Amorosa Pasta House is an Italian eatery in Burnaby that offers a plethora of choices for their patrons. The menu allows for mix and match pasta dishes, choose your own sauce, pasta and fixings.
Despite what the description says, Amorosa is a mesh of Italian and Greek. Service can be a little slow but the pasta is consistently good. I have had to take my food home most of the times I come here though, because the portion sizes are quite huge. Even my boyfriend, who is not a light-eater, has taken portions home. I like their polpette and catoccio, but most importantly their make their own pasta section. You can choose up to three different ingredients, pasta, and sauce (pesto costs an extra $2.00 btw).
I usually order take out here because it's actually got solid food, great portions and they do seafood pasta quite well. However since our last visit for dine in the service has SERIOUSLY down graded. We arrived and we were seated promptly but after our waitress had taken our orders we rarely saw our waitress, she attended to the table near us fairly well yet we waited over half an hour for our food and I had to leave the table to find staff to ask where our food was. After we ate our shares we again waited.. and waited.. finally I asked another staff member if we could have the food packed up and the bill to our table. The food was packed very quickly but the bill? Well we again waited... until finally we just approached the counter at the front and payed.
Our server also didn't stop by our table once to ask during the meal or our wait if we needed anything or if we were enjoying our meals.
Ambiance.. well the place was freezing and my dad had to wear his jacket.
Now I've worked in the restaurant industry so I'm actually fairly calm, patient and understanding when it comesto anything with getting some food at any establishment and like I said I've never had a problem here before. So I'm not sure if it was just that the waitress was new or not quite up to the task or if its actually just gone down. I'll leave that up to you. We left a tip, obviously a small one but not so small that it was insulting and we decided we wouldn't be back for dine in (ill definately do take out anytime though).
Had dinner here last night with my wife. It's a nice place and the service was good.
Appetizer - Mussels - Wow, huge portion of mussels in sauce ad it was good 3.5 out of 5 for me.
Entree - Linguine with clams in a tomato sauce - meh, average, 2 out of 5 for me
Dessert - Baklava - it was tasty but it was super hard to cut through, had to use a knife to get through it.
Overall the food was ok-good but the pasta (the main reason I came here) wasn't anything special, average at best so I don't see any reason to return.
Group of 12 with reservations in our own little room. Restaurant was clean and spacious. Food was quite good as everyone seemed happy and oohs and ahs greeted the pasta dishes as they were served. My only problem was the bread served with dinner. It seemed to be a store bought loaf that had been previously frozen. Cold and almost mushy in the middle. Personally this is the worst bread I have ever been served in a restaurant. Good grief what happened to garlic bread? Don't know how an Italian restaurant could serve this. Pastas dishes were HUGE but not cheap. $15 for a large pasta $12 for a small. There was a little lag in the presentation but just when you are about to downgrade the service another 2 or 3 dishes came out. It took about 7 minutes to served 12 meals. Okay if you are first but sucks when you are last. There is some street parking but there is a lot in the back. Restroom is fine. The food is worth a return visit but the details need to be improved.
Based on the reviews from this site, I decided to give this place a try. Boy was I in for a ride...
Ordered the calamari, pizza bread and linguine with creola sauce. All three disappointing to various degrees. Calamari dip was great but the calamari itself was sub-par - the coating of the calamari was falling off all over the place and reminded me of the calamari served at Knight and Day. Pasta was even worse! The sauce was runny and flavorless, like it was from those No Name pre-made sauces that come in bottles at Superstore. Linguine was undercooked and the shrimp was non-existent. The only good thing about this dish was the italian sausage. Pizza bread was horrible - I suppose it had been sitting out for a while in the back and when it came to us, the cheese had hardened and the toppings (cheese and everything) fell right off. We only finished half of everything and just left the rest and it's the first time we've never taken food to go.
