A friend took myself and our significant others to Spaghetti Bender for my birthday. He had heard from his co-workers that it was a great place. The setting and ambience was pleasant. The main dining room seemed small but cozy. It had a good crowd for a Sunday night and we were all hungry and in good spirits. After a slight wait we were seated. We all had different pastas and one of us ordered one of the specials. The salad seemed adequate. It was good but nothing out of the ordinary. The minestrone soup was actually pretty good with nice chunks of veggies which had me excited for our main courses. I had the chicken marsala. While the chicken was not dry, it had absolutely no taste. There was no sweet taste of the marsala wine and even the fettuccine alfredo that accompanied it had no taste as well. Everything was just bland. My boyfriend ordered the Papa's Combination and was disappointed as well. Our friends were also disappointed in their dishes, stating on more than one occasion that everything tasted on the bland side. The waiters and staff were all friendly and the atmosphere was pleasant but I was sorely disappointed by the food, which was our main reason for the trip. And for the prices they charged, I was expecting a lot more. When the reviewer above said Olive Garden 2.0? At least Olive Garden food has some taste to it, this did not. I'm all for giving places second chances but this is not a return trip I want to take.
Pros: Ambience, service, minestrone soup
Cons: the food (besides their minestrone soup)