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Olive Garden testing small and family style plates

In this Wednesday, March 20, 2013 photo people leave an Olive Garden restaurant at sunset in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
June 24, 2013 12:41:39 PM PDT
Olive Garden is trying to figure out the way people want to eat by testing two different types of dishes - small plates and family-style dinners.

Darden Restaurants Inc., which has been struggling to win back customers, says it's expanding its test of "Taste of Italy Small Plates" that cost between $4 and $5 at Olive Garden this week. Justin Sikora, a spokesman, says the idea is to cater to the dining habits of Millennials, or people in their 20s and 30s.

To cater to families, Olive Garden also started testing a $30 dinner deal for a party of four on weeknights, which includes two family-style platters.

The tests come as Darden works to revamp the image of Olive Garden to better reflect changing eating habits.


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