A wide range of traditional Italian cuisine and a good range of pizzas.
Mrs. C and I went to check this place out for some pre-Olympic eating. You need to have a full stomach to watch other people doing swimming, diving etc.
The restaurant was a little run down and not terribly clean, so we decided to sit on the patio. The server was friendly enough but he was quite slow and seemed to prefer sitting in the restaurant. I noticed that the only other patrons were a couple who seemed to be smoking and drinking quite a bit, but hadn't ordered food. Maybe that should have been a warning to us....
This place does pizza and pasta and we decided to try the spaghetti Bolognese, with meatballs for me and regular meat sauce for my beloved. I also indulged in iced tea and we shared a Caesar. The salad was okay, but we got dinged for sharing it. As for the spaghetti, I got 2 (I counted) marble sized meatballs in a small soup bowl of pasta with watery sauce from a tin. Mrs. C got a similar entree, only without the pair of micro-meatballs. She remarked that we could have made better at home. I replied that our two meals combined would almost equal a regular portion at Bravo across the street.
The worst part was when we paid. We were grossly overcharged. Well the menu does say prices may change without notice. Maybe that was it :(. It was bad enough that the food was ridiculously expensive, but to compound the insult with tiny unappetizing portions and then to pad the bill? That was just unacceptable.
Definitely not recommended.
Just tried this pizza after having tried several on and along Lonsdale. This was one of the best I have tried in vancouver or North Vancouver. Beautiful pizza, and the crust is A-friggin-mazing.
A little pricey, but super good.
I can't rate the restauarant based on anything else, but I highly recommend the pizza!
I'm surprised this place doesn't have more reviews; it's always busy, and almost everyone I talk to at my university has been here at least once, and enjoyed it.
This is REAL pizza, done the proper Italian way. Fantastic creations and toppings, designed by Italian owners who should know what they're doing. Whether it's a chicken pesto, or another Italian specialty (and to me unpronounceable name), you simply cannot be disappointed here; even the non-pizza fare is above average.
The atmosphere is surprising, given that it's a "pizza place"! Then again, perhaps not - this is proper, dare I say, "elegant", pizza - not some local corner grease-slop. They seem to want to have the decor (proper tablecloths, candles, oil paintings) to be sophisticated to match the sophistication of their pizza!
The only downsides? VERY expensive drinks (they charged me TEN dollars for a bloody Manhattan) and generally awful bartenders.
Still - if you want absolutely stupendous pizza that isn't the regular "hawaiian" etc. - go here!
The Pizza in Colosseum is ok, but keep in mind that prices are quite high, and the Pizza itself is extremely greasy.
We ordered a Margherita and a Pesto for delivery, and both were around $20-22 each, It seems like the quality has gone down a bit compared to a couple years ago, as they were a bit skimpy on the sauce for both, especially with the Pesto. They do give a lot of cheese, and the cheese and toppings used were of high quality, so this explains the cost somewhat.
Keep in mind that as mentioned, there is a lot of grease with this Pizza, and it definitely is not healthy at all. Colosseum is perhaps the greasiest pizza that I have eaten, even more so than a chain like Pizza Hut. The taste is good, but I don't think it's something that should be eaten that often.
As for the service, it was fine. We ordered delivery, and this is now $2.00, rather than being free as it used to be 1-2 years back. They stated that it would take an hour, but it arrived in 30 minutes so there is nothing to really complain about other than the charge.
The Value is a 2 because it was around $50, and this was quite expensive for what they gave. The toppings used were high quality, but it isn't something that is worth ordering on a regular basis.
Ambiance is really N/A so I just gave it a 3.
Overall, It's hard to recommend Colosseum. The quality is trumped by both Saffron and Rebellious Tomato, and the cost is very high. However, if you want something filling and greasy, then it isn't too bad an option.
Truly a quality pizza - I usually stick to the Pesto pizza because it's so amazing - I have tried other pizzas too (also very good). Tried a sauteed prawn appetizer and it was REALLY GOOD...
