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Aldo's Pasta Bar

441 Columbia St
New Westminster, BC V3L4X8
Tel: (604) 525-3473
Neighbourhood: Columbia

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Good Italian in New Westminster
By VJB of abbotsford (171 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 11:38am [Dine in]

We had dinner at Aldo’s on Sunday. When we called for reservations we were told that they had a large dinner party that evening but that they could fit us in. It is a small restaurant but the service was very good considering the large group and the fact that there was only 1 server.

They have primarily pizza and pasta. There are only 4 entrees, 3 veal dishes and 1 chicken dish. With the pasta you pick your sauce and pasta combination. We decided to share a large pizza (you pick your own toppings and the price is determined by the size of pizza and number of toppings ordered.) We decided to share a large pizza and an order of pasta. We had a linguine with smoked salmon and alfredo sauce. This was very tasty and it had large chunks of smoked salmon. The pasta was nicely cooked al dente. They do not make all their own pastas. The waiter said that some of the pastas are not homemade. The pizza was also very good and again they were very generous with the toppings. The server checked on us a few times during the course of our meal and was very attentive. Before the pizza and pasta were served we were given nice hot rolls from the oven. They were really good but I didn’t want to fill up on bread.

Our server was very gracious. When we first sat down I found our table to be very cool because the front door was open. We asked him if it was possible to close the door and he did it without any hesitation or fuss.

I did like the Italian music they had playing in the background. It was very soft so it was not intrusive. It just added to the ambiance.

As we were leaving someone from the birthday group asked us if we would like to take some of their birthday cake with us. What a kind gesture.

This is a nice restaurant and we would return

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a nice meal
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 30, 2008 - 12:05pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were once again seeking Italian food, and we decided to give this place a try. It is located near the Columbia Skytrain station, amidst the thicket of bridal shops. At night this part of town is a little dodgy, but there were definitely no scruffians at the restaurant.

The restaurant itself was very welcoming and everything was clean including the w/c. We had a reservation and the manager seated us herself. The place does mostly pasta, but they also have pizza and some meat dishes. I selected a veal parmigiana with penne pasta and accompanied it with a Caesar salad and an inexpensive glass of red wine. My beloved dining companion had a fettuccine Alfredo with salmon. She had a very good cafe latte with her meal.

The food was quite good. The salad was great. My veal was tender and the pasta was a perfect al dente. The sauce was flavorful, packed with tomato goodness and not watery. It looked very home made. Mrs. C reported that her Alfredo pasta and sauce was excellent, and the salmon was a perfect complement to the dish. Portion sizes were generous.

Service was good and we found the staff to be friendly and attentive. No attitude here. We also were happy to find it was not expensive. It was a nice meal in a decent restaurant at a good price.

Bravo!

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It's Gordon Ramsey Time
By Okaliswan of New Westminster (75 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 19, 2007 - 12:37am [Dine in]

Restaurants get tired. I'd never been here before the other night but I know this place needs a makeover. If you could imagine the menu and decor of every little unimaginative Italian restaurant you've ever been to ... this is the embodiment of all that. Aldo's specials were interesting, rabbit in wine sauce and seafood angioletti, but only passable and lacking life. This place has lost the ummph it might have had at one time. Too bad, I believe the restaurant is run with the best of intentions and to make the customers happy, but it needs an infusion of youth and imagination to last another 1000 years. I'm going to go once more to try try the house standards to make sure I haven't too hastily misjudged this place. Will report back if different result. Over and out.

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Definitely Needs Improvement!
By cmmeade of burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, June 16, 2008 - 12:41pm [Dine in]

On Saturday night my husband ad I saw a coupon in the local paper so thought we would give Aldo's a try. Unfortunately, we did not read the fine print on the coupon that excluded Friday's and Saturday's. However, we did order two veal dishes. Our dinner arrived and I could not believe the small portions on the rather large plates....no veggies, nothing but a few pieces of veal soaked in sauce. The veal picatta was so salty I had to wash it down with three glasses of water. The pasta (which came on a separate small side plate) was bland and sticky...much like Chef Boyardee in a can. I was going to send back the veal but it seemed unnecessary since the portion was so small....I was so hungry I ate it in a few bites. When the waitress asked if everything was OK I said I was not happy with the service or the food. The chef/owner(?) overheard and went on to chastise me for not speaking up sooner. It was very uncomfortable having to listen to his rather loud lecture while others in the restaurant looked on. Sorry....Aldo's is off our list....we won't be back.

