at a Glance COST:  $$$ SERVICE:  **** FOOD:  **** ATMOSPHERE:  **** STYLE:  Casual BASE:  National Chain Restaurant HOURS:  Sun - Thu  11am - 10pm | Fri & Sat  11am - 11pm RATING:  ****     ****                           HEALTH INSPECTION RATING:  See Above OFFICIAL WEBSITE:  7206 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee 865-584-7300 91 (08/23/2013) 10923 Parkside Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee 865-966-4392 81 (11/19/2013) 244 Hamilton Crossing Dr., Alcoa, Tennessee 865-379-0224 94 (10/28/2013) COMMENTS ABOUT THIS RESTAURANT CAN BE POSTED HERE. Menu and Prices are Subject to Change Beer, Wine & Spirits Available RETURN TO KNOXVILLE DINING This page last updated 07/08/2014
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Olive Garden Italian Restaurant Appetizers Create a Sampler Italiano Choose from: calamari, stuffed mushrooms, fried zucchini, chicken fingers, fried mozzarella or toasted beef and pork ravioli. Stuffed mushrooms prepared with clams. Served with two choices or add a third choices for $2.00 more. 8.99 Bruschetta A traditional topping of roma tomatoes, fresh basil and extra-virgin olive oil. Served with toasted ciabatta bread. 6.79 Spicy Shrimp Scampi Fritta Lightly breaded and fried shrimp, tossed with a spicy cherry pepper sauce. 8.79 Lasagna Fritta Parmesan-breaded lasagna pieces, fried and served over alfredo sauce, topped with parmesan cheese and marinara sauce. 8.49 Smoked Mozzarella Fonduta Oven-baked smoked mozzarella, provolone, parmesan and romano cheese. Served with Tuscan bread. 8.29 Dipping Sauces for Breadsticks Freshly prepared marinara, alfredo or five cheese marinara sauce served warm. Includes four breadsticks. 2.99 Stuffed Mushrooms Parmesan, romano and mozzarella cheese, clams and herb breadcrumbs baked in mushroom caps. 7.29 Artichoke Fritti 5.99 Spicy Calamari Spicy calamari, lightly breaded and fried with cherry pepper slices and red pepper flakes. Served with parmesan-peppercorn and marinara sauces.  9.29 Classic Calamari Tender classic calamari, lightly breaded and fried. Served with parmesan-peppercorn and marinara sauces. 9.29 Soups Zuppa Toscana Spicy sausage, fresh kale and russet potatoes in a creamy broth. 5.29 Pasta e Fagioli White and red beans, ground beef, tomatoes and pasta in a savory broth. 5.29 Chicken & Gnocchi A creamy soup made with roasted chicken, traditional Italian dumplings and spinach. 5.29 Minestrone Fresh vegetables, beans and pasta in a light tomato broth – a vegetarian classic. 5.29 Taste of Italy Small Plates Chicken Meatballs A twist on an Italian favorite – Seasoned with herbs and a hint of red pepper, sprinkled with Italian cheeses and served in a zesty marinara. 4.00 Crispy Risotto Bites A bite-sized blend of Italian cheeses and rice, lightly fried and served in marinara sauce. 4.50 Tortellini al Forno Cheese and prosciutto-filled tortellini in a parmesan cream sauce, topped with crumbled bacon. 4.00 Tuscan White Bean Hummus Blended with cannellini beans, olive oil and garlic. Topped with garlic cloves and tomatoes, served with toasted ciabatta bread. 4.00 Crispy Parmesan Asparagus Try our lightly fried recipe.  Topped with grated parmesan and served with a citrus aioli dipping sauce. 4.00 Roasted Parmesan Asparagus Oven-roasted with a balsamic drizzle and topped with grated parmesan. Served with a citrus aioli dipping sauce. 4.00 Parmesan Olive Fritta A bite-sized blend of olives and Italian cheeses, rolled together and lightly fried. Served with a citrus aioli dipping sauce. 4.50 Polenta Shrimp alla Greca Inspired by Italy’s southern coast. Sautéed shrimp served on creamy polenta and topped with a fresh blend of olives, capers and tomato sauce. 