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Fry, baby, fry.

"Parmesan-breaded lasagna pieces, fried and served over alfredo sauce, topped with parmesan cheese and marinara sauce." That's how Olive Garden's menu describes its Lasagna Fritta.

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That's right. Fried lasagna. And just in the nick of time.

Many patrons were probably getting bored with some of Olive Garden's other appetizers, like Fried Zucchini, Fried Mozzarella, and (fried) Calamari. The Cheesecake Factory fries macaroni and cheese. Hooters fries pickles. Surely, Olive Garden could find something else to fry.

Deep-fat frying is a sure thing. It turns an old standby into a NEW! menu item. And it has guaranteed taste appeal, even without extras like alfredo sauce. Voila! A bestseller.

So what if a platter of Lasagna Fritta has 1,030 calories--more than any other appetizer on the menu except the Calamari (1,190 calories with the Parmesan-Peppercorn Sauce) or Chicken Alfredo Pizza (1,180 calories)? So what if the Lasagna has a day's worth of saturated fat (21 grams) and sodium (1,590 milligrams)?

Odds are, you'll split the appetizer with someone else. So you'll have plenty of room for the chain's complimentary breadsticks (150 calories a pop) and the 1,000+ calories in your entree. After all, you can always build new fat cells to hold the excess. It's easy.

You can do it while you're driving home, watching TV, or checking your e-mail. Who says you can't multi-task?

Olive Garden: (800) 331-2729

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Title Annotation:FOOD PORN; Lasagna Fritta
Publication:Nutrition Action Healthletter
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2010
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