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BigAnthonyNorth BurnabyThe Hungry ItalianSince April 16, 2011106 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.6)
  • Service3 (3.2)
  • Value3 (3.2)
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La Grotta Del Formaggio1791 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Good sandwich on Commercial Drive
Submitted Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 11:36am [Take-out]

I only came here to try it out because of the good reviews on this site..
Had lunch here the other day. It's a deli so it's hard to rate it like a restaurant but here's my experience.
Service was the basic, who's next, what would you like, I don't feel too enthusiastic about my job assembly line at the cafeteria feeling. I ordered a "whole focaccia sandwich" with extra topping charge for a total of $12.50. On the bread I had some oil & balsamic, dijon. Havarti, prosciutto & capicollo. Vegetables, grilled. The sandwich was great, and large. I only ate half and the other half was my lunch the next day. Now I guess the food is only as good as what each person chooses to put inside. Mine was a good sandwich. Yeah I would eat here again next time I'm on commercial drive but I wouldn't travel far distances or recommend it to all of my friends. It's just a deli sandwich.. A good sandwich though -)

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Golden Boot, The1028 Ridgeway Ave, Coquitlam
Great place for Pizza in Coquitlam
Submitted Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 11:25am [Dine in]

I was told about this place by a friend so I came a few times to try it out.
1st time.. stopped in for lunch. Cool little place, they have some nice pasta options. It was not busy there and service was good. I ordered one of their tortellini dishes. It was good but nothing spectacular. I needed to come back and order something else to be sure..
2nd time.. I came with my wife for dinner. We each ordered a pizza. I had the Caprese - $15 & she had the Maranello - $15. Both pizzas were awesome! Thin crust and delicious. Our waitress got busy during dinner and service became slow. She did her best though, it wasn't her fault. For dessert we shared a tiramisu - $7 and it was also yummy.
Overall this is a cool little place, has a casual relaxed feel inside. I will be back next time I am in the mood for a good pizza and I will be telling my friends about it.
My rating is based on both meals so if I were to only have eaten the pizza here I would have rated the food a 4 instead of 3.

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Pasta Amore4502 Dawson Street, Burnaby
Good Italian in the Brentwood Mall area
Submitted Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 10:56am [Dine in]

I've driven past here hundreds of times but never decided to stop until it was recommended by a friend. He said I have to go and try the pizza.
I stop in one day for lunch and they said the pizza is only available at night. Oh well, so I order spaghetti vongole - $13.50 (spaghetti with clams in a tomato sauce) It was a good dish. I'd rate it a 3.5 out of 5. For dessert I had the tiramisu - $6. It was good. The place is nice and the server was very friendly and genuine. She was curious to hear feedback about the food which was nice to see. I would definitely hire her if I owned a restaurant. So now I have to come back with my wife for dinner to try this pizza that I was told about..

Round 2:
The wife and I come in for dinner. She ordered the penne boscaiola - $15 & I orderd the caprese pizza - $15.
She enjoyed her pasta. My pizza was good but I didn't see why my friend recommended it, it didn't live up to the hype. Next time I'll try another pasta dish. With wine & a shared dessert the total bill was $67. I was also happy that we had the same great server that I had during my first visit.

Overall this is a good Italian restaurant, italian music and italian feel inside. Affordable, great staff, the food to me was good. Nothing amazing but all around good eats. 3.5 out of 5 for the food. I'm sure I'll come back at some point if I'm in the area.

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Fire Pots4455 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
Best soup in Burnaby
Submitted Friday, April 20, 2012 - 10:59pm [Dine in]

I had dinner here tonight with my wife. It was my first time having hot pot.
I ordered "crown daisy steak" - $15.75. She ordered "coconut curry chicken" - $14.75
My soup was very tasty, I loved the broth. Next time I come here I will order the same one it was that good.
I also tried hers and it was great as well. They have awesome flavors.
For dessert we shared the "dessert fondue" - $5.50.
It was meh..ok, I was expecting it to be better. I'd prefer more fruit and less costco cream puffs. =)
Overall, great service, nice looking new place. Excellent tasting soups. Fun to cook it on your own table.
It was a great introduction to hot pot for me. I will be telling my friends about this place and yes I will be back!

