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.
Saddened to see such negative reviews for Anton. I really like it for the quantity AND the quality. And it seems to me that many others in this city do so as well, as there always is a line. I had lunch here recently and had to queue outside the restaurant for a seat. And as for the quantity, take me seriously when I say that the portion sizes are extra large. If you eat here, most of the times you will end up with a take-out portion that can easily last you two or three days.
The pasta is delicious and so despite it being expensive you don't mind spending a bit extra for it. I have not been able to try everything on their menu because it is so extensive but one dish I really enjoy is the linguine alla siciliana, which is linguine with red peppers, and anchovies. They also add olives in a very spicy tomato sauce, which is mouth-watering good. The ambience is very nice and relaxed, which is partly set by the waiters themselves, always cheery and happy-go-lucky.
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.
- The food portions are massive, anything you order is huge!
- The quality of the food is decent, I ordered the lasagna and there arent many places that can cook it well - it was still a little cold in the middle but it was a huge stack so I guess that is why.
- The service was good, for how busy it is the waitress was fast and efficent.
- She was also gorgeous by the way - not all of them are but we got lucky.
Eating the whole meal is not worth the crappy pen though - so don't stuff yourself!
The wait to get in can be a irritant, but its generally worth it, with huge (and I do mean huge) servings of delicious pasta. I've never been able to finish a serving, and usually wind up taking at least a third of it home for lunch the next day. Its a loud, crowded and boisterous place, immense fun.
Couldn't find Lasagna in lunch menu and have to settle for mixed seafood and mushrooms in cream sauce. The portion is really big and cannot finish it. Good thing is the cream sauce is very rich and full. Bad thing is the shell pasta stuck together. Didn't seperate well.
Service is good. Come check on our food a few times.
I rember about 15-20 years ago we came here frequently. Recently we went back, more for nostalgia than anything.
I can honestly say it hasn't changed in that time. Really cheap, bland, overcooked pasta (overcooked makes it absorb more water, and makes it more feeling-cheaply) No real flavouring in the sauce.
Nothing wrong with the service, but nothing particulary special about it either. This restaurant is the perfect place for the college kids out on their own for the first time and cant afford to eat at a real restaurant. But for anyone who has developed taste buds and can afford a couple more bucks for dinner, I would recommend not to disappoint yourself here. No matter how low you set your expectations, you will be disappointed.
Coming from an Italian background, I do my best not to judge 'Italian' restaurants too harshly since they'll never truly live up to expectation - only a few really do.
We started with a mista salad (garden salad with 'special' dressing), a minestrone soup, and tri-color ravioli in red sauce - all to share, since we could see how large the portions were. I can't begin to describe the 'special' salad dressing other than it was a gelatinous blob that just sat on top of the lettuce and tasted as though it came out of a 'Kraft' container. Too salty and so thick it was challenging to mix the salad. The soup was inoffensive, but boring, with the vegetables cut way too big. The pasta tasted as though it'd been in the freezer for about a year, prior to cooking. The sauce was ok, not too sweet or bitter - the better part of the meal.
It could have been just our server - can't speak about them all - but she was gruff and very rushed in her delivery of our items, just shy of tossing them on the table. Everyone has a bad day, but this was overkill. I really hope folks begin to understand that 5 pounds of pasta doesn't constitute an 'Italian dinner experience'. Olive Garden does a million times better. Really? a couple of free buns at the beginning of the meal - that impresses patrons?
I've been here a few of times. It's always been consistent.
Bellini's is the best i've ever tasted around here. I guess i like the peach slush and that hint of rum.
Food is Okay. I can't say it's a good authentic italian restaurant..because it isnt. It's catered to ppl who would choose Quantity over Quality.
I took the leftovers home(HUGE proportion) and recooked it the next day..omg the past was swimming in Olive Oil. the dishes can be a little too greasy. Come here for just comforting food with a bunch of friends.
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 !