We Ate Olive Garden's New Spaghetti Pies and Now Get Darden's Revival

Olive Garden's creative new spaghetti pies and breadstick sandwiches explain a great deal as to why Darden's Olive Garden chain has been on the comeback trail.
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Olive Garden's creative new spaghetti pies and breadstick sandwiches explain a great deal as to why Darden's (DRI) - Get Report Olive Garden chain has been on the comeback trail. In short, they both speak to a brand - which is Darden's largest at over 840 locations -- that is being more innovative and offering more value just a few years removed from an ugly battle with an activist investor that led to the removal of the entire board. TheStreet sampled the company's latest creations at an Olive Garden location in the heart of New York City, Times Square. The spaghetti pies comes in two variations, one with red sauce and meatballs and the other with creamy Alfredo sauce topped with grilled chicken. The pies are made of spaghetti as the name suggests, and held together with cheese and cream. Olive Garden used its pot pie crust to give the entire dish its structure. TheStreet found each dish to be hearty, easily shareable among groups and worth the price of about $12.99. Is it Italian food pulled straight from a grandmother's house in Italy? Not exactly. But, Olive Garden delivered with the pies, and one could easily notice the improved ingredient quality and food presentation relative to when the chain was struggling several years ago. TheStreet's Brian Sozzi reports from New York.