I walked away from my recent experience at Denver's Old Spaghetti Factory with mixed feelings, but there were definitely some good moments.

You will find a ton of restaurants in downtown Denver and knowing where to go for a good meal - at a good price - can be a real challenge.

We chose The Old Spaghetti Factory on 18th Street to keep it basic, simple, and safe. Here's what we encountered.

Reservations are accepted at The Old Spaghetti Factory, but we arrived on a Saturday at 4PM without one and found there were plenty of empty tables - probably more empty than were occupied. Yet, we waited for about 10 minutes to be seated in what seemed to be a fairly unorganized process.

While being seated, we noticed how magnificently the restaurant was adorned with elegant looking wood trim and beautiful chandeliers. There's a trolley car inside the dimly lit restaurant where private parties can gather to dine.

Zane Mathews

The menu gives you plenty of options from the kind of pasta you desire to the type of sauce you prefer, with and without meat.

Obviously, spaghetti is the main thing, but they do have plenty of other options. I decided on basic spaghetti with meat sauce and Italian sausage. It wasn't great, but it was good. I guess when it comes to spaghetti there's just nothing like homemade.

The meal came with homemade bread- which I definitely enjoyed- and soup or salad. A real bonus was the scoop of ice cream or spumoni that was included with the meal. Overall, I would consider the $12.75 meal a decent value.

The atmosphere is nice and is definitely family friendly. What kid doesn't just love spaghetti -- and they do have a kids menu.

Would I go back to The Old Spaghetti Factory? Sure, someday. I can't say that I will be in a big rush for a return visit, but, one day in the future I will. If you are in downtown Denver and looking for a decent- and affordable place to eat near the Pepsi Center, you should give it a shot.