The Old Spaghetti Factory is a step back in time. When we entered the restaurant my daughter remarked, “it feels like we are getting ready to ride the Tower of Terror at Disney World.” The antique décor is beautiful and makes me think that I should be wearing a finely tailored pin stripe suit and a daper fedora. OSF meals come with a choice of soup or salad, entrée, and a small dish of spumoni. The blue cheese dressing on their salad is nothing fancy, but I still prefer it to their minestrone. The day’s entrée for me was called “The Premier.” It contained generous helpings of chicken marsala and lasagna. Perhaps I am too southern to figure out exactly what a marsala is. To me it tasted like chicken with a nice mushroom gravy. My chicken was a little overdone, but the quality sauce made up for it. Let’s just forget the chicken, though. This is Italian and that means lasagna! The noodles were perfectly tender. The ricotta cheese blended rather than overpowered the rest of the ingredients. There was enough tomatoy goodness that I had sauce with the last bite that I took. The meat provided texture and weight without teasing me into thinking I was eating meatloaf. It was a symphony of Italian food perfection with each element wondrously playing its part. My wife is in love with their brown butter spaghetti with mizithri cheese. For me, spaghetti has to involve some form of tomato. I just ate more lasagna. They asked my kids at the start, “Salad or applesauce?” They declined both. This is the “Old” spaghetti factory after all. I can only imagine a grandparent coming up with that combo. The spumoni is a nice touch for the big folks, but thankfully they had vanilla for the little ones. The prices are middle of the road for what you get. You are, of course, paying for quality service and ambience. I couldn’t help but wonder how much of the $40 check justified the antiques, the low level lighting and the trolley car. Then I remembered how much it cost to ride the Tower of Tower, and recognized that you pay a little more for a quality experience. Go to the Old Spaghetti Factory. There is no reason to be afraid.
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After 12 years of weathering, my home needed some TLC. I put in 60 hours a week and needed a reliable contractor that I could trust to do it all, unattended. HomeSmith was the perfect choice. Their Field Supervisor, Mike, met me at my house on-time, at a convenient time for me. He listened carefully to all of my ideas, understood my expectations, and made a few considerate suggestions of his own. Mike and his crew were there the next morning, ready to start, as I left for work. Over the next two days, my tired looking house was transformed, looking good as new again. They truly did it all, from pruning the shrubbery back down to size, to pressure washing the entire house. The trim, shutters, doors and railings were painted and damaged siding was replaced. My house looks as good or better than it did the day that I moved in. I would recommend Mike and HomeSmith to anyone wanting professional results and friendly service. HomeSmith has earned my trust and I will call on them for all of my home improvement needs. Matt K., Cedar Hill, TN
You know you are in a place that is probably serving fresh food when the menu changes every day. And at Margot, you can taste that freshness; nothing seems to be prepared ahead of time, but rather carefully crafted each day. I will admit that I have only been here for brunch; each visit was a magnificent journey of tasty euphoria (not to be over the top or anything). Back in the days of my gluten-eating glory, I would order the basket of pastries with brunch--for anyone who has not developed a severe reaction to gluten (and possibly even to those people), this is still a highly recommended course of action. The pastries are flaky, light, featuring an array of glazed, nutted, and fruited confections. The last time I visited Margot for brunch, I indulged in some sort of egg deliciousness--an omelet featuring a variety of seasonal vegetables and cheese. This also was prepared to my order, and tasted fresh, perfectly seasoned, and worth it. Though the menu may be a little pricey here, it is the kind of pricey where I always walk out going, "Yeah. That was worth it."
Decided to visit for the first time on a whim and very happy we did. First off , the building is absolutely beautiful! The stained glass, wooden beams and the decor. Just beautiful. I decided to try their garlic bread appetizer and it's so simple yet so delicious. For my entree I chose the Pot Pourii. It's a plate of pasta with 4 different sauces. Brown butter and certain cheeses. The clan sauce, meat, and regular marinara. My favorite was the brown butter and the yummy clam sauce. So delicious. I recommend a visit. It's a bit pricey but you are downtown. Otherwise, that's the only con I can say.
What I have seen and experienced at Vito's is merely the tip of the iceburg and a premonition of what is yet to come. Nashville has witnessed bits and pieces of this Master Chef who combines experience, passion and knowedge and molds them into an art form previously unsurpassed anywhere. Vito is obsessed with cooking. His resume speaks volumes, but his fanatical desire to prepare phenominal gourmet meals is uncanny; and it goes far beyond Italian. This evening I tasted his Oscar Veal chop with crab meat, asparagus and the most delicious demi-glaze I've ever tasted. This man is absolutely amazing.
