Anton's is a one of a kind restaurant in the Greater Vancouver area. Pasta portions are very large and reasonably priced. There is usually a line up outside the door so come early.
Hours: Monday to Thursday (11:30 am to 10:30 pm), Friday and Saturday (11:30 am to 11:00 pm), Sundays and Holidays (4:00 pm to 10:00 pm)
If you don't feel like cooking for, say, the next 4 days, then come here. Most of the time, I can't stomach Anton's, the food is so-so, and if you get too close to the bathrooms there's a disturbing mix of garlic and urine wafting from them.....BUT, once in awhile, maybe twice a year, I go there. The penne Filippo is good, as is anything with the creamy tomato sauce. I am also a big fan of the creole pasta....that being said, I was there a few months back and can't see myself returning for another few months at least....
the servers were very nice in the beginning, and then after the food arrived, the service started going down.
my linguine carbonara wasn't hot....it was lukewarm. then since the amount was gigantic, the heat was lost quickly, and i was left with cold pasta. the sauce started clumping and i could see egg whites and cream at the bottom. it didn't look very good.
leftover might be even better, since i can heat it up anytime i want.
go for the quantity. if you don't like bland tasting pasta, then i suggest you don't come here.
On my 3rd visit just a few days ago, I must say, after a 2 years of my absence, the consistency in quality of their pasta dishes have been shotty at best.
I saw one of the young cooks flambe his pan, resulting in what seemed like a 4 foot flame that appeared excessively volatile and "out of control" so to speak. The concerned cook backed away a bit, and thought about taking the fiery creation to the sink, but then stood his ground and stuck with it until the flames died down. Meanwhile, another teenage cook came by and smacked his butt with a kitchen towel in comraderie.
The thing is, Anton's brigade is made of teens and early twenty somethings. It's become apparent, that the taste of the pasta has turned somewhat unexciting (or perhaps it always has been)...the baked pastas are a little more worthy of eating I think. Both of my friends ordered the conghilie with seafood and mushrooms...both turned out dry and blase. Still, the novelty of receiving a mega-arse portion of pasta for 14-15 bucks (before tax and tip) still hasn't worn off for most of its returning clientelle. This is what ppl are coming for - and for that, Anton's has great value.
Voted best pasta by many different consumer magazines, and in my books, definitely. The small space gives a cozy feel and the dimmer lights give that atmosphere. Large portions but they have gotten smaller over the years I've been there. They would give a free pen if you finish the serving. However, their take out is MUCH smaller and not worth it. Eat in if possible. Line up is long, but in my opinion, truly awesome.
We came on the advice of my co-worker; Sarah, who said the pasta was delicious and the servings were huge.
It was not too busy at 2pm on Monday, we were seated right away by the window. The decor was tasteful and the tables well spaced.
Our server was friendly, pleasant and very attentive. Even after it started getting busy she was by frequently to see if we needed anything.
We shared the foccacia, it was light and crispy, just right for oil/balsamic dipping. The pasta was really delicious. We had Penne Antonio and Conchiglie Frutti di Mare. Yes, the servings were hearty and large.
We thoroughly enjoyed our meals and had no room for dessert.
Our plates were cleared away promptly and our leftovers packaged up quickly and neatly wrapped with plastic bags.
We will return for another lunch or maybe dinner.
Having been left slightly disappointed and hungry after my Au Petite Cafe experience in the morning, and after a good long walk, we decided to head off to Anton's for some serious chowing down! I ordered my favorite the tomato sauced based Fettuccine Creola and it was especially generous with the chicken, sausage and shrimp this time around, lucky me! (I suppose the kitchen staff were pre-occupied with following Canucks' game to monitor their portion controls, Go Canucks Go!, lol! )
My partner's baked rigatoni in meat sauce was very tasty too, finished with a huge dome of ooey gooey baked cheese. Yum, yum, yum, and enough for 2 more meals for each of us :)
This is textbook value.
We came to Anton this evening because we had a dissapointing Italian food a week before at Amarosa. Actually, we weren't expecting the food to be this good. Our Risotto's creola was cooked to perfection, chicken fusilli with pesto sauce was very tasty, and the meatball with meat sauce is the BEST! I also loved the thick creamy sauce that comes with our frutti di marre (don't know how to spell it). The only flaw is that the shell pasta were a little undercooked on our frutti di marre. Other than that the dinner was perfect. We came around 5 pm so we didn't have to wait in line. We'll definitely come back to Anton.
