Login or Register
Do a search below using the city or postal code search box if your city is not listed above.

BigAnthonyNorth BurnabyThe Hungry ItalianSince April 16, 2011106 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.6)
  • Service3 (3.2)
  • Value3 (3.2)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

Reviews

Displaying 21 - 40 of 106 Reviews Found
Bella Gelateria1001 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Vancouver's best gelato
Submitted Sunday, January 20, 2013 - 12:07pm [Dine in]

The first 2 times I came here it was to try the Noce Pecan e Sciroppo d’Acero Canadese‘, a walnut, pecan gelato with maple syrup (The winner at the 2012 Gelato Festival in Florence Italy) but both times they were sold out of it. The third time the line was too long so I just kept on driving. Last night my brother and I stopped by about 9pm and we were in luck. We got to try the famous, award winning gelato that I had read about. It was amazing and for sure one of the best I've had in my life. I'll be back.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Chocolate Arts1620 W 3rd Ave, Vancouver
my 2nd favorite place for chocolate
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 3:33pm [Dine in]

I came here for lunch and had a $7.95 beef and brie sandwich, it was ok-good.. 3/5, a $3.20 cappuccino that was good and better then most places 4/5, and a $3.95 sweet corn ice cream bar that was yummy!
Now for the main reason I came here, the chocolate..
I bought some to go and tried:
(Champagne Truffle) A milk chocolate ganache perfumed with sparkling wine & rich marc de champagne coated in sparkly sugar.
(Cristina) A distinctive blend of tart lemon essence, Galliano liqueur, vanilla bean & white chocolate rolled in bitter cocoa.
(Hazelnut Truffle) Hazelnut paste & milk chocolate ganache topped with chopped, caramelized hazelnuts.
(Poire) Oven-roasted organic Anjou pear, milk chocolate & a splash of Poire William liqueur enrobed in dark chocolate.
(Rustica Truffle) Dark chocolate ganache infused with cinnamon, honey & vanilla beans, sprinkled with roasted cocoa nibs.
(Coffee & Cardamom Truffle) A milk & dark chocolate ganache infused with coffee & cardamom. Topped with a coffee sugar.
and the following seasonal chocolates:
(Cappuccino) A distinctive ganache of espresso & dark chocolate, enrobed in dark chocolate, dusted with cinnamon & cocoa.
(Italiano) A bold espresso ganache surrounding a Sambuca cream in a dark chocolate shell.

These chocolates are very good and the flavor options are very creative and probably the best I've seen in Vancouver.. I still like 1 chocolate place better but this is the 2nd best in the city IMO.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Closed
Chinois1035 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Cool night spot, more for drinks & appies then dinner IMO
Submitted Friday, December 21, 2012 - 9:13pm [Dine in]

Came here with a group on a saturday night. The place is cool and very nice inside. We had dinner and shared a bunch of different items. Rice, bok choy, walnut prawns, spicy salty squid, etc. The food was all kind of average chinese food to me.. EXCEPT for the Prawns, they were candied walnut jumbo prawns and were amazing. I don't think I would return here for dinner but I would return for drinks to hang out with my friends sometime and have an appy - the PRAWNS. More of a cool hangout place then dinner place for my personal preference.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Pizzeria Barbarella654 E Broadway Street, Vancouver
Good pizza on Broadway
Submitted Friday, December 21, 2012 - 8:36pm [Dine in]

I ate here with my brother and father on a thursday night. The place is like a warehouse with tables, could use some work.. It was very loud inside, could only here people yelling and not the music. The service seemed slow, the place was full with 2 waitresses. They brought us 1 slightly ripped menu for the 3 of us and apologized that they ran out of menus. Things aren't looking good so far..
15 minutes later 3 pizzas arrived, I had the $12 Margherita. Yes they make a good pizza here! Pizza good enough to return for so I will return if I'm in the area.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Trilussa Pizza and Pane4363 Main Street, Vancouver
Maybe I came on an off night?
Submitted Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 12:15am [Dine in]

After reading great reviews about this place my father and I came by on a friday night. We walked into an empty pizza joint with a diner like interior. There was an option between eating already made pizza that had been sitting there for who knows how long or getting them to make a pizza. I was starving so took a small piece of the pre made muchroom, it was hard, cardboard like crust, a mistake to order. We got them to make us each a fresh margherita pizza next. They were better, less hard of a crust but still nothing special. The crust is pre ready, not fresh dough here. The service and value here were both great but sorry the food was average to me, 2.5 out of 5. No need to return.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Osteria Napoli1660 Renfrew St., Vancouver
Decent Italian
Submitted Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 12:00am [Dine in]