This place is amazing!!! Very quaint with remarkable waiters (we had 3 or 4) and food as if we were in Italy. We had the "tableside" Caesar salad which was awesome. Veal Parm and my wife had Seafood Fettucine. Banana Foster also made tableside. Our waiter described everything to a tee and made a great wine choice for us. The manager checked on us which was a nice touch and wished my wife a Happy Birthday and congrats on her new job (which obviously the waiter told him). The Chef was even walking throughout the restaurant. Def will be back!! Recommend to all.
My wife and I went for our anniversary last night. We made reservations for a late dinner. We were seated very promptly. the service was excellent and attentive. The food was fabulous. Great experience for first a first time customer. the live singing at the piano bar was an added treat. The only negative I experience was the noise level as the restaurant was a bit crowded. If you prefer a more private expereince they also have rooms you can use for small dinner parties. Great Italian experience, will be regular customers from now on.
I have eaten here at least 6 times in the past year for every special occasion that came up and some I invented to go here. Their food and ambiance is top notch. Their sevice is better than other restaurants. This is one of the best restaurants in town and one of the most wonderful authentic italian places I've ever eaten. The chef is from Florence Italy and the owner is a native Italian as well. They do not cater to the Olive Garden crowd, so if that is what you want, go somewhere else. If you're a foodie, don't miss this one!
After working with another handyman company, I finally called The Wills Company. I was hesitant that about calling them because I've always heard they're the most expensive in town. Well, whoever said that was wrong. It didn't strike me as that expensive, and they were prompt and the work was completed quickly (and correctly). The pricing was very transparent (handyman charges this per hour and this is how many hours they were here). Will definitely be calling Wills Company for future handyman jobs.
me and my husband and another couple wanted to try a new restaurant and I was in charge of researching. After reviewing many placed I decided we would try Finezza. Wow were we pleased! The food was great, the service was wonderful. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and when we were not sure of the wine she brought us a sample to try which was excellent! The tiramusu was to die for!! The best any of us have ever had!!!!! Will definetly go back and we drove from Mt. Juliet to get there!
There has perhaps never been a better tool for do-it-yourself home handymen than the internet. With detailed instructions and videos explaining how to perform a number of common maintenance and renovation tasks around a house, an untrained homeowner might be surprised at how much he or she can accomplish with a quick search online. But even with all of this information, there are still many jobs that lie far outside the scope of most DIY enthusiasts. General contractors are there to fill in this gap.
A general contractor specializes in seeing a home remodel or repair project through from start to finish. To do this, the contractor works with the client - whether they are a homeowner or business - to nail down the scope of the work. Then he or she will turn to one or more subcontractors for specific tasks, like equipment operation, design, electrical work or whatever else is needed.
In essence, general contractors could be thought of as middlemen between a homeowner or business owner and any number of specialists. To get their money's worth, many assume they should just "cut out the middleman" and hire specialists directly, but this often proves more difficult in practice. General contractors won't be completing an entire project by themselves, but should have a long list of dependable experts who can work together and accomplish any task. They might also serve as the manager on the site of a construction project, overseeing workers and providing guidance and assistance when needed. For larger projects, though, the contractor might only handle administrative matters and employ a foreman or other professional for on-site supervision.
There are many general contractors who also specialize in certain tasks themselves. There is usually at least one general contractor on hand to organize the construction of an entire home, for example. But general contractors could also help a homeowner add an additional bedroom, build an in-ground pool or complete a major landscaping project. They could also work with a business to add or improve office space, whether that means making more room or converting a commercial building from a nail salon to a restaurant. Basically, if it's a job that involves building or repairing, a general contractor probably knows how to get it done.
No matter what the exact job may be, a contractor will probably need to accomplish several other essential tasks in pursuit of the ultimate goal, which may include:
- Understanding and applying for building permits to meet local regulations
- Organizing a budget and adhering to it throughout the project
- Gathering all the necessary tools and equipment, from hammers and shovels to large excavators and generators
- Securing the construction site and equipment after work hours
- Working with personnel on-site to address any issues
- Keeping records of materials, labor and all other expenses
Every general contractor performing any kind of work on a project must be licensed to do so in their state. The guidelines for the specifics on licensing vary from state to state. Some states might only require registration of contractors, which is different from licensing. Registration typically means that there must be a written record of what work is being performed and by whom, but it does not guarantee professional knowledge. Licensing, on the other hand, involves an examination process to assess professional competence.
Whether your state requires licensing or registration of contractors, there should be a record of most professionals willing to complete certain projects in your area. Check your state or county website for more information. In states that require licensing, every licensed contractor's contact information is available online or from another public source.
Not every project needs to be completed by a licensed or registered contractor. If it's just a minor job that won't take more than a day or two, and will cost less than a few hundred dollars, it's likely not necessary to find a licensed or registered contractor. However, anything bigger or more expensive, or a project involving plumbing or electrical work, needs to be completed by a licensed or registered professional.
