**RECEIVED 2018 BLOGGING BRANSON AWARD OF EXCELLENCE**
Out of the mouth of babes! It’s amazing how a simple little pronunciation mishap among toddlers can become something so popular and fun to say! Inspired by what he heard spoken by young family members, Nolan Fogle discovered how something like the word “pasghetti” could become a famous name for one of the restaurants in his hometown of Branson, Missouri!
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Yup! I’m about to share another restaurant review from the Blogging Branson whirlwind trip in November! Get those taste buds ready! This was a new venue even for those of us who had been to the area in April and, while we didn’t have much time there, it was easy to soak in the ambiance.
🎵 On Top of Pasghetti’s 🎵
Oops – sorry!! My bad. I bet you’ll be singing that for awhile now!! Yikes!
Pasghetti’s is a family-owned local restaurant situated on HWY 76 (a.k.a. – The Strip). The two story brick building is extremely conspicuous as there is a ginormous meatball with a fork stuck in it at the front entrance. Not to mention the fact that the giant tomato and green pepper stuck to the building are quite attractive from the road! Seriously – nobody can miss it! Of course, while it’s inviting from the outside, the inside is where you need to be as this is where you will see more of the story.
Let’s Travel Back A Few…Decades
When entering the restaurant, you are walking back in time to 1920s New York. It’s everywhere ~ from the walls to the furniture ~ well, except the music. For some reason, that was more contemporary. Despite that, you actually feel like you are walking down Nostalgia Blvd.
I kid you not, I wanted to see the manager come out dressed in a black pin-striped suit, jet black shirt, white tie, shiny black dress shoes and a fedora. Does that not set the scene or what?
Once inside the restaurant, there is plenty of seating for guests. However, be warned. I do hear that it can fill up to capacity at times (particularly during the holidays). Now, what’s fascinating about this two story venue is that, to make the visit more of an “experience,” they designed seven of the dining rooms with a “Days Gone By” theme. Each section is unique and creative, giving you something to explore and keep your senses occupied as you enjoy your meal.
Of course, having the sectioned off dining rooms also makes it easy to book group dining and special events.
The main dining area gives you the feel of eating outside at night, as you are surrounded by the facade of various buildings and store fronts. Since we were there during the holidays, we had the pleasure of also seeing a gorgeous 25 foot Christmas tree situated in the center of the room.
Now, should you find yourself seated in the main dining room, take the time to look around at the “scenery.” The walls just happen to highlight the other restaurants owned by Mr. Fogle.
FYI: You saw that I wrote that Pasghetti’s is a two story venue, right? Those of you who read this and find stairs a challenge or an obstacle, have no fear. There IS an elevator to transport you up and down.
So, Let’s Talk Food!
While the menu obviously boasts Italian cuisine, there are also other options to satisfy a variety of appetites. Of course, the most popular thing to order on the main menu is the Pasghetti & Meatball ~ and we’re not talking a handful of tiny, little one-bite-sized pieces of meat. We’re talking one large 5 oz meatball!
Nope – you’re not walking away hungry from that one.
However, should your taste-buds not crave the most popular thing on the menu, there are also chicken, fish and steak entrées, as well as salads from which to choose. Oh, wait – don’t forget the appetizers, though! The Toasted Cheese Ravioli is dynamite!
Party of 20 or more???
Since we were there as a 20+ unit, we had the opportunity to dine off their specialized group menu. Something like this is put into place to simply expedite things when a strict schedule is involved. We were pretty quick in and out for this one because we had back to back events to attend, so having just a few options really helped to narrow down choices and get things out quickly.
On the group menu, we had a choice between:
- Chicken Caesar Salad
- Meatball Sub
- Alfredo Pasta
- Spaghetti & Meatball Sauce
I personally chose the Alfredo Pasta because for some reason I was just not into red sauce that day, but I totally would love to devour anything else on this list right about now. The Alfredo Pasta was pretty basic and creamy, no meat involved at all. It was pretty good and filled my tummy up!
**Interested in taking a closer look at the menu? Click here!
A Guest Speaker!!
While we dined, our team had the privilege of hearing a few words from restaurant owner, Nolan Fogle. This was a unique opportunity and we really appreciated the time he took to share his journey to entrepreneurship with us. It was fun to listen to his personal story and why he chose to go the route he did. His entire focus in life is his family (very popular in Branson, by the way). He didn’t want to miss a single second of his children growing up. In order to make that happen, he determined to drive hard in the beginning and create an enterprise that would basically allow him that freedom in just a short time.
He succeeded ~ and that story honestly left all of US inspired to keep driving forward!
Yes ~ Take The After Dinner Walk
While we as bloggers / writers did our walk through in the beginning to expedite time, I can only encourage you to take a leisurely jaunt around the venue after you’ve completed your meal. Why? Because while Pasghetti’s is a restaurant, it also calls itself an attraction! There is more to see than just the decor on the walls!!
On that second level, there’s a trolley car that makes for some great photos. I believe I even heard it was the backdrop for some wedding photos at one point.
There is also an area towards the front of that top floor that is designed to look like a little Coney Island. While not a tremendously spacious area, Guests can go up and enjoy a few arcade style games together or even ride on a miniature Ferris wheel.
Yes – seriously – a Ferris wheel INSIDE the restaurant!
No – I did not get the chance to ride it (insert sad face). I’m so bummed!
Our time there with the Blogging Branson event was brief and we all wish we had more opportunity to enjoy our surroundings. However, we did walk away full and did enjoy the service very much. Now, would I go back again?
Well, that’s a funny story……
A FEW WEEKS LATER…..
Just after I had returned from the Blogging Branson event, I had the chance to visit the area again – this time with my family in tow. This was the first time any of my boys had been to Branson and stopping at the restaurant with the Giant Meatball was a MUST for them!
We added it as a lunch stop during one of our busy days and we dined off the regular menu. Between the five of us, we feasted on bread sticks, Toasted Cheese Ravioli (see above), Papa’s Lasagna, the Meatball Sub (see above), a seafood mac and cheese dish, and the Steak Alfredo Pasta. To be quite honest, the winner for “best dish” was a toss-up between the lasagna and the meatball sub . I personally could have eaten the Toasted Cheese Ravioli all day long!
When it came to feeding our son who has food allergies, we were met with success. It wasn’t his first choice of entrées and the chef was much more into playing it safe, but he ate well and did walk away pretty stuffed.
**If you have a gluten allergy or sensitivity, be sure to check the menu link (I’ll add again here) – they have gluten-free options!
Soooooo, my friends ~ if you’re visiting the Branson area and looking for a creative environment to enjoy a good meal, give Pasghetti’s a try. Just look for the Giant Meatball and Fork on the strip!! It has a fun, unique atmosphere and a lot to keep your attention while you’re there. Besides, someone really needs to ride that Ferris wheel in the Coney Island area for me and tell me what it’s like! I need to know!!!
For more information on Branson’s Pasghetti’s:
- Address: 3129 West State Highway 76 Branson, MO 65616
- Phone: 417.335.0690 / 888.363.9880 (Groups)
- 11 AM – 8 PM: Mon – Thurs and Sun
- 11 AM – 9 PM: Friday – Saturday
- Website: https://www.pasghettis.com/
Check out my Facebook Live done during our visit!
Looking for more restaurants to check out in Branson? Check out these two!
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