After seeing this Slim Fast commercial in the early 90s and hearing Tommy Lasorda proclaim that a big ol’ plate of spaghetti could be a sensible dinner, the American collective ran with that idea and opened 18 kajillion Olive Gardens. The Olive Garden—a casual dining success that has fixed pasta (which was never broken in the first place) by throwing t-bones on top of noodles, offering unlimited quantities of over-salted breadsticks, and deep-frying lasagna. It’s also known as that place where not a single waiter will make your parents feel bad when they mispronounce gnocchi.
THANK YOU, Tommy, for giving us the Olive Garden and making us fat with your silly weight loss commercial. Sincerely, the American public.