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Poor ambiance. Will not visit again
By goddard of coquitlam (12 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 10, 2014 - 1:09am [Dine in]

I ate at Aldo's on a rainy Thursday evening. I was the only customer, and that contributed to the outstanding attentive service of the pleasant waiter. The food was just above average, I had the California salad, tasted fresh and flavourful, but had way too much lettuce in the mix. The veal scallopini with mushroom sauce was not quite as appetizing as I expected, with the strong mushroom sauce drowning any subtle flavours of the veal. The accompanying penne pasta with meat sauce was above average, fresh, on the slightly soft side of al dente, with a very tasty meat sauce. Prices are definitely on the high side.

Early on in the meal the owner came out of the kitchen, and sat at his own table opposite me - occasionally staring at me with an unfriendly look on his face, from time to time he would annoyingly, and loudly whistle with the background music. He also had intense, almost heated discussions in Italian with the waiter, agitating the pleasant mood of the waiter. No jolliness or welcome from the owner, unfriendly vibe. Very strange, and possibly partially explaining the emptiness of the restaurant. Poor ambiance. Will not visit again

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Good Value
By cnewwest of New Westminster (28 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 5:22pm [Dine in]

Went here in a large group, complete with young children. We all left satisfied.

This place adds to the street scene in downtown New Westminster. Aldo's has a cozy family feel to it, and you are welcomed as you come in. The food is simple, and appears to be fresh.

All of us started with salads. They were on the "safe" side, and generally delivered as described. A good portion with fresh and simple ingredients. I don't know how some places screw up salad, but some really do. You can win friends with salad. The bread and butter was sort of Safewayish though.

Various pasta dishes were all acceptable, and satisfying. Not the best we have had, but none of us were feeling that we could have done better with some fancy brands of sauce and pasta bought at Costco or Urban Fare. The owner came and asked us how things were, which was a nice touch. Server was reasonably attentive.

Good value for the money, but we forgot to bring our Entertainment Coupon. If we did, the evening would have been an incredible value.

I have been here before, and will return.

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Wonder why this place is so dead.
By finickyfinnigan of New Westminster (20 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 18, 2008 - 4:10pm [Dine in]

My husband and I went here for the first time for dinner on a Saturday night, and when we walked in we were almost tempted to turn tail and leave before the waitress saw us. There wasn't another single soul in there. Not usually a good sign.

As luck would have it, we were too slow, and the waitress was over in a flash, so we just stayed. I have to say, I wonder why there was no one else in there. The food was pretty good, if a tad overpriced, and we couldn't complain about the service or how fast the food was because it was both fast and great.

Before we left, another couple did come in and sat down, but I think these guys need to do some advertising, hire a musician or renovate to get the customers curious about old Aldo's.

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Re-review of a Favourite Restaurant
By Gambolling_Gourmet of New Westminster (19 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 4:17pm [Dine in]

I have been a regular diner at Aldo's for about 5 years, and I am going to update my review.

DC and AB of Port Moody's review was well titled: "Hidden Gem". Aldo's is indeed just that.

After some hits and misses with servers over the last 5 years or so, Aldo hired a young italian guy about two years ago who has really helped to improve the overall atmosphere of this restaurant. He is a first-rate server, and provides an honest opinion on the daily specials.

Aldo's pasta is home-made, fresh, and always properly al dente - if you get the gnocchi on the day it is made, it is an especially fine treat. There are several dishes that are in my favourites list, in no specific order:

- Gnocchi with marinara sauce: Sometimes very good; sometimes truly superb.

- Gnocchi with putanesca sauce: I find this one just a tad too spicy-hot for my taste, but nonetheless, quite tasty.

- Linguinni with white or red clam sauce: Wonderful.

- Tortellini with calabrese sauce: Excellent (sometimes ravioli with calabrese is available as a special).