I had dinner here with my dad on a thursday night, when we showed up the place had about 1 table besides us. We saw the Naples Special in the menu, $70 for 2 people for 4 courses, looked like a great deal so we ordered it.
1st course: Mussels & Clams in sauce - generous portion, kind of small mussels, decent sauce.
2nd course: Trio of pasta - Linguini Al Pesto, Penne Arabiata & Tortelloni alla Panna - The pasta was good, I liked the penne arabiata the best (tasted more like a tomato sauce then arabiata to me but still good, next was the pesto, then the tortellini.
3rd course: Trio of Veal - 1 with tomato sauce, 1 with melted cheese, 1 with mushroom sauce. I enjoyed them in the same order as mentioned. It came with potato and vegetables.
4th course: Dessert - I had the creme caramel and he had the tiramisu. Both were pretty great, the tiramisu was one of the better ones I've had.
This was pretty good, too much food though. I didn't eat my potato or veg on the 3rd course to save room for the dessert. Overall a good meal and we would both return here. I rate the food here a 3.5 out of 5 but there is no button for that so I put 3.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Had a nice dinner here
Submitted Friday, December 14, 2012 - 11:33pm [Dine in]

I came here for dinner with my wife. The place is cool, the staff is very knowledgeable and the menu options (the food as well as the belgian beer list) are awesome.
Appetizer: I had the $23 Mussels Congolaise. The portion was generous, mussels were large, juicy, perfectly cooked.. but the broth wasn't as great. When I get a good broth with my mussels I drink it like a soup but not this time. The fries that came with the mussels were excellent, some of the best I've ever had.
Entree: I had the $29 Braised Lamb Shank. This was kind of different, the lamb was served in a broth. The dish was very tasty, a lot of flavor here.
Dessert: I had the $11 Chocolate Creme Brulee with espresso ice cream. This was a very nice dessert.
With 1 belgian beer each, tip and tax the meal comes to $185
Overall I think it's a cool place with great food as well as great food and drink options to choose from. I'll be back someday.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Wildebeest120 W Hastings, Vancouver
Food is good, portions are small, menu's kind of weird
Submitted Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 12:11am [Dine in]

Came here on a saturday night with my dad and sat at the bar. We each ordered the same appetizer - $9 Beet Salad. This was a very small but tasty salad. More presentation then actual food on the plate. For Entrees I had the $26 Chicken Duo that came with some vegetable and creamy polenta. This was a good dish, 4/5. My dad ordered the $17 Beef Short Rib, it was just meat on a plate, no sides at all. He didn't know, nobody explained this and it's very dark in there. After dinner we looked at the dessert menu, the portions are small so there is plenty of room for appy/entree/dessert here. I am a dessert guy, I love my dessert.. but out of the 4 options none really were what I wanted, the list was weird so we didn't get dessert. With a few drinks, tax, tip we are looking at a $100 dinner and my dad was still hungry. We actually stopped at an Italian pizza restaurant after we left here and he ate 3 quarters of a margherita pizza and I ordered a dessert.

Overall, seems like a cool trendy weekend place, dark, loudish music.
The food is good but you don't get much. I know of many other restaurants that have better menu options as well as value so I don't see much reason to return. The place is neat but the menu seemed kind of limited and hard to order from.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Red Wagon, The2296 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Pulled Pork Pancakes with Jack Daniels Syrup
Submitted Friday, December 7, 2012 - 4:11pm [Dine in]

I went here on a friday for lunch at 12:30, there was no line up and the place was almost full. It had about 2 small tables open so I was in luck. They were busy like always so service seemed a little slow, I had to wait 5 minutes for a menu, the waitress apologized for the wait when she finally arrived. The place is like a diner basically, nothing special about the look of the place.. must be the food.
I ordered a $2.55 coffee and the $12.50 Pulled Pork Pancakes. The meal was good, you could actually taste the alcohol in the syrup and it was the perfect sweet/booze ratio. The pancakes were good, this was a solid dish.
Overall, small diner like place, kind of slow service, creative breakfasts. I would never wait in a line up to eat here like I see people doing on the weekends. I have no interest in returning really unless a friend wants to go and asks me to join them.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Verace Pizzeria189 Keefer Place, Vancouver
Ok - Good Pizza
Submitted Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 12:31pm [Dine in]

Went in for lunch yesterday, beautiful restaurant. The place was empty except for 1 table. I ordered an 8" Margherita pizza that came with a side soup. The soup was ok-good. The pizza.. It was also ok-good. Nothing special that made me want to return. The crust was kind of boring. Seems like it was missing that special touch, there was no extra love in this pizza.. I can think of 5 pizza joints in Vancouver that I prefer to this one so I don't see any reason to return. Too bad because it's a nice big beautiful restaurant.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Pizzeria Farina915 Main Street, Vancouver
Well worth the wait
Submitted Friday, November 30, 2012 - 12:02pm [Dine in]

