Darden Restaurants Inc. officials said they plan to emphasize affordability, a new core menu and more remodeled restaurants as part of the company’s efforts to improve lagging sales at its Italian Olive Garden concept. Executives of Orlando, Fla.-based Darden addressed Olive Garden’s soft traffic and sales during a 2012 first-quarter earnings call Wednesday. “We’re making changes at Olive Garden with appropriate urgency,” Darden chief executive Clarence Otis ...

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