the old spaghetti factory / san marcos, ca

My boyfriend and I with the kids in tow visited the Old Spaghetti Factory over the weekend. I have been here tons and tons of times – always ordering the same thing: Mizithra Cheese and Browned Butter. But on this visit, I noticed a new menu item: Garlic Mizithra.

Garlic Mizithra:Mizithra cheese with browned butter tossed with  garlic, bacon and sauteed mushrooms“.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to regret ordering this or not.

I have no photo to share, only my experience this time! It actually wasn’t that bad – but, when you’re jonesing for something specific, sometimes something new just doesn’t hit the spot. I did like the addition of the garlic but I really felt that the bacon was overpowering in the dish. It took away from the flavor of the cheese and tasted more like carbonara than the classic Mizithra. So while it was a good dish, it really wasn’t what I was looking for. But, since it was new and had the cheese that I love so much, I felt that I had to try it at least once so I wouldn’t wonder if it was more awesome than the original. The mushrooms were good, but the most predominant flavor in the dish was the bacon, rather than the cheese. If you’re looking for a vessel for eating bacon though, then this is totally for you! If you find Mizithra on its own too cheesy, then again, this might be good for you to try.

After this visit, Jake told me he actually likes the version I make better than the Spaghetti Factory’s. I think I’ll make it again sometime and post photos of that!

The Old Spaghetti Factory
Multiple Locations
111 N. Twin Oaks Valley Rd.
San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 471-0155

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