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Rosa's Cucina Italiana

2331 Clarke Street
Port Moody, BC V3H1Y9
Tel: (604) 939-7500
Neighbourhood: Moody Centre
  • Cuisine: Family, Italian
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Hours: Mon: Closed, Tue - Thu: 4PM - 10PM, Fri - Sat: 4PM - 11PM, Sun: 4PM - 10PM
  • Rosa's is an Italian restaurant in Port Moody offering home-cooked Italian dishes.

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Let Mama Rosa take care of you
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 1:38pm [Dine in]

I went to Rosa's cucina this past weekend and was so excited to go since every other time I've attempted, something gets in the way. My sister and I made sure we went early because they are known to fill up fast.
Food was excellent!! Quality and quantity!! I had spaghetti and meatballs and had enough left over for dinner the next day for both me and my sister! The Anna's salad is delicious and seems to be very popular. Salad with house dressing topped with cheese, salami and proscuitto. Heaven! My sister wanted ribs but there wasn't any on the menu. After we ordered, we noticed a few tables eating ribs!! We asked about it, and apparently, it was part of their specials. Be sure to ask about the specials. We'll definitely return for some mouth-watering ribs.
The restaurant looked like a cabin and I only gave it a 3 because, although it was very neat, the restaurant is really small. Let's hope they find a bigger location soon!!

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Little Ma and Pa kind of Place....
By maggiemia of East Vancouver, BC (25 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 27, 2014 - 12:15am [Take-out]

I have been here three times now...twice for dine in and once for take out.....on my way home to Vancouver...I thought...since I am out in Coquitlam...grab some Gnocchi and go home....I wasn't feeling that great...and I was craving Pasta and Rosa's..since it's been a while.....I forgot how small the place is.....the owner really needs to open up a bigger place....

I felt uncomfortable picking up my order....I ordered two gnocchi's, One ravioli and a caeasr salad...wow, almost $72......I couldn't believe the price....I did look under the web site for the menu and there was no prices on it....or at least I did not see any prices at all...maybe my imagination....

Too expensive.
When I was paying...I noticed it's too dark in the area...for ice and paying.....I like to see if there is any hair when working....they need more lights.....I think I will call the health dept.!!!
The girl that served me was nice but I didn't know if she did lick her finger to grab the plastic bag to open....that is a no no in my books....that goes for even cashiers everywhere.....either Rosa (Anna?) should hire more people on a Fri and Sat. nights.

When I got home finally....I was saying to my dad....that there was not much sauce on both the pastas...and we are both Italian.....

The caesar salad was not special at all.....and you don't get much either....again the price was too much for everything......

If the owner does not care to make the place bigger or brighter....more staffed.....then close down.....
Finally words......do try this place once....then you will see how small everyone is talking about....
Food is good....but take out is small quantity....for the prices...??

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Simple and Good
By LordofFoods of Vancouver (55 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 28, 2008 - 12:43pm [Dine in]

Rosa's is a nice hole in the wall. small establishment, and always busy. You'll need to get lucky to get a table here. Food is more home cooked than fine dining. It is what it is. Simple food prepared with some love. Most of the food items are good to great. Service is hit or miss depending on the day and mood of your server. Dont expect finer or even casual dining atmosphere or service. But if your nice or perhaps lucky you will get the occasional smile from your server or mama rosas.
Portion size is good and you will often see customer leave with leftover. There are no surprises when it comes to the food. They search for good ingredient. The cooking is simple and effective. Pricing is reasonable. Good luck trying to get a table.

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nice italian restaurant
By k-dawg73 of Burnaby (67 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 25, 2006 - 3:02am [Dine in]

My wife and I ate here tonight for the first time. I had read a lot of good things about this place and wanted to try it first hand. I've heard there can be long line ups, but we went at 8:30 pm on a Friday night and didn't have trouble getting seated.

The restaurant is tiny, it only seats about 40 people or so, but it's quaint and rustic looking.

We were given bread and butter pretty much as soon as we sat down. We started out with the Anna salad, which had prosciutto and salami and cheese on a salad for about $7. It was good, nothing special.

