This restaurant features authentic Italian cuisine prepared by Italian cooking techniques.
We wandered into Italian Tomato for dinner hoping that the food would be somewhat palatable. We were pleasantly surprised with the soothing decor and friendly staff. Although the bread were chewy and disappointing, not to mention that the cocktails were expensive but the pasta dishes were phenomenal to say the least! The Venezia. Gamberi and cabonnara sauces were absolutely delicious and the huge portions of heaping pastas were cooked to perfection! There is a cover charge of $12.95 per person so sharing an appetizer and a pasta dish between a couple is out of the question. The left over pasta tasted even better the next day for lunch, so there is no need to gobble it all up...ahem!
I took a friend three for lunch and the prices were really reasonable, around $8.99 for the main dish and there was no cover charge. It is great to have such a fine Italian pasta place in Richmond without having to drive all the way to Commercial drive. Enjoy!
I've read some not so great reviews for this place but I heard really great word of mouth about it, so I took the family there last week. It wasn't hard to find at all considering its a block from the River Rock Casino. We ordered a thin crust pizza and tri colore for starters which were amazing the pizza crust was crisp and the toppings more than generous. We then ordered 2 plates of pasta for the 4 of us, the Mesa Luna and the Veneziana. The reviews about size of portions was true you get so much food. The pastas were perfect fresh tasting and delicious, for dessert we had the brownie for the kids with the ice cream. I don't know what was wrong with the other reviews for here but the food and service (we had Carrie as our server) was astounding we will be back many times in the future.
We are regular diners at the Italian tomato. We come here whenever we feel like having pasta in Richmond. The portions are huge and the food is always tasty. My favorite is the Pollo Diavolo with penne with bococcini sauce. The manager and his wait staff are friendly and efficient. Make reservations on weekends as this place gets packed!
This place rocks!!! The portions are incredible, and the food is fresh!!! We were there on a Friday night, and the place was packed. People were waiting in line but the turnover is quite fast, so people didn't have to wait long for a table. The service was fantastic! We will be back for more! We were a party of 4, and we had calamari, which was fresh and tasty. We all ordered a pasta, the price was very reasonable, about $17 per plate. We ate leftovers for the next 3 days!
We came here on a Saturday night to celebrate a birthday. With a reservation, the wait was reasonable for a Saturday night for a big party of 12. The portion was huge as expected, but the pasta dishes were all mediocre if not borderline bland and boring, à la Boston Pizza quality.
Service was not impressive at all. Our waitress was rude and seemed annoyed and irritated most of the night. Service was slow and she was inattentive as she chose to stand around chatting with other waitresses instead of checking up on our party.
On a day I feel like eating huge servings of generic pasta I may return to give this restaurant another try. Will have to keep my fingers crossed for better service next time.
My girlfriend and I were craving for pasta the other night; so we headed to Italian Tomato. We got exactly what we were looking for -- Outstanding Pasta!! The portion is big; but the quality remains good. Service was good too. And surprisingly, the chocolate mousse cake that we had as the desert was very good as well.
All in all, very good dining experience @ Italian Tomato.
From the very first visit, this was and still is a winner in my book.
I have been there with small groups (2 people) and been there with large groups (30+ people). The service, the food and the ambience have been fantastic.
It is true that the portions are enormous, but very good quality. Sauces are freshly made, and pastas are perfectedly cooked. Good presentation. One of the better and more popular Italian restaurants in the lower mainland.
It is a good size facility compared with many other "intimat" restaurants. However, it is well sectioned to create that cosy feeling.
The service has always been outstanding. From the owners to their crew, they care about their guests and equally important, they focus on the quality of their products. They are very friendly and approachable, yet very professional.
A friendly and "comfortable" place to have lunch or dinner. Even "take outs" are quite good.
From friends and family, to business associates and out-of-town guests, it is a restaurant that I can count on in delivering great ambience and terrific quality.
If you like Italian food, heck, if you just like to eat good food... this is a must... and deserves many visits.
i had never heard of this place until a few weeks ago but it is fantastic!! i went back twice last week!
the food is so good and you get so much of it, a huge mountain of pasta. I had the alfredo, the veneziana, and the meat lasagna and they were all sooo delicious. the tiramisu is really good too.
the service is fast and friendly, even when it gets busy, although we had to wait a few minutes for a table on friday.
this is becoming one of my favourite places in richmond
Italian Tomato is a great restaurant for both takeout and dine-in. After having visited the place many times, I can recommend this place to anyone looking for delicious food and an enjoyable dining experience.