5.00 Pizza & Flatbreads Chicken Alfredo Pizza Pizza topped with grilled chicken, Italian cheeses, and our homemade alfredo sauce. 11.99 Create Your Own Pizza Choose up to four toppings: Pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, black olives or roma tomatoes. 11.99 Grilled Chicken Flatbread Chicken, mozzarella, roasted red peppers and basil with alfredo and garlic spread. 8.49 Caprese Flatbread Mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and basil on flatbread crust with garlic spread. 6.99   Chicken Scampi Appetizers Create a Sampler Italiano Choose from: calamari, stuffed mushrooms, fried zucchini, chicken fingers, fried mozzarella or toasted beef and pork ravioli. Stuffed mushrooms prepared with clams. Served with two choices or add a third choices for $2.00 more. 8.99 Bruschetta A traditional topping of roma tomatoes, fresh basil and extra-virgin olive oil. Served with toasted ciabatta bread. 6.79 Spicy Shrimp Scampi Fritta Lightly breaded and fried shrimp, tossed with a spicy cherry pepper sauce. 8.79 Lasagna Fritta Parmesan-breaded lasagna pieces, fried and served over alfredo sauce, topped with parmesan cheese and marinara sauce. 8.49 Smoked Mozzarella Fonduta Oven-baked smoked mozzarella, provolone, parmesan and romano cheese. Served with Tuscan bread. 8.29 Dipping Sauces for Breadsticks Freshly prepared marinara, alfredo or five cheese marinara sauce served warm. Includes four breadsticks. 2.99 Stuffed Mushrooms Parmesan, romano and mozzarella cheese, clams and herb breadcrumbs baked in mushroom caps. 7.29 Artichoke Fritti 5.99 Spicy Calamari Spicy calamari, lightly breaded and fried with cherry pepper slices and red pepper flakes. Served with parmesan-peppercorn and marinara sauces.  9.29 Classic Calamari Tender classic calamari, lightly breaded and fried. Served with parmesan-peppercorn and marinara sauces. 9.29 Taste of Italy Small Plates Chicken Meatballs A twist on an Italian favorite – Seasoned with herbs and a hint of red pepper, sprinkled with Italian cheeses and served in a zesty marinara. 4.00 Crispy Risotto Bites A bite-sized blend of Italian cheeses and rice, lightly fried and served in marinara sauce. 4.50 Tortellini al Forno Cheese and prosciutto-filled tortellini in a parmesan cream sauce, topped with crumbled bacon. 4.00 Tuscan White Bean Hummus Blended with cannellini beans, olive oil and garlic. Topped with garlic cloves and tomatoes, served with toasted ciabatta bread. 4.00 Crispy Parmesan Asparagus Try our lightly fried recipe.  Topped with grated parmesan and served with a citrus aioli dipping sauce. 4.00 Roasted Parmesan Asparagus Oven-roasted with a balsamic drizzle and topped with grated parmesan. Served with a citrus aioli dipping sauce. 4.00 Parmesan Olive Fritta A bite-sized blend of olives and Italian cheeses, rolled together and lightly fried. Served with a citrus aioli dipping sauce. 4.50 Polenta Shrimp alla Greca Inspired by Italy’s southern coast. Sautéed shrimp served on creamy polenta and topped with a fresh blend of olives, capers and tomato sauce. 5.00 Lighter Italian Fare Chicken Abruzzi Tender, grilled chicken breast in a savory broth simmered with cannellini beans, fresh kale and garden vegetables. 15.49 Herb-Grilled Salmon Grilled salmon filet brushed with Italian herbs and extra-virgin olive oil. Served with lightly seasoned, steamed broccoli. 16.99 Garlic-Rosemary Chicken Caramelized garlic cloves and rosemary top marinated grilled chicken breasts. Served with garlic-parmesan mashed potatoes and fresh spinach. 13.79 Lasagna Primavera & Grilled Chicken Vegetable lasagna layered with fresh zucchini, squash, bell peppers and homemade tomato-basil sauce. Topped with tender, grilled chicken and a creamy parmesan drizzle. 