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Italian-guyDowntown&BurnabySince September 2, 200660 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.6)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
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Don Francesco Ristorante860 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Hit and miss...mostly hit!
Submitted Monday, February 23, 2015 - 2:48pm [Dine in]

We held a family special occasion here for 15 people. We ordered one of the set menus, in this case
The Don Francesco menu at 95/head (Family style platters).
The good- The service was competent and attentive, very top notch. The mains were fantastic! the platters were
Halibut,rack of lamb and osso bucco (each individual plate had the sides already on when served). The Osso Buco was the best I've ever had! Dark rich and generous! The lamb was equally well executed and the halibut was fine, portions were more than fine. Of the three pastas (Duck sausage,Farfalle with seafood and penne smoked salmon) I would have to give the nod the the smoked salmon pasta. A clear yet creamy sauce complimenting the wonderful smoked salmon. The other pastas were very very good.
Wine list was fairly extensive and fairly average price wise, they had excellent beers on tap (Stella, Peroni etc) so there were options.
The bad- The appy platters were way below the price point and quality of the rest of the meal. It consisted of Cesar salad, Deli stiffed olives and I swear salami and mortadella from what I think was the mixed "Citero" pack from costco! The seafood vol au vonts were decent but not memorable. They did some prosciutto in the platter also but I'm sure it wasn't Parma (the real thing) or enough for that matter. House bread was plentiful and delicious.
The ambiance is nicely done and the place is spacious and quite (until we got there!) they platted a cake for us at no charge and added a raspberry coulis to the cake..classy.
All in all a nice experience, would go back just for the Osso Bucco!

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Golden Boot, The1028 Ridgeway Ave, Coquitlam
we need more local spots like this....
Submitted Monday, February 23, 2015 - 2:05pm [Dine in]

Unpretentious...honest cooking with great value.
We came here Saturday night with friends, this place takes reservations which is great because it is busy!
When we walked in our table wasn't quite ready so we watched the open kitchen...are they making their own tortellini!? YES!! and apparently all the pasta and sauces are scratch made...wow!
Our table had pizzas an appy and a gnocchi. The pizzas were as good as any of the trendoid pizzerias but at a much more reasonable cost and frankly better than some highly regarded placed (Ahem Campanioglo!)
The gnocchi were awesome and a huge serving, in fact out of 3 pizzas we ended up bagging a whole one (mixed pieces) for home, ditto for the gnocchi. Peroni beer on tap ice cold and reasonably priced, a great and not expensive (relatively speaking) wine list round out the food/drinks. The staff and service are amazing, when we got there it was hopping but the service was focused and efficient, a nice change form the norm. The ambiance is neighborhood chic and comfy.
Love this place....definitely will be back!

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Dinakis Mediterranean Grill2020 Oxford Connector, #101, Port Coquitlam
Better than most
Submitted Monday, November 10, 2014 - 9:00am [Dine in]

I don't get the meh reviews here. I think this place is awesome!...They use higher quality ingredients than most Greek places, keep the prices in check by making the portions sightly smaller, a winner formula. Their Roast shoulder is fantastic as well as the calamari. Don't get me wrong, you will not leave here hungry....it's just that you probably won't have a doggy bag like a lot of places. Ambiance and decor are nice clean and modern but it is in PoCo after all. Good service, family run, would recommend with no hesitation.

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Pizzeria Barbarella654 E Broadway Street, Vancouver
Pizza crawl third stop
Submitted Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 9:32am [Dine in]

So 4 of us were on a pizza crawl of three spots (my friend saw that they were rated the best in Van)
hmmmm...we'll see. Being a pizza nut, I always wanted to try this place (the others were Nicli and Campagnolo). ground rules: one margherita (as a base line) and one whatever.
Nice room in east van...very handy. Great selection of craft brews and friendly staff AND th best prices of the three by far! The Margherita was cooking in a gas fired domed oven.....so not really pizza napolitana here. That being said...it was delicious albeit smothered in waaaay too much cheese! te purist n me scowled but everyone else loved it. The second pizza bear mention, it was a "in bianco" (no sauce) creation of pancetta and Brussels sprout leaves and it was the best pizza of the night! 100% will be back. IMHO this place is one of the better values around however for REAL pizza none of these three (except maybe Nicli) can match Tevere or even Bibos.

