Friday night, we had some errands to run for our Saturday game night & potluck. I'd offered to have either garlic soup & Sicilian potato salad or red beans & rice ready for a quick supper before heading out. Neither of those dinners sounded very good to Jeannene, so we stopped by Olive Garden for dinner after running our errands. The closest Olive Garden is very well-run and the food is generally good.
We started with the arancini (well, they call them risotto balls, so if you're ordering, don't look for "arancini" because you won't find it), which are not as good as the best I've had, but certainly tasty! If you're not familiar with this dish, it's wee little balls of risotto with a mozzarella middle, fried. They serve it with marinara. I could cheerfully eat the entire plate---and probably a second one, as well. We both chose the zuppa Toscana, one of the best chain restaurant soups I've ever had, milky with just the right amount of spice, full of potatoes, sausage, and delicious bites of kale. We ordered identical entrees this time, as well. We had the bucatini with their "five-cheese marinara sauce," which is an incredibly confusing name. It's essentially a cheesy rosa sauce, a blend of marinara and alfredo sauces. To our dinners, we each added chicken meatballs, which were yummy. Sadly, I forgot our leftovers (about half of each of our meals) in the back of my car and we didn't get to have them for lunch over the weekend. I hate that!