12.49 Baked Tilapia with Shrimp Delicate white fish and shrimp baked with a flavorful white wine sauce and served with steamed, garlic broccoli. 15.49 Seafood Salmon Bruschetta Grilled salmon filet topped with a flavorful blend of bruschetta tomatoes and basil pesto. Served over freshly prepared seafood risotto with crab meat. 18.79 Seafood Alfredo Creamy, homemade fettuccine alfredo tossed with succulent, sautéed shrimp and scallops. 15.99 Pappardelle Pescatore A traditional, coastal Italian dish with sautéed shrimp, bay scallops and clams tossed in a creamy, red pepper seafood sauce. Served with fresh asparagus, tomatoes and pappardelle pasta.  Item may be subject to seasonal availability. 16.79 Mediterranean Grilled Trout Grilled 10 oz filet, seasoned with basil and extra-virgin olive oil. Complemented with pappardelle pasta tossed with garlic, broccoli and fresh tomato sauce. 15.99 Baked Tilapia w/Shrimp Oven-baked white fish and shrimp with a white wine sauce. Served with garlic broccoli. 15.49 Herb Grilled Salmon Salmon filet brushed with Italian herbs and extra-virgin olive oil. Served with seasoned broccoli. 16.99 Shrimp Carbonara Sautéed shrimp and bucatini pasta tossed in a creamy carbonara sauce with bacon and roasted red peppers. 17.99 Shrimp Alfredo Creamy, homemade fettuccine alfredo tossed with sautéed shrimp. 15.99 Lasagna Fresca with Shrimp Hand-folded vegetable lasagna, sautéed shrimp and grilled tomatoes with sun-dried tomato sauce. 14.79 Beef & Pork Entrees Braised Beef & Tortelloni Tender sliced short ribs and portobello mushrooms tossed with asiago-filled tortelloni in a basil-marsala sauce. 14.79 Steak Gorgonzola-Alfredo Grilled steak medallions over fettuccine alfredo tossed with gorgonzola cheese and fresh spinach. Finished with a balsamic drizzle and sun-dried tomatoes.  Steak prepared medium unless otherwise requested. 15.99 Parmesan Crusted Filet 6 oz premium center cut filet, grilled to perfection and topped with a creamy parmesan-alfredo crust. Served with garlic-parmesan mashed potatoes. 19.99 Steak Toscano Grilled 12 oz choice center cut New York strip steak brushed with Italian herbs and extra-virgin olive oil. Served with garlic parmesan mashed potatoes. 19.99 Kids Menu Chicken Fingers & Pasta Lightly breaded chicken tenders served with spaghetti and tomato sauce. 5.49 Cheese Ravioli Italian cheese-filled ravioli with tomato sauce. 5.49 Kids Pizza Choose Your Topping. 5.49 Kids Create Your Own Pasta Pick your favorite pasta and sauce! Add protein for an additional charge. 5.49 Macaroni & Cheese Pasta shells in a creamy cheese sauce. 5.49 Strawberry Smoothie 1.99 Sundae Vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup, whipped cream and a cherry. 1.79 Sandwich & Flatbread Combinations Smashed Chicken Meatball Sandwich Served on a focaccia bun with roasted bell peppers and mozzarella, in our homemade marinara. With parmesan garlic fries. 9.99 Chicken Parmigiana Sandwich Parmesan-breaded chicken breast, fried and topped with Italian cheeses and marinara sauce. With parmesan garlic fries.  Half or whole sandwich available. 7.49 / 9.99 Italian Meatball Sandwich Sicilian meatballs and our signature combination of alfredo and marinara sauces with Italian cheese. With parmesan garlic fries.  Half or whole sandwich available. 6.99 / 9.49 Grilled Chicken Flatbread Chicken, mozzarella, roasted red peppers and basil with alfredo and garlic spread. 8.99 Caprese Flatbread Mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and basil on flatbread crust with garlic spread. 7.99 Italiano Burger Crispy Italian prosciutto, fresh mozzarella cheese, arugula and marinated tomatoes with a garlic aioli spread. With parmesan garlic fries. 