When Nikki told me about Olive Garden's new Meatball Pizza Bowl this morning, I instantly new that I had to check it out. So this afternoon, I headed to South Portland to see if it actually lived up to all of the hype.

AJ Dukette

I actually haven't been to Olive Garden in quite a while. Normally I try to limit my bread and pasta intake. But today, I had to make an exception.

AJ Dukette

The Meatball Pizza Bowl is exactly what it sounds like. It's a seasoned pizza bowl, filled with asiago, parmesan, and mozzarella cheeses, and topped with meat sauce and meatballs.

AJ Dukette

When it was presented to me, my first thought was "there's no way I'm going to be able to eat this whole thing." But a few bites in, and I knew there was no way I'd be able to stop.

AJ Dukette

It was everything I dreamed it would be, and then some. If you like deep dish pizza, then you'll love the Meatball Pasta Bowl. It gets two thumbs up from me...I would highly recommend you check it out.

One thing that's important to note: at 860 calories, I'll need to do about an hour and a half of hard running on the treadmill to burn it off. No regrets though.

AJ Dukette