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Campagnolo1022 Main Street, Vancouver
Pizza crawl...second stop
Submitted Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 9:24am [Dine in]

So 4 of us were on a pizza crawl f three spots (my friend saw that they were rated the best in Van)
hmmmm...we'll see. Being a pizza nut, I always wanted to try this place (the others were Nicli Antics and Barbarella). ground rules: one margherita (as a base line) and one whatever.
To be fair, this isn't strictly a pizza place, there pastas looked amazing! good thing to....I don't know how this was voted one of "the best" as the oven is a conventional one you'd find at any pizza joint!
The Margherita wasn't up to par...they uses tomato sauce instead of fresh...the cheese was almost nonexistent and almost no basil! The second was a fennel sausage and arugula. Better but really, the sausage was almost non existant. I steer clear of this place for pizza but I il be back to try their pasta!

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Nicli Antica Pizzeria62 East Cordova, Vancouver
Pizza crawl...first stop
Submitted Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 9:15am [Dine in]

So 4 of us were on a pizza crawl of three spots (my friend saw that they were rated the best in Van)
hmmmm...we'll see. Being a pizza nut, I always wanted to try this place (the others were Campagnolo and Barbarella). ground rules: one margherita (as a base line) and one whatever.
The margherita was SPOT ON!! WOW! perfect crust from a wood oven, the right mozzarella fresh tomatoes and basil. The other was a pesto bacon affair memorable only because of the house smoked bacon but great anyhow. This was the most expensive of the three places for beer/wine and pizza. beautiful room in a funky hood. Service was adequate. IMHO it rates as tied for first on this trip with Barbarella. I still prefer Tevere pizza overall, too bad we were too full to visit that night!

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Via Tevere Pizzeria Napoletana1190 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
This is Napoli pizza....
Submitted Saturday, August 3, 2013 - 9:58pm [Dine in]

100%!...I've been here a few times now...too bad they don't open for lunch as it is always quite busy. They will take your name/number and text you when your table is ready at least. The pizzas are the game here...wood fired oven and real true ingredients. The value is on par for other pizzerias of this type but that is where it ends. This place has it down...they nailed it! I had my cousin here from Napoli on here honeymoon and they both agreed that is was just like Napoli. As for favorites......I like the proscuitto cotto with arugula and the Vesuvio. Service is competent and the ambiance is east end chic. A special mention to their antipasti selection too. Polpette, frittura and caprese are all well done even if they are overpriced. Would recommend for that authentic pizza experience.

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Famoso Neopolitan Pizzeria1380 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Napoli style Pizza, Vancouver's "new" sushi?
Submitted Sunday, May 27, 2012 - 11:52am [Dine in]

A lot of Napoli style pizzerias have been popping up as of the last year or two..quite the craze actually. Could it be that "gasp" we are tiring of sushi here and need alternatives? maybe.
Four of us dined here last night on a recommendation, and first thing yes they take reservations.
This place is literally across the street from Marcello's pizzeria. The ambience is beautiful and interior attractive, comfortable and well done. Their menu is not as strictly authentic as my favourite pizza place (Bibos) or even marcellos. In fact the oven is NOT wood burning but a domed gas fired affair...hmmm. We ordered an appy, drinks and pizza and a salad. The pizza, I must admit, very good, a 11-12" pizza with the traditional toppings, some new style set choices as well choices to create your own. they have a good amount of pizza in bianco choices which is nice to see. The appy was 6 boccocini wrapped in prosciutto and served in a marinara sauce with a foccacia style bread (pricey at $18). All the dishes were good but not wow. Where this place shines is the value, but not enough to call it an outstanding value. Where other authentic places charge 18-22 dollars for a pie this place doesn't have hardly any over $14.50. There were glitches in the service style. They want you to fill out little cards and bring them up to a station to place your order then they bring it to you. NOT a big fan of this style (this isn't dim sum thanks), in fact it caused confusion on one pizza which was sent back and replaced, to their credit they comp'd it,well done. The beer and wine list is average in terms of choice and price. The also have a gelato and coffee bar so you can have dessert, oh they also have a dessert pizza with nutella..sinful! All in all i wouldn't avoid this place but i don't think it would be my go to place for a real pizza craving. Definitely good for larger groups as the price point savings really adds up for a large party.

