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Olive Garden’s Newest Food Hybrid Is a Pizza Bowl Full of Meatballs and Cheese

Olive Garden’s Newest Food Hybrid Is a Pizza Bowl Full of Meatballs and Cheese

For those days when you can't decide between a pizza and a big bowl of cheese

Olive Garden's Meatball Pizza Bowl is exactly what it sounds like.

Sometimes the most difficult part of the day is figuring out what, exactly, to have for lunch. Now Olive Garden has made that choice a little easier by introducing an astonishing new food hybrid called the Meatball Pizza Bowl, and it’s every bit as wild as it sounds.

Barely two weeks ago, Olive Garden rolled out a dish of Italian-style nachos made of fried pasta chips and loaded with cheese, Italian meats, and sauces. Now fresh on the heels of that staggering work of culinary genius, Olive Garden’s new Meatball Pizza Bowl has debuted, and it is genuinely a seasoned pizza crust that’s been formed into a bowl shape instead of just laying flat, because it can hold more cheese that way.

Turning the pizza into a bowl means it can be filled with even more cheese and toppings than a regular pizza, and Olive Garden has taken full advantage of that fact. The pizza bowl is filled with what looks like a bucket full of melted cheese, then topped with meatballs and Olive Garden’s meat sauce. According to Thrillist, it is topped with 10 meatballs.

The Meatball Pizza Bowl looks big enough for several meals, but it’s only available as part of Olive Garden’s lunch menu. From Monday through Friday until 3 p.m., the Meatball Pizza Bowl can be had for just $8.99 with unlimited salad and breadsticks as part of the chain’s “lunch duos” promotion. The Meatball Pizza Bowl might sound a little bit bonkers, but a lot of cheese-lovers are going to want to try it, and this is just the sort of thing that makes Olive Garden one of America’s 12 favorite Italian restaurant chains.


Olive Garden takes pizza to new depths with its cheesy, meatball bowl

Move over Never Ending Pasta Pass and cookie butter cake, there's a new crave-worthy item now available at Olive Garden: the Meatball Pizza Bowl.

The aptly named dish title leaves little to the imagination since it's literally a bowl made of pizza crust, filled with melted Italian cheeses, then topped with meatballs and finished off with a hearty helping of meat sauce.

To create the pizza bowl, Olive Garden chefs place the dough on a cup of Italian cheeses, which helps the dish maintain its shape while it bakes. When inverted, the cheeses, now melted, are then poured into the bowl, then the whole dish is topped with meatballs and meat sauce. An Olive Garden spokesperson told TODAY Food by email that the pizza crust is brushed with oil and more cheese, which is similar to how the chain makes its famous breadsticks.

The Meatball Pizza Bowl, available for $8.99, is a new option in the Italian restaurant chain’s Lunch Duos, which gives customers unlimited salad or soup and breadsticks, along with your choice of entree.

While the cheesy dish might sound like a healthy eater's nightmare, it’s actually far from the highest-calorie item on Olive Garden’s menu. At 860 calories, it’s the second highest calorie selection on the Lunch Duo menu, behind the Chicken & Cheese Piadina, which clocks in at a whopping 1,430 calories. But the Pizza Bowl is still significantly lower in calories than classics like the spaghetti with meat sauce and meatballs (1,210 calories) or the famous chicken Alfredo, which boasts 1,480 calories.


Olive Garden takes pizza to new depths with its cheesy, meatball bowl

Move over Never Ending Pasta Pass and cookie butter cake, there's a new crave-worthy item now available at Olive Garden: the Meatball Pizza Bowl.

The aptly named dish title leaves little to the imagination since it's literally a bowl made of pizza crust, filled with melted Italian cheeses, then topped with meatballs and finished off with a hearty helping of meat sauce.

To create the pizza bowl, Olive Garden chefs place the dough on a cup of Italian cheeses, which helps the dish maintain its shape while it bakes. When inverted, the cheeses, now melted, are then poured into the bowl, then the whole dish is topped with meatballs and meat sauce. An Olive Garden spokesperson told TODAY Food by email that the pizza crust is brushed with oil and more cheese, which is similar to how the chain makes its famous breadsticks.