Service started out fine but when we got our bill, we had been charged for a pizza sub rather than pizza bread. When my bf brought this up, the server said we had gotten the pizza sub so we should pay for it. It was our first time here and we didn't know the difference! Why should we pay for the mistake of the server? How is two slices of bread with old toppings supposed to be a sub??!? My bf then said we should only pay for what we ordered so we should only be charged the pizza bread and not the sub, and the server then claimed we were trying to sneak out of paying for the bill! We were so frustrated we paid and just left without arguing further. No point in reasoning with the ignorant I suppose.
Inside was a nice place to sit, felt really home-y. Now, if they could only do something about the food and service... Would never return and will def. spread the word to friends and others to avoid this place at all costs.
Finally went out and tried this pasta restaurant. There appears to be a higher volume take-out clientele here and subsequently in-house customers have to wait. Well, as far as the extent of the wait goes...for a party of two who made reservations we weren't acknowledged at the door for about ten minutes until I approached a waitress.
Then ordered the hot chicken caesar salad which I enjoyed but my company didn't. It's Chinese/Italian fusion and may not be for everyone.
The bread was nothing spectacular here either and not as fresh as other better known pasta restaurants.
The pasta came forty minutes after the order which I found excessive.
Ordered seafood with penne in tomato sauce and it was diluted/runny.
Ordered a seafood cream sauce and it was alright but I've definitely had better.
Service is really nothing special as other walk-in customers would wait and weren't acknowledged for some time. Mind you I went on a Sunday evening and it was steady but not crazy busy as there were tables available.
After finding all the downtown places full, it was off to Burnaby to find Amorosa! I knew this place had good reviews, and I found it was worth the drive.
My wife and I started with the insalata caprese which had great presentation, with a nice vinaigrette to give the cheese and tomato a little flavour. Even the 'small' size was enough for two people. Then we had the garlic bread. I was surprised that bread was extra, but it was well worth the money. It was hot, tender and buttery, with garlic and herbs.
After that I had the creola sauce (sausage, chicken, shrimps in a spicy tomato sauce) on fettuccine pasta, and Mrs. Chasiubow had gamberi zia filomena (garlic cream sauce, bell peppers and prawns) on penne pasta. Both were amazing and our pastas were cooked to a perfect al dente. The sauces were truly outstanding and the portion sizes were epic. I also tried the house red (a Similkameen valley wine) and it was pretty good for 4 bucks!
The servers were very attentive, and the place had the requisite checker table cloths and Italian music, etc. Nice ambience.
I looked up 'Amorosa' in the dictionary: "A wanton woman; a courtesan”. Yep, that's about the best way to describe the experience: A satisfying romp with a passionate Tuscan. I felt a warm afterglow from my meal, and a sense of deep contentment...
It easy to miss this small little pasta house in New West. I started going here about 2 years ago and they never fail to impress. The portions are huge. I ordered the lasagna and packed the leftovers for lunch the next day. Stil had enough to stuff my belly to the max. My boyfriend is real picky about his carbonara, but claims this one to be the best he's had. Look out for their daily specials and if it's your birthday, remember to bring some ID with you as your birthday entree is on the house!
My wife and I along with a friend went to this restaurant just this last Sunday evening. Unfortunately we had to wait around 20 minutes, but we were promptly given a table when one was available. My wife ordered the veal with pasta, our friend ordered the Pestore (clams, mushrooms, shrimps and scallops) with cream sauce with gnoochi (pasta) and I ordered the same Pestore in garlic butter in white wine sauce in spinach linguine. The food came out nice and hot. My dish there could have been more seafood as I noticed that the mushrooms were dominant. The flavour was good. My wife and our friend had the same cream sauce for their pasta and I thought it was medicore. The cream was a bit thick and not too much flavour. My wife's veal was okay. All in all the dining experience was positve. We will try other restaurant before we come back.
The food portions are quite large, but its mostly pasta and very little "stuff" in the pasta. Also I found the 3 pasta dishes I tasted from what my party ordered to be all universally bland and not very good.
Service was pretty weak, with the waitress bringing our food and disappearing until it was the end of the meal. Was never asked how the food was, or if i wanted any drinks.
Pretty decent looking inside, it was clean, so no complaints.
Not sure why its so busy here, but i have only been here twice, and both times were poor experiences.
