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La Spaghetteria

232 Sixth Street
New Westminster, BC V3L3A4
Tel: (604) 525-2611
Fax: (604) 515-7737

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la mediocrità
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 5, 2009 - 2:55pm [Dine in]

Our usual dinner gang plus special guests A&E were looking for a place to get fed and we decided to give LS a try. The ambiance was cozy in an odd way, but the decor can only be described as crappy with no thought at all to how it looked. There was also a lot of smoke coming from the kitchen/patio area that soaked our clothes and made some of us cough. Still it was clean, including the w/c's. Service was okay, but the server seemed to be in a bit of a hurry. The menu in the restaurant was slightly different than the web page version, and they had some daily specials. I ordered a veal parmigiana, and most of the rest of our party had one of the specials, salmon steak and linguine pasta with special sauce, or seafood and pasta shells in a creme sauce. All the food was mediocre at best, although the specials were a good sized portion. My veal dish was rather tiny, especially the few grams of pasta and the slightly burnt tomato basil sauce I got. One thing I noticed was that the pasta was overcooked and mushy. That was unpleasant. I mean, shouldn't a pasta restaurant do decent pasta? Also, they had bread at the beginning of the meal, but no refills were permitted. That seemed awfully cheap. As for value, it wasn't too expensive, but they didn't give much quality for the price.

I don't expect to return.

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Not the best
By applepie of Burnaby (129 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 5:21am [Dine in]

Not the best food, not the best service. We ordered a sirloin steak with rigatoni and salmon in bell pepper sauce. The taste was OK but the texture was kind of tough for both. Service was slow and very inattentive. It took them a long time just to figure out who should be bringing the bill. Interesting!!! We will probably not be going back anytime soon.

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3 in 1
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - 9:38pm [Dine in]

Sharing a once character home, La Spaghetteria creates a great atmosphere. Wedge in this home with La Rustica, and La Lorraine, this really is a one-stop restaurant. I had pasta here with my sister and although the meal wasn't spectacular, I really enjoyed dining here. We sat in an area where you can see the bread room where they would make home-made house breads. Unfortunately, the night we were there, they weren't making their fresh goodies.

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Cheap Eats, Bad Service
By djj_rome of Richmond (57 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 4, 2007 - 3:49pm [Dine in]

I tried out this Italian joint in New West after hearing a few things through the grapevine. And I had a mixed experience.
I found it to be a good deal as they offer a daily early bird special where alot of their pasta dishes are very reasonably priced at 8.95 for a large plate of food. This is a small joint so I was glad we made reservations before going. But if I knew what I was in store for I probably would have driven a bit further to go to Anton's. The service was horrible the entire evening, first they argued over which waitress was responsible for helping us and then when we finally got a waittress and ordered the food it took forever. You would not imagine this considering all I remember is servers running around this place like a madhouse. A couple next to us stated they were in a rush and were forced to leave without a meal as their food took forever and they had somewhere to go. When the food did arrive I found Pesto I ordered to be swimming in oil and lacking favour. Overall a good deal if you are looking for cheap eats but the service is definetely terrible and will keep me from wanting to go back.

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Worst Service Ever.
By lauren11 of vancouver (77 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 12, 2007 - 1:05am [Dine in]

I was at La Spagetteria a few years prior to my last visit (Valentines day 2006) and had an amazing experience and some of the best pasta I had ever tasted. Last visit however was a nightmare. We had reservations, yet were still made to wait 20 minutes. Once finally sat in a tight corner between a wall and another table we were completly ignored for over 35 minutes. The waiter for our section approached the table next to ours (literally a foot from our table) 3 or 4 times in these 35 minutes, but never bothered to simply turn around and offer to take our drink order. Finally my fiance got up and asked if anyone would be helping us, 40 minutes for a drink is simply not acceptable. The food was very sub-par compared to the first time I dined there. Definatly would not return here again.