I heard that this place has great pizza so I checked the website, it says "open daily, 5pm until the dough runs out". My wife and I went on a thursday night around 7:00 to try it out. The place is very small, has 1 large table in the center that is a shared table and also has a few 2 seaters around the edges. It's jam packed with a line up to the door. We wait in the line, it takes about 5 minutes and we order 2 pizzas (Margherita & Finocchiona) for $30 and ask for it to go since there is nowhere to sit. The girl says it will be about 25 minutes so we go for a walk and come back.

Upon returning seating is looking better so we decided to grab 2 Peroni beers and sit at the 2 seater that just opened up. The pizza was fantastic! Great dough, sauce, ingredients and authentic. I was very happy with the food, well worth the wait, one of the best pizzerias in Vancouver.
I love the pizza here so I want to return but it's such a tight space. Would be tough to dine-in with a group larger then 2 people. Perhaps take-out next time. I guess it will depend on how busy they are when we arrive. Yes I will definitely be back.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Pronto3473 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Good Italian on Cambie
Submitted Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 3:38pm [Dine in]

I had lunch here today, it's a small casual place. I consumed..
Daily pasta - $18 Pappardelle Arrabbiata with prawns. This was a great pasta with a nice flavorful sauce with the perfect hint of heat, I was very happy with the dish. 4/5
Daily Dessert - $6 Lemon Tiramisu - This was different, good but I prefer the traditional tiramisu. 3.5/5
Cappuccino - $3.25 - Above average. 3.5/5
I think this is a good little spot for a quick, casual, flavorful plate of pasta. I will be back.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
La Ghianda2083 Alma, #202, Vancouver
Nice little Italian lunch spot
Submitted Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 12:32pm [Dine in]

I heard about this place because they are the deli for the great restaurant La Quercia that is across the corner. I had an excellent meal there in the past so I had to try out this place for lunch. I went there on a saturday and the place was jam packed with 2 couples waiting for the next 2 available tables. It's small so I got the soup & sandwich to go instead of waiting. It was minestrone soup with a porchetta/artichoke sandwich. The food was awesome so I decided to return on a tuesday to try out the pasta.
Round 2:
I came in on a tuesday around 12:30 and the place was full again, there were 2 groups ahead of me again, they said about a 15 minute wait so I stayed this time. I had the special, $10 Campanelle. The size was a nice little lunch portion and the pasta was cooked a little more firm (like how it's done in Italy) It was great, afterwords I had a $3 cappuccino (average) with a dessert, the $4 chocolate bunet which was nice.
Overall I think this is a great little lunch spot to have a quick tasty italian lunch. Just try not to come at the peak lunch time to avoid waiting. I will be back when I'm in the area.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Brokenrice Vietnamese Restaurant4088 Hastings Street, Burnaby
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Submitted Friday, November 23, 2012 - 10:45pm [Dine in]

I came here on a friday night around 6:00 with my father, parking was easy to find around the corner and the place was empty. They gave us some tea when we sat, place looks nice inside.
Appetizers:
(Mine arrives 5-10 minutes before his)
I had the $8 Salmon Ceviche - The flavors are good but there's an issue, when I'm biting into cold salmon and it's slightly frozen in the center and I'm biting into ice crystals I'm not happy.
He had the $8 Papaya Salad and loved it.
Entrees:
(They arrive together)
I had the $17 Tamarind Duck - Once again this tastes good but there are some fatty/gristle pieces.
He had the $14 Pork Ribs and loved it.
Dessert:
(Mine arrives 5-10 minutes before his once again)
I had the $5 Coffee Ice Cream - This tastes good but there is a texture issue, feels like slightly over churned/flaky ice cream, not smooth and creamy.
He had the $8 Garden Parfait and loved it.
So with us each having an appy, entree and dessert (no need to order drinks since they had the nice pot of tea on our table) the bill comes to $67.20 taxes in.