The Meatball Pizza Bowl, available for $8.99, is a new option in the Italian restaurant chain’s Lunch Duos, which gives customers unlimited salad or soup and breadsticks, along with your choice of entree.

While the cheesy dish might sound like a healthy eater's nightmare, it’s actually far from the highest-calorie item on Olive Garden’s menu. At 860 calories, it’s the second highest calorie selection on the Lunch Duo menu, behind the Chicken & Cheese Piadina, which clocks in at a whopping 1,430 calories. But the Pizza Bowl is still significantly lower in calories than classics like the spaghetti with meat sauce and meatballs (1,210 calories) or the famous chicken Alfredo, which boasts 1,480 calories.


Olive Garden takes pizza to new depths with its cheesy, meatball bowl

Move over Never Ending Pasta Pass and cookie butter cake, there's a new crave-worthy item now available at Olive Garden: the Meatball Pizza Bowl.

The aptly named dish title leaves little to the imagination since it's literally a bowl made of pizza crust, filled with melted Italian cheeses, then topped with meatballs and finished off with a hearty helping of meat sauce.

To create the pizza bowl, Olive Garden chefs place the dough on a cup of Italian cheeses, which helps the dish maintain its shape while it bakes. When inverted, the cheeses, now melted, are then poured into the bowl, then the whole dish is topped with meatballs and meat sauce. An Olive Garden spokesperson told TODAY Food by email that the pizza crust is brushed with oil and more cheese, which is similar to how the chain makes its famous breadsticks.

The Meatball Pizza Bowl, available for $8.99, is a new option in the Italian restaurant chain’s Lunch Duos, which gives customers unlimited salad or soup and breadsticks, along with your choice of entree.

While the cheesy dish might sound like a healthy eater's nightmare, it’s actually far from the highest-calorie item on Olive Garden’s menu. At 860 calories, it’s the second highest calorie selection on the Lunch Duo menu, behind the Chicken & Cheese Piadina, which clocks in at a whopping 1,430 calories. But the Pizza Bowl is still significantly lower in calories than classics like the spaghetti with meat sauce and meatballs (1,210 calories) or the famous chicken Alfredo, which boasts 1,480 calories.


Olive Garden takes pizza to new depths with its cheesy, meatball bowl

Move over Never Ending Pasta Pass and cookie butter cake, there's a new crave-worthy item now available at Olive Garden: the Meatball Pizza Bowl.

The aptly named dish title leaves little to the imagination since it's literally a bowl made of pizza crust, filled with melted Italian cheeses, then topped with meatballs and finished off with a hearty helping of meat sauce.

To create the pizza bowl, Olive Garden chefs place the dough on a cup of Italian cheeses, which helps the dish maintain its shape while it bakes. When inverted, the cheeses, now melted, are then poured into the bowl, then the whole dish is topped with meatballs and meat sauce. An Olive Garden spokesperson told TODAY Food by email that the pizza crust is brushed with oil and more cheese, which is similar to how the chain makes its famous breadsticks.

The Meatball Pizza Bowl, available for $8.99, is a new option in the Italian restaurant chain’s Lunch Duos, which gives customers unlimited salad or soup and breadsticks, along with your choice of entree.

While the cheesy dish might sound like a healthy eater's nightmare, it’s actually far from the highest-calorie item on Olive Garden’s menu. At 860 calories, it’s the second highest calorie selection on the Lunch Duo menu, behind the Chicken & Cheese Piadina, which clocks in at a whopping 1,430 calories. But the Pizza Bowl is still significantly lower in calories than classics like the spaghetti with meat sauce and meatballs (1,210 calories) or the famous chicken Alfredo, which boasts 1,480 calories.


Olive Garden takes pizza to new depths with its cheesy, meatball bowl

Move over Never Ending Pasta Pass and cookie butter cake, there's a new crave-worthy item now available at Olive Garden: the Meatball Pizza Bowl.

The aptly named dish title leaves little to the imagination since it's literally a bowl made of pizza crust, filled with melted Italian cheeses, then topped with meatballs and finished off with a hearty helping of meat sauce.