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Italian Comfort Food
By millar of New Westminster, Vancouver (77 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 15, 2010 - 8:34pm [Dine in]

We always enjoy this restaurant. We were a larger group and sat on the patio. Heaters meant that it was still comfortable although November. The menu is extensive, probably too big but then everyone finds something they llike.

Plates are large and you might not be able to eat it all. The Veal Marsala was very good. The steak was nicely grilled and those who ordered pasta dishes were all happy and full.

Service is excellent with several servers helping out so we all received our dishes at the same time.
Prices were reasonable including wine for the table

It is a nice reliable restaurant, with good food and a relaxed atmosphere.

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Don't mind the decor, go for the food!
By ChivalryX of Burnaby (60 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 7, 2009 - 12:36pm [Dine in]

We've been to La Spaghetteria quite a few times. Everytime it's quite empty. From the outside, it looks quite nice, but the inside will remind you of a very old house, slight musky smell included.

The servers, while a bit odd, are friendly and helpful. They're happy to answer questions about the menu, and are quick to refill water.

The bread here is to die for. Very fresh and tasty. Too bad they only give you one complimentary piece each. Extra pieces cost a little extra. The pasta is always fresh, and cooked perfectly. We found the pasta to be more fresh than many other Italian restaurants we've been to.

On weekdays they have "Early bird" specials before 6:30pm. Basically all their regular menu pasta items are discounted to $10.95 instead of the usual $14. If you have an entertainment book, they're in there for a buy one get one entree. Be careful though, it cannot be used for their daily specials, or during their early bird discount time.

Overall it's a good place for food, as long as you don't mind the old house feeling.

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Great food and service
By hippixie of Chilliwack (53 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 2, 2007 - 8:26pm [Dine in]

I agree with May 21/07 reviewer - the food we had was excellent.
I had a larger portion than I could eat, the pasta was cooked to perfection and the sauce was delicious.
As for the wait staff, we had a lovely waitress who attended our every need, was quick to respond to our requests and fill our drinks. I have no complaints, in fact I have recently tried another Italian restaurant nearby that was not nearly as good as La Spaghetteria.

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Wouldn't feed the steak they served me to my Pooch!!
By Apollocanada of Burnaby (31 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 8:45pm [Dine in]

This place angers me. First of I purchased a GROUPON for this restaurant as I had driven by it many times and was thinking of trying it. Walked in,was greeted by a male staff member..then sat at the table and mentioned I had a Groupon to the waitress who in turn informed a male employee ..then EVERYTHING got dark..lol. Heard her tell the manager/owner? I had this..,and the other patrons seated heard his reply..Absolutley not!!..you have two have two people for a GROUPON..well, That embarrassed me..slightly..and when I showed the waitress the groupon that stated nowhere two people minimum.with my beloved GROUPON,whom I will be contacting about this experience tomorrow...she just said sorry. Ok..I was hungry..I ordered the Steak with shrimps and Caesar salad. I knew when it arrived that seeing my salad on the same plate as the steak indicated the chef had no clue what he was doing here.The Caesar salad was swimming in the grease from the grey meat that lay under the canned mushrooms that I never anticipated...calling this hospital food {the reviewer with the review below} is an insult to hospital food! Serve the damn salad on a separate plate you lazy buggers! New york strip..HA!!! Grey old sirloin that was on it's last legs..I ate one bite..waitress asked If my steak was alright..told her..nicely..sorry..it is horrible..one of the worst attempts at cooking beef as I had ever encountered. Wanted to say..I wouldn't serve it to my dog..but held my tounge..Dog would have biten me if I served him this mess..and I would have deserved it. Rude staff,hope all of you reading AVOID this place..don't dare take a GROUPON here..they should never participate in deals then scam patrons who arrive at this clip joint.

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Good dinner, but service extremely dissapointing
By coconut of New Westminster, BC (17 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 3:47pm [Dine in]

I ordered off of the regular menu, having a Veal and Curry Pasta... the dinner was actually very good. My buddy ordered something off of the special menu, which he enjoyed.

