Olive Garden sells out 22K unlimited pasta passes, plus 50 'Pasta Passports' in seconds

Posted at 11:50 AM, Sep 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-14 14:50:11-04

(KGTV) -- Olive Garden's unlimited "Pasta Pass" promotion, which allows passholders eight weeks of unlimited pasta bowls, sold out in a slurp.

It took only seconds to sell out of the restaurant's 22,000 passes priced at $100 each.

The restaurant also offered its "Pasta Passport to Italy," which includes an all-expenses paid trip for two to Italy. The 50 available "passports" were sold for $200 each, and include unlimited pasta and the vacation.

The passes went on sale Thursday at 11 a.m. Pacific Time.

"Sorry! All Pasta Passports to Italy were claimed instantly and are sold out," a message on the site said only minutes after the offer went live.

According to the fine print for the "Pasta Passport," the 8-day, 7-night Italy vacation will take place on April 7, 2018. Roundtrip airfare, hotel, optional excursions and food are included.

The unlimited pasta pass is good for free pasta between Sept. 25, 2017 and Nov. 19, 2017.

Last year, the 21,000 passes that were up for grabs sold out in a second.

But is the unlimited pasta for eight weeks a good deal?

A quick internet search of prices for a box of pasta and a jar of spaghetti sauce shows that a single person can enjoy five servings of pasta for about $3 -- that's breakfast, lunch and dinner for three bucks!

Spread that out over 56 consecutive days, and that person will have paid $168.

Maybe it's a good deal -- the restaurant offers a bigger variety, probably more ambiance and flair, and you don't have to do the dishes afterwards. Perhaps the bigger question is: do you really want to eat that much pasta ... alone ...  just before the holidays?