She can be grateful her parents didn’t go to Buca di Beppo.
ABC News reports that Justin and Jordan Garton, of Fort Smith, are Arkansas natives who grew up going to Olive Garden and have decided to name their first child, due next month, Olivia Garton.
Olivia’s mother-to-be, Jordan, 26, said, “I’m only the third generation on my dad’s side to be born in America, I just love Italian food and growing up in Arkansas that’s pretty much one of the only Italian places that we ever got to go.”
In 2015, after they got married, the Gartons bought a “never ending pasta pass” from Olive Garden. The pass allows customers to have unlimited pasta at their local Olive Garden for a limited time.
Justin, 28, said, “We committed to eating there every day for six or seven weeks to get our money’s worth. It saved us several hundred dollars when we really needed it.”
When Jordan got pregnant, they immediately looked to give their daughter a name with Italian origins.
They passed on Olive Garton, figuring it would be too much of a pun and worried their daughter would be bullied. So they chose Olivia.
Jordan said, “We were able to make the joke, but a little more subtle, and it’s still a pretty name. It was definitely an easy decision.”
A tweet from Justin caught the eye of Olive Garden officials. They plan to send food and gifts when Olivia arrives.
An Olive Garden spokeswoman said, “We couldn’t have been more thrilled upon hearing about the Garton’s growing family. We always love hearing the unique ways our guests have been able to connect with Olive Garden, and we can’t wait to meet baby Olivia.”