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Heavily processed food, deep-frozen in huge warehouses, just like mama never used to make it.

— GTA IV Manual Description.

Al Dente's is an Italian restaurant chain featured in Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, Grand Theft Auto V, and Grand Theft Auto Online.

Description

The restaurant has several locations around Liberty City and Los Santos, but the player cannot visit any location. Al Dente's serves "authentic" heavily processed and deep-frozen Italian cuisine the American way with large portions that are "tasteless and unhealthy".

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According to a GTA IV radio commercial, Al Dente's restaurants are conveniently located near strip malls, much like any real-life casual dining chain.

Al Dente's is one of only a handful of businesses advertised on the radio that appears in-game in Liberty City. Its chain of restaurants is predominantly dotted within Algonquin, with the Al Dente's signage, represented by a fork and pasta, present on each restaurant.

They are one of the official sponsors of the CNT program I'm Rich.

Influence

The restaurant is likely a spoof of the [[[wp:Olive Garden|Olive Garden]], as its logo bears a prominent resemblance to that used by Olive Garden between 1998 and 2014. It could also be a spoof of Al Fresco's as both companies are Italian and share a similar name.

Al Dente's was also the name of a pizzeria chain across the country that served as a front for the Italian-American mafia, through which they smuggled more than one and a half billion dollars worth of heroin [1].

Locations

Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Grand Theft Auto IV
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Grand Theft Auto V

Trivia

  • The term "al dente" refers to pasta cooked so as to be firm but not hard.
  • L.C.H.C DJ Jimmy Gestapo rants about how Al Dente's made him puke on his guitar player's foot and goes on to say "Why do we fuck up other countries' foods?"

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