Things are sliding down.
Myself and 2 friends went there a couple weeks back,and,well,quite frankly it was chef boy ar dee quality.
Thin flavorless sauces,overcooked pasta,and tough veal.
2 of us got our orders together,while the third sat for 10 minutes without his salad.Not too impressive.
Very cramped also.
Will not be making any stops at this place anytime soon.
Food - Fantastic selection of pastas. Tasty food, and a decent wine selection. Food portions were great value for the price and very flavourful.
Service - Decent, but not anything to write home about. Drink and food orders were taken promptly.
Ambiance - A pasta house in the middle of nowhere. Location would be better suited for a hardware store. Inside is quaint and intimate.
We had lunch at Amorosa last week on my birthday. So I ordered the cream pasta with chicken and my wife ordered the creola tomato sauce with seafood. My pasta came watery like soup. It's like eating pasta with cream soup...even worst than the Campbell cream of mushroom soup which is still thicker than their pasta sauce. This is probably the worst pasta I've ever had. Their chicken is almost unnoticeable, so I ordered an extra meatball side dish. My wife immediately protested and reminded me that it wasn't good the last time we ordered. But I told her that they must have improved and to give them the benefit of the doubt. The meatball came in and it was so bad...rubbery..and tasteless..except the pasta sauce they sprinkled on top of it. They must have bought those frozen meatballs from Costco or something. Try Anton's meatball..and you know what a good meatball is.
At the end they only gave us $8.95 discount although the menu stated for $9.95 birthday discount. They said for lunch it's $8.95 off but it doesn't say anywhere. We definitely wont be back.
I love this place 99% of the time. I live a few blocks away, so I do take-out a lot.
The food is solid. Good portions and nice sauces. If you like your pasta heavy on the sauce, maybe its not the place for you.
Also! I had friends over for dinner with different dietary needs (lactose intolerant, only eats fish, doesn't eat peppers) and I managed to accomodate everyone. They have a great varied menu.
My only beef is a couple of times when I called on a busy night for take-out, I was left on hold (phone on counter) for a long time (one time for 25 minutes). My suggestion to them, if reading, is to get a better system in place for take-out orders.
Went last night for dinner at 7:00 - very busy but we were seated in 10 minutes. The service was friendly and she took our order promptly as we knew what we wanted ( we come here often) the problem was the server forgot to put our order in the computer. We waited 45 minutes before she came over to tell us - which is fine, it can happen but I would expect that when this mis-hap was discovered our dinner would be pushed to the front of the line. We watched plate after plate come out before ours, took probably 1 hour and 20 minutes to get two dinners! They took 10% off the bill. I am giving them a "pass" this time because I do love this place and normally they are really good. Looked like new servers so maybe they are learning. The food is very good though!
We have been going to Amorosa for a number of years, but hadn't been back since they took over the space occupied by the Greek restaurant beside them.
Wow - bigger is definitely NOT better.
We arrived @ 7pm on a Saturday night. The expanded restaurant was half empty. The people that were seated didn't have food in front of them.
That should have been our first warning.
Even though there was tons of room to spare (& tables weren't reserved), the young hostess proceeded to take the names of the couple in front of us, and ourselves. Wait 15 minutes. We are still standing at the door looking at all those empty tables. One of the servers that has been at the restaurant for years then came by & asked why the hostess wasn't seating people. She muttered something about needing to check with a server. We were then seated, in the smaller, original space occupied by Amorosa.
Our appetizer of calamari came out promptly, and was cooked properly. 1/2 full cup of tzatziki, so we asked for another.
We then sat. And sat. And sat. Over the course of the next hour, we were joined by other diners all expecting to get dinner. Finally, when asked how much longer our order was going to be, we were told "It's VERY busy tonight" (restaurant still 1/2 full), and it seemed like no one else was eating either.
