Well, the bottle of Athletes foot grape juice could have been $300...I bought dinner for 4 at a tiny Italian place in Manhattan about 10 years ago. With a bottle of wine and a couple of beers it was $375 before the tip. I about crapped when they brought me the bill. It was all fresh pasta and was crazy good but come on it was still pasta, and certainly not all you could eat. $14 doesn't sound too bad when you put it that way. BTW I'm not an Olive Garden fan at all. There is a local Italian hole in the wall place here that is really good. Otherwise I rarely buy pasta when dining out for the same reasons you stated.