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.
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.
-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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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:)
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!!!
The first thing you should know is that they only have two portion sizes small and large. Large is very big and could probably feed 3 people and small is more like a medium. I had the large Seafood Cannellini it was alright but I would suggest that you pick some thing else because I went with a large group of friends and all their meals seemed better then mine. I think that refills for pop were free. The staff are friendly and helpful. The bathrooms aren't the best so I would try and hold it in until you get home. But overall I would recommend this restaurant to people who want great value and good food.
PS: For three people our bill came to about 62 dollar.