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BiBo, The1835 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
This is it...
Submitted Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 3:22am [Dine in]

Real Italian pizza that is. Finally here in Vancouver. I finally made it to this place last night with a party of 8 with reservations (yes they take them). Nice clean decor,more Kits than Napoli but nice. The screen showing old classic Italian films is a nice touch. Ordered appys, the bresaola platter is a generous plate of air cured beef and sides with a basket of home bread enough for two. Simple and authentic. Others had the appy platter with real Parma ham and proscuitto and other antipasti, all excellent quality and quantity to justify the price. The main event here is the pizza cooked in a real wood oven. The choices range from the classic to the modern with daily specials available. I had a sausage and porcini and tried pieces of capriciosa. crudo (highly recommend) and the marinara with anchovies (like its supposed to have) all excellent. The prices are reasonable starting at $12 up to $22 for a 12" pizza. The service was prompt and friendly even though the place was full. Water in glass bottles left on the table and replenished often was a nice touch. Wine list was average, beer choices a bit better with average Vancouver prices for both (That is to say too much!). They even had San pelligrino chinotto! Most Italian-ish places if they even have San pelligrino haven't even heard of chinotto much less carry it, just another nod to the authenticity of this place. Nice to have this place to finally take visiting Italians for pizza without being frikkin' embarrassed!

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Da Gino Ristorante Italia475 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
A real trattorio style Italian restaurant..downtown no less!
Submitted Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 11:18pm [Dine in]

I dined here for lunch today with 9 colleagues while on seminar. I had reached my Vancouver Asian/pub food saturation point and need some Italian to reset my DNA roots. The gang followed along. We walked in, nice decor..clean, comfy, spacious, no nonsense, I notice they have a small inviting patio space for the good weather (note to self!). They were setting up for a party of 24 and didn't bat an eye when we showed up. The owners are Italian and very affable. The menu for lunch was a decent range of antipasti/starters , pastas and some mains. The pasta list was very nice and everyone found one to their liking. The price range for the pasta was between 12 and 15 bucks.I had the linguine in rose sauce with imported porcini. They served pane e olio with ciabatta bread to start with our water, a nice touch. When the pasta arrived it just reaffirmed that these guys are real Italians. First off the pasta was delicious, top quality pasta, not over cooked and with an abundance of sauce which was scratch made for sure. The second thing I noted and pointed out to my friends is that this was an authentic portion of 100 grams of pasta per person unlike most "italian-ish" d/t places that give you 50 grams for twice the price! I also ordered a 6 oz glass of house Italian red to go with my pasta ($6.50 very reasonable) and I was truly pleased. The service was excellent despite the two big parties and the place was full! They got us in and out in under an hour. I think I will be coming back much more often for lunch, you should too!

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Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Cafe1059 Alberni Street, Vancouver
I love this place!
Submitted Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 11:14am [Dine in]

Let me start out by saying again I love this place! i love the idea of a authentic Italian/French style coffee bar. The pastries and cakes are extremely high quality and the coffee is top notch. You know..this is the ONLY time I've been served a side of water with my espresso like they do at the better bars in Italy..it is unheard of in Vancouver. Our party ordered a whole cake (very reasonable btw with 10 good sized slices, very creamy/mousse like and not overly sweet) and they plated and served it at our table outside. That is another plus to his place, a great covered patio with sturdy chairs and tables that don't wobble unlike EVERY Starbucks in this city! This place is the antidote for the over priced indifferent Coffee scene that exists in d/t Vancouver right now!..I'll def be back!

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Joey507 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Night out (outside almost!) at Joeys Bentall
Submitted Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 11:03am [Dine in]

We came here last night with a party of six. I had made reservations the night before, no problem. The problem started on the way down to the restaurant..I called just to confirm our res and at first they couldn't find it! They then said Oh OK we have it. When we arrived (the place was full) they led us out to the patio in back to what can best be described as a decontamination bubble with way to many heaters! My whole party was hesitant to sit, this is not what we wanted. After one of our party made a quick recon to cactus club across the street to secure a better seating, we were finally moved to a decent table (Thanks cactus club btw..next time we will try them out). with that sorted we move on to drinks and appys. I ordered a mojito..wrong!..it had, I kid you not, one sprig of mint which hadn't been even muddled and no sugar. It had NONE of the attributes a mojito should have! Our waitress (who was wonderful btw) offers to take it of the bill. Other drinks around the table were off also..stick to beer/wine at this place! (watery/weak was the consensus, a regular over priced drink here has 1oz of booze, a REAL 2 oz drink, which they list separate, is REALLY over priced. Bad policy in my books)
The food made up for the res and bar-tending being way off Thank goodness! The appys (esp the flat bread) are great and the fish tacos are justifiable famous, same for the sushi. The mains were equally satisfying. I had butter chicken which was a great value/portion and tasty to boot! All the salads, salmon, burger etc were meet with approval too.
The ambiance and decor are most pleasing also, and they look like they do a good job of training their wait staff,
would I come back? probably for the food and decent service but I would avoid peak hours and NOT order anything from the bar. I'm torn about the service rating..the res/seating screw up was huge, but they did recover nicely and were great during the meal.I'll give a solid and see what happens next time.