The service was satisfactory until it came time to pay for our bill. I had purchased a groupon for this place and had intended on using it. The server said that he could not accept the groupon because it did not apply to specials. I knew that already, but pointed out that the groupon could be simply used for the non-special items on my bill, which was the dinner I had ordered. He refused to accept it.

I contacted groupon and ended up receiving a refund for the groupon purchase. Although I didn't mind the food here, I felt it was unethical for them not to accept the groupon. The small print on the group did not say anything about it being invalid should someone else at my table order a special item. I was using this for myself... not for anyone else at the table. Even though the food was enjoyable, I felt cheated with regards to the groupon being refused. I simply won't go back just on principle. Stupid on their part as I live locally and they would have gotten more business from me and the people I know had they taken the groupon.

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No SERVICE
By jaymmzzs of vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 1:14pm [Dine in]

We have been here a few times, BUT NO MORE. The last time the food was bad the service was worst, Why do these little places try to hire one or two girls to serve the whole place. We will not be back.

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Nice Place but TASTES LIKE FREEZER FOOD!
By anita99 of Vancouver (34 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 10:18am [Dine in]

I agreed to meet a friend at this place but was not sure what to expect. The host is very hospitable and the staff were attentitive but there were only a few customers there in the middle of the week. We ordered our dish and it arrived within 5 minutes. It tasted like cafeteria food or something I pulled out of a freezer! Terrible! If you want good Italian, go someplace else! Stick to Commercial Drive or downtown.

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Bad service combined with bad food...never coming back here again!
By Selena F of New Westminster BC (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, October 28, 2011 - 10:34pm [Dine in]

This is the first time and the only time I'll be dining at this supposed restaurant. If you're thinking of going there...I suggest even Spaghettti Factory over this restaurant! Bad food combined with bad service.

Service was horrid. Even though we may not be a regular customer...we still deserve the basics of restaurant service...as it is a restaurant after all and we are expected to pay a tip. If it was a fast-food place or a cafeteria, I wouldn't be so picky on the lack of service! We waited at least 20 minutes just to put in our order...and another 30 minutes for the food to arrive. Nobody came around to refill our water or ask if the dishes were to our liking. We even had to wait a long time for our bill. Had we not flagged down a waitress...after 20 minutes after finishing our meal...we'll probably be there til the next century. To top off the poor service, they cannot even seem to put the left overs correctly in the container...as they gave it to us upside down!!! What the heck!

Food was horrible. They messed up my sister's order: I guess meat sauce with gnoche was too complicated for this pasta restaurant. It turned out to be gnoche in tomato sauce minus the meat. My dish, which was pesto linguini, probably had at least 200% of the recommended daily intake of sodium. I was just so thirsty after meal...and darn...it wasn't easy getting water at this restaurant!

I just shake my head at this restaurant...there seems to be lots of staff working at this establishment, yet the place is disorganized, inefficient and just plain dysfunctional. The worse part is how the staff seems to focus their service on the regulars (e.g. free wine shots on the house,) and treat new potential regular customers like crap. I guess if they're happy with their regulars and not interested in new customers, then so be it. We're definitely never coming here again and recommending our friends and family to avoid this place.

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Disappointing!
By kertcher_s of Surrey, BC (9 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 23, 2007 - 10:23pm [Dine in]

We were really excited to dine here after reading the reviews, and hearing great things from others. Well, our meal left us with MUCH to be desired! Everything looked great from the start, we were greeted when we entered and the patio was hopping with ambiance and full of people. We were seated and brought bread, oil & vinegar. The bread was amazing! We then ordered. The service was descent and the server was friendly. However, she recommended the worlds worst pasta! I had the linguine with scallops and saffron cream sauce. It didn't have a whole lot of flavour and the scallops were tiny. My husband had the seafood pasta with a pesto wine sauce. That was horrible! We ate barely any of our food and the server took it away. The one thing that kept us from being really mad was the entertainment coupon that we had that atleast would get us one meal free. Well, apparently the server recommended my husband the one pasta that wasn't included on the coupon! So we ended up paying full price for two very lack lustre meals!