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Amorosa Pasta House7874 Edmonds St., Burnaby
Average Pasta House
Submitted Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 12:44pm [Dine in]

Had dinner here last night with my wife. It's a nice place and the service was good.
Appetizer - Mussels - Wow, huge portion of mussels in sauce ad it was good 3.5 out of 5 for me.
Entree - Linguine with clams in a tomato sauce - meh, average, 2 out of 5 for me
Dessert - Baklava - it was tasty but it was super hard to cut through, had to use a knife to get through it.
Overall the food was ok-good but the pasta (the main reason I came here) wasn't anything special, average at best so I don't see any reason to return.

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Peaceful Restaurant532 West Broadway, Vancouver
Why was this place on food network's Diners, Drive Ins & Dives?
Submitted Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 6:15pm [Dine in]

My wife and I saw this place on Diners Drive Ins & Dives on the food network so we came for lunch today to try it out. When we arrived it was busy and full, we had to wait only about 2 minutes for a table. It's not the nicest looking place, service is good and friendly.
We ordered - Peaceful Beef Roll - I enjoyed it, was tasty.
Pam fried pork dumplings - $7,50 - meh ok-average
Dan-Dan Noodles - $7.50 - these were tasty
We drank tea, our lunch came to about $24
Overall it was good food, I enjoyed it but I don't think it was amazing or super memorable where I am craving it to return. Sure I would eat here again but wouldn't go out of my way if I wasn't in the neighborhood.

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Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie2539 West Broadway, Vancouver
Perfect place for coffee & dessert in Vancouver
Submitted Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 5:27pm [Dine in]

I had lunch with my wife in the area today and we decided to stop by here for our first time. I've been to their other location so I know to expect a great experience. This place is more spacious then their north van spot so we chose to order 2 desserts and 2 cappuccinos and sat inside.
The cappuccino was great as always and the dessert I had was the crispy chocolate raspberry and it was fantastic. If you want to have a great coffee and dessert this is definitely the place.
My only complaint is that it's crowded.. but when you make everything perfect your business should be crowded :)
Yes we will be back whenever we are in the area.

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Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
Good French Restaurant in Vancouver
Submitted Monday, April 2, 2012 - 9:31pm [Dine in]

Ate here with my wife last weekend. The place is cool, small, unique, authentic. We sat in a very tight corner that wasn't very comfortable, kind of reminded me of sitting on a plane and not having any room to move or you will bump the person beside you.
Appetizer - I had the french onion soup for $8 and it was very good! The broth was one of the best I've had.
She had the pate for $10 and thought it was just ok.
Entree - I had their special, pork cheeks with white beans for $18. Was a good rustic kind of dish. Reminded me of a good home cooked meal.
She had the Duck Confit with lentils for $17. It was a little bit dry.
Dessert - I had the chocolate mousse for $7 and it was good but I've had better.
She had the Creme Brulee for $6 and loved it.
Service was great here.
Overall I thought it was a nice place, food was good-great depending on what we ordered. Prices are good as well. I will return but I'm in no hurry.

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Bombay Beat4266 East Hastings, Burnaby
Average indian
Submitted Monday, March 26, 2012 - 2:42pm [Dine in]

Came here today for lunch with my wife. Walked in and didn't see anybody, waited at the front for a few minutes. Finally someone appears and we were told we can seat ourselves. We had the buffet, there was very little butter chicken (our favorite) but we took what was left. The food was ok, average to me. I've had worse and I've had better so I rate it somewhere in the middle. I don't think I would return because I ate at a different indian restaurant in Burnaby and I prefer that one over this one so next time I feel like butter chicken I would rather go there.

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Cafe Classico4263 East Hastings Street, Burnaby
Good place for a soup & sandwich lunch
Submitted Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 2:59pm [Dine in]

Had lunch here on a saturday, ate outside the front. I had the italian sandwich with pea soup and everything was good. I had a cappuccino to drink, it was average. This is a nice little spot to have lunch and I'm sure I will be back to eat here some time in the future. My entire meal was only $9.95 for a large sandwich, soup and cappuccino!

