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The Old Spaghetti factory: 51 N San Pedro  San Jose, Ca. 95110  408-288-7488  www.

The Old Spaghetti Factory at this location has been there for ??? at least 40 years. This is a Part of the CHAIN Spaghetti houses.  The food is always Good, tasty, economic and a fun place to take the family. on Nights or weekends best to make a reservation, if they are taking them… Usually First come first served.

check out their website for a complete menu :  www.osf.com

Family Fun and Economic  4 . 5 stars

67 East Gay Street  Columbus Ohio 43215   www.due-amici.com

so we’re in town to do another SHOWTIME TV event and i went to the web to find a Pasta place in downtown Columbus. Everyone in the crew had been up most of the night & day flying to Columbus and were tired and hungary.  Their web site offered to reserve a table so i did. It was a Wednesday evening and there were about 30 people in the place.  We were seated immediately as we got there.  Justin, our server, greeted us. Water was served, drinks ordered, Hot Bread served with olive oil and a sprinkle of Grated Parmesan Cheese.

After looking over the menu we ordered Dinner. Everyone had the same general comment. Everything tasted a little Salty. Now, I understand everyone has different tastes, But we eat out ,,A LOT,,, and this was a little salty, Even the Grated Parmesan Cheese on my dinner was salty????  The Pizza’s we ordered were good, Chicken with Pesto and Pepperoni.   The Portabella Ravioli was tasty, but again the cheese seemed overly salty.  The Penne Carbonara with Chicken, Smoked bacon, peas and roasted garlic cream, seemed to lack a lot of flavor and the Salty shaved parmesan didn’t help. I took some home with me to taste a little later for a 2nd try , and came up with the same opinion.  Don’t get me wrong.  The food was edible and we all enjoyed the dinner, But as we eat out ,,A LOT… the 5 of us all had the same opinion…..?????   The drinks varied from Columbus Pale Ale,  long Island Iced tea, Pink lemonade and water. 7 out of 10….

Now comes my Hardest Gripe… I do lighting for a Living and decor lighting as a specialty. To the Owners, the restaurant is Beautiful, the atmosphere was nice for the evening, BUT,,,,BUT,, If i can’t read the menu on the table because it’s too dark… That sucks… I see this everywhere. it’s seems all restaurant owners have TUNNEL vision. They just see the walls and bar dimly lit and feel it has atmosphere. What you really need to do is sit in ALL your seats in the restaurant.. YES i said every seat.  Surprisingly, just because you have a light above the table pointing straight down on a portion of the table, THAT DOES NOT LIGHT IT SO YOU CAN SEE THE MENU…. I find it funny when i look around and see others using their phones to read the menu…FIRST CLUE here guys…LOL  Especially when i come and spend $150.00 for dinner.

all in all, we felt the food was a little over priced for what we got, but had a good time.  Your website is very nice and informative, good job . The ability to reserve a table online Is GREAT. I have tried it a few times now at other restaurants and it seems to work well           3.5 Stars

We had planned to go to another Italian restaurant that evening, but they were sold out for 3 hours. We were meeting some friends for Dinner , who were going to see a band at Brit Arms later, so i did a search for Italian places in Cupertino. I went online and read their menu and Website, and it looked interesting. It featured Persian Food, with Italian and American food.  We made a reservation Online with a system from their website, and Frankly i was skeptical it would work, especially since we were going to dinner there in 90 minutes.  We had a 6pm reservation and arrived to a completely empty parking lot. We were really skeptical Now, if we had made a bad decision.  We were indeed the first ones to get seated for the evening. When everyone arrived , drinks were ordered and the appetizers were served. We decided to order food Family style so we could try a number of dishes. Our Waiter, who it seems was also the bartender, took our order, but had others serve us. The place began to fill up and the service began to slow down. It took a while to get dinner ordered. We decided on a few persian/Italian Dishes. Arya Combo, Shrimp Kebab, Osso Bucco. ALL were delicious, served with basmati rice.  For dessert we orderd 4 different ones so we could sample a few(they had over 15 to choose from). Our favorite was the Limoncello.

The Pro’s on the restaurant…THE FOOD was delicious. The CONs..at least for us on a early Saturday night, was right after we sat down, they dimmed the already dim lighting and made it very hard to read the Menu…NOT GOOD.  Next, the attentiveness to our table, With NOT many people in the building yet, was a little disturbing. It took over 20 minutes to just get a glass of water, drinks were forgotten, dinner order took a while to get in, and we Literally, had to flag down a waiter to get a dessert order. AT the end of our meal , the owner/ chef, and then his wife came to our table and chatted with us. We expressed the low lighting and not being able to see the menu was a problem, which she acknowledged. They told us Most patrons arrive about 8pm and stay till Midnight, enjoying dinner and dancing. Some nights they have belly dancing.  All in all the Inside decor is very Clean. I will go back again because the food was amazingly good.  The desserts were very good also. I give it 4 stars, and PLEASE work on that lighting.  It’s an obvious problem when you see people with their cell phone light having to read the menu  ! ! !!