The Old Spaghetti Factory sign lit up in red, neon lights outside.

When you see that bright red neon sign lit up in Toronto, you know you could only be one place…The Old Spaghetti Factory. Located at 54 The Esplanade, this eatery has been a fixture in the city and there’s no denying that once you enter the restaurant, it definitely comes alive.

The Old Spaghetti Factory menu is a folded, white pamphlet.

The Menu

As we were escorted to our seats, the menus were placed on the table. I have always loved the menus from The Old Spaghetti Factory because it makes you feel at home. The pamphlet-style paper menus were easy to read and less cumbersome and bulky like your usual menus. I also appreciated the paper placemat that accompanied the menus. The placemats were a guide as to were to put your forks, knives, spoons, glasses and plates. It made for a fun and excellent learning tool.

Artichoke dip with corn, red and black tortilla chips.

Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Looking through the menu, my mother wanted us to start off with the Spinach & Artichoke Dip for our appetizer. Lightly salted Corn, Red & Black Tortilla chips accompanied the dip. The flavours of the dip were excellent because it was warm, smooth & creamy.

Seafood fettuccine containing shrimp, scallops and clams.

Seafood Fettuccine

Camille ordered the Seafood Fettuccine. The Seafood Fettuccine contained Shrimp, Scallops & Clams marinated in a Marinara and Cream sauce. She enjoyed the size of the shrimp and how decadent the seafood was with the fettuccine.

Spaghetti with meatballs.

Spaghetti & Meatballs

My sister, Candace, and I had the Spaghetti with Meatballs. We had the option of having our spaghetti with a spicy meat sauce, so we had to choose that! The meatballs were made with all beef and to no surprise, they were extremely tender. We didn’t have to use our knives to cut through the meatballs because they were easy to slice with our forks.

Lasagna covered with cheese on top.


My mother ate Lasagna for dinner. As I looked over at her plate, I was mesmerized by the thick layer of cheese on top. I was temped to get my fork and take some of her lasagna. Her lasagna was made up of The Old Spaghetti Factory’s Famous Meat sauce, Mozzarella & Ricotta cheeses. My mother also got Parmesan cheese shredded on top of her lasagna.

Lasagna eaten half way. Parmesan cheese is on top.

THE AFTERMATH (P.S. You can see the Parmesan cheese better in this picture)

Ribs with a side of french fries and a small container of ketchup.

Baby Back Pork Ribs & Fries

My father had the Baby Back Pork Ribs & Fries. He was sitting beside me so I got a chance to steal some of his fries, which I continued to eat with my meal (sorry Dad). He loved the Smokey Barbeque sauce that was used on the ribs. He said that is enhanced the charbroiled ribs nicely.

Ribs with a side of grilled baby onions, peppers and zucchini.

Baby Back Ribs & Vegetables 

My aunt also ordered the Baby Back Ribs but decided to get grilled vegetables instead of fries. Her grilled vegetables were Baby Onions, Peppers & Zucchini. She opted for a smaller portion for the ribs rather then getting a full size. She fell in love with the vegetables because its sweetness wasn’t lost in the grilling process.

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