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May 19, 2010 07:20 PM

New Olive Garden Commercial Just Made Me Nauseous. Literally.

Has anyone else seen this commercial for the "Chicken Crespelles?" My gosh- its a cheese stuffed crepe, which didn't really upset me, but then they top it off with...breaded herbed chicken in a garlic cream sauce. I felt a wave of nausea watching them suggest that this would be a good meal for a child. According to thedailyplate, calories are 1260 for the entree.

Wow. I would love it if a chowhounder reviewed this- I don't think my digestive track could handle that ride.

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  1. This strikes me as the Olive Garden's version of the KFC Double Down (the sandwich with fried chicken cutlets instead of bread). Fat on fat is in this season.

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    1. re: phantomgourmand

      It totally is the OG double down! Oh man thinking about it makes me squirmy. Do you think they are actually trying to participate in the fat-on-fat trend a la bacon ice cream OR do you think they have simply run out of ways to butcher normal red sauce italian and so they are forced to get "creative"?

    2. don't forget the option to have it topped with sausage instead!

      i just saw this one a few minutes ago. it's no secret that i'm usually one of the first to be up in arms about edible abominations like that, but i think all Olive Garden commercials are gag-worthy so it didn't really strike me as any more offensive than their standard fare. over half the entrees on their dinner menu will set you back more than 1000 calories.

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        I agree, every OG commercial in recent memory has made me think "if THAT'S what the food looks like at it's best, imagine what it would look like if you actually went to OG and ordered it". URK.

        Not a fan, to put it mildly.

        1. re: coney with everything

          All of that said, I have a warm spot in my heart for the "Tour of Italy," which includes enough Lasagna, Fettucine Alfredo, and other assorted goodies to make Mario Perillo (aka Mr. Italy) blush. I like it for the same reason I like neon yellow fried rice from food court Chinese restaurants. So bad it's good.

      2. If I'm consuming that many calories, it better be amazing. Definitely NOT something from Olive Garden.

        1. Don't forget the breadsticks, which can be found in the dictionary next to the definition of "empty calories." They aren't even good breadsticks. More like doughsticks.

          1. I'll be darned. I've never heard of a 'crespelle', I thought it was an O/G word, but sure enough, there are lots of heart-stopping recipes online.

            Why crespelle, though, why not manicotti?

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            1. re: anonymouse1935

              I thought that "fonduta" was an OG manufactured concept but it also existed pre-corporate exploitation.

              1. re: coney with everything

                I had no idea either!

                Check these out-

                Chef Mario Batali's crespelle recipe (sans breaded chicken or sausage topping) :

                Chef Scott Conant's fonduta recipe :

                1. re: coney with everything

                  Almost all of the names OG uses to name their dishes are actually Italian words and exist in Italian cooking. The fact that these OG dishes bear NO resemblance to the Italian dishes they are based on, well...that's another story!

                2. re: anonymouse1935

                  If you're asking why OG is pushing crespelle now instead of manicotti, it's probably b/c crespelle sounds new/fancy. Everyone has heard of manicotti, crespelle is exotic!

                  As for the difference b/t crespelle and manicotti, my understanding is that manicotti are made with sheets of pasta cooked in boiling water then fille, while crespelle are more like crepes cooked from a batter then filled. Don't know how obvious the distinction is in an OG kitchen though...

                  1. re: mpjmph

                    Manicotti is actually an American invention, according to Marcella Hazan (I think it was her), which was where I first encountered the word crespelle. All those years I thought I was making manicotti when I was really making crespelle!

                  2. re: anonymouse1935

                    Crespelle = crepe in Italian. Manicotti are made from pasta dough and crespelle are made from an egg batter. Crespelle most certainly do exist in Italy, In fact, I had an amazing cheese-stuffed crespelle in Verona, Italy, last Decmeber.

                    All that said, I detest Olive Garden! THAT is NOT Italian food!!!

                    1. re: ttoommyy

                      What was the nutritional data for that Verona crespelle? :)

                      1. re: paulj

                        Who knows...and who cares! lol It was absolutely delicious and definitely all walked off by the end of the day. I love traveling in Italy...the food is amazing, I eat and drink all day, I walk all day...and I lose weight!

                        1. re: ttoommyy

                          You said: "Who knows...and who cares!", regarding the nutritional value of the authentic variety of crespelle that you enjoyed in Verona. I think it's a legitimate question to pose re: the nutritional numbers of the real deal, since the OG version received a dressing-down for its' outrageous calorie count/fat count, etc.. It's OK (obviously) to enjoy authentic italian crespelle, and calories be damned as long as you enjoyed it; but the OG's version (and the folks who might enjoy it) should also receive such latitude...

                          1. re: silence9

                            Sorry, I thought paulj was joking! I'm not sure of the nutritional value, but I'm sure it was high in fat. That said, all the ingredients that went into it were probably a heck of a lot fresher and more "organic" than those OG would use, thereby making the Veronese crespelle more digestible and nutritionally better. Well, that' what I like to think. Plus, it tasted 1000x better than ANYTHING I've ever had at OG, so the calories were truly worth it!

                            Side note: I bet my partner had a dish that OG would never out on their menu, pastissada de caval: a long-simmered braise of horse meat. It's a Veronese specialty...and delicious!

                    2. re: anonymouse1935

                      crespelle are pancakes, manicotti are pasta.