I ordered the 16 oz t-bone steak with spaghetti and meat sauce for $21 and my wife had the meat canalonni for $14. My steak was huge and came out just as I ordered it, medium rare. I was very tasty and tender. The spaghetti, which turned out to be linguine, but who cares??...was al dente and had good flavour. My wife's dish was baked and topped with cheese and was quite a large portion...she only finished 1/2 of it and took the rest home. I had a few bites and it was really tasty.

We finished off with a large piece of tiramisu cake...very good and not too sweet.

The service was attentive and Rosa was walking around the room, serving food, clearing tables and being an excellent host. she is very talkative and friendly to her patrons.

Food + one glass of red house wine came to $64 after tax and tip. I'd have to say that everything said about this restaurant in the previous reviews that i have read on this forum and in the newspapers is true...it's downhome, rustic italian cooking at it's finest. I'll certainly go there again and recommend it to anyone that is in the tri-cities area.

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And the winner is? Not this place
By atethatandmore of Van area (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 9:55pm [Dine in]

I understand that Rosa is an institution in Port Moody and people have been going here for years. But I ask why? And Rosa treats her regulars like gold but come on...I am paying the same price but not getting the same service.

If there is a line up it take for ever to get in as it took us over an hour on a Friday night. Sure you can go shopping down the street and it's worth the trip to do just that but you are not able to leave your cell phone number to get a call to head up there. So you have to stand in line.

The service was good when you sit down next to the ladies from the bowling club there for their weekly gathering. Hi Martha. But after a while they seem to forget that you are there. Odd thing to do to new faces.
I don't know how this place advertises be it word of mouth of paper adds but if it's word of mouth they need to keep the new customers happy.

We had a couple of glasses of water that was needed to wash down the dry pasta with sea food. We asked to split a couple of meals but were not allowed to. You will eat what you order and that is that!!

So we passed back and forth our linguine and Steak. It would have been nice to have all this done in the kitchen but that's life.

Back to the water neither of us drink so water was it. And that was in short supply after the first glass,
The bread was at least a day old but I would make good toast. We should have ordered it toasted I guess.

This is the only pasta place that we now of in this area until we found this site so we now have other options when we travel through Moody.

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If I wanted to dine elbow to elbow I would go to my cousins place for pasta.
By mikeoz of West Vancouver BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 3:22pm [Dine in]

We've just come back to the tri city area from Toronto ans were looking for some places we can call out own. A neighbour told us about Rosa's and how they had been there several years ago so we went.

First impressions I was thinking that this is a fine little eatery along the dark street in Port Moody.
But after waiting out side for half an hour out side in the rain. Could not leave our phone number and after being seated we soon realized that were were in the middle of a gossip lovers dream location, Rosa's has crammed in as many table and chairs as would fit leaving just enough room to squeeze (balls out boys) towards your table. And whilst waiting you start to hear every thing I mean EVERY THING about your dinning neighbours . I hope that table 4's mother is getting better. And table 9 should just leave him. You know you don't want to listen but....

We ordered a lasagna and Spaghetti Carbonara with a side order of grease I guess. How can you do pasta wrong? It's not brain surgery it's just pasta/. Meat, pasta, sauce, cheese and bread.

But we were thrilled by the older ladies (we guess Rosa) fluttering about chit chatting with one here and one there but forgetting about refilling the water and seeing if we liked the food. I guess you have to be a friend to get that attention.

From what I can tell after reading the other posts if that you like this place or you absolutely don't like this place.

I recommend that if you want to try this place for yourself that you don't go as a group you will not be seated for a very long time, And that you keep your conversation to the weather and shopping and not your mothers heart operation or the size of your boy friends johnson.

Good luck

P.S. Expensive for the food quality but you do get a lot of it.

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Food is great! Service?
By gonuts of coquitlam (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 19, 2008 - 12:30am [Dine in]

We have dined here on four or five different occasions over the last few years. If you can get there before 6:00 pm and you don't have more than four people in your party, your chances of getting seated and served promtly improves greatly. Any later than that on a Friday or Saturday night and you will be faced with a lengthy wait outside in the elements.

If you are recognized as one of their regulars you might be greeted with a smile and treated with the respect that any paying customer would expect. Other than that you will be treated like the bad son who has shown up unannounced with a couple of undesireable friends looking to mooch a meal off "Mom." Enough said about the service.

