Wednesday is one of the biggest carb days of the year.
Oct. 17 is National Pasta Day and several businesses are celebrating with deals and freebies for the beloved, versatile food.
According to the made-up holiday's website www.nationalpastaday.com, there are more than 600 known pasta shapes.
Ranker.com, a crowdsourced rankings website, found the 10 most popular types to be: fettuccine, penne, ravioli, spaghetti, tortellini, angel hair, farfalle, linguine, rigatoni and rotini.
October also is National Pasta Month and if one Italian dish isn't enough it's National Pizza Month too.
Plus, Olive Garden's Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion lasts through Nov. 18.
Here are the best deals and ongoing specials, available at participating locations. To be on the safe side, check with your closest location before heading out.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Spaghetti Pomodoro, Linguini Positano and Fettucine Alfredo are $10 Wednesday.
Jewel-Osco: Grab a free box of Signature Select Pasta on Wednesday by saying "Lots a Pasta" at the register to redeem. Limit one per customer.
Maggiano's: For a limited time, take home a free Classic Pasta when you order any Specialty Pasta, Chef Featured Pasta or other Classic Pasta with the “Today and Tomorrow Pastas” special. Also, join the Maggiano's E-Club at www.maggianos.com/e-club and get a coupon for $10 off.
Piada Italian Street Food: The chain will serve Barilla’s Spaghetti Rigati in all restaurants all day Wednesday for National Pasta Day. It’s a nationwide test of a new recipe and marks the first time the company is using a different kind of pasta since opening in 2010.
Romano’s Macaroni Grill: The chain is celebrating National Pasta Month by giving first responders free meals. Through Oct. 31, police officers, firefighters, emergency service personnel, paramedics and hospital medical staff members can get one Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs and Spaghetti entrée for lunch of dinner when they dine in and show their ID. Sign up for future deals by signing up for the email newsletter.
Pappardelle's Pasta: Use code NPD18 on www.pappardellespasta.com Wednesday and either get free shipping on up to eight dry pastas or get $10 off fresh-frozen shipping. The company announced this deal on its Facebook page.
More deals: Locally-owned businesses and smaller chains also may have National Pasta Day specials. One of the easiest ways to find out is by checking social media.
Other deals for Oct. 17
Thomas: To celebrate the expansion of its Swirl Bread line nationwide, Thomas created a Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread scented candle and is holding a contest to give away 500 limited-edition candles on the company’s Instagram page, @ThomasBreakfast. Enter the contest through 11:59 p.m. EST Wednesday by commenting on the Instagram post with their “sweetest Swirl Bread memory.”
Villa Italian Kitchen: The chain is celebrating its ninth annual “Have a Slice Day” or Wednesday by giving away free Cheese Neapolitan pizza slices. Sign up for a coupon at www.freesliceday.com. Limit one per person.
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