Olive Garden's Advertised Menu Items Vs. Reality

Olive Garden is facing declining traffic and sales.

One of the company’s investors, hedge fund Starboard Value, believes the “barely edible” food is to blame.

We recently visited an Olive Garden in Manhattan to see how the real food stacks up against advertisements.

Soup, Salad, and Breadsticks

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Lasagna Fritta

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Crispy Parmesan Asparagus

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Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

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Olive garden pasta spaghettiAssociated Press.Olive Garden stopped salting the water to make pots last longer.

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Cappellini Pomodoro

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Reality (with shrimp):

Five Cheese Ziti Al Forno

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Chicken Scampi

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