Portland >Food & Dining > The Old Spaghetti Factory
0715 Sw Bancroft, Portland, OR | Directions 9723945.493167 -122.670883
Neighborhoods: Corbet - Terwilliger - Lair Hill, Southwest Neighborhoods Incorporated
A favorite of the kids in my family. Between the buttered noodles with mizithra cheese and sitting at a table resembling a brass bed, unlimited crusty bread to fill their tummies before their meals arrive and a scoop of ice cream to top off their tummies - it's a winner for the little tiles. The prices are very pleasing on your pocketbook. Busy on weekends & evening so call ahead and reserve dinner in "bed"
Not what it used to be – Limited selection menu, over priced drinks, bus boy almost broke my arm with the dish holder. Not on my list of places to go ever again!
Bad incident – I am/was a loyal customer - I grew up going to the restaurant with family - I go on average 1x/month with the family. An incident now 12 days ago - I had a shard of glass (1 inch length) in the spaghetti - it cut my tongue and my palate - fortunately I saw the bleeding out of my mouth and stopped chewing, I retrieved the glass and controlled the bleeding without making a scene in the restaurant. My wife, 3 and 5 yr old kids were at the table. This is not a joke. Obviously the meal was paid for, talked with manager that night and the following day - it is now 12 days later and I am still awaiting a call or any contact from the coorporate headquarters to see how I am doing.
You can draw your own conclusions.
Kitschy Italian restaurant churns out heaping plates of pasta that won't break the bank. – In Short
Whimsical antiques and decorative items--velvet armchairs, vintage-looking fringed lamps and booths made from iron bedsteads--fill the dining room. The OSF Classics menu offers spaghetti with a choice of mushroom sauce, rich meat sauce, browned butter and feta-like mizithra cheese sauce, and more. Other popular favorites are the baked lasagna--layers of noodles, tomato sauce and four kinds of cheese--and the fettuccine Alfredo. Meals include a green salad, fresh-baked bread and ice cream.
Very fun atmosphere – The building is very beautiful and very unique inside! as soon as you enter the bright purple roofed building your welcomed with oversize chairs and a large chandeleer! the staff is very friendly and offer fast service. There is a street car right in the middle of the resturaunt were you can dine and some of the booths are made from bed frames! and the architecture inside is reall something! The menu is rather limited, i did have the mizithra and brown buttered pasta, it was good... kinda dry/bland, something i would never order again. However my boyfriend had the meatlovers lasagna and loved it, seeing how it was toppeled with sausage and ground beef and took over half his plate! we also hade the Sicilian cheesy garlic bread and we could both agree that was veryyy good! The meals come with salad/soup, bread and a scoop of ice cream for dessert ( spumoni, sherbert, vanilla) Overall the place was fun and service was fast, and although we really loved that aspect would prolly never return seeing how the menu lacked any wow factors
---- Also for the family with children: very family friendly there were lots of children seated near us and a balloon man actually came out with a huge ballon hat, and a belt with assorted colors. He made all the kids animals and hats of their choice it was very cute! the kids were in awe!
Like Chef Boyardee, except in a restaurant – The only compliment I can give is that the service was quick and friendly. I feel for the server that has to serve this "Italian" style food. I really can't find anything good to say about the food, and I eat about anything. My relatives from the Old Country would probably bury me in the vineyard if I took them out to eat at this establishment. How hard is it to use mixed greens for a salad instead of the generic Iceberg lettuce? I think investing a little more money into the food instead of the decor may be a good idea. I had the "Sicillian" meatbaIIs which are more like meatloaf baIIs. No seafood featured, probably a good thing given the quality of the cooking. I am sure the can opener gets more use than the chef knife. In a city like Portland, you can do better blindfolded with a severe head cold in choosing a restaurant. Of course, any restaurant with Factory in the name should be warning enough.
Love the food quality, value and friendly service – Yes, not fine dining. But where else can you get a complete meal at these prices. Friendly, smiling service. I can't wait to go back. Try the Mizithra and browned-butter over spaghetti. Very kid-friendly.
My husband and I went here last night. I've heard people mention this place before and judging by the wait to be seated, it's a popular establishment.
Because there was just the two of us, we were seated quickly, ahead of the larger parties that waited up to 15 minutes. I am a big fan of their atmosphere. Beautiful hard wood floors, large tables, interesting chairs and unique decor.
It was after being seated that my good experience ended. Our waitress took so long just to take our drink order, that we had already read through the entire menu and had been waiting to give our meal order. Our drinks were delivered quickly... although she did get my order wrong. Rather than waiting for a replacement, I just drank it. I took notice that our waitress was serving a total of 6 tables. No one appeared very demanding or requiring too much time. None the less, we didn't see her again until our meals were delivered 30 minutes later... and she got the order wrong again. I ordered Chicken Parmigiana and was given Chicken Penne pasta. When I was finally given the correct dish, it was a bland, under cooked, small single chicken breast with a dolup of spaghetti and a splash of marinara sauce. Cost of material for the meal could not have exceeded one dollar. Cost to consumer: $12. I've had better Chicken Parmigiana from Hungry Man frozen dinners... and bigger portions. My husband order Chicken Vesuvius. Again, small bland portions and the noodles were too al dente.
After receiving our meals, our waitress vanished for the next 20 minutes. When I finally spotted her, I asked for a refill of my soda which had been empty since the meal arrived. My refill arrived at the same time as our 2go boxes. The check took another 15 minutes.
My final word: Over priced, under seasoned, under cooked, small portions with terrible service.
Where's the flavor??? – This used to be my husbands favorite place....until he married an Italian... and although I'm no award winning chef, I do my fair share of Italian cooking from scratch and I must honestly ay that Speghetti Factory has some of the BLANDEST sauces I have ever had. Even the signature Myzithra dish requires you to add quite a bit of salt to bring out a sharp flavor. I work in a hospital and the patient food has more flavor then Spaghetti Factory. The bonus is that your meal will usually include a salad, bread and spamoni ice cream, although your salad consists of iceberg lettuce, where as a more traditional fresh spring mix would be more compatible with pasta, however more costly to the establishment.
An OK place to go with Aunt Edna and Uncle Bob and the grandkids, but if your looking to venture out to experience a new taste sensation......go someplace else.
Awful, awful, awful. – Bad, bad, bad food. I would never go back, I would never recommend this place. Never, never, never again.
The minestrone soup was awful, the lasagna was bland, the beer was warm.
That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.
Servers ignored us... we left – It seemed like a nice place, but my boyfriend and I sat there for about 8 minutes without being acknowledged. The servers didn't seem busy at all. We watched 3 of them walk right by us several times without a greet. We decided we didn't want to 'inconvenience' anyone so we left and went somewhere else.
It was pretty disappointing since we were looking forward to trying something new and having a nice dinner.
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