To create the pizza bowl, Olive Garden chefs place the dough on a cup of Italian cheeses, which helps the dish maintain its shape while it bakes. When inverted, the cheeses, now melted, are then poured into the bowl, then the whole dish is topped with meatballs and meat sauce. An Olive Garden spokesperson told TODAY Food by email that the pizza crust is brushed with oil and more cheese, which is similar to how the chain makes its famous breadsticks.

The Meatball Pizza Bowl, available for $8.99, is a new option in the Italian restaurant chain’s Lunch Duos, which gives customers unlimited salad or soup and breadsticks, along with your choice of entree.

While the cheesy dish might sound like a healthy eater's nightmare, it’s actually far from the highest-calorie item on Olive Garden’s menu. At 860 calories, it’s the second highest calorie selection on the Lunch Duo menu, behind the Chicken & Cheese Piadina, which clocks in at a whopping 1,430 calories. But the Pizza Bowl is still significantly lower in calories than classics like the spaghetti with meat sauce and meatballs (1,210 calories) or the famous chicken Alfredo, which boasts 1,480 calories.


Olive Garden takes pizza to new depths with its cheesy, meatball bowl

Move over Never Ending Pasta Pass and cookie butter cake, there's a new crave-worthy item now available at Olive Garden: the Meatball Pizza Bowl.

The aptly named dish title leaves little to the imagination since it's literally a bowl made of pizza crust, filled with melted Italian cheeses, then topped with meatballs and finished off with a hearty helping of meat sauce.

To create the pizza bowl, Olive Garden chefs place the dough on a cup of Italian cheeses, which helps the dish maintain its shape while it bakes. When inverted, the cheeses, now melted, are then poured into the bowl, then the whole dish is topped with meatballs and meat sauce. An Olive Garden spokesperson told TODAY Food by email that the pizza crust is brushed with oil and more cheese, which is similar to how the chain makes its famous breadsticks.

The Meatball Pizza Bowl, available for $8.99, is a new option in the Italian restaurant chain’s Lunch Duos, which gives customers unlimited salad or soup and breadsticks, along with your choice of entree.

While the cheesy dish might sound like a healthy eater's nightmare, it’s actually far from the highest-calorie item on Olive Garden’s menu. At 860 calories, it’s the second highest calorie selection on the Lunch Duo menu, behind the Chicken & Cheese Piadina, which clocks in at a whopping 1,430 calories. But the Pizza Bowl is still significantly lower in calories than classics like the spaghetti with meat sauce and meatballs (1,210 calories) or the famous chicken Alfredo, which boasts 1,480 calories.


Olive Garden takes pizza to new depths with its cheesy, meatball bowl

Move over Never Ending Pasta Pass and cookie butter cake, there's a new crave-worthy item now available at Olive Garden: the Meatball Pizza Bowl.

The aptly named dish title leaves little to the imagination since it's literally a bowl made of pizza crust, filled with melted Italian cheeses, then topped with meatballs and finished off with a hearty helping of meat sauce.

To create the pizza bowl, Olive Garden chefs place the dough on a cup of Italian cheeses, which helps the dish maintain its shape while it bakes. When inverted, the cheeses, now melted, are then poured into the bowl, then the whole dish is topped with meatballs and meat sauce. An Olive Garden spokesperson told TODAY Food by email that the pizza crust is brushed with oil and more cheese, which is similar to how the chain makes its famous breadsticks.

The Meatball Pizza Bowl, available for $8.99, is a new option in the Italian restaurant chain’s Lunch Duos, which gives customers unlimited salad or soup and breadsticks, along with your choice of entree.

While the cheesy dish might sound like a healthy eater's nightmare, it’s actually far from the highest-calorie item on Olive Garden’s menu. At 860 calories, it’s the second highest calorie selection on the Lunch Duo menu, behind the Chicken & Cheese Piadina, which clocks in at a whopping 1,430 calories. But the Pizza Bowl is still significantly lower in calories than classics like the spaghetti with meat sauce and meatballs (1,210 calories) or the famous chicken Alfredo, which boasts 1,480 calories.


Olive Garden takes pizza to new depths with its cheesy, meatball bowl

Move over Never Ending Pasta Pass and cookie butter cake, there's a new crave-worthy item now available at Olive Garden: the Meatball Pizza Bowl.

