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Sunday, May 13, 2012

THE OLD SPAGHETTI FACTORY

THE OLD SPAGHETTI FACTORY
HONOLULU, HAWAII 

Going to the Old Spaghetti Factory brings back fond memories for me. Over 25 years ago while living in San Diego we would get 10-15 of us together on a Friday night and fill a large table at the Spaghetti Factory.  Why you ask?  Well at that time it was dirt cheap.  We could enjoy pasta and beer for around $10 per person.  It was a great deal for a bunch of broke guys and girls wanting to go out for a good time.  While the prices have risen a bit, the Old Spaghetti Factory has not changed much.  Still a good place for families and large groups.  Make sure you make a reservation here.  There seems to always be a wait if you don't.  Parties of 15-25 the norm here.  We had reservations and despite a big line in the reception area we were seated right on time.  The young staff is very friendly and efficient.  We had fresh bread and our drinks in a matter of minutes.  Started with the Sicilian Garlic Cheese Bread ($6.29).  Fresh bread topped with garlic and three melted cheese.  Served toasted with a side of Marinara Sauce.  Not bad.  The Spaghetti with White Clam Sauce ($9.99) was a huge disappointment.  It looks and smells like Clam Chowder poured on pasta.  The sauce is bland, creamy and really lacking any clam flavor.  The menu describes the sauce as being for the Clam Lover - with hints of wine, fresh garlic, green peppers, onion and parsley.  Tastes nothing like the description.  My wife could not eat it and instead shared my plate of the Pot Pourri ($11.29).  The Pot Pourri is a sampler of four sauces; Mizithra Cheese and Browned Butter, Meat, Clam and Marinara. This turned out to be a pretty good way to go.  I liked the Mizithra Cheese mixed with the Marinara.  Worst of the four was the Clam Sauce.  All of the pasta dishes come with your choice of soup or salad.  We all took the salads.  Basically a bowl of lettuce with a few croutons.  The girls enjoyed the Kids Meal Pasta with Meat Sauce ($5.99).  This is the key to the Old Spaghetti Factory.  You can get a complete meal that includes bread, salad, pasta, drink and dessert for $6.  We all finished with the Spumoni Ice Cream that is included with the meal price.  Nice flavor but very soft.  Link to menu below.
http://www.osf.com/pdf/menus/Honolulu.pdf

THE OLD SPAGHETTI FACTORY AT WARD WAREHOUSE
STAINED GLASS IS BEAUTIFUL
OUR SPECIAL GUESTS GET READY FOR SPAGHETTI
BEFORE GOING TO SEE THE GLOBETROTTERS
HIGH CEILINGS, PANELED WALLS AND STAINED GLASS
TRANSPORT YOU TO ANOTHER TIME
LARGE BAR AND SEATING AREA UPSTAIRS
SICILIAN GARLIC CHEESE BREAD
SERVED WITH MARINARA SAUCE
FRESH BREAD COMES WITH YOUR MEAL
SOUP OR SALAD INCLUDED WITH YOUR MEAL.
PRETTY BASIC SALAD.  LETTUCE AND A FEW CROUTONS
PASTA WITH WHITE CLAM SAUCE.  LIKE POURING SOME
VERY BLAND CLAM CHOWDER OVER PLATE OF PASTA
KIDS MEAL - SPAGHETTI AND MEAT SAUCE
POT POURRI - WHITE CLAM, MIZITHRA CHEESE WITH
BROWN BUTTER, MEAT AND MARINARA SAUCES
SPUMONI ICE CREAM INCLUDED WITH YOUR MEAL

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