dealsolive garden buy one take one home free for $12.95

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The Mezzaluna Ravioli with Five Cheese Marinara Sauce is the best! I got it last time it was offered and my hubby got another. I let him try mine and we both ended up taking mine home. It was so odd as he is a ravenous meat-eater!

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"available until 4p.m. Monday-Friday"

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I think that's just for the other deal. The "Lunch Combinations starting at $6.95"

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Ask NICELY and maybe your server will let you take home a few breadsticks to go along with that to-go meal.

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@frostbight64: If you have breadsticks left in the basket, they'll always give you a bag to take them home in (if you ask). If you're out of breadsticks, just ask for more towards the end of your meal.

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My wife and I went for this deal the last time it was offered. The portions of both meals are smaller than usual. We felt we had the same amount of food as if we'd ordered a regular entree and taken half home. The upside is you can choose two different entrees. The downside is you are limited to a few choices.

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If you have a Maggiano's nearby, they've had this on their menu for years, including some dishes with meat in them. Doesn't come with a salad though, so I guess it's a bit of a toss up.

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On the FAQ page ( http://www.olivegarden.com/FAQs/ ) they say it is for both lunch and dinner. Also you can order it to go! Think about it, carry out dinner for two for $13. Cost me that much for taco bell. Hide the box and you can tell her you cooked it your self.

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it was a smaller portion but fill up on unlimited soup or salad and breadsticks

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Yesterday I ordered a buy one take one from Olive Garden Matteson, IL. One item was warm the other one was stone cold. Called the olive garden manager and got this answer : "We guarantee buy one item warm but the take one item can be old and cold." So it is better to buy frozen italian food from grocery store which is 1/3 of the regular price than olive garden and more tastier. Now the food quality of the buy one take one is extremely sub standard. After tax it came to$14.95 which is totally a waste. This is my last trip to olive garden. I would highly suggest not to get into olive garden buy one get one food trap.

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@bangali: Quoted from the FAQ page (http://www.olivegarden.com/FAQs/):

"Why is the take-home entrée delivered cold?
We freshly prepare and chill your second entrée so it’s ready to take home.
Each entrée includes customized heating instructions to help you to have the best experience at home."

Much safer health-wise than bagging a warm meal to take home-- ask your local Dept. of Environmental Health. And assuming the sales tax is 8% (http://www.sale-tax.com/MattesonIL), you were overcharged by $1, unless you had ordered something to drink besides water.

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@tkschof: Did I miss something with the "meat" comment? Two of the five available Olive Garden dishes have meat in them.

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@bakonwoot: Exactly. Cold food is safer than warm food. Especially since they have no idea how you're going to store your food after it leaves their location.

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@sunnyx0r: Yeah, I checked their website, my mistake. The last time they offered this special all the dishes were vegetarian; they charged me an extra $1 for sausage

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@tkschof: Maggiano's is more expensive in my experience, although way better quality.

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@salsashark42: Also, if you have a toaster/convection oven, use that to reheat the breadsticks, much better than microwave. If you don't have a toaster/convection oven, consider getting one, they are awesome.

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We just came back from our local Olive Garden and did this deal - I got the smoked chicken one with the meat sauce spaghetti to go and hubster got the spaghetti with the ravioli to go. After salad and a breadstick, my portion was enough that I will have about half of it to take for lunch tomorrow, lol. I maybe could have stuffed myself, but it was good and I appreciate the extra lunch tomorrow. Hubby did not finish his spaghetti, either, and we saved it, too. I would say the spaghetti was the biggest portion of the three dishes (both the one hubby had in restaurant, and the to go one), the chicken a close second (plenty of chicken pieces for me). The ravioli to go seems the smallest of the three, but I'm sure it will be enough for hubby. They packed up our leftover salad as well, and we took the 2 leftover breadsticks, too. It looks like we may squeeze at least 3 meals each out if it. Not too shabby.