Likes:
The flavors
The portion sizes
The price

Dislikes:
The frozen (not fresh) ceviche
The fatty/gristly duck breast
The flaky (not smooth) ice cream

Some advice.. When you are making 2 appies try to time it properly. Don't bring out 1 right away and make the other person wait 10 minutes for theirs, bring them out together at the same time.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Meat & Bread370 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Great Soup & Sandwich Spot
Submitted Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 4:11pm [Dine in]

I came here with a friend today to try the famous porchetta sandwich. We each had 1 sandwich and 1 tomato soup for a total of $13 per person. The soup was flavorful and nice. The sandwich was very tasty. Nice warm bread fresh out of the oven, nice freshly sliced meat that we saw them slice, the crackling to add that nice crunch, everything fresh. They also had a help yourself water station set up which was nice. It was pretty much full but we found a small table for 2 near the front window. They had loud music playing, the place seems like a fun spot to have a quick tasty lunch. I will be back.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Coast1054 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Expensive popular spot
Submitted Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 1:39pm [Dine in]

4 of us (2 couples) came here for dinner on a saturday night. This place is big and busy. Service seemed a little slow. Here is what I ate.
Appetizer - Spanish Mussels served with pommes frites for $18.95
This dish was good, I enjoyed the mussels but the spanish sauce wasn't anything special. The french fries that came with it were really small pieces and crumbs unfortunately.
Entree - Lobster stuffed with Dungeness Crab for $64.95
This dish looked great, the crab stuffing, there wasn't very much. The lobster was good like lobster always is.
Dessert - The 4 of us shared the sampler which was great.

Overall, big and loud.. Seems like more of a trendy place. The food is good yes but nothing stood out to me as amazing or memorable here. Just all around good eats, it doesn't have me craving to return and at the very expensive prices here I don't see any reason to. With wine and tip our meal was $550

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Nicli Antica Pizzeria62 East Cordova, Vancouver
Good Pizza on Cordova
Submitted Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 3:41pm [Dine in]

I had lunch here during the week. The place has a nice brand new clean look to it. Wasn't as Italian as some of the pizza places in Vancouver. Decor was more downtown Vancouver then Italy and music was lil wayne instead of Andrea Bocelli. I'm not saying this is a bad thing because I enjoy both.. The menu has a nice selection of beers which is cool to see the different options. I ordered the Margherita Di Bufala (pomodoro, grana padano, buffalo mozzarella, basil)
Nice thin pizza served Italian style, uncut with a fork and knife. It tasted good but wasn't the best I've had in Vancouver. It seemed like I got a tomato sauce pizza.. with a little bit of cheese. I know that Italians don't load on the toppings but this seemed a little light to me. The taste was good, just I was hoping to taste more of that nice buffalo mozzarella.
Overall I think this is a good place, I will return and try a different pizza next time and sample some of their unique beer like the coffee porter.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Campagnolo Roma2297 Hastings Street East, Vancouver
Good little Italian Restaurant on Hastings
Submitted Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 6:07pm [Dine in]

I came in for lunch with my father, the space is small and has a casual feel to it. We each had a $13 Margherita Pizza and both enjoyed our lunch. Nice thin italian pizza with great crust and ingredients. I'll be back to try out some of their pasta dishes. Great place for a quick lunch. Service here is good and genuine.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Via Tevere Pizzeria Napoletana1190 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Closest thing to Italy
Submitted Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 11:31am [Dine in]

I've tried coming here in the past, seen the line up outside and just kept driving.. Finally I decided I'll have to just be patient and give it a try so my father, brother and I dined here last night.

The place is tiny and jammed full with a line up again. We give our name and wait.. After about a half hour we are seated at the bar since they didn't have a table available. I had the $13 Margherita pizza with Prosciutto Cotto added. This reminded me of my last visit to Italy. A pizza served un-cut (not sliced into 8) un-cut like how they serve it in Italy and served with a fork and knife. It's very thin (have to eat with fork or cut a portion and fold it)

Authentic Italian beautiful thin tasty pizze here! They also have good Italian beers and desserts.
My only complaint is that they don't take reservations. It's a tiny place and fills up fast. I love the pizza but hate waiting outside in a line to eat.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Seasons in the ParkWest 33rd & Cambie, Vancouver
2nd best view in the lower mainland?
Submitted Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 11:01am [Dine in]

I brought some out of town friends here for lunch during the summer, 4 of us dined on the patio with the great view overlooking the city. They were very impressed with the place. I had the tuna carpaccio and a margherita pizza. Both were very good, the pizza is more of a cracker crust flat bread then a real pizza though, flavor is still nice..

I returned yesterday for lunch with my father, it was a cold day and we sat outside again to enjoy the great view. They had over head heaters on as well as the fireplaces. For an appetizer I had the $15 Steamed Mussels in coconut tomato sauce. It was a generous portion, had a nice little kick of heat in it, was very good! The wait between the 2 courses was too long, maybe about 20-30 minutes. Next I had the fish of the day, the $25 Arctic Char. Perfectly cooked large piece of fish, came with a small side of mashed potato and vegetables. Another great dish.
Overall the food here for me is a 4/5. The view is awesome. If I come back I am ordering those mussels for sure!

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance