Popular Italian Restaurant Finding Success At New Carmel Location

Photographer: Ron Wise

The Old Spaghetti Factory, 918 S. Rangeline Road, Carmel, has been packing in hundreds of guests anxious to enjoy the same great meals they devour at the restaurant’s popular downtown location.

The restaurant chain has been a big hit for more than 50 years because it’s a destination restaurant where people get together to have fun and enjoy delicious food.

“We chose the Carmel location because we loved that it was such a family-friendly community and that we also had a relationship with the greater area from being open in downtown Indianapolis for so many years,” says Ryan Durrett, Director of Marketing for The Old Spaghetti Factory International. “Carmel’s growth, strong community values and the location’s proximity to the area were all aspects that drew our interest.”

Durrett says that the Carmel location, which opened recently, has the same great food as the downtown Indianapolis location but also has different features, including a relaxing patio.

“The patio is unique in that it was designed so that it could be used almost year round,” Durrett says. “It really provides a nice extension of the restaurant and gives us even more flexibility to accommodate our guests and offer more dining area options.”

Durrett believes The Old Spaghetti Factory has been so successful because everyone involved with the restaurant knows how to make their guests happy.

“We feel we’ve been able to connect well with guests because our core blueprint has remained the same for almost 50 years,” Durrett says. “We pride ourselves on our value, and we are known for our deliciously affordable three-course meals. Those things, paired with our unique décor and dining atmosphere, really create a memorable dining experience for our guests. Our number one goal is to always provide exceptional service, and we believe our ability to accommodate families and groups for any occasion has helped us create generations of memories with guests.”

The Old Spaghetti Factory was started in 1969 in Portland, Oregon, by Guss and Sally Dussin. Their business plan for success was honesty, dignity, respect, hard work and guest satisfaction.

“The company is still family-owned to this day,” Durrett says.

The Dussin family still ensures that each meal at the restaurant is a positive experience. The work that goes into the restaurant’s décor makes every guest feel like they are entering another world.

“Our guests enjoy the intricate stained glass displays and antique lighting,” Durrett says. “They also love the food.”

Almost every meal is made from scratch with fresh ingredients.

“The most popular menu items at the Carmel location are The Spaghetti with Mizithra Cheese and Browned Butter and also The Manager’s Favorite, where you get to choose any two sauces for your spaghetti,” Durrett says.

The Lunch for Less items have also been popular. They include lunch-sized Pasta Classic Entrees, served with hot fresh baked bread and soup or Caruso green salad with a choice of dressing. Durrett noted that a variety of delicious sauces are available, including marinara, rich meat, white clam, mushroom or the famous Mizithra Cheese and Browned Butter.

Dinner options include The Old Spaghetti Factory favorites such as their famous Baked Lasagna, Chicken Parmigiana, Fettuccine Alfredo and Chicken Marsala. Factory Platters include Taste of Italy, a special recipe of Lasagna and Fettuccine Alfredo and Stuffed Pasta.

Signature Selections include Chicken Piccata, Tenderloin & Mizithra, three medallions of beef tenderloin seasoned with oregano and lemon juice, sautéed with oregano and lemon juice, sautéed in olive oil and paired with Spaghetti and Broccoli with Mizithra Cheese and Browned Butter. Garlic Shrimp Fettuccine, and Gourmet Jumbo Crab Ravioli. A gluten-free menu and a kid’s menu are also available.

Durrett has difficulties picking a favorite.

“I always have a hard time deciding when we eat at the restaurant,” he says. “For me, it always comes down to Chicken Piccata, Spaghetti with Mizithra, The Manager’s Favorite, or the Chicken Marsala. It’s such a tough choice.

“We are thrilled to be open in Carmel, and are looking forward to getting better acquainted with everyone in the community this summer,” Durrett adds.

The Old Spaghetti Factory is located at  918 S. Rangeline Road in Carmel. You can give them a call at 317-708-9669 or visit them online at osf.com.

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