OLIVE GARDEN, lasagna classico

Fun Facts

  1. Olive Garden started as a unit of General Mills Inc.
  2. The first Olive Garden was opened on December 13, 1982, in Orlando. By 1989.
  3. The earliest mention of Ravioli or raviolo (singular) comes from the writings of Francesco di Marco, a merchant of Venice in the 14th century.
  4. Lasagne originated in Italy, in the region of Emilia-Romagna.
  5. July 29th is National Lasagna Day.
  6. Traditionally, the dough was prepared in Southern Italy with semolina and water and in the northern regions, where semolina was not available, with flour and eggs.
  7. Originally, in Italy, the word “lasagna” did not refer to a food (in fact, today, the food is still spelled “lasagne” as the plural form). The word “lasagna” referred to the pot in which the food was cooked. It is thought that the word “lasagna” for the pot is derived from the Greek word for “chamber pot.
  8. The most well-known bit of lasagna lore is probably that the cat, Garfield, from the comic strip, has lasagna as his favorite food.

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