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.
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!
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!
the fun part of the night for me is to close my eyes and try to figure out how the dish I am eating was made. What went into the sauce, when it was added and how the process most likely went. The rest of the night is filled with the company of whomever I am with and unobtrusive staff that fill my glass, clear away food plates and smile straight from the heart. A joyful dining experience for any occasion.
We had to wait 30 minutes to be seated while we watch several tables remain open. It also took forever before the waitress ever came to the table. Very poor service. Do not go when the school across the street has an event because you will not be able to get a parking space. They allow parents going to the school to park in their lot which means you can not find anywhere to part.