Published by PETA Staff.

Today, as more people are embracing a compassionate lifestyle than ever before, many Italian restaurants offer delicious vegan options.


  • Salad

True Italians don’t know what “Italian dressing” is. So keep it authentic and animal-free by holding the croutons and topping your salad with oil and vinegar. #WhenInRome

  • Breadsticks

The best things in life are free and vegan. Case in point: Olive Garden’s breadsticks! (The garlic topping is made with soy, not butter.) And you can dip them in the marinara sauce.

  • Bruschetta Caprese

“Veganize” this appetizer by requesting it without cheese.


Olive Garden’s minestrone is now vegan at all locations, so now, you can order the soup, salad, and breadsticks combo! Simply hold the croutons and choose the oil and vinegar dressing.

The Main Course

These pasta options at Olive Garden locations in the continental U.S. are vegan:

  • Angel hair
  • Fettuccine
  • Rigatoni
  • Small shells
  • Spaghetti

If you’re outside the continental U.S., ask your server for vegan pasta options, as ingredients may vary. Pasta can be topped with the vegan marinara sauce or tomato sauce. You can also order a side of steamed broccoli.

Once you’re a pro at dining at Olive Garden, broaden your restaurant horizons by learning how to eat vegan at other chain restaurants, too!

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