The food has always been the thing that keeps us coming backto this establishment. The fresh bread with a caesar salad is always a good start. All of the main courses that we have tried have been great.

Have tried to order take out when I have't felt up to the wait or the indifferent service and was told that they were too busy to bother with it that evening. Found a more accomodating retaurant that night.

Food is good. Service sucks. What more can I say?

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Mama's place
By lomimu of Lower Mainland (32 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - 2:12pm [Dine in]

Rosa's is like eating mama's home cooking - in her rec room. The food is delicious though the menu selections are limited. Service is soooo slow. Fake brick/stucco walls are decorated with photos of famous people and sports pics. Plastic-covered tables are small and very close together. There's a happy/loud atmosphere and you get a lot of food, but this certainly won't be the place for every occasion or group of guests.

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Ever watch Seinfeld?
By twentysomething of Coquitlam (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 10, 2007 - 5:18pm [Dine in]

This place offers a cozy at home atmosphere. It is casual and classy at the same time. Its like bringing the family to visit grandma. You don't need to dress your best, but at the same time, you gotta be on your best behaviour.

Considering the affordable $12-$18 for a well portioned pasta entree, the food is great. Other than pasta, they have some simple salad's, steak, and grilled chicken entrees. Bread is served with your meal.

The service here is hit or miss. It all depends on you, the customer. You have to let the staff serve you and not tread on their operational territory. They have a set routine of doing things and the customer is expected to know their place. Don't start moving around until you are escorted. Don't mumble when you are asked a question. Make eye contact. Always be on good behavior! Otherwise, you won't last long there before the service turns southward and you start asking yourself why you bothered to try this "over hyped" restaurant out. Like I said, this is grandma's house so you better stomp your feet before entering and not sit on the living room couch unless you are invited to =)

If you are going to go try this place out ... treat it like a special night out. Order the full 3 course meal with the wine! Share a salad, order entrees, order dessert, and definately order a drink. I did notice the staff's change of "heart" when you start taking advantage of the well priced goodies they offer. This isn't good business practice, but hey ... they only have limited seating and for now, this place is busy!!! Expect 30 minute waits!

I suspect Rosa's does catering in the day time to movie studios, sports training facilities, etc etc. They are well networked and have on display numorous celebrity photos dedicated to Rosa. "The last time I had this much fun, was in my last movie" - Ron Jeremy.

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Be prepared to wait
By sweetheart of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 4:16pm [Dine in]

I had a good dinner about a few months ago, the quality of the food is good. The mussels were cooked to perfect in a yummy tomato sauce. Since it was so good, I took my sister there again, drove a long way from Vancouver. It was a disappointing meal. The food was just okay and the service was bad. I know they don't take reservations and we may have to wait. We waited for 40 min in the cold and nobody cares. The hostess looked very impatient and stressed.

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Best homemade Italian!
By i ate it of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 2, 2010 - 2:22pm [Dine in]

We were the first customers when the restaurant opened at 4pm this past Tuesday. Rosa's brother was our server and he was courteous and knowledgeable about the dishes offered. I ordered the spinach and ricotta manicotti. My dad ordered the baby back ribs with a side of pasta with seafood in a tomato sauce. The server explicitly explained that the ribs are not boiled, but slow cooked for maximum flavor. As we waited, we were served fresh bread (which we polished off). The manicotti was a decent portion and baked with gooey cheese on top. It was so delicious! Fresh ingredients in a delectable sauce. The ribs were so huge that they hung over the edges of the plate and the side of pasta was very generous. The ribs were so soft, they fell of the bone and the pasta had tons of seafood. The tomato sauce was delicious. My picky dad ate every last bite.

By the time we were finished, the tiny restaurant was nearly full. Every patron greeted Rosa (the chef), and seemed to be regulars. The decor looks like someone's granny decorated it, but it's charming. The walls are covered in signed photos of celebrities. Some of the highlights: Ringo Starr, K.D. Lang, and one of the ninja turtles.

Highly recommended!

