If I wasn’t so concerned about being hauled away by restaurant staff and possibly banned from the restaurant forever, I would have totally climbed on to one of the carousel horses. You know, for a photo op. For fun *whistles innocently*. But I do have some sense and self-restraint (as well as pride), so I didn’t. So no pictures of me sitting on a painted horse, but I have plenty of pictures of yummy pasta and the OSF for you all!
My first post about The Old Spaghetti Factory was a month ago and I thought it would be a nice time to share my 2nd trip there back in September! My honey, Richard, and I had such a fantastic time our first time there in August that we made another trip the next month and were seated inside the hanging carousel! Like I mentioned in my first post on OSF, the decor in this restaurant is adorable and I’m hoping that in my lifetime I’ll be able to have sat in all “areas” of the restaurant. I know, I’m a food nerd, ha. Thus far I’ve been seated in the cozy elevator booth, the carousel, and beside the “library” desk 😀
Now here’s a little secret about me: I’m not fond of buying or spending money on drinks when I go out to eat. When I go to school, I’ll bring my own snacks and juice and water and when I go out dining, I’m the one who usually orders a plain ol’ water. Obviously, I’m excluding establishmens like coffee shops and bubble tea houses as the whole point of those places is to order drinks. Other than those types of places though, I’ve always had the mindset that spending money on food was more worth it than spending money on overpriced drinks (seriously, $3 for a tiny glass of apple juice? Over $2 for a bottled beverage? No, thanks!) as many places don’t include a drink in the cost of the meal itself.
Which means when I go out to eat, a menu’s drink selection has to seriously impress me and entice me in order for me to even consider getting a drink other than water. Pop and iced tea is not good enough. I don’t drink pop anyway, but regardless, I want to drink something that I don’t or can’t drink any old time. And whaddaya know, Old Spaghetti Factory opened a can of whoop ass on me! If there’s any place with a good selection of fun, delicious drinks, it’s here. Flavoured lemonade, Italian sodas, yogurt smoothies, eeee! What you see here is my peach Italian soda with a lime wedge, YUMMY! So in this respect, Deb has been trumped by OSF. I really don’t feel that badly 😀 It’s delicious.
Old Spaghetti Factory is so wonderful for a pasta head like myself. For my first visit, I ordered the clam spaghetti which was yummy in the tummy! This time, I wanted to order a non-spaghetti dish (variety is the name of the game!) so I chose the goat cheese agnolotti: goat cheese stuffed pasta with sundried tomatoes, sliced button mushrooms and red onion, all bathing in a rich pesto cream sauce. Given how much I love cheese, pesto, cream sauce, mushrooms, and sundried tomato, this was basically heaven in a dish! It was warm and comforting, seasoned perfectly, and an absolute joy to eat.
I had no idea what agnolotti was though. It seemed so similar to ravioli to me since both pastas are stuffed with meat and/or cheeses and both are often in square or rectangle shapes, so I did a little research and brushed up on some pasta knowledge. Agnolotti pasta is a part of the broader ravioli family, but differs in the way it’s made. While ravioli is made by using two thin pasta sheets (one as the bottom layer, one as the top), agnolotti is made with one thin pasta sheet folded over into either sqaure or rectangle shapes, or into half moons, like my dish up top. Agnolotti is also closely related to the Piedmont region of Italy and is often referred to as a type of Piemontese pasta.
There’s something you may not have known! 😀 It may sound geeky, but I love learning about food and its origins and everything so this is golden to me. Seriously, I’m excited right now because I’m planning on learning about herbs in the near future. Go me *fist bump*. Enjoy the pictures everyone!
The Old Spaghetti Factory is located at 54 The Esplanade, just south of Front St. E, between Yonge and Church St.
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