Comedian Ricky Smith got a heartfelt and high-priced apology from Olive Garden after his bizarre and allegedly racist run-in with one of its servers.
Ricky tells TMZ ... OG's VP of Operations was very apologetic about the incident when they spoke earlier this week. He says the chain hooked him up with a $1,000 gift card, but more importantly ... a $5,000 donation to his charity, Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere.
BTW, Ricky's going back to the scene of the "casual racism" ... the Ohio Olive Garden where this all started. He says he'll use the $1,000 gift card to feed less fortunate folks. Breadsticks for everyone!
One more act of kindness -- Ricky asked OG brass to spare the server and manager who were suspended. As he put it ... it is the holidays.