Olive Garden: At Least 1 More Breadstick Creation on the Way

Olive Garden
Posted at 8:09 AM, May 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-26 08:09:00-04

NEW YORK (AP) — Olive Garden isn't finished dreaming up new ways to use its breadsticks.

The Italian restaurant chain said earlier this month it would introduce "breadstick sandwiches" as part of a broader menu revamp. The sandwiches don't arrive until June 1. But Olive Garden already has a follow-up act planned with "breadstick crostini" in August.

The "breadstick crostini" — or toasted bread — will be sliced and used as part of an appetizer, said Jose Duenas, Olive Garden's executive vice president of marketing.

Olive Garden, which is owned by Darden Restaurants Inc., has been fighting to hold onto customers as competition has intensified from rivals that are seen as quicker, more affordable and more in line with changing tastes.