Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau
Cavatappi showered in Meat Sauce
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Defined by the untamed spirit of the natural world, Art Nouveau frees itself from the hard edges and sharply-defined points of previous schools.

Art Informel

Art Informel
Penne blended with Roasted Mushroom Alfredo
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Literally "unformed art", Art Informel is what typically comes to mind when people who "don't know art, but know what [they] like" imagine abstract art.

Art Deco

Art Deco
Penne intriguingly balanced with Shrimp Fritta, skillfully sauced with Meat Sauce
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Ah, the modern age! A new century (the 20th, that is) and the promises it brings.

Art Brut

Art Brut
Cavatappi excellently sauced with Five Cheese Marinara, topped with Italian Sausage
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Also called "outsider art", Art Brut is created by those not typically considered artists, such as the mentally ill.

Day [9]

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Lunch was Splash Damage.

Dinner was composed of three plates of pasta:

Noscope
Rocket Jump
Bunny Hop

A special thanks to my dining companion, who was noted to be affecting a limp, perhaps to escape suspicion of the hardboiled detective hired by the manager to discover who had stolen the Olive Garden's famed jewels!

Splash Damage

Splash Damage
Penne incorporated with Italian Sausage, thought-provokingly drowning in Five Cheese Marinara
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So named for its tendency to stain one's clothing with the splashing of five cheese marinara, this dish is not to be trifled with, and can really ruin your day if you get stuck with it in tight corners.

Noscope

Noscope
Roasted Mushroom Alfredo combined with Shrimp Fritta, blended with Whole Wheat Linguine
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The unique thing about this particular combination of ingredients is that, unlike most other Olive Garden entrees, your breath will actually be fresher than it was before you ate it!

Rocket Jump

Rocket Jump
Spicy Three Meat Sauce excellently adorned with Chicken Fritta, ensconced by a cave, boy! A cave of Penne
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There is so much food packed into this tiny bowl that the ingredients seem to be "jumping" out of it!

Bunny Hop

Bunny Hop
Penne coated in Marinara, tastefully studded with Italian Sausage
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Named for the way that this dish would like to immediately hop out of your stomach, much like a bunny, because of how gross Italian Sauage is.

Day 8

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The sun rose, as it is wont to do, on another perfect week for pasta. I breathed in deeply, and took in the fresh air of my studio apartment. The smell of curry from my indeterminately ethnic neighbors was strong, as it always is, and whetted the blade of my appetite. Soon, I would feast...but first must come work.

I endure my day job with a sense of grim determination. It's just something to fill time between visits to the Olive Garden. But sometimes I wonder how the employees of the Olive Garden feel about their jobs. It seems unlikely that every morning trip there is as euphoric and magical an experience as my twice-daily treks are. But how can one drive to the Olive Garden without a feeling of giddy anticipation welling up within them? Maybe I'll find out as the challenge draws onward, but, for now, every morning is a new day for gorging.

Lunch was Penne Arcade.

Dinner was comprised of three plates of pasta:

Fed-uccine
Cava-Topping
Penne Loafer

Hey, man. Some days you just want to talk about pasta without a bunch of metaphors or whatever.

A special thanks to my dining companions, the Garcia family!

Penne Arcade

Penne Arcade
Shrimp Fritta sauced with Alfredo, balanced with Penne
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This is probably the only time I've had the lunch to-go portion actually look tasty after 20 minutes bathing in its own steam in the cracked pleather passenger seat of my 1993 Chevy Lumina.

Fed-uccine

Fed-uccine
Fettuccine drizzled with Meat Sauce, festooned with Chicken Fritta
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Fettuccine is not a pasta well-suited to tomato based sauces.

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