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Saffron Indian Cuisine4300 Kingsway, #5, Burnaby
Good Indian in Burnaby
Submitted Friday, March 23, 2012 - 4:35pm [Dine in]

I stopped in here for lunch today and ate at their buffet. When I was seated I was given a glass of water and then went to fill my plate. I got rice and butter chicken. The food was good. I went for a second plate, this time I tried some other meats and everything was tasty. Finally when I was about done eating my second plate they showed up with some warm naan bread. (a bit too late) Also my water was never topped up once while I was there and I didn't want to walk up to the bar during my meal so I just went without. Basically once I was seated I didn't have a waitress anymore. I am no expert on indian food but I enjoyed eating the butter chicken with rice and I will probably come back for a quick lunch again sometime.

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Anton's Pasta Bar4260 E Hastings Street, Burnaby
Why do they line up to eat here?
Submitted Friday, March 23, 2012 - 4:25pm [Dine in]

I've driven past Anton's many times over the years and have always wondered why people line up to eat here. I've always heard that they are known for their large portions more then the good food. Finally I went here to eat for the first time yesterday.

Came here for lunch with my wife (wouldn't go at dinner and wait in line) We waited inside the front door for about 5 minutes until we were seated, place was busy. Has a busy, rushed feel to it. Not like our usual quiet & romantic style italian dining we prefer. Our service was very friendly.
I ordered - Linguini alla vongole (linguini with clams in tomato sauce) for $12.50
It was a large portion and was plated nicely with clams around the outside edge of the plate.
The noodles were great and cooked perfect.
The sauce.. meh, was ok-good somewhere in there, nothing special.
I'd rate the dish a 3 or a 3.5 out of 5.

Would I return? hmm well I wouldn't go out of my way, I can name a few other Italian restaurants on hastings that I prefer but if I was with friends that wanted to eat here sure why not.

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Pallas Athena Greek Kouzina2565 Barnet Hwy, #22, Coquitlam
Best Greek in Coquitlam
Submitted Monday, March 19, 2012 - 3:24pm [Dine in]

A group of us ate here on a saturday night. The place inside is beautiful, clean and the service is great.
For an appetizer I ordered the Saganaki (cheese dish) - excellent.
For my entree I ordered the Arni Psito (lamb shoulder) - Probably the best I've ever had at a greek restaurant.
The prices are very good here as well.
I will for sure be returning with my wife to eat that lamb again, it was that memorable.

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La Charcuterie Delicatessen19080 96 Ave, Surrey
Biggest sandwich in the city, not best sandwich in the city
Submitted Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 9:03pm [Take-out]

I was looking on this site under top rated restaurants and this place was ranked #3 so I decided to go in for lunch today since I was working in the area. Driving by it was hard to notice but I found it. It's in an industrial area. On the door I read "do not enter if you don't have a sense of humor" or something like that and also "best sandwich in the city"

When entering.. there is a line up to the door of construction workers. Place is a dump, spider webs in the corners, dirty, there's jars on counters that look very old, gross and expired. The owner is making sandwiches while trying to entertain everyone and tell jokes. At first I was kind of uncomfortable hearing him talk about his genitalia and was thinking gross, he's making our food. Did he wash his hands, etc but he is a nice guy that means well, just trying to have fun with the guys I guess. There is a seating area in there but I would not stay there to eat, just grab my sandwich and leave asap. If I could rate ambiance here I would give it a 1 out of 5 but I can't since I chose take-out. He also got one of the customers, I guess a regular to answer his phone for him. He seems like he's there to just hang with the guys and tell jokes more then make money.

The sandwich that I ordered was the #8 (he chooses what he wants to make you) He stared grabbing slabs and slicing and then just tossing them into the fridge with open meat touching other meat wrappers that have been handled. Just seemed very unsanitary, unorganized and dirty. When it was time to pay it was $8 so I put a ten dollar bill on the counter and he said to grab my own change from the pile.. no thanks so I just gave him the ten and got out of there quick. I was walking to my truck with a ten pound football in my arm. Oh wait, it was my sandwich.

