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It's bread, it's cheese; what's not to love?

It's bread, it's cheese; what's not to love?

Old Spaghetti Factory (Reviewed 2/09)
All right, I’m not going to lie and say the Spaghetti Factory is the place to go when craving some boutique creation made with local produce or whatnot. It’s a chain, and chains are often the antithesis of cutting-edge gastronomic intent. But just because there’s no wild-haired chef in the kitchen cooking up the next culinary rage doesn’t mean the Spaghetti Factory isn’t worth a trip. Sometimes what you want is not to reach taste sensations hitherto yet unknown but just a chance to get out, maybe with a person of diminutive age and stature in tow without feeling like a dining pariah. At times like these, what isn’t there to recommend about the Old Spaghetti Factory? The local staff is friendly and helpful, the food is warm and inviting and they’ve got plenty of booster seats, which they hand over with aplomb. Sure, once you choose from the array of spaghetti dishes ($8.95-10.95), their giant crab-stuffed ravioli ($12.50) or their tried-and-true baked lasagna ($11.50), you won’t be surprised, but you won’t be disappointed either. And you won’t feel quite so conspicuous when your smallest dining companion insists that “pasta” is synonymous with “fingerfood.” Old Spaghetti Factory, 152 S. Monroe St.; 509.624.8916; Mon.-Thurs., 4:30-9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 4:30-10 p.m.; Sunday, 4-9 p.m. $-$$

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