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We Tried Olive Garden’s New Breadstick Sandwich And Here's What We Learned

From two people who have just eaten it for the first time and lived to tell the tale.

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So, you may have heard the news that Olive Garden is about to start serving breadstick sandwiches.

Just when you thought breadsticks couldn't get any better... Introducing the Breadstick Sandwich, coming this summer!

Two BuzzFeed staff members were lucky enough to sample these new creations at the Times Square Olive Garden in New York City before their official nationwide launch on June 1. And we're going to tell you everything you need to know about them.

The sandwiches are part of the restaurant chain's plan to "develop familiar flavors and package it differently," Olive Garden executive chef Jim Nuetzi told us. And breadsticks were an obvious choice to experiment with because they're so popular. "So [customers] have something new," Nuetzi said, "but it's recognizable enough that they get their cravings fulfilled."

1. The breadstick sandwich is available in two varieties: chicken parm and meatball.

Here's the meatball sandwich in real life (left), compared with Olive Garden's promotional photo (right):

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It actually looked MORE appetizing in real life. The breadstick bun was nicely toasted, with a very alluring layer of garlic/salt/oil on top.

And here's the chicken parm:

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The meatball sandwich costs $6.99 and the chicken parm is $7.99.

The sandwiches are exactly what you think they will be: stuff in between two halves of a breadstick.

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And that's really all anyone could hope for.

2. But the sandwich breadsticks are wider and shorter than the classic breadstick.

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Each breadstick is unique, like a snowflake, so exact measurements may vary a little — but the roll version was about 1.75 inches wide compared with the classic's 1.25.

"Size is the only difference," Nuetzi told us. But we couldn't help noticing that the sandwich roll was even more heavily sprinkled with garlicky salt than the original. And that is NOT a bad thing.

3. The sandwiches will only be available on Olive Garden's lunch menu, BUT we were told that diners can specially request them during dinner hours.

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This is very important, because this sandwich is a FLAWLESS drunk food. And the (very salty) fries are a perfect companion for it.

4. Olive Garden basically has one goal with this sandwich: to give the people what they want.

Olive Garden breadsticks are the most important thing in my life❤️

"My focus is repurposing [menu items], because that's what customers want," Nuetzi said. "We were already moving in this direction, but once we saw sausage-stuffed rigatoni take off the way it did, that reinforced it and we doubled down on this."

The forthcoming "rollatini" will be another example of new innovation on what Jose Duenas, Olive Garden's EVP of marketing, called "ownable classics" (things like breadsticks and lasagna): That's sauce and vegetables rolled up in pasta, so you never need face the difficulties of eating lasagna in square form again.

According to the Associated Press, Olive Garden also has "at least one more breadstick creation" in the works: crostini!

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5. Make sure to take advantage of Olive Garden's unlimited napkins, because this will get very messy.

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That's thanks to copious amounts of buttery coating, marinara sauce, cheese (on the chicken parm), and Alfredo sauce (on the meatballs). Don't expect to come out of this with clean hands.

6. The sandwich isn't huge; a dedicated breadstick enthusiast might even find it slightly small.

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Rachel Sanders / BuzzFeed

The Olive Garden team told us that that's intentional, since half sandwiches are actually a much more popular order than whole ones in their restaurants.

The size is also completely reasonable, considering that...

7. The most important thing about the breadstick sandwiches is that they also come with unlimited breadsticks.

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Olive Garden

You can order the sandwich as part of a lunchtime combo that includes soup or salad and unlimited breadsticks. Can you tell how excited we are?