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delicious
By server86 of Burnaby (15 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 13, 2008 - 4:15pm [Dine in]

This place has awesome italian food. I mean, real Italian food. Not some trendy pasta dish at the local modern restaurant. The food did take a while to get to our table, however, it's a tiny restaurant, and I'm guessing there's not more than 2-3 cooks back there, so I let it slide. And Rosa served us! Not many places have the owner as a server! I thought that was cool. She was very nice. She reminded me of my mom or something - very warm and welcoming. Like I said before, it's tiny - so I was a little claustrophobic. It's cool because they have pictures of all the famous people that have been there on the walls. I think that's a cute touch. My boyfriend wanted to pack up his bread, and I wouldn't let him because I said it looked cheap - but when Rosa came over with our leftovers packed up, she packed up the bread for him, and he was happy. Kind of hard to find unless you know where it is because it's so small. I've driven past it many times and not even known it was there. Will definitely return soon!

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I expected too much
By Quality_First of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 5:42pm [Dine in]

After reading all the reviews on Rosa's place, I guess I expected a bit too much. I always try to frequent a restaurant twice before posting a review to ensure that it wasn't a fluke of good/bad food/service. Both times I came I was happy with the food. Nice size portions and fresh ingredients. I've had the Anna Salad twice already and tried the ribs the first time and lasagna the second time. Both times, I had to take my leftovers home - I couldn't finish everything!

Service was a bit on the rushed side both times as you can tell that the restaurant was filling up fast and a line-up started to form outside.

I guess when you start to get that busy, it's about getting customers in and out (at least that's how I felt). Rosa seemed a bit frazzled both times I was there. I guess it's hard to be the only server taking orders, bringing out food/drinks and trying to socialize with customers at the same time. Maybe having a few more servers would bring up the service rating to a 3 or 4 star.

I'd bring my mom here.

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Finally an Italian Restaurant thats actually ITALIAN
By MamaItalia of Coquitlam, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 7:23pm [Dine in]

I've been here at least 5 times and have never been let down.

See bottom for my list of "con's"

Here's is what we have had so far:

FOOD:

Mussels and Clams Special - holly moly this was HUGE and amazing (around $16-18) so insanely fresh and their home-made marinara sauce was on POINT!

Spaghetti Bolognese - super delicious, finally a pasta place that knows what al-dente means, I would like it if it had a bit richer red wine flavor (as that's how Nonna makes it) but the portion is huge, enough for 2 meals ($16?)

Spaghetti w/ Meatballs - Im not 100% positive but I believe they actually use the holy trinity of meats, the pasta was the same as above but the meatballs were so incredible and rich and gigantic! ($18)

Manicotti - You can tell its home made. It was baked to perfection, and like everything else here the portion was giant ($18)

Lasagna - Holly smokes they actually use ricotta cheese... HIGH 5 for Rosa!!! sooooo delicious my boyfriend orders this every single time!

Cheesecake - its an unbaked one so its very light and fluffy, definitely delicious and big enough to share.

SERVICE:

Sometimes its great, sometimes you are hunting down a server, but the food is so good its worth the risk.

CONS:

Their appy menu is tiny and boring, if they added some hot items other than a soup and prawns that would be great.

They give you free bread (awesome) but its ice cold, would be better if it was warm or toasted.

There are no reservations (which is also awesome) but this means you are waiting outside, in the COLD to be seated, I think they should get some portable heaters for those waiting outside in the fall and winter so people aren't idling in their cars.

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birthday dinner
By fanfare of port coquitlam (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 11:56am [Dine in]

I went here for my birthday on a Friday night. The line up wasn't too bad so we waited. We finally got in and were seated against the back wall in the corner.

We received out drink order quickly and the waitress came and took our food order fairly quickly. We had bread to start which was just ok... and then after a fair wait, our meal came.

We didnt' see the waitress again until it was time to pay the bill. I even tried to call her over but was unsuccessful.

I had the spaghetti and meatsauce. It was so bland. I was really dissapointed. I've been here a few times before and I really enjoyed it.

After this last experience I won't be in any hurry to return. I think it's really gone downhill since I was here last time.

Terrible service and bland food.