Time to eat -
I open up my HUGE heavy sandwich and the meat is at least 2 inches thick no exaggeration, I measured with my thumbs. Take a bite, tastes like meat... just a ton of meat that over powers the sandwich. It wasn't very good at all. No tasty sauce, no special ingredients, just WAY too much meat. I was thinking about just going to quiznos for a tasty meat, vegetable and vinaigrette sandwich to replace this sandwich but I ate half instead. I tried to give the other half away but nobody wanted it.

I would never return because I think the place is a dive. The sandwich was too big and lacked taste other then meat. For all the foodies on here that see this place's great rating now you know it's not because they have great food. It's just because some locals love eating heavy meat only tasting sandwiches.
If you are a female I would recommend you not enter this place, unless you have very THICK skin.
From reading other reviews it seems they grade this place high because of getting lots for their money, I rate by taste, quality over quantity.
Bigger was not better in this case.

Only good thing about going there was I a had funny stories to tell afterwords. When telling a workmate about my experience he seemed disgusted but then ended our conversation with "I have to go there" haha so that explains this place I hope.

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Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie998 Harbourside, #128, North Vancouver
Best place in the lower mainland for coffee & dessert?
Submitted Monday, March 12, 2012 - 11:19am [Take-out]

I found out about Thomas Haas from this website because it is one of the most highly rated places so I decided to head out to north vancouver to give it a try. I ordered a cappuccino - $3.25, 4 of their individual desserts to take home - $22 and a box of 18 chocolates - $30.. for a total of $61.88

My experience.. The place is kind of tucked away once finding it I enter and it's crowded (went on a saturday afternoon) There's nowhere to really stand, there are people sitting along the window enjoying a coffee with the line up kind of bumping into/squeezing past them. Not the most comfortable place to dine in. Actually I felt very uncomfortable being in there and would never stay there to eat and drink unless the place was empty. The tight crowded space is my only complaint.

The service was very professional and friendly.
The cappuccino - WOW.. what have I been drinking all the other times that I order a cappuccino at the popular coffee spots? This is the best cappuccino I have ever drank out of a cardboard cup!
The desserts - I had them with my wife and were very good.. Next time we go to a dinner I think we will supply the dessert from here -) She loved the "caramel & chocolate brownie cake"
The chocolates/truffles - I had a selection and was impressed, I loved the "merlot" with a nice chocolate/wine taste. Also the "marc de champagne" was nice (milk chocolate gnache perfumed with champagne and eau de vie from champagne grapes.

Overall, if you are looking for an excellent coffee/dessert spot you must try this one out.

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Cozmos Cafe6691 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Always a solid lunch in this place
Submitted Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 2:43pm [Dine in]

I've eaten lunch here many times with friends over the years and it's always been good.
The place is a little small and cramped but it's nice.
The service always seems like they are swamped and in a hurry.
I always order an iced tea when I eat here, it comes blended and it's yummy.
The souvlaki and the wraps here are great. Overall it's a nice little place for a decent lunch.

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Isami Sushi4603 Kingsway, #6, Burnaby
Great Sushi Restaurant In South Burnaby
Submitted Friday, February 24, 2012 - 4:06pm [Dine in]

I first heard of this place from family members recommending it to me. I've eaten here many times since and this is my favorite sushi place in south burnaby. It has as nice feel to it, seems like it's family owned with the owners actually there. Service was very friendly, a bit slow at times but I think the reason for the wait was great food takes a little longer.
I ate..
Gomae - different then most places. Usually the sauce is peanut butter tasting, here it had more of a mustard tasting sauce, it was fantastic.
Spicy scallop roll - Wow these are good!
California roll - Very nice, seemed much more fresh and delicate then most places.

The portions here are a little smaller then the usual but I am totally fine with that since the food quality was so high. The hot tea never stopped being refilled also. I would recommend this place to anyone and will continue coming here. I will try their sashimi next time!

