According to the Spruce Eats “The term al dente comes from an Italian phrase, which translates as "to the tooth." When cooked al dente, pasta should be tender but still firm to the bite. It can be easy to over cook pasta, that’s why some dishes are just better prepared by the local chefs of Dine Originals. Try the perfect Al Dente pasta at one of our member locations! Oh, and don’t forget to bring your discounted gift card.