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]