The Old Spaghetti Factory in Walnut Grove has only opened up for take out and dine in this past Thursday. We would like to start dining in again and we have confidence that the restaurants have made appropriate adjustments for the safety of staff and patrons. I do however worry that reduced capacity will lead to long waits. We have also adjusted to take out and wouldn't be unhappy with continuing to do that to some extent.
We started by ordering their Calamari with Tzatziki. Not very Italian, I know but they were tasty enough. This Greek-style version is not my favourite compared to say Taiwanese Deep Fried Squid but it was tender, not over battered and everyone loves Tzatziki.
Each meal comes with soup or salad, sourdough bread and spumoni ice cream (we didn't get our ice cream). We ordered one meal with Minestrone and one with Clam Chowder (for an extra $2.50). The soups were both quite good but a little on the miniature side. Gotta love the sourdough bread though.
Marie tried their Chicken Alfredo with Mushroom Marscapone Ravioli. I have to say that it was not too bad. It didn't seem like the portion was overly large but the pasta itself was tasty and not overcooked. There was a decent amount of chicken.
I stuck with a vegetarian option and there are quite a few. This is not the kind of thing that a vegetarian would live on but more along the lines of no meat. The menu offers a whole wheat pasta option but I'm not sure it would apply to the Manicotti. Still, the vegetarian has a few options, which is good. I enjoyed the cheesy spinach filling and the nice chew of the pasta. Never impressed by the use of curly parsley as a garnish. So not bad overall. Marie and I seem to be in the habit of shelling out about $50 for a take out meal but there is often enough for a second meal for that price. This time, I don't know if we were hungrier than usual, but there was nothing left over.
The dining room is nice enough and I could see that tables were spread out and that only every second booth was set.
For what it's worth, we give The Old Spaghetti Factory 3 out of 5.