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Olive Garden Is Going To Start Selling Tapas

Michael Thrasher
Olive Garden Small Plate

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The Crispy Risotto Bites at Olive Garden.

Olive Garden, the casual dining chain known for its Never Ending Pasta Bowl, is making small plates a permanent fixture on the menu, according to Bloomberg's Leslie Patton.

The new calorie-conscious menu items are an effort to attract millennials and spur sales, Patton reported.

Parmesan asparagus and grilled-chicken tapas are among the $4 plates that will be added in December. 

But the company continues to promote its heartier portions, too.

Olive Bowl has been earnestly promoting the Never Ending Pasta Bowl on  Twitter:

#NeverEndingPasta Bowl with unlimited freshly baked breadsticks your choice of unlimited garden-fresh salad or homemade soup, just $9.99!

— Olive Garden (@olivegarden) September 6, 2013

There’s no person I’d rather eat #NeverEndingPasta with than ____. Fill in the blank.

— Olive Garden (@olivegarden) September 3, 2013

The numbers are in! This week's Never Ending Bowl Count is 5,289,872. #NeverEndingPasta #NeverEndingPasta pic.twitter.com/VVUueQdpzL

— Olive Garden (@olivegarden) August 27, 2013

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