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Sun Gong Chinese Restaurant504 Clarke Road, #A, Coquitlam
huge take out order done right!!!
Submitted Monday, January 3, 2011 - 5:04pm [Delivery]

I fed 23 plus family new years day through these guys. Called ahead to make sure they were open and arranged to call back the day of the order. over 20 dishes and three free ones= great value. The food ran the range of awesome(curry chicken noodles, Singapore noodles, chicken and black bean etc) to just OK (s/s pork and deep fried prawns). Special mention for the lettuce wrap and the beef and Kai lun and honey garlic pork..awesome! The bill was spot on and the delivery was as planned and cheerful. I've ordered from these guys before and they give good Canadian -chinese take-out for good value plus they deliver. I have no problems recommending this place.

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Orawbar Grill2729 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam
whats a nice restaurant like you doing out here?
Submitted Sunday, February 21, 2010 - 11:02am [Dine in]

We were her last night with two other couples at ones insistence that we try this place. It is the old anduccis on Lougheed so the decor was nice with some Asian/Japanese additions. We decided on the Omakase at $60/person. Now sometimes omakase (which literally means "its up to you" in Japanese)can result in two things, either the chef gives you a parade of ho-hum cheap stuff for a big rip off or it can be a way to try stuff you never normally would and it lets the chef show off his skill. Thankfully this place was the latter. They asked us ahead if we wanted emphasis on cooked or sushi/sashimi and we went with the first. The parade of dishes was truly amazing and I lost count of how many! some high lights, Lobster roll, tuna tataki, a great octopus sashimi in a curry sauce, smoked salmon, TWO dozen Kishu (sp) oysters with various sauces, a sirloin beef roll (most unique) steamed mussels in curry sauce, a beautiful prawn tempura in a shredded fried potato nest with salad, oh and the desserts, green tea creme brulee, a white chocolate with bean paste and poached pear with ice cream were the three we choice (one per couple). I am positive that I've forgotten some dishes as there were too many to remember. The service staff was attentive and efficient and very pleasant. The chef would be right at home with this type of place and menu downtown. Foe 120 per couple it was a great fine dining value. I will be back to pick and choose next time from his large inventive sushi/tapas menu. This is an easy one to recommend!

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Domenico's5625 East Hasting Street, Burnaby
Local wood oven pizza OK!
Submitted Sunday, January 17, 2010 - 12:18pm [Dine in]

We had a party of 18 here last night. We ordered a few platters of antipasti (they are large and well prepared, the vegetarian platter is noteworthy with bocconcini and other Italian preserves and olives/tomatoes) and salads as well as ordering 6 or 7 extra large pizzas. The extra larges run around 23-25 dollars but are worth it as the recipes and the method of cooking in a wood oven make a HUGE difference!
When I come again (not if!) I will try their pasta as I was told and saw with my own eyes that is their forte! The pasta dishes look authentic and at an average of 16 dollars are a huge portion! The wine list is decent albeit a bit over priced for the content, the cocktails are a much better deal at 4.75 each! The service is very professional and attentive especially welcome is the fact that they platted up a birthday cake with no qualms or surcharge! our thanks was reflected in the tip :). The ONLY glitch was that we at one point were considering ordering another pizza only to be informed they ran out of pizza dough!! WTF!! anyways no problem as we barley finished what we ordered anyways.
A nice addition to the neighbourhood.

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Flying Beaver Bar & Grill4760 Inglis Drive, Richmond
must have changed chefs...
Submitted Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 5:10pm [Dine in]

We were at the Beaver the other night for a B-day party which coincided with 'name that tune night". I used to work out here and I remember the food at the beaver always being a notch above what you would expect from a pub, the calamari here used to be some of the best in town. I ordered the same thing and ended up with a soggy portion of tiny rings and a small mound of messy shredded lettuce as a "side salad" Wow what a change. Other people we were with ordered various dishes and NONE of them were really any good, the closest to being good was the salmon burger. On the plus side the ambiance of this place is great and the beer is cold and reasonably priced. Good place for a beer and a view but don't bother with the food..they even managed to fail at doing nachos! whoever is running this place should bring back the former chef!

