Olive Garden ups ante on popular never-ending pasta pass

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In addition to the 22,000 Never Ending Pasta Passes, Olive Garden will sell 50 "Pasta Passport to Italy" passes for $200 that will give buyers an eight-day all-inclusive trip to Italy for them and a guest. The restaurant chain claims that past year, all 21,000 cards - which entitles the holder to unlimited pasta for eight weeks - sold out in one second. That's one week longer than last year's seven-week endless pasta extravaganza.

New this year is the "Pasta Passport to Italy", which includes an all-expenses paid trip for two to Italy.

The Italian vacation will feature stops in cities including Siena, Florence, Assisi, and Rome.

It's 1,000 more Never Ending Pasta Passes than the Orlando-based restaurant chain sold a year ago.

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The 50 available "passports" will go on sale at the same time as the traditional passes. The exclusive pasta passes and pasta passports will be available here for one hour only beginning September 14 at 2 p.m. The chain says the April trip includes airfare, a hotel and meals.

As part of the Never-Ending Pasta Pass, cardholders are entitled to unlimited servings of pasta, soup, salad and breadsticks.

Last year, the 21,000 passes that were up for grabs sold out in a second.

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