Traditional dishes and all -you-can-eat salad, soup and bread sticks are the draw at this upscale-casual Italian restaurant.. In Short Established in 1982, this chain gained a following for its laid-back atmosphere and generous portions. Patrons settle into comfortable booths and tables in dining rooms with plants, artwork and décor reminiscient of the villas in the Tuscan countryside. Starters include scampi, sausage or pepperoni pizza, and several soup choices, as well as a signature seafood dip (crab, shrimp, cheese and marinara). Entrees include classics like lasagna, fettuccine Alfredo and chicken parmigiana. There are also "Garden Fare" options, which promise 30 percent fewer calories.
Indianapolis has so many high quality restaurants, especially Italian, I am personally appalled that anyone would vote a mediocre chain restaurant like Olive Garden as one of our city's best. This result is either a clear indication of a lack of taste/class on our citizens or possibly that no one ever makes it more than a few blocks from home to eat.