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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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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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Little Ma and Pa kind of Place....
By maggiemia of East Vancouver, BC (27 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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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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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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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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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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Worse Dining Experience EVER!
By nomnom_foodie of Coquitlam, BC (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 11:37pm [Dine in]

When we got to the restaurant it was busy and crowded. We were seated quickly by the one waitress working. She gave us no introduction and left for about 5 minutes to do whatever. We ordered quickly and so the waiting began. We sat there for close to 50 minutes before our food came. I had tried on 2 separate occasions to flag down our waitress to ask what was taking so long but she never paid any attention to us. The one time she spent 10 minutes talking to some friends that had come in and completely ignored us. It was no better with the other older man waitering.

Finally when the food did come it was disgusting. The Spaghetti Ala Carbanara was greasy, dry and tasteless; the bacon wasn't even cut into pieces and some still linked together. The Spaghetti with italian sausage tasted like it came from a store bought can. The pasta itself was undercooked. We didn't even bother waiting around to complain about the service and the food. We already wasted 2 hours just waiting.

Never once did our waitress ask how the food was or even came by to refill our drinks. My boyfriend ended up sharing my glass of water with me because we could not get a hold of ANYONE. They need to learn to treat all their customers equally and not provide the better service to customers they already know.

We will NEVER set foot in this place again.

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Rosa Is So Unfriendly...
By momof2 of Port Moody, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, August 9, 2010 - 2:29pm [Dine in]

My family and I have dined at this restaurant twice and both times we were treated poorly. It's not a good sign when you're on your way to a restaurant and start feeling uncomfortable before you even get there. The owner, Rosa, is extremely rude and should not be in direct contact with the customers. It would be best if she managed the kitchen staff and stayed in the back...or she could enroll herself in a course/seminar teaching her about the importance of good customer service, especially since she is the owner! I'm obviously not the only one who feels this way. I hope she visits this site and takes note of the many complaints. It's too bad because the food is quite good. Next weekend I'm going to take the advise of the other posters and visit Nick's on Commercial.

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I don't get it.
By GoodFoodHunter of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 1:49pm [Dine in]

I've been to Rosa's a few times with a co worker who just adores this restaurant. I personally don't get it, I enjoyed the food but it wasn't anything spectacular. The service is just horrible. You can get away with that if your food makes up for it, it barely does. I thought I was the only one that thought Rosa was rude, but I'm not surprised to see that it's not just me. I feel that she saves all her excitement and good manners for wealthy people and local celebrities. I was there when someone that she preferred came in and her attitude was completely different, I've never seen her speak to anyone so lovingly or politely. Not all of her staff is that bad, some are friendly. But as long as Rosa is the way she is, it won't make much of a difference. My friend argued that these people are on their feet all day and you can't expect them to be cheery, A LOT of restaurants have staff that are on their feet all day and they still are friendly and inviting. I've had rude customers yell and curse at me , but you still have to treat every diner as if they were the first of the day.
This was just my experience though.. others, like my friend, just adore Rosa's.

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Go if you are famous.
By goosemaverick of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 3:42am [Dine in]

45 minute wait, 3 people, shared the meatball appetizer, which was really great. I ordered the Spaghetti Carbonara, it wasn't very good, used standard italian bacon instead of guanciale, which was disappointing since they charge $15.95 for the dish. My two friend had one good dish and one average dish. Service was fine, our server was fine considering it was full house, but we got some attitude from the owner even though she didn't serve us at all, I assume the newspaper clipping with a picture of the owner smiling was photoshopped. I might go back, but only for the meatball dish, and only if I become celebrity, they seem to treat celebrities well there.

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