With over half the population of my native Buenos Aires of Italian immigrant stock—including a few branches of my own family tree—I grew up loving the food of Italy. So it was with great excitement that I heard that The Old Spaghetti Factory was opening its 41st branch in my hometown of Rancho Mirage. After renovating the space previously occupied by the Bing Crosby Restaurant on 111 across from The River (to the tune of a half-million, I might add), the official ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on Friday March 9th.
A prestigious crowd of Palm Springs Valley-wide politicians, notable locals, Italian food-lovers, and press of every stripe turned out to get a preview of the beautiful eatery replete with stunning light fixtures, comfortably spaced tables, and even a trolley car sitting in the middle of the room! The nibbles, wine, and cocktails offered to those in attendance got my taste buds piqued for the full menu, and the army of fresh-faced staff members were eager to explain all their new dishes and answer questions.
As for the food, we’re talking a family-friendly resto with prices that will knock your socks off. For example, Garlic Shrimp Fettuccine served with bread, soup or salad, and a scoop of spumoni for dessert—one of the more expensive items on the menu—tallies up at a mere $12.99! And lunch prices are even less. A full-service bar will keep parents—and those of us without kids in tow—happy as the clams in The Old Spaghetti Factory’s delicious red sauce.
Truth be told, I haven’t eaten at one of this beloved chain’s outposts in ages. Nor have I had a chance to sample this latest entry into the Rancho Mirage dining scene. But I’ll be sure to let you know my thoughts the minute I find the time to get in there for a proper meal. Mangia! www.osf.com