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.
This is one of my favourite restaurants to go to. Service is excellent (fast on the refills), pop has fizz (try the rootbeer), and the pasta is fresh. The sauces are amazing with a wide selection to choose from. You definitely have to start with some garlic bread and the HOT chicken caesar salad. Be warned, this place is busy on the weekends (and weeknights ie. Monday night is kid's night where a kid can eat CHEAP!). Make a reservation but if you do forget and the place is full, just hop over to the greek restaurant next door and order your pasta dishes there (ha! same owner, they'll bring it over). This place kicks Anton's any day.
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).
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.
I keep saying I wont go back I wont go back........Well i wont go back!!!! I just hate the service its soooo bad they have children running this place now, you just cant do this anymore I cant even get a decent take out order from these kids... sorry i wont go back......I have been going to this place for many many many years and have watched it decline lower lower lowest
I live very close to the Amorosa Pasta House and one day finally decided to try this place out after reading reviews on here. All I can say is that there is no pleasant surprise at all, the only good thing about the food is just the portion. Since I am not that big of a fan for Pasta to start with, I find the food to be just barely ok. I wont go back anymore, there are many more better restaurants in that area to eat out.
** to correct my last review, I meant under $20.00 for a single bill, not for my whole family **
also, the ambiance is meant to be 3: solid. The music is pretty good, just easy listening cds usually playing which I like for a meal. They recently repainted parts of the restaurant to touch it up. They now have a spot on the wall inside of the restaurant where they write the daily special. (Before they only had the outside sign with the italian chef that read the daily special)
I repeatedly go to Amarosa for their Seafood Cataloni! It is totally devine - seriously! I just went again last week and it also appears that they have some new employees which has increased their service. The price is very good value and you leave with left overs and a full belly. Definately try this place out but go during the week as it' s less busy.
Amorosa is a little italian place, so therefore its always packed and reservations is recommended unless you arrive early! :)
They have a good assortment of pastas and comes in HUGE portions! It's not as big as Anton's but its about $2-3 cheaper, so for the price its about the same. The difference is, Amorosa's pasta's seem to have more depth, it has more ingredients and not just a whole lot of pasta noodles! And you will always have lunch for tomorrow! :)
Today we had spaghetti with sausage and shrimp and tomato sauce, and it was delicious. The garlic bread was plump and warm. The servers were cheerful and efficient, bringing our drinks quickly, and checking with us. The ambiance and decor was cosy and comfortable. This restaurant suits business people, families, teens, seniors. Cost reasonable. We'll be back.
The hot ceasar salad was a bit odd and not really my thing (it's a regular ceasar salad but with spicy chicken stirfry ontop), but the pasta dishes I tried have all been tasty.
It gets cold when you sit near the door in winter and some areas are quite cramped, but the service is pretty good. All in all I would recommend it. But be warned that it can get pretty busy (especially Friday and Saturday nights) so it's best to either get there early or make a reservation.
I've never been dissapointed going to Amorosa. The large dishes are very generous portions and I typically have about half left over to take home. The pasta always tastes like it was made earlier that day too. Whether it actually is or not, I'm not actually sure.
It's usually pretty busy so I typically phone ahead and make reservations. They're pretty bad at getting people seated, so having a reservation typically helps. I'd have to say that their seating has got to be their biggest fault. There's not a lot of space near the door and it get cramped pretty quick. Which would seem like a pretty good reason to get people to a table quickly and start serving them drinks. Instead they don't seem to acknoledge that people are waiting and you almost have to flag somebody down to get seated in under 10 minutes. I've actually seen people wait to speak to a server, just to tell them that they were sick of waiting and were going elsewhere. Once you're at a table though service is fine.
Logistics aside, the food has always been excellent. I gave it a 4 since I've always been very happy with everything that I've ordered, but I still think that they could improve on their tomato sauces. The cream sauces are always amazing, but I think the tomato sauces are sometimes a bit watery and could richer in flavour. For appies we typically get some calamari which is good (I've had better, but it's still good) and some cheesy garlic bread. Both the complimentary bread and the garlic bread always taste fresh.
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.
After hearing of the reviews, I brought a small group to check this place out. I had linguini with scallops and mushrooms in a cream sauce, and I must say that it was quite good. Portions were large as well - a small was more than most of my friends could finish - and all for under $10!
However, a few of my friends who had the light cream sauce felt that it was too light - not flavourful enough. Otherwise, it was an enjoyable experience. Reservations are a must though, as we saw lots of people dropping in throughout the night and having to wait a while for a table.
this place serves decent pasta and is a neat place to share/split some dishes. The calamari was a good starter.
good food and offered good valu - better than some of the pricier joints I've been 2 which often charged more money for less quality/quantity
central Burnaby location and decent pricing are nice also
We have been coming here for years and will continue to go. The pasta sauce is a little watery at times but it's still good. They use fresh pasta instead of the dry hard stuff. We have tried other pasta places but keep coming back to this one. Whenever we go the place is packed and there's always a line up. The service is good and the servers are always friendly.
A little gem, hole-in-the-wall Italian place. This is my picky best friend's favourite pasta place.
The price ranges from $8-13 for a variety of classic/tranditional pasta dishes. They are never too strong or adventurous, but they are oh so subtely and comfortabley DELICIOUS like Grandma's homemade recipes.
I recommend Creola - one of the best tomato sauces I've ever had. If you are like me, order with spinach fettuccini and double up on sausage:)
My first time there the pasta was bland and meat seemed over cooked. I went back on advice from a friend and it was much better. Servers were prompt and friendly. The dinning area can get quite cozy depending where you're seated.
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!
Been here for dinner on numerous occasions and between the hearty servings of great pasta, friendly service and cozy setting it's an easy choice while in the neighborhood. I like the ambiance because wether you're dressed up, casual or with family of various ages, they make you feel very much at home/ease and their menu has character (something for everyone). Nice wine list but have never had room for dessert while there so can't comment on them. Enjoy.
The reason I say the pasta is healthy is because it's not drenched in oil.
I went to Amorosa one day because I didn't want to wait in line at Anton's.
I found that the two Items ordered where quite decent.
I forgot the name of my dish, but it was stuffed pasta with chicken mushrooms and avacado (white sauce). It was a very nice combination of my favorite ingredients.
I didn't know you could drop avacado chunks into pasta.
Anyway, the flavor of the sauce was not very strong and I did add some salt. But after the salt was added it was very good.
I ate 1/3 and packed the rest for lunch two days in a row. The pasta was good even on the 3rd day. When I put it into the microwave at work the sauce was still good and did not separate into a layer of cream and oil.
One time I brought pasta home from Italian tomato and after I re-heated it... I was horrified... it had split into a thick layer of butter/oil and cream... ew ew ew...
So, in my opinion, I think the pasta sauce was light and healthy.
Second item we ordered was from the back page of the menu. It's the one where you can pick your pasta, sauce, and toppings.
We picked white sauce, spinach pasta, meat ball, Prawns and scallops.
The sauce was not very strong, but the pasta was fresh, and the toppings were amazing. You could actually see 5-6 big big Prawns in the pasta and also the scallops were big and tasty.. not the tiny little ones that shrivel up if they're over cooked..
So if you wanna eat pasta that actually has toppings and more than just sauce.. then this is the place to go for dinner!!!
I will go again!!!