Sure the ambiance hasn't changed much over the years but I love the mellow atmosphere when going for a late dinner and it's the best atmosphere I've ever found in a pizza place.
And for the best kept secret: Their Tiramisu is AMAZING. In fact it's the best tiramisu I've ever had.
It's expensive, no question about it but I always enjoy myself - I don't mind paying extra for good quality food and really good pizza is hard to find these days - sadly.
There are enough places out there doing the same thing; but if you've ever been to Italy, you know what pizza is really all about. Colosseum's pizza menu has "Italian Classico" options that make a party in my tummy.
The crust is excellent, hand stretched and crispy; the herbs are fresh, the garlic is hand sliced and roasted, and the list goes on.
The Wild Mushroom; Potato, garlic and feta; and Napoletana pizzas are so delicious you won't ever make fun of a vegetarian again. For the meat lovers, there's a lovely Pancetta (Italian cured ham), and also some interesting seafood ones.
The ambiance of the place has charm, and has recently been decked out for christmas with holly and wreaths.
Yum yum. Try this place.
My favourite pizza place for the past few years. Fast delivery, always hot, and extremely consistent. My only beef is the price - they charge quite a bit, especially if you dine in.. expect $50 if you order pasta, and that's without the wine!
Overall a good place - one of the best we have in North Van.
I signed up just so I could refute the only other review here. It's not quite fair to judge a pizza place based on . . . spaghetti and meatballs! Colosseum makes, without question, the best pizza on the North Shore. And even now that I live in East Van I still make the trip, for the Patate con Aglio: topped with thin slices of golden potato and roasted garlic; or the Prosciutto con Pomodori with prosciutto and red and green peppers; or the funghi, topped with all manner of wild mushrooms. My mouth is watering just thinking about their pizza... True, the decor is tired, but with pizza this good it really doesn't matter.
Well it's run down and pretty worn out.........
Our meal was ok - large portions of spaghetti with meat balls, but the whole experience was pretty uninspiring. The restaurant tries to give a feeling of intimacy with the subdued lighting, although closer inspection shows that it is simply covering up for the place being a bit run-down. The restaurant is just across the way from Bravo Cucina which has a very good reputation.
There's no web site for this restaurant.
If this place had a makeover and a revamped menu then they could do well, although there is a feeling that they have almost given up.
Having moved into the neighborhood recently, two friends and I decided to try out Colosseum. The decor seems nice, the signage is appealing and there is a fairly large patio. Why, I wondered as we were seated, were we the only people in there at 7:00 on a clear and dry wednesday night? Despite that, the service was extremely slow, and our server seemed to be drinking. That is something I wouldn't even mind if our service had been effective or professional. She was overly friendly at first, flaky, and seemingly not in control. It took forever to get our drinks, and she forgot our fresh-cheese-and-tomato appetizer (one of two we ordered in an empty restaurant). When it came, it was a very dismal serving of feta cheese and unripe field tomato slices. The pizzas we had were similarly disappointing, and not reflective of the price. I gather they do a fair amount of take-out business, which must be why it took us over two hours to get served and billed for substandard food in a completely empty restaurant. I am not kidding! I don't know how they pay their rent, as it is a fairly large space, they're open til 2 am, and I've never seen more than one table occupied at any time I've passed by since. I can only speculate that their survival is due to a thriving take-out business, or perhaps something more seedy is going on.
When I visited the Colosseum, I wasn't expecting too much. The outside is in a strip mall, and does little to inspire. The inside was actually quite cozy, and I liked the decor. It really reminded me of a Roman bistro.
The problem was the price. It was too expensive for what was being offered. The pizza was ok; I don't think the pizza dough itself was anything spectacular, but I'll give them an A for effort. I agree with the poster who said that the place looked run down. Further inspection showed that it really was. The subdued lighting made it look very cozy but frankly it was a little unkept.