It was with cautious optimism that I went to Spaghettini in Seal Beach with a group of folks from my office. My group likes to eat but they're not the most adventurous of souls. We had a great lunch.
The place is nicely decorated and our waiter was very skillful. She had the interesting habit of addressing us as "my dear" but that suits me fine when compared to the usual server who refers to his or her guests as "you guys".
We mostly ordered from the specials menu -- potato-crusted halibut, pecan crusted salmon, shrimp and crab pasta and a three-seafood plate that was the star of the show. All the entrees were nicely prepared and presented attractively.
They were offering "gourmet macaroni & cheese" as the side for one of the specials, but the waiter told us we could order it as a side separately. We did so, and she served us a generous portion so we all got several bites. It was VERY good-- plenty of cheese, a lightly-toasted parmesan crust and the nice touch of some crisp-tender broccoli that kept it from being TOO rich.
One of our party was celebrating her birthday, so she received a complimentary creme brulee. We also ordered the molten chocolate cake. We shared both desserts and both were quite nice examples of their genres.
Total price for one cup of soup, six entrees, the mac & cheese side, seven non-alcoholic drinks, and one dessert: $235, inclusive. They added (per their clearly stated policy), an 18% tip since we had a party of six. (We added $20 for the attentive service, bringing our total to $250.)
We will go back. They have a jazz brunch on Sundays. I understand that radio station 94.7 does broadcasts from Spaghettini often.