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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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Poor service
By vwdarling of Coquitlam (11 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 12:43pm [Dine in]

I suggested that my family come here for dinner because my fiance and I have come to this place a few times before and enjoyed it. We were a party of 7 and two couples had entertainment cards to use.

In addition to the waiter forgetting a part of my order and the lack of water service, they also would not allow separate bills in order for us to take full advantage of the Entertainment coupons. Instead, they took out 2 salads as a discount. We thought that was wrong because the book clearly states two entrees not appetizers. They said that the salads were considered entrees because it's the only thing they ordered. How stupid! They claimed it's only a $3 difference and we shouldn't be making a big deal... they should listen to themselves because if they made us happy it would've only cost them $3 and we would be returning customers. Instead, we paid the bill in full, did not include a tip, and will not return there again. I won't be spreading good reviews about that place anymore. All because of "$3."

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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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Good Food
By food_and_the_city of Port Coquitlam (10 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 8, 2008 - 11:19am [Dine in]

I loved the pasta sauce at this place. It was zesty and full bodied, lots of flavour. Ample amount was served so some was left for bread dipping at the end. The Veal dish was tender and had a unique flavourable marsala sauce. The roasted chicken was tender and a large serving, half a chicken, could hardly eat it all. The sauce was nice, don't remember the name. I would recommend giving this place a try.

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Very Pleasant
By darwin of New West (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 10:11am [Dine in]

We decided to try Aldo's again after a long time away. I was very pleasantly surprised!

I expected it to be slow and quiet, nope! All the table were full by the time we left at 8pm. The manager was recovering from surgery so there was only one server taking care of the whole floor but he did a great job.

We had the escargot, which were excellent, buttery and garlicky. The accompaning bread was awesome, warm and crusty and soft in the middle.
The Italian salad was delicious, light and not fussy with just a few ingredients. Probably a bit overpriced.
I had the puttanesca which was awesome! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Spicy, tangy, tomatoey and fresh. Delicious.
My partner had the veal parmasean. Also delicious. The penne with meat sauce that came with it was not our favourite but the veal was excellent.
We didn't have dessert. There was not a lot of options there. Forgivable though since the pasta options were many.
I will definately go again. I can imagine very soon since I am still thinking about that puntanesca sauce.
Yum!

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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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Really average food
By Unicactus of Richmond , BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 8:26am [Dine in]

We bought the groupon and thought we would try a new resturant. The food was really just average. It would totally have been over priced if we didn't have the groupon deal. The seafood antipasto was blend. Bread was served with butter instead of balsamic vinegarette and the bread was just a regular dinner roll you'd get on the plane. The lasagne was good but then it is difficult to screw that up. The veal was rather tough and blend too. We got the tiramsu for dessert, regularly priced $8, was totally not worth $8. It barely has any flavor and I had to use the berry sauce on top to give it some sweetness, otherwise it just taste like spongecake. There was no coffee flavor at all.
The service was not good either. One server when she was pouring water for us, all I can smell was her heavy perfume trying to cover up cigarette smell! Working in the food industry it is rather important not to smell like cigarette when you are on duty! Thankfully I did not have to pay regular price for the meal!

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Celebration gone wrong
By RavenCandy of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 10:44pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I went to Aldo's to celebrate his job promotion and thought that this neighbourhood restaurant might fit the bill. We started with the antipasto plate which was average, decent salami and pancetta, good cheese, but some overly pickled vegetables. After finding out from the waiter that the pasta is dry, not fresh, we should have been "tipped off" on our entree...but we went ahead and ordered puttanesca linguine ($14) with meatballs (additional $3) and linguine primavera ($15). The puttanesca was ok and the meatballs were decent.

The real surprise here was the over use of canned vegetables. For example, the primavera had almost all canned vegetables in it, including water chestnuts. Who puts water chestnuts into Italian food?! The mushrooms - canned. Baby corn - canned. Baby corn in primavera?! Everything but the watery, over-cooked broccoli was canned.

In a city full of decent Italian restaurants, whether found on The Drive or downtown, it is a shame to see a neighbourhood family restaurant fail so much with the food. The service was quite good and as others have mentioned, the owner spoke to some customers.

We did use an entertainment coupon and the discount applied to the puttanesca only...and not the meatballs which were in the dish (not a side order) and cost an additional $3.

This is mediocre dining in New West at it's finest!

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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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Once a year...
By debby625 of burnaby, bc (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 3:09pm [Dine in]

Once a year I use my Entertainment Book coupon and every year it is the same... This is a local place for me, but not worth going to without it being 2 for one. Their antipasto plate is good (with salami, olives etc), pasta just okay - I've never had a meal that I raved about i.e. the food is nothing special - I make better myself. The owner is quite congenial, the rest of the serving staff okay

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Aldos Forget about it
By hp34 of Delta (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, January 18, 2009 - 12:35am [Dine in]

Hands down the worst place I have ever been to.If there was a 0 rating I would give it a -100 rating for food and service. My review is very harsh,but when you dine there you will agree with my assessment.I ordered the veal,my wife had the pesto pasta and a friend ate primavera.After 1 bite we had enough. Our server came and asked if we wanted it packed and we all said HELL NO,paid the bill and went to good old spaghetti factory for some good Italian grub.The service was also garbage from the minute we walked in to the time we walked out.I really believe the people giving positive reviews are just family members and friends who feel bad for the owner. Nasty review for a very very nasty restaurant if you want to call it that.

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great
By troyshan of richmond (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 10:24pm [Dine in]

i went to this restaurant with my mom today, their menu is huge
They have at least as many, They get daily deliveries from their supplier in the near town
As well as great service, food si cheap compare to many and all of their competitors!
one thing they need to get better is a washroom. the washroom not that clean (maybe i am un-lucky!)

All good

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Great Food. Good value
By johnandpina of burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 19, 2008 - 9:31pm [Dine in]

Highly recommended pizzas, pastas, and steak. Try the home -made gnocchi.

Value is always good, particularly for the quality/quantity of food. Nice family run restaurant and make us regulars feel like family. Seems they are making the place seem more modern with new wood flooring and chairs.

Overall, highly recommended.

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Confused
By amator of New Westminster (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 6, 2007 - 5:17pm [Dine in]

Neighborhood kind of Pasta place with fairly cozy atomosphere.

It is a shame because this restaurant could do so much better. Their main focus, "pasta" is more towards tipical North American soft (over done), if you want an authentic "al dente," this place is not for you. Their "Carbonara" was over done which resulted in scramble egg texture... Other pasta sauce were ordinary and fair.

I have skipped on dessert but my partner commented that the Tiramisu was quite good.

Service is fair and I can see that they are trying, chef came out and greeted us during the meal, this was quite surprising as it is rare at restaurant at this price range. I can see their effort but hope they would put little more effort into their pasta dishes.

This restaurant could become better with little effort. If you are not used to "al dente" and like softer texture pasta, than this place can be a good choice.

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