Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Old Spaghetti Factory

I grew up eating at this place and I miss it dearly! (The picture above is the Minneapolis, MN location) One may look at the menu at this place and say, "Well it is just another Italian place...what's the big deal?" Well the big deal is that this place first opened in Portland, Oregon in 1969 within an old warehouse. The decor was old antique mixed matched items. It had just a certain look for it. The owners wife helped set up the decor by picking up stuff from garage sales to give the restaurant a unique look.  I was never able to go to the original location as it closed down before my family went to it. I grew up going to the one that was in Portland and the building had a purplely-blue roof. It was always a big deal to go as it was just fun to sit in these different types of tables where the seat backs are old headboards, and footboards, old high back chairs.

Old Spaghetti Factory has low and reasonable prices for a meal that comes with bread, salad, a main course, beverage, and a scoop of icecream!! I grew up having spaghetti with meat sauce. Now that I am older I have been a little bit more adventurous. Since we were in Minneapolis this weekend, I was able to eat at the Old Spaghetti Factory location there. I was extremely excited, as I have not ate at an Old Spaghetti Factor since I lived in Oregon. I got to looking at the table mat while waiting for dinner, and realized I have ate at many of the locations listed o the table mat. I even worked at one of the locations in Oregon when I was twenty-one years old.

Some people would think it is strange...but I think I want to try and visit each location. There are a ton in California...but I still think it would be fun. My sister does this with Hard Rock Cafe's and so I am going to do this for Old Spaghetti Factory.

To see if there is a location near you, or near a place that you are visiting please click on locations.


  1. The Philadelphia area doesn't have one, so my husband had never been to the Old Spaghetti Factory. A few years back, we were driving from PA to FL and we drove 7 hours out of the way to have dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Atlanta, GA. I was very excited this last month to take him to the one in Portland with that Purple-Blue roof!

  2. Now I'm craving spaghetti! (And at 9:13AM, no less.) I've never been to an Old Spaghetti Factory location, but I will be on the lookout for them next time I travel!

  3. Linda...since you live in NYC...you may not care for Old Spaghetti Factory...but it is definitely worth a try!


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