Clint Eastwood is the star of the show. Movie posters line the wall at Spaghetti Western featuring the iconic actor in films like “A Fistful of Dollars” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”
The décor pays homage to the second part of the restaurant’s name, but the menu offers up servings of spaghetti and many more Italian dishes.
Three still-steaming breadsticks were set on the table not long after I sat down with my lunch partner. Butter was melted along the top of each breadstick and parmesan cheese was lightly sprinkled over it. The breadsticks were large, which would make three easily shareable with a larger group.
The warm dough mixed with melted butter made for a great starter.
On the menu above the pasta options is a note that reads, “Reduced sizes available at reduced prices. Ask your server.”
I appreciated this because many times pasta portions are too large for me to finish. Some places have lunch and dinner portion sizes, but often you can’t get a smaller size if you’re not there at a specific time of day.
For my main dish, I debated between classic spaghetti and meatballs or trying a different pasta. I chose The Spaghetti Western Formal Wear and my lunch partner chose the spaghetti, so I was able to try both.
I got the normal portion size, but my lunch partner got the smaller size and it still was plenty of pasta.
My dish came with bowtie pasta, chicken, sundried tomatoes and mushrooms tossed in a roasted garlic cream sauce.
The bowtie pasta filled the bowl with the toppings pushed to the side. The garlic cream sauce was poured over the dish, but most of the sauce had gathered at the bottom. I liked that the sauce didn’t cover too much on top, because I had the option to mix the bowl up myself and cover everything evenly or keep the sauce light.
The creamy sauce made the dish stand out with the pasta and chicken because the garlic gave it more flavor. The only downside was the sundried tomatoes, because they were tough, making them hard to eat.
When I tried the spaghetti, I knew that dish was just as good. The meat sauce covered softened noodles, which reminded me of home cooking.
Our server was quick and helpful. Our glasses were always full and he brought us fresh bread when our meal came out.
The relaxed atmosphere, good bread and good pastas made me feel like this would be the perfect family destination, which means I’ll probably drag my family back there soon.
Address: 1951 W. T.C. Jester Blvd.
Hours: 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Friday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Sunday
Healthy options: Yes (Veggie pasta)
Star of the show: The Spaghetti Western Formal Wear