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Kaka'ako Eats: The Old Spaghetti Factory

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…

The Old Spaghetti Factory – Sicilian Garlic Cheese Bread: A Generous Portion of Our Bread Topped with Garlic and Three Melted Cheeses served Toasted with side of Marinara Sauce. $5.25

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 – The Manager’s Favorite: Rich Meat Sauce and White Clam Sauce. $9.95 (includes soup or salad, beverage and Spumoni ice cream dessert).

The Old Spaghetti Factory – The Manager’s Favorite: Mizithra Cheese & Browned Butter and White Clam Sauce. $9.95
(includes soup or salad, beverage and Spumoni ice cream dessert).

The Old Spaghetti Factory – The Manager’s Favorite: Mizithra Cheese & Browned Butter  Sauce. $9.95
(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…

The Old Spaghetti Factory – Spumoni Ice Cream Dessert: A Blend of Chocolate, Strawberry and Pistachio Ice Cream. Included with entree.

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….

The Old Spaghetti Factory – Signature Spumoni Ice Cream sold by the Gallon for $10.

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
(808) 591-2513

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!


15 thoughts on “Kaka'ako Eats: The Old Spaghetti Factory

  • April 4, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Maybe thirty years ago it was such a treat for my young daughter when she got to eat in the “car”! Now it’s my granddaughter’s turn.

  • April 4, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Pomai, wow mom and dad use to hang there for dating before getting married. It sure bring lot of good old days for them. Now children would to try it out there too their dinner menu look good to me.

  • April 4, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    haven’t been there in ages, glad to see it is still around!

  • April 4, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Kat, I suppose at this point in time their name ‘Old Spaghetti Factory’ warrants the name “OLD”!

    Ryan, too many of them ‘7 Smoked Mac-n-Cheese’ dishes will do it! lol

    Kelike, you should go there with your folks for old time’s sake. Think about it, you wouldn’t be alive if it weren’t for “romantic contributions” by The Old Spaghetti Factory! I hope it’s “PC” for me to say that.

    Nate, someone on Yelp said eating in the Cable Car is great if you’re with kids, because they think it’s a neat novelty, but as an adult it’s kinda’ cramped. Particularly the tables. Being practical, I’d request a larger table in the main dining room space.

  • April 4, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    pomai – you do a lot of things for kids! I still remember the excitement on my daughter’s face the first and every time she climbed those steps.

  • April 4, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Nate, now that you put it that way, the cable car it is!  Nothing like a priceless moment such as that which is so memorable.

  • April 4, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Love OSF, they’re consistent on all levels. One of these days I’ll stray from my usual white clam sauce & mizithra cheese with browned butter…

    Whoa! You’re nephew’s hard work and discipline really paid off!!

  • April 4, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Wish I could get Portuguese sausage at OSF here on the mainland!

  • April 5, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Dd, on the YouTube videos, that’s the AMAZING David Gilmour of Pink Floyd fame. One of the greatest guitarists and rock vocalists of all time. Legendary!

    Norio, I was shocked to read after the fact that it was Portuguese Sausage on that plate. The person eating it on the table never mentioned that! I’m so going to try making that same meatball and portuguese sausage spaghetti plate at home.

    Molly, definitely try the Garlic Mizithra with bacon and Mushrooms dish. Delish!


  • April 6, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    I went to this Old Spaghetti Factory as a kid, still have some of the original menus too with old photos of Honolulu (they’d change the menu every three months or so, or at least it seemed like it). Here in Washington State, the quality of the food is not as consistent as it used to be. Nonetheless, it’s still worth a visit.

  • April 6, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    For a chain, it’s pretty tasty stuff. I’ve eaten at OSF at Ward, in WA state (where I live) and even in Canada, and the food tastes the same to me in all locations. Which is not a bad thing — While my Italian friends would never consider it authentic and I would never take someone there for a fine meal, it’s consistently tasty, well-cooked and a good bargain.

    Plus, when my kids were younger we loved going there because it was so noisy we didn’t have to worry about the keikis being too loud. :)

  • September 26, 2011 at 5:33 am

    We have OSF here in Louisville, KY and I have to say, the pics of this one are almost identical to ours, but I like the view of the one in Honolulu much better!

  • February 12, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    The last time I ate at the OSF was in 1987. I’ve thought of all the great dinners we’d had over the years, two three year tours with three years in between. I have to say the menu has expanded since the first time in 1978. I would love to have my favorite Mizithra Cheese & Browned Butter and White Clam Sauce. Ahhh, what a great place. *S*


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