- Linguinni with pesto sauce: Very, very good.

- Steelhead fillet in white wine and lemon sauce: Exquisite (although the accompanying penne with bolognese sauce seemed a not particularily well suited side dish).

If you want a traditional italian style pizza, make a special order and have it with no cheese and only one or two strongly flavoured toppings such as garlic and chopped anchovies, or capers and black olives.

Aldo used to make a delicious zabaglione desert (warm, rich, and very filling), but, sadly, this has been removed from the menu; however, I have ordered this great desert and even though it is no longer on the menu, Aldo was willing to make it.

As for negatives, there are a few. Some dishes continue to be rather odd. The minestrone and the primavera sauce have water chestnuts and baby corn, which I think is not only odd, but a mistake. The baby corn in particular adds a strong, and to my taste, inappropriate and somewhat unpleasant tang to this otherwise good dish. I would have given the food a 5 rating, but for these oddities.

The overall atmosphere is, hmm, well, kind of plain, but not unpleasant. The music playing in the background is rather trite and cliche, but not bad. The room is often a bit too cold in the winter, and the red wine is often a bit too warm in the summer.

Lastly, I think the prices, especially for the wine (bottles are often marked up to more than 100% over liquor store prices, and by the glass is sometimes as much as $13), are a tad too high for the value, but not exceptionally so.

All-in-all, Aldo's is definitely one of my favourite New Westminster restaurants, and it is just around the corner from where I live. I drop in at least twice a month.

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Great Food and Good Value
By Rogarboy of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 6:36pm [Dine in]

I wandered in to this place thinking there was an incredible special on including a glass of wine for 12 bucks at about 6:30 PM. Turns out that is the lunch special they leave outside on the sandwich board standing on the sidewalk. I was the only table in the place. I felt a bit duped and almost left but thought what the heck "might as well try it".

I am glad I did. I had homemade Angolotti pasta stuffed with real crab meat and served in a shrimp alfredo sauce. This dish was lovely. The sauce was just right not too heavy and made with real cream and little baby shrimp. A small loaf of hot hot bread was whisked to my table with plenty of butter as well. The price was only 15.99 which still made it very affordable to order a glass of the house red which was just "ok" but adequate.

The service was good and the waiter polite. This was one of the best meals I have enjoyed out in recent memory. I recommend Aldo's for a pasta dinner if you want one. Don't let the "pasta bar" they advertise fool you into thinking it is one of those fast food places. I think they should drop the term as it does not do them justice and it held me back from going for awhile. A great place to go and enjoy and nice Italian dinner. Kudo's to Aldo!

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Best Place for Pasta, Bread and Steamed Clams!
By beentheredonethat of Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 24, 2008 - 1:21am [Dine in]

This place has the best pasta that I have ever come across. The owners really care about the food and its preparation. They just quietly keep churning out the best pasta in town and I DO mean quiet! Unfortunately, nobody seems to know about this little gem and if they do, they are keeping the secret to themselves. I believe that the establishment is a victim of bad location.

No matter how empty the place is, they still make the best in town. They have a good variety of sauces (carbonara, red clam sauce, a to-die-for white clam sauce, pesto and probably 10 or so more choices --I've tried them all and, though I have my definite favourites, I can't really say I dislike any of the ones that aren't my favourites) and a nice selection of pastas to put them over (spaghetti, linguine, penne, fusilli, and for an extra charge: gnocchi, tortellini, ravioli). They have really great bread (when it is eaten the moment it arrives at the table) and steamed clams in a garlicy tomato broth (save the broth for dipping with the bread --order more bread if you have to!). Finally, they have a great fried Italian cheese that is breaded and served with lemon (it tastes just like the best grilled cheese sandwich you have ever had!): it's no longer on the menu, but you can still order it if you call ahead.

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Not much has changed...which is unfortunate :-(
By TheChowChow of New Westminster BC (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 8:58pm [Dine in]

Decided to give Aldo's Pasta Bar another try since it had been about two years since my last visit (which was kind of average). Reading some of the reviews on DineHere, I can see some trends that reflect my experience.

