Does Olive Garden's Deep-Fried Lasagna Count As Food Porn?

So far, 2010 has been a big year for lasagna in the world of extreme food news. First, there was the 100-layer lasagna and then the outright unappetizing (at least to those of us who think cheddar has no right being within 3 feet of lasagna) lasagna sandwich. Now the occasionally over-cautious folks at the Center for Science in the Public Interest have labeled Olive Garden’s deep-fried Lasagna Fritta as “food porn.”

Writes CSPI’s Nutrition Action Healthletter:

That’s right. Fried lasagna. And just in the nick of time. Many patrons were probably getting bored with some of Olive Garden’s other appetizers, like Fried Zucchini, Fried Mozzarella, and (fried) Calamari. The Cheesecake Factory fries macaroni and cheese. Hooters fries pickles. Surely, Olive Garden could find something else to fry.

With 1,030 calories, the Fritta is the third-highest calorie monster among its appetizer selection. It also provides eaters with a a full day’s worth of saturated fat (21g) and 1,590mg of sodium.

That being said, CSPI does admit that most Olive Garden diners will be divvying up this dish with other people at the table.

But the question remains: Does the idea of deep-fried lasagna tempt you enough to qualify as food porn?

FRY, BABY, FRY [CSPI]

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  1. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    No, this is food porn:
    http://tomandlorenzo2.blogspot.com/2010/09/crystal-renn-for-vogue-paris.html

    *Fair warning, I myself can’t look at the one with what I think is an octopus without it activating my gag reflex.

    **Also, it’s not actually porn and is safe for work.

  2. perkonkrusts says:

    Great. Now I’m going to have to sit through a lecture from my wife on how much fried lasagna I’m watching.

  3. LightningUsagi says:

    I’m confused…

    Wouldn’t food porn be something you look at and don’t take part in actually eating? If that’s the case, then why should the calories be a concern?

  4. Hitchcock says:

    What exactly does “Food porn” mean? I always thought it was in reference to photos of food that made you hungry, but that’s clearly not how its being used in this story.

    • Clyde Barrow says:

      I vote to label these folks at the Center for Science as morons. I can take care of myself and eat what I want.

    • SunnyLea says:

      I think it means, “we wanted to use the word ‘porn’ so you’d read our newsletter.”

      Real food porn is stuff on the Food Network. Specifically, those shows where they are lovingly crafting the food and you get nice, extended shots of stirring and mixing set to music.

  5. liamarbetman says:

    I’m not sure what food porn is. But this is the first time I’ve ever wanted to go to Olive Garden.

  6. Dustbunny says:

    I shouldn’t have read this right before lunch. I’m sure I could eat an entire one of those with no problem. (Drools on keyboard)

  7. kalaratri says:

    No, it’s not food porn, but it was pretty tasty. (And yes, we had to share it among 3 people because it was so heavy.)

  8. jesirose says:

    I can’t believe you left out the fried green beans and fried mac and cheese!! (Both, actually really yummy)

  9. aja175 says:

    Olive garden barely counts as food, let alone worth of the title “food porn”

  10. jtheletter says:

    I have tried it and while it is delicious I’m not sure it rises to the level of ‘food porn’. Although it did cause me to masticate in public. ;)

  11. Scrutinizer says:

    I’d have to see it in stockings and heels, I’m just a traditional guy that way.

  12. George4478 says:

    I was looking at some photos of this in Starbucks the other day and the barista turned off the wi-fi on me.

    I hope the little b*****d lost his job…

  13. farcedude2 says:

    Yes, because it is delicious.

  14. tmed says:

    Can’t be food porn, Fried Lasagna isn’t good for you.

  15. Halloween Jack says:

    As if CSPI weren’t irritating enough already, they say “porn” as if that were a bad thing.

  16. obfusciatrist says:

    “CSPI does admit that most Olive Garden diners will be divvying up this dish with other people”

    Oops. Can I get a do over?

  17. Rudiger says:

    Larger question, does Olive Garden count as food?

  18. dilbert69 says:

    Yes.

  19. noinamg says:

    only if it shows up on here does it count: http://www.foodporndaily.com

  20. isileth says:

    Fried Lasagna?
    That’s a culinary sin.
    I prepare a very good lasagna and nothing in it is fried.
    And you should not make lasagna with cheddar.
    It has the wrong consistency.
    You must use parmesan or similar cheeses that can be grated.

    • koalabare says:

      While I completely agree that cheddar shouldn’t be in a lasagna, are you saying that cheddar can’t be grated?

  21. Hoot says:

    I’ve had this and it was not that good. 6/10 From the picture, I was hoping more 9/10.

  22. Warren - aka The Piddler on the Roof says:

    Food porn.

    How can anything that combines two of my favorite things be a bad thing?

  23. rpm773 says:

    It is food porn, if you’re a bible-thumping food prude like the people at the CSPI.

  24. SelfishMom says:

    I’ve had it. Based on the noises I made while eating it, yeah, it qualifies.

  25. Hollasa says:

    I guess this does qualify as food porn, if we put it into the sub-set of porn which is “things I find really disgusting…”

  26. Big Mama Pain says:

    Why did they even bother doing a lasagna fritta when pizza fritta is an actual authentic Italian dish?
    http://fxcuisine.com/default.asp?language=2&Display=83&resolution=high

  27. SilentAgenger says:

    This reminds me of one of my favorite discontinued appetizers: the Bella Napoli chips at Romano’s Macaroni Grill. It was basically an Italian spin on nachos, using deep fried lasagna noodles as the chips. I miss Bella Napoli…but I don’t miss the extra pounds I’d gain after eating it.

  28. TuxRug says:

    I’ve had the Fried Lasagna a few times. It’s been out at my local Olive Garden for quite a while now. And yes… it is DELICIOUS.