Aldo's is an Italian pasta restaurant in New Westminster.
Very disappointing, would have been better off going to the Spaghetti Factory at least I would have gotten a better bang for my buck, same quality food. The special was good, Calabrese fettucini was very disapointing as well as the ceasar salad. The very least they could use real grated parmesan. The service was very good, it should have been as we were the only table in the restaurant.
My office is on Columbia, so I visit Aldo's weekly for lunch and less frequently for dinner.
Never had a bad meal. The Strachiateli is as good as it gets; terrific caesar salad; excellent tiramisu.
I generally lean toward the daily specials (ravioli in particular). My guests tend to have the lasagna or canneloni; always very happy.
The menu, IMO, demonstrates that these folks know their talents and stick to it. Properly prepared pastas and fresh authentic sauces. The Cardinale might be my favourite.
I like having a terrific neighbourhood spot like this where I never need a reservation, know it will be quiet, and great value. But I also want these guys to be successful, so encourage you to drop by.
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
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."
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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!)
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.
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.