General contractors also must be covered by an insurance policy. This should include liability coverage for any property damage that could be inflicted in the course of a job. It should also include a worker's compensation policy in case anyone is injured on the job. Before hiring a contractor for anything, ask for written proof of this insurance to see exactly what is covered.
A number of trade associations for contractors in the U.S. exist. Some of the biggest include:
- Associated General Contractors of America: Represents more than 6,500 general contracting firms and more than 9,000 specialty contractors nationwide.
- Associated Builders and Contractors: Represents non-union contracting firms.
Most trade associations for general contractors will provide references for anyone looking to hire a contractor for a specific project. They may also provide a number of benefits for their members, including assistance with licensing, training, insurance and business development.
Hiring a General Contractor
No matter what you need accomplished, you want to choose a contractor who can get the job done right at a reasonable price. Obviously, this is easier said than done, but there are a few steps you can take to ensure you find a trustworthy general contractor.
Finding general contractors
The first, and perhaps most reliable, way to find a general contractor is to ask friends and family members for a recommendation. If you know anyone who has had major work done on their home, particularly if it's a similar job, ask them who they hired and if they were pleased with the result. You could also ask neighbors about who they've hired if you notice work being done on their house. Many remodeling contractors post signs in front of homes to advertise their services. As a general rule, it's rarely a good idea to hire a contractor who solicits work by going door to door.
If you are considering hiring a contractor without a personal recommendation, ask the contractor for references from past clients, and do as much background research on them as possible. Look for any complaints (or compliments) online to get a better idea of their track record. There are a number of websites specializing in connecting contractors with people or businesses who need work done. These sites may also allow past clients to submit their own reviews of the contractor.
Before hiring a contractor, make sure you are both in agreement on the project's budget. It's normal for most contractors to charge clients a premium not only for the labor expenses and zoning expertise, but for acquiring the materials as well. Be as clear and concise as possible regarding what you'll be purchasing yourself and what you will be paying the contractor to complete. Homeowners may be able to find a better deal on raw materials when they purchase these directly, but they first need to be sure they aren't buying the wrong things.
Don't forget to discuss how the project will be finalized and what will be done about cleanup. Plans for how the work site will be cleaned at the end of each day as well as at the conclusion of work need to be put in writing. An experienced general contractor should make every effort to keep the workspace clean and prevent dirtying or damaging any other area. Even so, talk with the contractor about the daily schedule, the logistics of transporting workers and equipment, and how cleanup will be handled.
As previously mentioned, you need to make sure to follow any state and local regulations regarding construction work, which includes hiring a licensed or registered general contractor. Ask the contractor for proof of their certification before signing anything, as well as their proof of insurance. You should also check your homeowners insurance policy to see if they offer coverage for contracted work. You may want to call your insurance provider and ask for more details on what your plan will and won't cover.
Perhaps the best way to feel safe about a contractor and the work being done is to hire a contractor you trust. This is why relying on personal references from friends and family is so important, and will often provide a great deal of peace of mind. If you aren't able to obtain a reference, work to conduct extensive research on the contractor as well as the work you are hiring them to perform. This should bring everyone's expectations into alignment and result in a safe work environment.
Before any money changes hands, there should be a contract to sign. Make sure the specifics of the work to be done and all costs are listed in the contract, right down to the most precise details. If you forget to have something included in the contract after signing it, there's rarely a chance of recourse.
Once the specifics of the job are nailed down, be sure to discuss the payment schedule with the contractor. This is important because paying too much up front offers the homeowner minimal leverage if the quality of work does not meet expectations or contractual specifications. Try to establish a reasonable pay schedule with the contractor, such as paying 10 percent of the total cost for each 10 percent of the work that is completed. It's a good idea to include this payment plan in the contract as well.
Finally, look into getting a lien release signed before work begins. If there is ever a dispute regarding payment over the course of the project, a contractor or subcontractor could place a payment claim, or lien, on your property. This can trigger a long legal process that may be frustrating. To avoid this, ask the contractor to sign a lien release, which is a legal agreement that states that any payment accepted is final. This can come in handy if a contractor has his or her own payment issues with their subcontractors. Signing a lien release form certifies that any payment made by a client to the contractor is enough to pay for any goods or services rendered. A lien dispute could also be prevented by performing due diligence prior to picking a contractor, as any contractor with good credit and a long track record of satisfied clients should have no trouble paying for materials and labor once all contract conditions have been met.
Once work is underway, it's never a bad idea to check up on the progress of the job, either by staying in touch with the contractor over the phone or visiting the site in person. If you work with a trustworthy professional, it's probably best to keep your distance and allow everyone to stay busy. If you want to keep an eye on things, make sure workers wear the right safety gear and that everything looks to be moving along according to schedule. Finally, once work is finished and you are satisfied, be sure to thank your contractor and tell friends or family members about your experience.