The Old Spaghetti Factory (New West)
You know what? You don’t have to wait for Dine Out to get a good deal on a set menu. The Old Spaghetti Factory has been offering up set meals with appy (minestrone soup or green salad), sourdough bread, coffee or tea, entrée, and dessert (spumoni ice cream) for years.
The French Onion Soup and the Clam Chowder can be substituted for the appy for an extra $2.25. I liked that the French onion soup was cheesy but the broth wasn’t very flavourful. As I’ve mentioned on our last visit to The Old Spaghetti Factory, the clam chowder here is quite chunky.
I guess I shouldn’t have expected much for the Steamed Mussels (served in white wine, garlic and tomato broth) considering it was only $7.95. Most restaurants that we’ve gone to in the past charge twice that much. I found that the mussels were tiny and a bit rubbery (probably from being overcooked).
The Calamari ($7.75) was decent but a small plate in keeping with its price.
The Chicken Neptune ($15.95) is very similar to their Chicken Parmigiana but is topped with shrimp and asparagus. The breaded and fried chicken has a nice crunch to it and is served with spaghetti and tomato sauce.
This time around, I decided to try the Linguine Pesto ($12.25) with grilled chicken ($1.95). The pesto sauce (basil, pine nuts, almonds, and olive oil) was actually pretty good but the grilled chicken was dry. The main problem with this dish is that you wind up getting pesto stuck in your teeth afterwards.
No meal at The Old Spaghetti Factory would be complete without Spumoni ice cream. While it doesn’t come with the usual candied fruit/nut mixed in, it’s still tasty and a nice way to end the meal.
Service on this visit was a bit hit and miss – our waitress kept forgetting who had ordered which dish.
50 8th Street
New Westminster, BC