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Spageddy Eddy's of London
428 Richmond Street
By Rebecca Morier
With a discreet location at the heart of the downtown core, it's easy to miss Spageddy Eddy's of London, which would be something of a tragedy to pasta lovers.
Tucked snugly away in what's called Artisan's Alley across from Carling Street on Richmond, Spageddy Eddy's offers "oodles of noodles" and other casual Italian culinary treats.
The restaurant is rather small but cozy, with a decor reminiscent of Jack Astor's or Alice Fazooli's. The comfortable ambiance lends itself to an environment perfect for dining with friends or family. With dim lighting and a quaint interior, Spageddy Eddy's even makes for a casual date place (although spaghetti tends to be precarious date food).
The variety of choices on the menu is modest but sufficient, offering appetizers, salads and a healthy array of pasta dishes. With the exception of the bruschetta and garlic breads, the appetizers are not really worth filling your stomach, or shelling out cash for.
The neat thing about Eddy's spaghetti is the option diners have of adding their own ingredients including an assortment of veggies, cheeses, meats and seafood to customize their noodles. Serious carnivores should take note that Eddy's meat sauce isn't as meaty as most might like it and should therefore take liberties with the additional ingredients.
Equally enjoyable to the spaghetti are the other entrees Eddy's offers, like their fettucini dishes, lasagna and ravioli. The latter are not the plump pillows of traditional ravioli, but the helping is so large that you'll be reaching to undo the top button of your pants.
In fact, the portion sizes of the pasta dishes at Spageddy Eddy's is perhaps its best asset. Make no mistake, they are very large helpings.
While there are some dishes that stray from Italian fare (like the saganaki appetizer, taco salad and chili), they are not the strongest contributions on the menu. Instead, stick with more traditional dishes like the fresh side salads, homestyle bruschetta, plump meatballs and the hearty heaps of spaghetti.
The key word for Spageddy Eddy's is value. As restaurant manager Dan Bikos states, "Here we concentrate on big portions and low prices." Which is likely the reason the regulars keep coming back. The only thing is, as the restaurant's slogan suggests, "You gotta luv pasta."