Gosh, as often as I drive past this place on my way to and from work, it’s been YEARS since I’ve been to The Old Spaghetti Factory in Ward Warehouse.
According to my sister who used to live in Washington State and Missouri, they have The Old Spaghetti Factory locations there as well, and it’s always been a popular family restaurant for them.
The decor at their long-standing Ward Warehouse location is very impressive and certainly unique, with an old victorian train station look and feel to it, right up to the massive entryway doors…
Window views at the Old Spaghetti Factory look over Kewalo Basin…
The Old Spaghetti Factory at Ward Warehouse has two levels, where upstairs includes a bar and lounge…
That should give you an idea how the place looks.
Now let’s check out the menu…
If you look at the first page on the top left corner, it explains “Our Famous Complete Meal”. As it says, each entree includes their house fresh baked bread, choice of soup or salad, coffee, tea, milk or hot or iced tea AND Spumoni Ice Cream dessert! All that at entree prices that are incredibly reasonable. What a great value!
That’s why my sister likes to bring her family here. She said in the mainland, she could feed her large family for about $60 at OSF. Even with our larger party of eleven, the tab only came out to $170. And that’s only because we had a few add-ons, otherwise it would have been even less.
Starting things off, one add-on were a few plates of Sicilian Garlic Cheese Bread…
Yummy! Cheesy, crusty, chewy, and the marinara sauce has a deep, well-herbed flavor to it, like it’s been simmering for hours. I’d be happy just eating this!
Adding to the carbo-load fest is their complimentary house-made hot baked bread…
When they say “hot”, they mean it, as this bread was pipin’ hot…
Excellent house bread. It’s like a combination of a french roll and sourdough. Crusty outside, slightly chewy and glutenous inside and piping hot, so the butter quickly melts as you apply it. Plus, it’s endless! You can keep asking for more without charge!
Also starting things off, I opted for the included salad with their creamy pesto dressing…
While greens weren’t anything outstanding, that Creamy Pesto Dressing is FAN-TAS-TIC. Very, very “pesto-ee”. I’d definitely buy a bottle of the stuff if they offered it for sale. Forgot to ask if they do.
For the main entree, I chose the new Garlic Mizithra Spaghetti from the “Signature Selections”…
The Old Spaghetti Factory – Garlic Mizithra: A twist on our classic entrees! Spaghetti and Mizithra Cheese with Browned Butter Tossed with Garlic, Bacon and Topped with Sauteed Mushrooms. $12.50 (includes soup or salad, beverage and Spumoni ice cream dessert).
The Old Spaghetti Factory plates their pastas “American style”, with the sauces and toppings served over the pasta, not mixed in. So before you eat, you gotta’ toss it all together to combine…
Let me tell you, this dish is DELICIOSO!
It has an intense garlic-infused butter flavor thanks to the butter being browned. While the combination of the pungent Mizithra Cheese, bacon and sauteed mushrooms gives the dish an earthy and savory 1-2-3 punch.
The spaghetti pasta noodles were also perfectly al dente, being more slightly under than overcooked, which is how I prefer it. Good job in the kitchen, guys.
I’m certainly going to try and replicate this dish at home. I highly recommend the Garlic Mizithra Spaghetti. EXCELLENT choice!
While I won’t be able to explain the taste of all the following dishes that landed on our table, at least here you can see how they look…
The Old Spaghetti Factory – “Our Famous” Baked Lasagna: Made from Scratch in Our Own Kitchen — Layers of Noodles, Marinara Sauce, Ground Beef & Pork and Four Kinds of Cheeses. $12.95 (includes soup or salad, beverage and Spumoni ice cream dessert).
The Old Spaghetti Factory – Meat Lover’s Treat: Sicilian Meatballs, Hawaiian Style Portuguese Sausage and Spaghetti with Rich Meat Sauce. $12.95 (includes soup or salad, beverage and Spumoni ice cream dessert).
The Old Spaghetti Factory – Breast of Chicken Fettuccine: Fettuccine Topped with Breast of Chicken Strips, Fresh Broccoli and Mushrooms and Covered with Alfredo Sauce. $11.95 (includes soup or salad, beverage and Spumoni ice cream dessert)
Everything looks fantastic! I asked for an overall impression of their entrees, and everyone at the table gave it a THUMBS-UP.
As mentioned earlier, every entree also includes a Spumoni Ice Cream Dessert…
Very good. Especially for “free”. My favorite is the Pistachio part.
My nephew the birthday boy for the day likes their Spumoni so much that he asked for a whole gallon of it to take home….
Well, that was a fantastic lunch at The Old Spaghetti Factory. A complete meal for right around $10 is no doubt a fantastic value. The service was great and the old victorian train station decor provides a cozy and somewhat elegant feel to the place.
While their simplified and “Americanized” Italian dishes aren’t going to compete with the likes of Cafe Sistina or Mediterraneo anytime soon, for what it’s worth, what they do, they do it well, and it’s delicious! All at a price that will have you walking out feeling that much better about it.
Based on this visit, I’d say the Old Spaghetti Factory is highly recommended.
Now I need to run 26 miles to work off all them carbs.
The Old Spaghetti Factory
Ward Warehouse (Ward Centers)
1050 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96814
The Tasty Island rating:
(4) Excellent. Worth another visit or purchase. (Winnahz!)
Speaking of working off carbs, here’s my nephew Vaughn, who we were celebrating his 19th birthday for at OSF on this visit…
The reason why I say “working off carbs”, is because Vaughn’s been physically training hard to rip up over the last year, and here’s his before and after results…
Awesome! Very impressive. I used to bodybuild myself in my teens and 20’s, and when I went on a vegetarian diet for about 3 months, I had the same results. Well, I was never as chubby as he was (except for now maybe!), but that vegetarian diet did afford me ripped-up “Six-Pack” abs and an incredibly trim 29½” waistline. Don’t even ask what my waistline is now. lol
Vaughn’s new physical fitness diet (in exception of special occasions like today at OSF) sticks by the following (as an example):
Breakfast: Egg Whites (NO YOLKS) from fresh eggs, pan-fried on a non-stick skillet with NO oil or PAM and just a little salt and pepper. Side of Cottage Cheese with Barbecue Sauce (for flavor).
Lunch: A can of tuna in water straight outta’ the can and a salad with light vinaigrette dressing.
Dinner: Chicken Breast, Mahimahi or Salmon Fillet cooked on a Foreman Grill with no oil, butter or anything else, accompanied with either salad or fruit.
He no longer eats red meat, as he says it now makes him sick, whereas before he was like a T-Rex. Go figure. He’s doing this to prepare for entering service in the Air Force. If he can’t get in there, he’s certainly fit to be a Marine!
Oh, Happy Easter everyone!