But there's something even bigger this year.
Let's dive right into the numbers: These truly never-ending, gold-colored passes will cost just $500 each - an incredible deal, really. The pasta pass can not be shared with another person.
Only 50 lifetime passes are available, and they will be available to the first ones who opted-in for the upgraded pass. For the first time ever, Olive Garden will be selling a very limited supply of Lifetime Pasta Passes. Olive Garden strongly suggests that customers visit the website early to join the online waiting room starting by 1:55 p.m. ET. And though the passes don't go on sale until Thursday, the Italian chain has revealed that this year, 50 Pasta Pass purchasers will get the deal of a lifetime... literally.More news: Maine Conservationists Decry Changes To Endangered Species Act
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While the Lifetime pass assures unlimited pasta, sauces, toppings, breadsticks and soup or salad for as long as you're still breathing, the Never Ending pass is only valid for as long as Olive Garden's Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion runs - from September 23 through November 24. The sale begins at 2 p.m. The length of the $100 pass was extended to nine weeks, from the eight weeks covered by last year's pass, and the number offered for sale was raised to 24,000, from the 22,000 that were offered in 2018. Here's how that works: Olive Garden says when you purchase a Never Ending Pasta Pass, you can opt in for the chance to upgrade to the restaurant chain's new lifetime pass; that'll cost you an additional $400 plus tax.
Pasta fanatics will have to act fast because the 2018 Annual Pasta Passes sold out in less than one second.
Lifetime Pasta Pass holders must be 18 years old or older to purchase the lifetime pass, which never expires.