The Good

- The younger Italian server was very skilled. Warm, friendly, efficient, and an excellent staff member for running the front of the house
- The buns were incredible! Whatever they use to keep them or make them warm leaves them nice and flaky on the outside and warm and soft on the inside.
- The decor was nicely updated and the table/glasses/cutlery were very clean
- The pasta was cooked perfectly al dente!

The Bad

- On the seafood appetizer, the shrimp tasted strangely metallic and overly "fishy"
- The Italian salad was grossly over priced for the amount of butter lettuce and tomato on the plate
- The meatballs that came with the bolognese were bland and left a bitter after taste
- The owner, Aldo showed a real lack of professionalism in yelling at my dining companion and I when he asked how the meal was and I politely and simply said, well, it's ok, the meatballs aren't to my taste." My feeling is you shouldn't ask the question if you only expect glowing and fawning praise.
- The ice cream dessert was freezer burnt

Food wise this was probably one of the worst dining experiences I've had in a very long time. It's too bad the kitchen couldn't match the skill of our server.

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What a pleasant surprise!
By 12cruzers of Vancouver, BC Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 10:20pm [Dine in]

We were just there today, we were greeted and served by nice Italian server. We ordered the antipasto, bread and the stracciatella soup to start, then for main course we ordered the linguine carbonara and the penne con alfredo con salmone. And finally for dessert, baci nero. Everything was great, not a single item we didn't care about. The portions are just right and the dishes are all tasty. Very highly recommended! We will definitely return. To think we almost went to the Old Spaghetti Factory down the road. Glad we found this little place! What a pleasant surprise indeed!

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Cosy and Great Food
By tidesup of Port Moody BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 8:38pm [Dine in]

Used Groupon to try something new last night. This place is 20 minutes away from our home in Port Moody so we decided to venture. Had read the reviews so really we had no expectations. Upon arrival we were greeted in a very pleasant manner. The restaurant is small and intimate....not so much romantic but very pleasant. We ordered a bottle of good chianti off the very limited wine list. To our elation, they decanted the wine at our table (something oh so many restaurants in this price range dont offer). Our server was very pleasant and attentive. We started with the House antipasto which was very authentic Italian and tasty. We followed that with gnocchi with carbonara sauce...stop here...possibly the best gnocchi we have had. Real potatoe and homemade Carbonara. Then, the veal Parmigiana with a simple tomatoe sauce...outstanding. All the pasta is fresh made on premise as are the sauces. Tomatoe sauce was thick and so wonderfully fresh tasting. We chatted a bit with the chef/owner and came away with the sense they have a real pride in the food they are serving here. Nothing over the top but a truly nice spot with great Italian food. Took the teramisu home and have yet to try...tonight for sure. Will definately hit this spot again when the desire for great tasting tomatoe sauce hits again.

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Hidden Gem
By DC and AB of Port Moody (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 1:11pm [Dine in]

Aldo's is New Westminster's hidden gem. Located along the main drive through New Westminster's waterfront, serves up amazing dishes. We frequent Aldo's anytime we want to celebrate, indulge or even just relax.
Invariably, my boyfriend and I always order the same thing: gnocchi with carbonara sauce and penne with tre colore sauce (pesto, alfredo and tomato sauce mixed together). Sometimes we go in telling ourselves we'll try something new, but we can never stay away from our favourite dishes.
The tre colore sauce is perfect. It is tangy, smooth and thick with fresh pesto. It is almost a stew in and of itself. The gnocchi carbonara may seem like a small portion, but it's loaded with fresh bacon and has a thick, creamy sauce. The dish avoids being too rich or fatty, but the wonderful bacon flavours entice even the most stringent of vegetarians (I myself am guilty...oops). We always order a half-litre of the house red, which is a delicious compliment to any meal.
We go to Aldo's about once per month, and we've always been confused by the negative reviews we've found on here. It's affordable in comparison to the Keg or Boathouse, and the food, service and the atmosphere far exceed anything in the vicinity. We highly recommend this restaurant

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Great food
By Cheers33 of Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 12:27pm [Dine in]

I can't believe reading some of the negative post?? Some people should stick to eating Big Macs. I guess Groupon brings these type of people.