Went there for dinner late at around 9PM. I was pleased to see no line up and plenty of tables available. It took a while for the Matire'D to see us but she assured us that we would get seated very soon. Wrong! We waited 20 minutes just at the door. And waiting seemed to be the story of the night. It took 15 minutes for the waitress to come by and by then we were ready to order drinks and food altogether. Another 30 minutes before the food came. Another 20 to get the bill. Even though the service was friendly, there was simply too much waiting.
The food portion was huge but that's about the only good thing. I ordered gnocchi, and they were like little frozen rocks. Not the soft, melt in your mouth variety. The sauce was not bad but too little to be noticed. My friend's pasta was the same. However, the cannelloni my other friend ordered was quite tasty though a bit salty. Value for money is good but I'd rather pay more for better quality.
I came here with my parents to eat on a rainy Sunday. Despite the heavy rain, there was still quite a number of people lining up to get in. Luckily, my mother and I met up with my dad who was second in line, and we were seated promptly after we arrived. The place is cozy but quite loud. The music was very odd considering the theme. Alicia Keys and Usher - Nice and Slow?
The food itself honestly isn't a big deal. It must be the quantity of the food because the quality wasn't that special. I had the Penne Capri, and although it wasn't soggy, the pasta was flat, literally. I would have preferred it more al dente. The orange juice I had also tasted a little off, with a strange after taste. All in all, I'd be willing to come here again to try something else but I definitely don't think it's worth waiting in line for.
For good value for money and tasty options, I recommend Anton's if you don't mind the line-up. Its true not every dish at Anton's is the best it could be but I've found a few favorites that are stellar which I order every time which is the Fettucine Creole and the Fruite de Marre both of which are fabulous. And for $15 I get two meals, sometimes three meals out of it!
I've been to Anton's years ago (when I was in high school) and can barely remember what I ordered back then, but did remember that they served a ton of food. I also remember the 1.5 hour wait in the dinner line-up, which I will never do now. So, to get away from the line ups, I went to Anton's at lunch (after the their lunch rush - about 2:00 pm).
I had their seafood pasta (prawns, shrimp, scallops), topped with mushroom and a great-tasting white sauce. If a white sauce is not salty/garlicy enough, I usually don't enjoy it, but Anton's pasta definitely did not disappoint. I would have finished the whole plate myself, but I had some help from my lunch companion, so I didn't need a doggy bag (my dog is very disappointed needless to say ...)
For lunch, their servings are more than enough to satisfy. I think the dinner serving is just way too much food for one person, so I'll by-pass the dinner line ups and a food serving that's large enough to feed a small country and stick to the lunch serving and no waits to get a seat.
All I can say is everything was terrible, food, service, management. We never had such bad experience going to a restaurant. Our advice is "DO NOT GO THERE". The portions are big but the quality is zero. People line up because they get a big plate of cooked pasta. That is all because the portion are big but the food is absolutely terrible.
I have never gone to Antons and had a bad experience , i do try and go early so i do not have to wait in line but the last time i went i had to wait 1 hour ....
once my friend and I finally got in we got bread , our drinks and our order taken right away ! food came out just as fast ... huge portions for what i thought was a really good price . Everytime i go there the pasta is always amazing !! and I try and get something different everytime .
It was my friends first time and she said she would most definitely be back and i know for a fact i will be too !
I have been a long-time customer of Anton's. The food is so great that people will even line up in the cold and rain to get in. I have witnessed this on several ocassions.
I highly recommend the "RIGATONI ALLA PIZZAIOLA." This is by far the best dish in my opinion. I recently had this as take-out but I've ordered this on several ocassions during sit-down menus.
If you have the luxury to go during non-peak hours, I would do so in order to avoid lineups.
I went to Anton's with some friends and was prepared for a long wait. It was about 20 minutes, which I was told was below average. Yipes! The service was a bit slow, but adequate.
The menu selection was more varied than I expected, with lots of different pastas and sauses.
As expected, the portions were gigantic and even a heavy eater like me could not finish it all. You certainly get a lot of food for your dollar.
That said, I don't understand why somebody would want to wait outside for 30 or more minutes. The food portions were huge, but still rather generic. Spaghetti and sauce is not hard for someone to make at home. If there wasn't such a long lineup, I'd probably go back more often. Instead, I'll pay a bit more to go to another Italian restaurant where the quality is higher.
My friend and I went to Anton's tonight - first time for me. We knew of the extraordinarily long line ups and were prepared to wait our turn, but arriving at about 6pm we had no wait at all, even though the restaurant was quite busy.