I would give this restaurant another chance, but only as a last resort, and if someone else was paying!

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The owner was disrespectful
By Dakonella of New Westminster BC (10 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 3:07pm [Dine in]

We decided to try it out and the owner, he was hitting on us. He kept coming over and asking if we would marry him. He's creepy and I WOULD NEVER go back.

The dish I ordered was okay, but I didn't like the sauce. I ended up taking it home and throwing it out.

I think we need a new Italian place in town because the owner needs to be more respectful towards female guests or retire.

I don't like the entrance either. Plastic curtain? Eww.. I WOULD NEVER invite anybody here. This place would be a last resort, and I would recommend stick to having a drink with your buddy.

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I really wanted to love this place
By msargent of New West (27 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 11:03am [Dine in]

We went here for dinner last night. We sat out on the patio, which was very nice, great atmosphere with the exposed brick, comfy chairs, and the heat lamps.

We had a half pitcher of the white wine Sangria, which was excellent and the bread with the balsamic vinegar was great.

However, that's where it ends for me. The service was terrible. Our server barely noticed we were there, even though there were only 3 other tables. After he brought our food, he never came back to check if it was ok, and when he finally cleared our plates away he didn't ask if we enjoyed our meal. We also had to track him down to pay the bill.

The food....my partner enjoyed his steak and had half of it left over to take home, but I found my seafood pasta lacking. The pasta was slightly undercooked and the whole thing had way too much oil and the portion for the price I paid was small.

Overall, I would go back here for sangria and appies, but I won't be ordering dinner again.

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A little bit of Italy
By T-Town of Quay, New Westminster (24 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 7:23pm [Dine in]

La Spaghetteria is set in a romantic, house-style building. The pasta is fairly and the service is friendly, though it is slow during busy periods. The prices are regular for pasta places, although there are often coupons and deals that provide good deals. I can't remember too much about the place, except for the fact that friends paid for my meal made it taste that much better! Overall, viva la Spaghetteria!

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nice look, disappointing food
By geoffbil of new westminster (24 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 1:01am [Dine in]

Like any other restaurant, this place likely has its specialties, but I'm not going to waste any more hard-earned money trying to discover them. The patio made a lovely setting for a summer evening, but the food we ordered was a huge letdown. We ordered this appetizer dish with meat and fruit (can't remember the name) which was nearly $10, the cantaloupe had mould on the shell, and one of the cold-cuts was discoloured. My pasta came in an extremely bland sauce that tasted like it came from a powdered mix, and the deep-fried cheese appy that we ordered was extremely overpriced for its size and lack of taste. The patio is so nice there that we likely could have settled for a somewhat mediocre meal, but the food was bad enough that we'll never go back again.

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go easy on the fish, guys!
By momotaro of New Westminster (28 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 24, 2006 - 10:04am [Dine in]

we went the other night based on the reviews here, and were both a little bit surprised and a little bit disappointed.

pleasant surprises: excellent sangria, pasta cooked very well, good alfredo sauce, nice polenta
disappointments: overcooked fish (there's no excuse for that in my book), a wait staff too busy to notice we had a problem with that fish (there were plenty of waitrons, but they were constantly moving--it's a busy place), waitrons who forget the prices of specials (we had to send the check back for recalculating)

we'll probably go back at least once to try the gnocchi, a dish we both like, so the experience wasn't bad enough to keep us away, but I hope, if anything, their grillmaster reads this!

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Didn't honour the coupon
By klefr01 of New Westminster, BC (13 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 2:56pm [Dine in]

I wished I had read some reviews on Salvatore's restaurants before we went there. The coupon said, "$10 off the regular menu". So we had $15 lunch items and presented the coupon. Waiter said the menu had already been discounted. What? We purposely ignored the Specials Menu and ordered from the menu that he gave us. Waiter said that they had another "regular" menu and sure enough, he brought one and every item was $5 higher on that menu. False Advertising !! Wow, what an outrageous price for Veal Parmigana at $20 !! Will not ever be going back.

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