9.99 Lighter Italian Fare Ravioli di Portobello Ravioli filled with protobello mushrooms, topped with a creamy, smoked chese and sun-dried tomato sauce. 9.79 Lasagna Primavera with Grilled Chicken Vegetable lasagna with zucchini, squash, bell peppers and tomato-basil sauce. Topped with grilled chicken and a parmesan drizzle. 10.79 Garlic Rosemary Chicken Marinated grilled chicken breast topped with garlic and rosemary. Served with garlic-parmesan mashed potatoes and spinach. 10.49 Capellini Pomodoro Roma tomatoes, garlic, fresh basil, extra-virgin olive oil and marinara sauce tossed with capellini. 8.49 Traditional Favorites Five Cheese Ziti al Forno Italian cheeses, zita pasta and our five-cheese marinara sauce baked golden brown. 8.99 Fettuccine Alfredo Made fresh daily with parmesan cheese, fresh cream and garlic. 8.99 Eggplant Parmigiana Hand-breaded, lightly fried eggplant topped with marinara and melted mozzarella cheese. With a side of spaghetti. 8.99 Seafood Alfredo Homemade fettuccine alfredo with sautéed shrimp and scallops. 11.99 Cheese Ravioli Topped with your choice of marinara or meat sauce, and melted Italian cheeses. 8.79 Chicken Scampi Bell peppers, red onions and chicken tenderloins sautéed in a roasted garlic cream sauce, over angel hair. 11.79 Chicken Parmigiana Marinara and melted Italian cheeses over lightly fried parmesan-breaded chicken breasts. Served with spaghetti. 9.99 Chicken Alfredo Sliced grilled chicken atop our classic fettuccine alfredo. 11.49 Spaghetti & Meat Sauce Our meat sauce is prepared fresh daily with garlic and herbs. 8.99 Spaghetti & Meat Balls Our meat sauce is prepared fresh daily with garlic and herbs and served  with meatballs. 9.99 Spaghetti & Italian Sausage Our meat sauce is prepared fresh daily with garlic and herbs and served  with Italian sausage. 9.99 Spaghetti & Chicken Meat Balls Our meat sauce is prepared fresh daily with garlic and herbs and served  with chicken meatballs. 10.99 Lasagna Classico Prepared fresh daily with layers of pasta, Italian cheeses and our homemade meat sauce. 9.79 Tour of Italy Three OG classics all on one plate! Chicken Parmigiana, Lasagna Classico and our famous Fettuccine Alfredo. 16.49 Ravioli di Portobello Portobello mushroom-filled ravioli in a creamy smoked cheese and sun-dried tomato sauce. 9.79 Lasagna Primavera with Grilled Chicken Hand-folded lasagna filled with zucchini, squash and bell peppers. Topped with a tomato-basil sauce, grilled chicken and a creamy parmesan drizzle. 10.79 Garlic Rosemary Chicken Grilled marinated chicken breast topped with rosemary and caramelized garlic cloves. Served with garlic parmesan mashed potatoes and fresh spinach. 10.49 Capellini Pomodoro Roma tomatoes, garlic, fresh basil, extra-virgin olive oil and marinara sauce tossed with capellini. 8.49 L Shrimp Alfredo Creamy, homemade fettuccine alfredo tossed with sautéed shrimp. 11.99 Pizza & Flatbreads Chicken Alfredo Pizza Pizza topped with grilled chicken, Italian cheeses, and our homemade alfredo sauce. 11.99 Create Your Own Pizza Choose up to four toppings: Pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, black olives or roma tomatoes. 11.99 Grilled Chicken Flatbread Chicken, mozzarella, roasted red peppers and basil with alfredo and garlic spread. 8.49 Caprese Flatbread Mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and basil on flatbread crust with garlic spread. 6.99 Soups & Salads Chicken & Gnocchi A creamy soup made with roasted chicken, traditional Italian dumplings and spinach. 4.95 Pasta e Fagioli White and red beans, ground beef, tomatoes and pasta in a savory broth. 