ORLANDO Fla. Olive Garden has added three items to its menu inspired by the chain's annual chefs' trip to Italy.
The new items include two appetizers, a Caprese Flatbread and a Grilled Chicken Flatbread, and one entree, Chicken & Shrimp Carbonara.
Olive Garden officials said the new appetizers are based on the Piadina flat bread of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. The Caprese Flatbread is topped with mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and a garlic aioli. The Grill Chicken Flatbread features grilled chicken, mozzarella, roasted red peppers, basil, alfredo sauce and garlic aioli.
The Chicken & Shrimp Carbonara is made with chicken, shrimp and bucatini pasta tossed in a pancetta and parmesan cream sauce and then baked and topped with bread crumbs. Olive Garden said the dish is inspired by a cream-based carbonara dish made on Sardinia, an island off the central coast of Italy.
The 653-unit Olive Garden is a division of Orlando-based Darden Restaurants Inc.