Seated near the window, there was a table right behind me (my friend sat at the window side) and one to my right. At first I thought it might feel very crowded, but I found that it felt a lot bigger than it looked. No bumped elbows or chairs being shoved from behind :)
The hostess asked if we would like anything to drink, and brought our beverages to us promptly (we didn't order anything fancy, just pop.) The menu looked absolutely wonderful - lots and lots of choices! Great vegetarian section, but I felt like a chicken dish tonight. The waitress arrived at just the right moment to take our orders - gave us enough time to thoroughly read the menu but not too long that we felt ignored.
To start, my friend ordered the Anton's salad (large size cos he wanted to take some home) for 8.95, and I ordered garlic bread (2.75). For our main course, he ordered the Fusilli Al'Indiana (with chicken and peas in a curry tomato sauce) and I the Fusilli Alla Toscana (with chicken, mushrooms and white wine in a pesto cream sauce). Each pasta dish was 14.95.
Our starters came fairly quickly, but in the meantime we marveled at the neighbouring table's meals - they smelled and looked absolutely divine! I tried the salad and it was SO good! The dressing, Anton's house dressing, was amazing but hard to pinpoint...almost like a ranch, but with more hints of lemon and vinegar and perhaps some white wine? Anyway, it was delicious. As for my garlic bread, I was a little disappointed - a six or so inch long roll, cut in half and spread with garlic butter and toasted. Not very much garlic butter, and the texture was far too...I want to say crispy, but more like stale. I expected a little more for almost $3.
While we were savouring our starters, we noticed the line up outside getting progressively longer, and praised our luck at arriving just before! By the time we left (about 730) the line up was at least 20 people long, most in groups of 2 or 4.
When our pasta arrived, my eyes almost popped out of my head. I was warned about the size of the meals, and had seen a glimpse of others' meals but this was simply amazing. Enough to feed four people quite comfortably.
The Toscana plate that I had was divine. Nicely tossed fusilli with plenty of pieces of chicken, and lots of mushrooms. I was impressed that the chicken is tossed in, not just 'artfully' arranged on the top of the plate.
My friend's meal smelled awesome - very curry-y. I tried a bit and was pleasantly surprised at the perfect fusion of curry with Italian style tomato sauce. Not too spicy at all, but just the right amount of flavour.
We both took the majority of our meals home with us for leftovers, and I can hardly wait for lunch tomorrow!!
The only thing I would possibly change about the meal is the density of the pasta itself - I prefer a little more on the al dente side, but at least it wasn't mushy!
I strongly recommend Anton's to anyone wanting a great 'comfort' food with leftovers to spare!
I went their with my family on Saturday, and overall, it was alright. Cheap food, decent taste, nice location, it's a formula that works. Service was decent, I wish that the waiter came more frequently to fill our drinks sooner. It was a lot of pasta, and sauces were good; but I wish they had more vegetables in it. They had Italian pictures over the wall, but they had a sign for a French beer... I thought that was quiet funny.
-They give you a lot of pasta. Sauces are decent.
-The prices are fixed, making it easier to try many types of pasta.
-Menu has variety.
-Nice Italian pictures.
-Too many people attracted by cheap, large quantity food.
-It's mostly pasta, and they could use more veggies.
-They have a sign for a French beer.... shouldn't it be some Italian beer?
-One person bathrooms, guys will be okay, I don't know about girls though.
As a business, this restaurant has a winning formula. Good food, huge portions, good service(beautiful waitresses), great selection of pastas, fair prices, and plenty of seating. I realize this isn't authentic Italian cuisine but it's pretty good for what you pay for and get. The huge lineups just about tells you how much people are willing to wait to dine here.
I've tried many of the pasta dishes here and I found them all very good. The complimentary bread(portugese buns) are very good. I also like the fact that the pop is bottomless. The artichoke salad is very tasty as well. I really have no complaints about this place other than the lineup but that's to be expected. Just go later(around 9:30pm) and you should be seated immediately. One thing is for sure is that you will be taking your dinner home in a take out container as it's almost impossible to finish. The portions at lunchtime are pretty big as well...and it's cheaper at around $9.95 each.
What I really don't get is why no other restaurant imitates this place....they'd make a killing.
A long wait, a noisy, crowded restaurant and a frazzled staff are all things I can handle but only if the food is really good. At Anton's it is not. I had heard about this place being an institution, so I went to check it out. The food is inconsistent and even at its best, it's nothing really special. Here's a tip: I'd rather skip the gargantuan portions and have them put their money into good ingredients and savvy cooking. Won't come back.
I was not a big pasta fan before going to this restaurant. My cousin forced me to go this restaurant and I have returned on a number of occasions. The quality of food is high and very reasonable. It is actually two meals because I end up taking half of my portion home. The menu has options for all kinds of taste and the servers are very knowledgeable. Their desserts are also really tempting. Good food and good atmosphere. Only thing you need to bring is the appetite.