Mrs. C and I were craving Italian, and we wanted to try a new place. This restaurant is on the edge of the highly competitive Hastings restaurant corridor in Burnaby. I think they more than hold their own with the competition.
The place was very clean and well-decorated, and they had a wood-fired pizza oven for those who like the pie. The menu had enough choices to satisfy but was not too big, so we were able to make our selections without getting a headache.... Service was good at the front end, but we found that the kitchen was really slow in filling orders. We shared a tomato and olive salad to start, and had pasta main dishes: rigatoni con salsiccia for me and penne carbonara for my beloved dining companion. I also had a nice glass of the house red. The complimentary bread that came with our meal was decent. Overall we found the food to be just fine, and the pasta dishes were quite tasty with the pasta cooked to a perfect al dente. I did find my rigatoni con salsiccia didn't have the expected olives or mushrooms, but the tomato sauce was well-made and the sausage was great. Mrs. C couldn't finish her pasta due to the huge size, so she has lunch for work on Monday :). As for value, it was a little more than I expected, but you get what you pay for. I will probably go back to try some of the other dishes.
Ok so I've had the pizza here a few times & it's great.. I would recommend the pizza. I've never dined inside however so finally I went to eat here with my father for dinner to try out some other menu items.
First impressions.. Place is nice, I don't like the open layout but nice place. Our server was very polite and friendly, service a little on the slower side (not her fault as she was the only server on the floor)
We ordered appies, my father had the caesar salad and said it was just average. I had the new zealand mussels in sauce. They were very big and tasty, sauce was good as well. Also I was thinking it was weird being in an italian restaurant with no bread on the table.. but after 10 minutes it came (was warming in the oven) so it was worth waiting.
Next we had our entrees. My father had veal parmigiana with potato and veggies. The portion was HUGE, two large pieces of veal, one would have been plenty so there were left overs. The meat was tough and overall not that good he said. I had the veal with mushrooms with pesto pasta on the side. The veal was a large portion and also tough. The sauce that it was in wasn't very good, kind of like a gravy. The pasta however was very nice.
Will order pizza from them in the future.
Will not return to dine-in.
The pasta and pasta sauce here are yummy.
Stay away from any veal dish here.
We've been going here regularly since they opened maybe five years ago. The food is always good and consistant (no suprises) because the boss is always cooking in the back. The pizza is gourmet, the pasta is decent and the salad is fresh. There are better italian restaurants in the GVRD but this one's the best in my neighborhood.
We had a party of 18 here last night. We ordered a few platters of antipasti (they are large and well prepared, the vegetarian platter is noteworthy with bocconcini and other Italian preserves and olives/tomatoes) and salads as well as ordering 6 or 7 extra large pizzas. The extra larges run around 23-25 dollars but are worth it as the recipes and the method of cooking in a wood oven make a HUGE difference!
When I come again (not if!) I will try their pasta as I was told and saw with my own eyes that is their forte! The pasta dishes look authentic and at an average of 16 dollars are a huge portion! The wine list is decent albeit a bit over priced for the content, the cocktails are a much better deal at 4.75 each! The service is very professional and attentive especially welcome is the fact that they platted up a birthday cake with no qualms or surcharge! our thanks was reflected in the tip :). The ONLY glitch was that we at one point were considering ordering another pizza only to be informed they ran out of pizza dough!! WTF!! anyways no problem as we barley finished what we ordered anyways.
A nice addition to the neighbourhood.
I have driven past this place many times over the years,and tonight was the night to try it.
I had the antipasto to start,wich was just like being at an itallian wedding.
Thin porsciutto strips,salami,capicollo,mozza cheese,and pepperoncini.
The Boconcinni Tomate salade was also great.
I had the tortellini with salsicce sause,Excellent!
And the veal was wonderful.Friend had rigatoni with rose sauce,and chicken cacciatore.Both solid.
Will definitley be back.
We recently held a special occasion birthday party at Domenicos with approximately 20 guests. Right from the planning of the menu for a large group with the owner, to the no charge plating of the birthday cake that we provided, we were impressed with the service. The restaurant is cozy with a fireplace and large windows. The pastas and salads were really good and we especially enjoyed the wood fired pizza. Our family had a great time and our waitress was attentive to our group. We live in the neighborhood and will definately eat here again.
Domenico's seems a descent place. Looked pack but there was a party of 40 so when they left Lori and I were the only one's there in the later evening on a weekday. Friendly service for sure. Suprised to see that they used hamburger buns for roll. Guess they were out but probably should have apologized. Pizza was old crispy, and the chicken in the Ceasar had a refriderator freezer taste. Not too bad but would scout another restaurant in the neighbourhood first before returning here.
I was very disappointed by the dishes we ordered. My husband and I ordered a Greek style salad, which was probably our mistake being in an Italian restaurant. It had a strange house salad dressing that didn't quite compliment the dish. For the main dish we decided to share a tortellini with italian sausage in a tomato meat sauce. The tortellini was mushy and the sauce smelled sour before we even began eating. The italian sausage tasted like previously frozen breakfast sausage. I usually look forward to eating the leftovers the next day, but it just irritated me more that it was just as bad. I love pasta and have been to many Italian restaurants in the Lower Mainland. Our experience with the dishes we ordered left us very unsatisfied and confused since it had been recommended by many people in the Italian community.
nestled away from the bulk of the Italian restaurants in the Heights lies this quaint pasta place and it was definitely good.
food: they have a fair selection of pastas, pizzas an antipastos although to me, there wasn't anything on there that isn't available at any other Italian restaurant. prices were standard but i found portions to be generous. taste great but nothing extraordinary.
ambiance: decor inside seems kinda old and rustic. i noticed no music playing at all until near the end of the night, i realized the chefs in the back had tuned into the canucks game (which i couldn't hear) and then switched back when it was over. otherwise, eerily silent.
service: nice but not as attentive as could be but we'll give her the benefit of the doubt since she was new although other than us and another table, there was no one else to serve.
i'd give it another shot
I don't really want to share, but I feel I owe it to other pizza lovers out there: This is really wonderful pizza. The restaurant was recommended to us by a friend who lives in the area, and I can't comment on their other menu selections 'cause we've only eaten the brick oven pizza here, but it is totally to die for! The service is welcoming and friendly, the room is warm and charming, and from the moment you step through the entrance the inviting wood-burning smell of the brick oven washes over you ... just thinking about eating there makes my stomach growl. Enjoy!