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The Worst Customer service
By Maria89 of Burnaby B.C (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, June 4, 2012 - 1:16pm [Dine in]

I went to Rosas with a Couple of friends, My Boss highly recommended this place, He said the food was excellent and that the staff was super friendly. We got there and we wait outside for around 30 min when we came in we found out there were 3 empty tables and we were freezing outside. Anyhow we sat down and it took 15 min to get the menus, we order an appetizer and a couple of drinks which we received after 35 min. We order the food and while we were waiting one of my friends who is pregnant ask rosa if she had decaf Tea Which she said “ Let me go check” she came back with a herbal Tea, my friend in a very polite way told her that she is pregnant and she cannot drink Tea, so Rosa said “ What’s the matter” Who cares about your baby anyway” We were disappointed, because we went to the restaurant to have fun, not to be disrespectful by the Owner, when the food arrived I had the lasagna and It was like a flood of oil every single spoon was full of oil.
Finally we ask for the bill and we were ignored for 45 min, we were standing beside the register while Rosa was chilling and laughing with her returning customers.

If you want to a have a good time, please don’t go there is the worst experience I ever had and the food wasn’t even worth it.

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very dissappointing
By mytime32 of Maple Ridge B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 7:04am [Dine in]

Waited outside in the cold for over an hour. tables became available,staff was not in a hurry to let us in.Extremely slow service.Food was less then mediocre,bread was" run of the mill' not fresh or warm, definitely not home made.The decor was very basic, ambiance was more like a fast food restaurant then an evening out style restaurant. Servers were friendly but host was gruff and unfriendly. Would I recommend this restaurant, absolutely not, Prices were to high to even recommend as a lunch destination,.

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Rosa's and service??
By donalee of Tri Cities (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, November 21, 2011 - 8:09pm [Dine in]

I have to say that I really do like the dishes I have tried at Rosa's, the ribs are great as are the meatballs but whenever I recommend this restaurant to friends I ALWAYS tell them don't expect great service because Rosa could care less if you walk out of there liking her or not.

If you don't like waiting to dine out on a Friday or Saturday then DO NOT go to this place as there is always a line and usually about an hours wait. I am not a family member of Rosa's or even a friend but I do really like this place as Port Moody lacks original restaurants.

I would assume because Rosa is very old school Italian that she would never even think to look at websites like this as she has been in business for 25 odd years and "could care less what computers say about the place"...her words not mine when I mentioned the place was being reviewed on-line.

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If you see a line up (even a small one) RUN AWAY...expect at least an hour wait.......
By keeper14 of Port Moody (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 14, 2011 - 9:38am [Dine in]

We joined a line up on Sunday with only a few groups ahead of us, 2 sets of couples and one group of 4. About 45 minutes into the wait we finally saw a table for 4 open up. Just as we were getting our hopes up that we could finally get out of the cold and into a warm restaurant they seated a couple at the table for 4 who were not in the lineup. Not exactly sure what happened there but they seemed to be "friends" of the staff so I guess they got preferential treatment over the customers waiting outside in the cold for close to an hour. WE FINALLY got seated exactly one hour after joining the lineup....had we known it would take that long with the few number of groups waiting we would have abandoned the effort but too much time had been invested to give up.

The gal serving us was pleasant but slow. It took a bit to get our drink and appetizer order in and during the meal we had to ask a couple times for second drinks as the original request was forgotten.

The only decent thing about this place is the lasagna and mussels, the rest of the food is mediocre at best and the way they treat the customers (unless of course you're a friend of the staff or owner) is pretty bad. I won't be going anywhere near this place again....we'll go back to Anton’s on Hastings where they know how to run a restaurant.

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Overrated.
By Toonces of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 6, 2011 - 2:27am [Dine in]

I suspect that people who rave about the food here have either never had truly excellent Italian food, or they're friends of the owner. My lasagna was greasy, to put it mildly, and my husband's gnocchi was curiously flavorless. The bread that was served prior to the meal was a joke ... it was clearly a French bread loaf from a grocery store. Maybe we caught them on a bad day, but there really shouldn't be any bad days in a restaurant, from a food perspective.

The service was pretty awful. Our server kept yukking it up with some customers who were obviously friends or family of hers, while we were left wondering for over an hour about when our food might appear. On the upside, our server did keep our drinks refilled. The place was super noisy and crowded, much more like a tiny cafeteria than a nice, cozy trattoria-type restaurant.

I usually don't mind giving a restaurant a second chance, but considering the bad service, atmosphere, and food I won't bother again with this joint again.

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