Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Review Of The Old Spaghetti Factory

I had first heard of the place about 15 years ago when I was on a college field trip to visit the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. After visiting the Fed and the Trans-World Dome (now known as The Edward Jones Dome), the class went to Laclede's Landing for dinner. Our Professor invited anyone who wanted to join him to the Old Spaghetti Factory, and, although some students chose to accompany him, most of us dispersed into the bars. This included me. I had no desire to visit some spaghetti themed restaurant that conjured up images of a pasta-fronted TGI Friday's. When I stepped into one of the bars to order a drink, I realized that I had forgotten my ID on the bus and I didn't look nearly old enough to get served without it. I spent most of that night trying to get served while thinking that going to the Old Spaghetti Factory would have been the better option.

So, earlier tonight, I returned to The Landing with my daughter in tow and we went to the Old Spaghetti Factory for dinner. It was not at all what I had pictured, and that's a good thing. Instead of a post-modern theme restaurant, I found an old style Italian restaurant. The decor definitely has an old world charm to it right down to its waiting area. The restaurant was busy, but we were seated within 10 minutes.

After debating over various options on the regular menu, Kiddo decided on the macaroni and cheese from the kid's menu. It's a huge portion and she really seemed to enjoy it, despite not being able to eat it all. I had the minestrone which seemed a little bland followed by the baked lasagna which was a little light on the cheese but still pretty good. The Old Spaghetti Factory apparently is known for their signature cream soda concoctions, so I had a cherry cream soda and Kiddo had a vanilla. I thought mine was great, and the souvenir glass you get for ordering one is a nice touch. Kiddo didn't like hers as much and I can't say that I blame her. The vanilla creme soda was just bland.

Overall, I'd say we had a good experience at The Old Spaghetti Factory. The fresh baked bread and the spumoni sealed the deal for me and I'm sure I'll be back at some point to try something else on the menu.

Baked Lasagna

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