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Olive Garden is bringing back its popular “Never Ending Pasta Pass” promotion on Aug. 15, selling 24,000 of the passes that, for $100, offer unlimited pasta from Sept. 23 through Nov. 24.

This time around, the restaurant chain is upping the carb-loaded ante: Those first to the proverbial table can upgrade to a “Lifetime Pasta Pass” for an extra $400—but only 50 are available.

The rumors are true: Our Lifetime #PastaPass goes on sale this Thursday. Are you freaking out? We are freaking out!!!

— Olive Garden (@olivegarden) August 12, 2019

The offering is already causing a buzz across social media platforms and in headlines.

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