The aptly named dish title leaves little to the imagination since it's literally a bowl made of pizza crust, filled with melted Italian cheeses, then topped with meatballs and finished off with a hearty helping of meat sauce.

To create the pizza bowl, Olive Garden chefs place the dough on a cup of Italian cheeses, which helps the dish maintain its shape while it bakes. When inverted, the cheeses, now melted, are then poured into the bowl, then the whole dish is topped with meatballs and meat sauce. An Olive Garden spokesperson told TODAY Food by email that the pizza crust is brushed with oil and more cheese, which is similar to how the chain makes its famous breadsticks.

The Meatball Pizza Bowl, available for $8.99, is a new option in the Italian restaurant chain’s Lunch Duos, which gives customers unlimited salad or soup and breadsticks, along with your choice of entree.

While the cheesy dish might sound like a healthy eater's nightmare, it’s actually far from the highest-calorie item on Olive Garden’s menu. At 860 calories, it’s the second highest calorie selection on the Lunch Duo menu, behind the Chicken & Cheese Piadina, which clocks in at a whopping 1,430 calories. But the Pizza Bowl is still significantly lower in calories than classics like the spaghetti with meat sauce and meatballs (1,210 calories) or the famous chicken Alfredo, which boasts 1,480 calories.


Olive Garden takes pizza to new depths with its cheesy, meatball bowl

Move over Never Ending Pasta Pass and cookie butter cake, there's a new crave-worthy item now available at Olive Garden: the Meatball Pizza Bowl.

The aptly named dish title leaves little to the imagination since it's literally a bowl made of pizza crust, filled with melted Italian cheeses, then topped with meatballs and finished off with a hearty helping of meat sauce.

To create the pizza bowl, Olive Garden chefs place the dough on a cup of Italian cheeses, which helps the dish maintain its shape while it bakes. When inverted, the cheeses, now melted, are then poured into the bowl, then the whole dish is topped with meatballs and meat sauce. An Olive Garden spokesperson told TODAY Food by email that the pizza crust is brushed with oil and more cheese, which is similar to how the chain makes its famous breadsticks.

The Meatball Pizza Bowl, available for $8.99, is a new option in the Italian restaurant chain’s Lunch Duos, which gives customers unlimited salad or soup and breadsticks, along with your choice of entree.

While the cheesy dish might sound like a healthy eater's nightmare, it’s actually far from the highest-calorie item on Olive Garden’s menu. At 860 calories, it’s the second highest calorie selection on the Lunch Duo menu, behind the Chicken & Cheese Piadina, which clocks in at a whopping 1,430 calories. But the Pizza Bowl is still significantly lower in calories than classics like the spaghetti with meat sauce and meatballs (1,210 calories) or the famous chicken Alfredo, which boasts 1,480 calories.


Olive Garden takes pizza to new depths with its cheesy, meatball bowl

Move over Never Ending Pasta Pass and cookie butter cake, there's a new crave-worthy item now available at Olive Garden: the Meatball Pizza Bowl.

The aptly named dish title leaves little to the imagination since it's literally a bowl made of pizza crust, filled with melted Italian cheeses, then topped with meatballs and finished off with a hearty helping of meat sauce.

To create the pizza bowl, Olive Garden chefs place the dough on a cup of Italian cheeses, which helps the dish maintain its shape while it bakes. When inverted, the cheeses, now melted, are then poured into the bowl, then the whole dish is topped with meatballs and meat sauce. An Olive Garden spokesperson told TODAY Food by email that the pizza crust is brushed with oil and more cheese, which is similar to how the chain makes its famous breadsticks.

The Meatball Pizza Bowl, available for $8.99, is a new option in the Italian restaurant chain’s Lunch Duos, which gives customers unlimited salad or soup and breadsticks, along with your choice of entree.

While the cheesy dish might sound like a healthy eater's nightmare, it’s actually far from the highest-calorie item on Olive Garden’s menu. At 860 calories, it’s the second highest calorie selection on the Lunch Duo menu, behind the Chicken & Cheese Piadina, which clocks in at a whopping 1,430 calories. But the Pizza Bowl is still significantly lower in calories than classics like the spaghetti with meat sauce and meatballs (1,210 calories) or the famous chicken Alfredo, which boasts 1,480 calories.


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