Former NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg might throw up when he learns what Olive Garden is doing now. And Bloomberg won’t be the only person who feels sick this year because of Olive Garden. It’s not that the Olive Garden food is bad —it’s not! It’s just that Olive Garden is bringing back its “Pasta Pass” — which means you can eat all the pasta you want. (Portion size was Bloomberg’s biggest pet peeve.) The “Pasta Pass” means a never-ending bowl — and you can wash it all down with never-ending, unlimited Coca-Cola too. $100 will buy seven weeks of gorging/binge-eating-drinking at Olive Garden.
Billionaire Bloomberg famously imposed some controversial “Nanny State” rules on New Yorkers while in office. He not only banned smoking in public places; then the health nut Hizzoner came after sodas too, banning the big sizes from restaurants — all just to save thousands of lives and millions of dollars in healthcare spending. Bloomberg’s main problem was with size amounts, how big the sodas were and how people insouciantly pounded them down however large a serving you gave them. The Olive Garden is selling 1,000 individual Pasta Passes for $100 each and 1,000 family passes for $300. That’s a total of $400,000. Bloomberg could easily buy them all and put an end to the gluttony.