This place is simply amazing. It's owned and operated by an Italian family, the atmosphere is cozy and romantic and the pasta is some of the best I've ever had; the absolute best in New West that's for sure! This time the restaurant was full, and while there were only two servers catering to 10 - 12 busy tables, the service was polite and efficient. We had the veal parmigiano (my husband), fettucine con funghi (20 year old son) and gnocchi carbonara (me), and all three dishes were generously portioned and excellent. The assorted antipasto (cappicolo, salami, mozzarella, olives and pickled vegetables) was also terrific

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Great italian food..
By bbb234 of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, October 17, 2011 - 1:25pm [Dine in]

Bought groupon. Wish i had heard of them before.
So we ordered the Baked Escargot in Garlic Butter as the app, I must say it was really good. It was very flavorful and rich.
The Veal dish was tender and had a unique flavourable marsala sauce. I loved the homemade pasta sauce that came with the entree. It was zesty and full bodied, lots of flavour. It was a creamy tomato.

My wife got the smoked salmon with gnocchi in carbonara sauce. The gnocchi was simply the best I ever had. It has a distinct taste of potato, instead of flour. We asked them why their gnocchi tasted so different, it's because it's home made with almost all potato instead of loaded with flour. As you can see the gnocchi are all irregular shaped, hence it's home made. The carbonara sauce was great.

The Tira Misu also good and it was homemade. But I have had better.

The decor was simple and plain, a very home like feel to it. Overall, this place is great for pasta. Their pasta are either home made of fresh delivered everyday.

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Romantic.
By onforsize of Surrey, BC (9 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 6:51pm [Dine in]

Great food and a great date location.

The chef even came out and mingled with the diners to see how they enjoyed their meals. We felt like we were in a movie or something!
It's decent pasta with a pretty good wine list too. Not Italy by any means, but a million times better than the Spag. Fact. or Olive Garden.
We'll definitely go back.

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Sad Friday Night!!!
By Munsen of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, April 9, 2010 - 9:49pm [Dine in]

We sat down and our first impression of Aldo's was that we may have finally found a decent restaurant in the Burnaby/New West area. Our server was polite, seemed professional, and new the menu quite well. We had a couple of basic dishes; ones you might think any half decent restaurant could pull off but .......no!

1. Caesar Salad - typical truck stop caesar salad (low quality parm and bland dressing)
2. Marinated Calamari Salad - okay, but poorly presented with lots of brown stumps and terrible olives
3. Chicken Cacciatore- the chicken was obviously past its expiry date and was way over cooked and then served cold. It was disgusting!
4. Penne with meat sauce and cream - noodles were way over-cooked, the "meat" in the meat sauce was a few grinds and flakes at best with no flavor. The sauce was bland.
5. Puttanesca Gnocchi (came with chicken as a side)- pretty good....but once again bad cheap olives
6. 1 litre bottle of San Pellegrino - it's water (can't mess that up)

In summary: after hacking into the chicken twice and sending it back, we left with a $52 bill + a $5 tip.
Our server was very good but unfortunately he obviously couldn't do much to allay our disappointment.
He apologized and took the chicken off the bill but still charged us for half of a Puttanesca.
I think that any place with such crap food should go out of their way to prevent people like me from going out of my way on a Friday night to sign up for a Dinehere account to vent my displeasure.

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Really Cool Lil Place in New West, Great Food
By tops64 of New West (8 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 31, 2009 - 12:57pm [Dine in]

Yummmyy....went there cuz we had a coupon. Turned out the food was fabulous! The red house wine was to die for! Yummyyyy...
BF had the veal and I had chicken linguine. All very tasty. Desserts overpriced for the size, but the ambiance and decor is magnifico!
Will go back AGAIN, and without a coupon!

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Homestyle italian cooking
By EWilson of Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 5:00pm [Dine in]

Visited this family run Italian restaurant. Very friendly couple and provide outstanding and warm service. We started with a tomato and cheese salad. The dressing was homemade and was excellent. My wife had Rotini in a creamy meat sauce and I had the seafood cannellini. We both felt the food here was great and will be returning soon. I recommend if you still have room to try the Tira Misu it seems the owners make their own dessert. yummy

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