4.95 Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Grilled chicken over romaine in a creamy Caesar dressing topped with parmesan cheese and croutons. 9.95 Minestrone Fresh vegetables, beans and pasta in a light tomato broth – a vegetarian classic. 4.95 Zuppa Toscana Spicy sausage, russet potatoes and cavolo greens in a creamy broth. 4.95 Garden-Fresh Salad Our famous house salad, tossed with our signature Italian dressing. (Unlimited refills!) 5.65 Cucina Classica Tour of Italy Three OG classics all on one plate! Chicken Parmigiana, Lasagna Classico and our famous Fettuccine Alfredo. 16.49 Chicken Parmigiana Homemade marinara and melted Italian cheeses over our lightly fried parmesan- breaded chicken breasts. Served with a side of spaghetti. 14.49 Five Cheese Ziti al Forno An indulgent blend of Italian cheeses, zita pasta and our five-cheese marinara sauce baked golden brown. 11.49 Spaghetti & Meat Sauce Our traditional meat sauce is homemade with pan-seared beef, Italian sausage and seasoned with garlic and herbs 10.99 Spaghetti & Meatballs Traditional meat sauce seasoned with garlic and herbs over spaghetti with meatballs 12.99 Spaghetti & Sausage Traditional meat sauce seasoned with garlic and herbs over spaghetti with Italian sausage. 12.99 Spaghetti & Chicken Meatballs Traditional meat sauce seasoned with garlic and herbs over spaghetti with chicken meatballs. 13.99 Baked Parmesan Shrimp Ziti pasta and succulent shrimp baked in a creamy parmesan sauce, topped with toasted parmesan breadcrumbs and tomatoes. 14.99 Chicken Marsala Chicken breasts, mushrooms and garlic sautéed in a traditional marsala wine sauce. Served with creamy, garlic-parmesan mashed potatoes. 15.49 Lasagna Classico Prepared fresh daily with layers of pasta, Italian cheeses and our homemade meat sauce. 13.49 Smoked Mozzarella Chicken Chicken breast tenderloins sautéed with roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes and ziti pasta in a rich and creamy smoked mozzarella cheese sauce. 13.49 Eggplant Parmigiana Fresh eggplant, hand-breaded and lightly fried, topped with homemade marinara and melted mozzarella cheese. Served with spaghetti. 11.99 Ravioli di Portobello Ravioli filled with flavorful portobello mushrooms, topped with a rich and creamy smoked cheese and sun-dried tomato sauce. 12.29 Fettuccine Alfredo Made fresh daily in our kitchen with parmesan cheese, fresh cream and garlic. Served over fettuccine pasta. 11.99 Cheese Ravioli Traditional cheese-filled ravioli with your choice of our homemade marinara or meat sauce, topped with melted Italian cheeses. 11.49 Chicken Entrees Crab Topped Chicken Delicate crab meat in a flavorful lemon cream sauce atop grilled chicken breasts. Served with fresh spinach, diced tomatoes and garlic-parmesan mashed potatoes. 16.49 Grilled Chicken Toscano Grilled chicken breasts brushed with a sweet red wine demi-glace. Served with fresh spinach and creamy parmesan risotto with tomatoes. 13.79 Smoked Mozzarella Chicken Chicken breast tenderloins sautéed with roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes and ziti pasta in a rich and creamy smoked mozzarella cheese sauce. 13.49 Chicken Alfredo Sliced grilled chicken atop fettuccine pasta and tossed in our signature, homemade alfredo. 14.49 Chicken Marsala Chicken breasts, mushrooms and garlic sautéed in a traditional marsala wine sauce. Served with creamy, garlic-parmesan mashed potatoes. 15.49 Stuffed Chicken Marsala Creamy marsala wine sauce with mushrooms over an oven-roasted chicken breast, stuffed with Italian cheeses and sun-dried tomatoes. Served with garlic-parmesan mashed potatoes. 16.49 Chicken Scampi Crisp bell peppers and red onions sautéed with chicken tenderloins in a roasted garlic cream sauce. Served over angel hair pasta. 