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Published June 16th 2016
Good old-fashioned Italian hospitality
Old Singer sewing machine tables, antique lighting, stained glass displays and sculptures that would not look out of place in Italy, all fit seamlessly together in Banff's Old Spaghetti Factory. This is a fun family-friendly restaurant with a buzzing atmosphere, serving delicious Italian food that is value for money.
Located in the Cascade Plaza in Banff Avenue, The Old Spaghetti Factory is a family owned restaurant chain that prides itself on honesty, dignity, respect, hard work and guest satisfaction. This winning formula is evidenced through its popularity.
Queues are a common sight, even at 5.30pm, so bookings are recommended. There are two areas – the restaurant and the bar. If you are happy to sit in the bar area, at high tables or the Singer sewing machine tables, then the wait time should not be too long.
This restaurant is definitely value for money. The serving sizes are huge and all main meals are served with sourdough bread and garlic butter, an entrée of soup or a green salad and a small bowl of ice-cream. The standard minestrone soup can be upgraded to clam chowder for $2.50. The minestrone soup is loaded with vegetables and the creamy clam chowder is impressive with its abundance of seafood.
The seafood marinara, served with a tomato sauce on gluten free corn penne was delicious. The prawns and scallops were plentiful and the pasta was tasty. Gluten free pasta costs an additional $1.95.
Non-pasta options are also available, such as steak, chicken parmigiana and baby back ribs.
For dessert, two ice cream flavours were available, vanilla or spumoni, a combination of vanilla and pistachio. There is also a delicious looking dessert menu.
The Old Spaghetti Factory has been operating for nearly 50 years and restaurants are located across America and Canada.