Let’s face it. For those of us who are fortunate enough to either live in or come visit the nine desert cities recently rechristened the “Greater Palm Springs Oasis”, there is never a lack of interesting things to do, great places to eat, wonderful hotels and resorts to enjoy, and perfect weather to be savored. I personally couldn’t be happier to live smack dab in the middle of it all in beautiful Rancho Mirage where—if I wasn’t so lazy, I could practically walk to some of the best places in the valley!
I finally made it in for dinner at the newly opened Old Spaghetti Factory on 111 right across from The River. As part of a fun gang of 12 hungry friends, we were welcomed with a wonderfully comfortable table in one of the many large, pleasantly lit rooms. The space formerly occupied by the Bing Crosby Restaurant has been tastefully redecorated, and thankfully, there’s plenty of room between tables and booths so as not to feel as if one is sitting on top of other people.
Known for its generous portions and family-friendly prices, this brand also treats diners to nicely prepared food that even had a few of my snootier friends marveling at their dishes. The spaghetti with Mizithra cheese and brown butter was a huge hit with the foodies, as were classic pasta dishes with meat sauce and either meatballs or Italian sausage. With a first course of soup or salad—not to mention a scoop of ice cream for dessert—all included in the family-friendly price (ranging from $8.29 to 12.99), how can you go wrong? Even the gluten-free pasta was great!
This is one busy place, so if you’re headed there during peak dining times, get a beeper and hang out with a cocktail at the bar, or call ahead for reservations. Go alone, bring a date, or take the whole darn clan. It’s just that kind of place. www.osf.com