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Burnaby Palace Restaurant3110 Boundary Rd, Burnaby
way above average chinese food and nice location too
Submitted Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 11:30am [Dine in]

We ordered over $200 worth of take out for a big get together the other night. All the dishes were of fair size and extremely well prepared using above average meat (no fat balls here!) The price is the same as other t/o places but the quality shines through. Of note was there ginger beef, curry beef, assorted seafood chow mien and the house fried rice. They double checked the order and were prompt and courteous even though they were smokin busy. Oh btw,,,if you want to eat it (like I plan to next time!) the room is brad new and beautiful. There is also a nice view of the north shore mountain given that this place sits on top of boundary hill. The only negative is that the portions are a bit smaller than usual, at least for takeout. All in all I would highly recommend.

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West Restaurant + Bar2881 Granville Street, Vancouver
ho hum...another high end restaurant
Submitted Saturday, May 16, 2009 - 1:45pm [Dine in]

My wife and I dined here with another couple last night. The room is in my opinion absolutely beautiful. From the leather sling seats to the ceiling effect it is very west coast contemporary. The wine list is justifiable famous, huge! easy to navigate and you will find a wine for every taste and budget guaranteed! Most of the table went with seafood themed meals so we had a lovely Sicilian white. Speaking of meals, this is the only thing lacking in these types of restaurants. The food is beautifully prepared and presented but seeing that entrees average 40+ dollars and first course around twenty, the could afford to give decent portion. I'm not talking about stuffing your face but some dishes don't even allow you to develop and appreciate all the subtlety and care they were made with before they're gone! The service was impeccable, unobtrusive and friendly. The service was the high light of the night, which shouldn't be the case, the service should supplant the meal not overshadow it! The cocktail list is very inventive, I had a Bergamo (blood orange and coffee based), wonderful! All in all the night averaged out to over $100/person all in. In line with the caliber of the restaurant but still an overall disappointment for that kind of dough. Vancouver has way to many restaurants with this type of formula. A neutral rating at best.

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Vita Bella Ristorante4544 Hastings Street, Burnaby
another NB Gem!!
Submitted Friday, May 8, 2009 - 7:57pm [Dine in]

wow, was here last weekend for a group dinner. There were two groups of twenty simultaneous but the service was amazing..Kudos to Leo and Val for hiring REAL wait staff with experience..it sure shows. The food was amazing!! if you go you must try their Smoked duck linguine (actually more like spaghetti a la chittara, square spaghetti made from durum wheat)
the flavour is both subtle and bold at the same time..wonderful and a huge portion that two could easily split. The other pasta of note is the penne a la salmone fumicatto (smoked salmon penne) which the owner smokes himself. For mains I recommend the marscarpone stuffed trout, I am not a trout fan but this dish was delicious! Prices are about what you'd pay for entrees and appys at earls et al but of much better quality and portion. Oh forgot to mention the appys, the Italian way..which is to say platters rather than individual plates (which they also have). The seafood misto salad was great as well as the assorted (sotto olio) vegetable platter. All in all a great slightly upscale dining experience worthy of your time and money. You won't be disappointed.

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Salam Bombay755 Burrard St, Suite 217, Vancouver
great lunch buffet
Submitted Friday, March 6, 2009 - 9:00pm [Dine in]

I had lunch here for the first time today, I've passed their advert board on Burrard enough to be interested and when my son suggested lunch up we went to the second floor. The ambiance and decor are certainly better than most lunch places and in keeping with more of an evening dinner space. Nice linen table cloths with cloth napkins, the works. The buffet isn't extensive but what they have is very good. Special mention for the Tandoori chicken (excellent) and the fresh Naan they bring to the table (again excellent, not greasy or heavy and always hot/fresh made, a real treat in itself). The butter chicken was good as were the various Daals they had. Coke for my son was 1.50 and bottomless, always nice with teenagers! A bit more expensive than most d/t lunches at $15 but in my opinion well worth it. They don't hurry you at all and are very attentive and gracious and the view of downtown scenery is a plus. I would recommend and return.

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