Olive Garden welcomed its first guests in 1982. Nearly 30 years later, Olive Garden remains committed to its purpose of Hospitaliano! – providing 100% guest delight through a genuine Italian dining experience.
Italy serves as the inspiration for the brand, from its menus to its award-winning wine list to the Tuscan farmhouse design of its restaurants. Most of all, Olive Garden is inspired by the warmth and genuine hospitality of the Italian people, as well as the importance of family in their culture.
This passion for Italy led to the establishment of Olive Garden’s Culinary Institute of Tuscany in 1999. More than 1,200 Olive Garden managers and team members have been welcomed to the CIT as part of an internal cultural immersion program designed to inspire, motivate and educate team members.
Olive Garden is a family of more than 750 local restaurants committed to providing every guest with a genuine Italian dining experience. Its what we like to call Hospitaliano!: our passion for 100% guest delight.
As part of that commitment, were proud to serve fresh, delicious Italian food served in a comfortable, home-like setting where everyone is welcomed as a member of our family.
Italy is the inspiration behind our restaurants, from the ingredients we use to our award-winning wine list. Most of all, we are inspired by the Italian culture warmth, genuine hospitality and the importance placed on family.
Our passion for Italy led us to establish both the Olive Garden Culinary Institute of Tuscany, located on the grounds of the Rocca delle Macie winery, and the Italian Chef Council, a group of chefs based in Italy who meet and collaborate with the Olive Garden executive chefs. To further demonstrate our commitment to Italy, we send a select group of employees each year to the Culinary Institute to become immersed in the culture, gain inspiration and learn the fundamentals of Italian cooking. To date, more than 1200 Olive Garden team members have traveled to Tuscany to participate in this experience.
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