14.99 Chicken & Shrimp Carbonara Sautéed chicken, shrimp and bucatini pasta tossed in a creamy carbonara sauce with bacon and roasted red peppers. 16.99 Lasagna Primavera w/Grilled Chicken Hand-folded lasagna filled with zucchini, squash and bell peppers. Topped with a tomato-basil sauce, grilled chicken and a creamy parmesan drizzle. 12.49 Chicken Abruzzi Grilled chicken breast in a savory broth simmered with cannellini beans, kale and garden vegetables. 15.49 Garlic Rosemary Chicken Grilled marinated chicken breasts topped with rosemary and caramelized garlic cloves. Served with garlic parmesan mashed potatoes and fresh spinach. 13.79 Chicken Carbonara Sautéed chicken and bucatini pasta tossed in a creamy carbonara sauce with bacon and roasted red peppers. 16.99 Desserts Tiramisu The classic Italian dessert. A layer of creamy custard set atop espresso-soaked ladyfingers. 6.29 White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Raspberry-swirled white chocolate cheesecake topped with slivers of white chocolate.  6.29 Lemon Cream Cake Delicate white cake and lemon cream filling with a vanilla crumb topping. 6.29 Zeppoli Soft, traditional Italian doughnuts dusted with powdered sugar, served with chocolate sauce for dipping. 6.49 Chocolate Mousse Cake Rich chocolate brownie topped with a layer of creamy chocolate mousse. 4.99 Black Tie Mousse Cake Rich layers of chocolate cake, dark chocolate cheesecake and creamy custard mousse. 6.79 Dolcini Piccoli Dolci "little dessert treats", layered with cake, mousse, pastry creams and berries. 2.49 Vanilla Panna Cotta w/Strawberries Sweet summer strawberries top a rich and creamy vanilla custard inspired by Italy's mountainous Piedmont region. 4.99 http://www.olivegarden.com Olive Garden is a member of the Darden Restaurant Group.  Darden Restaurants which include Longhorn and Bahama Breeze Restaurants.  The restaurant group also included Red Lobster until recently.  Faced with declining growth the restaurant group divested itself of the heart of the business by dumping the Red Lobster chain and are focusing their attention to Olive Garden to further the growth of the restaurant group.  Olive Garden has added a multi-tier group of menu items to agree with all groups of OG customers.  It appears that fulfilling the growth factor has taken a precedence over quality and Olive Garden is the new heart of the Darden Restaurant Group.  The restaurant was once billed as a place for friends and family.  A festive atmosphere with generally great service.  Unfortunately with Darden focused only on growth, it will be up to local management to keep quality and service up to par and to keep the company alive. If it has been a while since you’ve been to OG, you will find several new items on the menu.  Few older items are still around with the exception of the main staples, spaghetti, lasagna, ravioli, ziti and the famous salad & breadsticks.  Somewhat new is flatbreads and a large selection of small plates.  Sandwiches and even a new Italian burger have been added to the menu,  The chain is attempting to cover all aspects of dining in order to appeal to a larger crowd. Despite the meddling of the Corporate executives, the local restaurants are trying to maintain a business as usual stance and thats what we as the public expect.  Yes corporate is trying to be a little stingy with the salad and you now have to beg for the breadsticks, it is all in the name of growth.  Darden Restaurants has always represented quality until most recently growth got in the way.  For now, we still rank Olive Garden very high on the flavoribility list but the 5-star days are over!