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The Old Spaghetti Works

1105 Howard St.
Omaha  Nebraska  68102
United States
(402) 422-0770
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Midwest Living Review

Lisa Meyers McClintick
This Old Market restaurant’s fun decor, outdoor seating and Italian-American fare should please most diners.

You’ll yearn for nice weather at this Old Market anchor—it’s in the hub of Old Market’s best shops and restaurants—because it will allow you to grab a seat on a loading dock converted to a spacious shaded terrace. Given the Midwest’s three seasons of fickle weather, it’s fortunately fun inside, too, with private alcoves, wooden booths and traditional seating with red-checked tablecloths. Red-and-green trim work, tin signs and vintage touches—like a salad bar built into the back of Model T—add character to this high-ceilinged brick warehouse.

The menu offers a lineup of Italian-American comfort foods: lasagna, fried clams, meatball sandwiches, burgers, toasted ravioli and pizzas. There are plenty of combos and pastas with a choice of almost a dozen sauces. Among them: beer cheese, red clam, pesto cream and Hot Naked, with basil, olive oil, butter and garlic. Toppers include meats and seafood—even chicken livers. We were satisfied with a combo of cheese ravioli with classic red sauce and eggplant Parmesan. The salad bar, despite its intriguing set-up, was thin on fresh vegetables and didn’t look overly enticing. Lunch portions are manageable enough in size that you may have room for a dessert to share. We greedily passed around a gooey chocolate chip pocket cookie that oozed chocolate and was served warm with ice cream.

The place is geared toward families; it provides coloring pages, a kids-eat-free night on Mondays, and endless combinations of sodas with the addition of flavors like vanilla and cherry. Someone was making balloon animals during our Saturday visit. Meals generally run $5 to $12, and that seems entirely reasonable to us.

 

Visited: 
September 15, 2012

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