Finally, after an hour & a quarter, our 3 plates of pasta arrived. My wife took her first bite of her fettuccine alfredo. The pasta was not even cooked al dente. It was so tough & stiff; she couldn't even twirl with her fork & spoon. Call the waitress over & show her. Then, to end the perfect meal, do you know what the waitress says? "Have you ever had the alfredo HERE before?"... Like my wife was wrong & should have expected it to be tough as leather or something. She sent it back, and because we didn't want to wait another hour for the second coming of alfredo, my wife & I split my plate of pasta.
While we were eating, the table that got served immediately before us were having their plates cleared. I guess that was also the first time the waitress had chosen to ask how their meals were. One of the patrons said, "Those were the worst I've ever had anywhere".
At least we knew it wasn't just us that got lousy food after waiting for way too long.
Come on people - this is pasta, not some sort of exotic fusion.
Then the final hit - our bill - they charged an extra $1 for the 1/2 cup of tzatziki, + $4.50 for three slices of garlic bread, that most restaurants simply include.
So to sum up: poor service, HUGE wait for food, poor food quality, BAD attitude + overpriced = you just lost these customers for life. We will never return.
Their pasta's have always been a hit and always such a good deal. You have to order a "large", simply so you can have 3 or 4 meals... The Hot Caesar salad is fabulous. But man did they miss the mark on the Tri-Colour Pasta (red, white, green- italian flag). It is so very dry I almost couldn't eat it and after taking my impressive amount remaining home - it later simply went into the garbage. My sister and I felt the exact same. Just a little ladle of each sauce over top would have fixed it...
-pasta is bland, the sauce is so watery that it's like pasta in soup.
-if you order like a chicken pasta, expect like 4-5 tiny little tasteless pieces of chicken.
-service? there's no service in this place (read below)
-waited over 45min for the food to arrive, got no explanation what so ever.
-one time there was a short line up, we kindly asked how long will the wiat be for 2 ppl, the waitress did not answer us directly, but instead, she told us to go to the Greek Place next door. Didn't even bother to write down our name on the wait list.
I understand this place is pretty cheap for pasta but I can't believe how other reviewers here think that they cook good pasta and have good service.
conclusion= worst pasta place ever.
So after reading the good reviews on this website we decided to give this place a try. What a waste of money. Save yourself the trouble and just buy some Olivieri pasta and sauce, it's much better.
First off, we waited a good 15 minutes for our drinks. People who sat down after us were served their drinks first. I guess we were just forgotten about. The pizza bread was really just cheese bread. It wasn't bad, you can't really go wrong with melted cheese on bread but I was expecting some sauce or something on it to make it more "pizza" like.
The pasta was just plain bad. My boyfriend had the linguini in a rose sauce that was so watery it wouldn't stick to the pasta. It was just bland. I had the tricolore pasta which was tortellini in pesto sauce, fettucini alfredo and penne in tomato sauce. It wasn't horrible but really unmemorable and lacking in flavour. Haven't these people heard of garlic? The pesto was the best of the three but that's not saying much.
After our meal I gave the server my credit card. The receipt came back with an amount on it higher than our bill. We waited a while for someone to come over so we could explain it to them but no one did so I had to get up and go to the server station to get it sorted. When they brought the receipt back to us again the lady seemed like she was annoyed with us. It was quite insulting since THEY were the ones who overcharged my card in the first place.
Overall I felt like it was a huge waste of time and money. If you want some amazing pasta actually made from scratch in-house make the trip downtown to Cafe Luxy on Davie Street. They make fabulous pasta and incredible sauces.
I hate going out to eat at a restaurant that I can out-cook any day. Amorosa gets a big fat F from me.
I love the cozy interior of Amarosa, with their orange walls, hanging garlic, and canned veggies for decoration. The place is always packed so reservations are a good idea. Service is friendly and knowledgeable. The food is good: I love the cheese tortellini with the 4 cheese sauce. It's really tasty and creamy. The large size lets you eat a full meal in the restaurant and take another full meal home for tomorrow. I also like the location of the restaurant- way down at the end of Edmonds street, an area that badly needed some ambiance in it's midst. My warning about Amarosa is that one time I opened my take out container after getting home and found a big metal fibre from a sink scrubber sticking out of a tortellino. Eek! That's why I'm rating the food a 3 instead of a 4.