt thanks in large part to its reliable menu of staple, much-loved dishes – until now that is.
The Italian food chain recently debuted a new menu item that has sent social media into uproar, as people voice their horror over the delicacy – called Loaded Pasta Chips.
Made with pasta chips made from deep-fried lasagna sheets, meat sauce, Alfredo drizzle, and cherry peppers, the appetizer has been christened Italian nachos by diners, many of whom have been left horrified by the creation and its carb-heavy ingredients.
Menu: Olive Garden revealed their newest dish, Loaded Pasta Chips, (pictured), which is essentially Italian nachos, and the internet has mixed reviews
Nonna: One Italian user joked about the chain’s new dish saying his grandma would be appalled by the nachos
Hilarious: While all these fast food chains are adding salty, unhealthy dishes, one guy pointed out not enough people are drinking water
Delicious: While many people were quick to slam the new carb-loaded appetizer, other people are actually excited to try it
Officially revealed last week, the latest menu item is currently available nationwide until April 1.
It is priced at $7.99 and includes a whopping 1,520 calories in just one order, which is intended to be enjoyed as an appetizer.
The Mexican-inspired dish has thus far received incredibly mixed reviews, with many people admitting they have been left horrified by the concept – let alone the taste of the deep fried delicacy.
However some have hit back at the critics, insisting that the nachos look delicious and claiming that they would happily try them without a second thought.
‘I’d try this without thinking,’ one person commented, while someone else wrote, ‘Say what you want but these look delicious.’
‘I have no shame: I would eat these,’ another user chimed in.
One customer who actually tasted them shared, ‘I tried the Olive Garden nachos and they’re not terrible!’
‘There are now lasagna nachos at Olive Garden and I’ve been thinking of nothing else since I found out,’ shared one excited diner.
However there were definitely a lot more negative comments than there were positive and people got quite dramatic as one guy tweeted, ‘My Italian grandmother, who died in 1992, just died again.’
Amazing: Some users shared that this is ‘the bad place’ while others who are intrigued by the dish said it was ‘the good place’
Gross: Someone else shared their disgust over the homemade pasta chips which are layered with Italian cheeses, meat sauce, and topped with cherry peppers and an alfredo drizzle
Been there: One unamused person said they’ve been making Italian nachos for as long as they can remember
Hell: This girl had quite the dramatic response to the chips saying this is ‘hell on Earth’
The one user’s tweet about his Italian grandmother got over 230 retweets and 1,131 likes, while it also sparked a slew of outraged Italians to follow suit.
However, one person sarcastically tweeted in response, ‘You know what helps with grief? Italian nachos. Meet you at Olive Garden in 20?’
An Italian user replied that his grandmas are all reacting the same way, saying, ‘One of mine rolled in her grave. The other is too fragile so I can’t let her find out.’
While another user shared, ‘My short, fat Italian grandma hates you and wants me to hit you with her wooden spoon.’
Another girl sarcastically wrote a heartfelt tweet, ‘Thank you Olive Garden for coming out with Italian nachos they are just like nonna used to make. A little taste of the old country.’
Some of the other most hilarious comments about the restaurant’s new dish stated, ‘What kind of monster thought of this,’ while one guy wrote, ‘This is the bad place.’
Excited: There were a lot of mixed reviews about the nachos and while most people were repulsed, others were delighted
‘Olive Garden is selling nachos, Taco Bell is selling fries and no one is drinking enough water,’ one person wrote.
‘When I was like five I was at Olive Garden and asked for nachos and the waitress laughed and said ‘this isn’t TGI Friday’s.’ Who’s laughing now b***h?’ some guy joked.
Some people who just couldn’t stand for the news, wrote, ‘Y’all this is it. It’s officially hell on Earth,’ ‘It’s being in an Olive Garden that’s terrible,’ ‘This is nacho culture,’ and ‘2018 the year of nachos at Olive Garden.’
Others got very sarcastic with one person writing, ‘Thank you, Olive Garden, for showing me that it is actually possible to make nachos unappealing,’ while another wrote, ‘Why? Some chips to go with my bread and pasta? That’s my caloric intake for the week…’
‘Been frying broken lasagna noodles with meat sauce and cheese out for guests since I had hair,’ wrote one unamused person.
‘The only thing I’ve ever had at OG that was actually Italian was food poisoning in my very Italian stomach,’ said a very angry past Olive Garden customer.