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Trattoria Italian Kitchen1850 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Good but not great
Submitted Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 12:24am [Dine in]

My wife and I were walking by around lunch time and looked at the menu outside, when we saw they had a mozzarella bar we went in.. nice place. The mozza bar wasn't on the lunch menu but we wanted to try it so they let us order it, we had the Mozzarella Tasting: burrata, bufala & fior di latte - $16.95. It was awesome. She ordered the Caprese - vine ripened tomatoes, basil, olive oil, sea salt $12.95 with a choice of burrata, bufala or fior di latte and 2 meat balls and a sausage. She loved the salad and the meatballs reminded her of family cooking growing up. I ordered the Spaghetti & Kobe Meatballs spicy tomato basil sauce, herbed ricotta - $16.95. It was good but I would order another dish next time. Dessert, she had the Panna Cotta - $7.95 and thought it was great. I had the trio di sorbetti - $6.95 and it was supposed to be 3 flavours (raspberry, blackberry, lemon) but instead they gave me 3 scoops of 1 lemon and 2 raspberry.
A glass of wine and a mojito and we are looking at a $100 lunch.
Overall this is a nice restaurant with friendly staff. The mozzarella bar is great, the spaghetti is ok, I would return if I was walking down west 4th Ave and was hungry but that's about it. My wife would return to try the diner menu if she was in the area she said so maybe I will be back..

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Hapa Izakaya1479 Robson St, Vancouver
Cool party/dinner restaurant
Submitted Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 10:37pm [Dine in]

I ate here with my wife on a saturday night. We were attending a birthday and we had a large group of about 40-50 people. When the 2 of us arrived we sat at a 6 seater table that already had 4 people at it drinking sake. We asked to have our own separate tab to make things easy but they said no we had to have one tab for the entire table, weird..

For dinner we ordered..
2 TUNA CARPACIO- 8.99 - Thinly sliced ahi tuna with yuzu dressing
2 BINTORO - 8.99 - Lightly seared albacore tuna belly sashimi with ponzu sauce
AGEDASHI TOFU – 5.49 - Deep-fried tofu in a sweet soy broth
HAPA CALI ROLL- 9.99 - Real crab meat, avocado, cilantro with a sour chili mayo
ANGUS STEAK BITES- 12.99 - Diced organic beef bavette, pan fried with Japanese pepper sauce
For drinks we ordered about 9 of the Hapa special cocktails. Our portion of the bill came to about $170 including the 18% added gratuity. The food was all good but the portions are small and you need to order lots to fill up so it gets pricy. The waitresses just dropped off plates at our table and walked away leaving us to figure out what was what and who was eating it. It was loud and busy so I guess that affected our service. The drinks were all tasty but for the amount that I consumed I didn't even really feel a buzz. People were mentioning that the drinks were weak and seemed watered down.

Overall it's a nice, fun place that seems good for groups. I wouldn't return unless there was another group event happening here and I would not return with just my wife because I would find it too loud and annoying.
Ambiance and Food - good
Service and Value - average

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BiBo, The1835 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Pizza like nonna made it
Submitted Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 6:00pm [Dine in]

My father and I were in the mood for pizza so we dined here yesterday for lunch. Nice looking place, clean, nice waitress, etc.. Had big screens playing an old italian classic, Pinocchio, that was pretty cool to see. When we sat they gave us a bottle of water for the table, nice touch. They offer a smaller lunch menu with pizza by the slice so we got to try different kinds which was nice.
We ordered 7 slices to share.. 5 Margherita, 1 Ortolana, 1 Napoli. All the pizza was very good, it reminded me of the homemade pizza that I'd get to eat if my zia made it or if a friends nonna made pizza, an older Italian who knows how to cook =) Overall the food was great, everything tasted good. My only complaint, the Napoli pizza comes with olives that have pits in them. I had to remove the olives, take out the pits and put them back on my pizza. The olives tasted much better then the usual pitted ones but I prefer not to have to pit them myself.
On their menu and website they mention italian lots such as, "this is italian, no compromises" "Italian food is in my DNA", Come dine in Italy for lunch", etc.. They are correct, it's Italian! Also our waitress spoke fluent Italian and all of the staff were conversing in Italian, nice to see that.
I'd like to return with my wife sometime for a nice "Italian" evening to try out the dinner menu.

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