The owner is always there ready to chat with you, and often remembers your order if you've been in before. Any one of the wait staff are happy to recommend something, from the type of pasta to the perfect sauce pairing. The service is excellent and is always done with a smile, even when the place is busy.
Perhaps those who have disliked the place should stop patronizing it, and instead of posting spelling mistaken laden vitriol, try a restaurant better suited to their palates.
Me and my wife started going there when it first opened and have been regulars ever since.
First i'll start with the decor, although not the jazziest place you'll go to, it does a very good job welcoming you to a delightful experience. Compared to what it use to be (the old Dem Bones), it is a total gem.
Now the staff, ever since the beginning we've pretty much loved the staff. They are all very nice and do make your experience and enjoyable one. Maria is our fave, and we sit in her section when ever we can. The owners are great, they have treated us like a part of the family from the get go! Very generous too (how does an extra rack of ribs sound)!
Lastly the food. Oh my! The Carbonara is my absolute favorite! I have yet to have a better one anywhere. The ribs... i just can't find another place that will satisfy me. The portions are huge, you better bring your appetite! By huge I mean a serving platter! The caesar salad is fantiggitytastic! The meatballs are great and the tortellini soup is to die for. Overall the food is top notch.
My suggestions to the owners is this, add a tuscan grilled steak dish to the menu along with angel hair pasta. Other than that, keep doing what your doing and you'll be an Italian food powerhouse!
The atmosphere was nice, kind of down home and friendly meets sports bar. Without a reservation, the wait was about 30 minutes.
While waiting we could see the manager and the hostess using their hands to dunk into the bowl of dried italian parsley and sprinkle it over the dishes. It might be ok if they were clean kitchen staff, but the hostess kept running her hands through her hair and scratching her nose and then dunking her hands into the garnish. Yuck! Needless to say, we asked for no parsley, thanks.
Of our party, two ordered pasta dishes, fettucine alfredo and the penne with the tomato vodka sauce. The other two ordered the chicken piccata, one with the whole wheat linguine and sun dried tomato pesto, and the other with spaghetti carbonara.
The fettucine dish was ok - the pasta was a bit soft - and the penne was quite good.
The linguine was a bit greasy, and the carbonara was a train wreck - greasy noodles way past al dente, so far past al dente they couldn't even look back and see it. After puddyizing the pasta, they added the cream, cheese, bacon and eggs and must have gone out for a smoke - it was scrambled eggs on noodles.
Now, the pollo picatta. Words fail me. When I think of a picatta, I think of a thin pounded cutlet of chicken, lightly dredged in a seasoned flour, gently sauted in a lemony garlic butter, drizzled in a light sauce made by deglazing the pan with a bit of white wine.
Italian Tomato seems to think a picatta is made by throwing some small chuncks of chicking into an au gratain dish and smothering it with a thick, flour-based lemon "gravy" more at home in a pie crust. It was, in a word, awful.
So, I'd say, if you want something edible, stick to the pasta and non-cream based sauces. Look for pasta that isn't as likely to break down if it's overcooked and don't be afraid to send it back if it's a congealed mess on your plate.
And trust me, avoid the parsley.
so we tried this restaurant out for the first time as a recommendation from a friend who raved about its good food. we thought, 'hey why not? i'm in the mood for some good italian food!' when we got there, the hostess was super friendly, it was a busy night but the wait was only 5-10 mins considering we didn't have reservations. our server was attentive right from the get go. and when our food arrived, we were pretty amazed at the portions - we had the fettucine venezana and the penne mama mia...it was just me and my girlfriend but the portions were enough to feed a village! we thought maybe it was a quantity not quality type place judging by the size of the plates but when we had our first bite, we were hooked. on top of that, the drink prices were more than generous. also worth mentioning is the complementary bread that came with the meal. the only downfall about the restaurant that i should mention is the layout and decor of the restaurant - it needs some slight improvement...the lighting was dim (but i guess i shouldn't complain since i was on a 'romantic date' with my girl) and maybe they need to make it more 'italian'? overall, i had a very good experience with the food and the service. i would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who's looking for good, cheap eats!
After reading the previous review, I thought I'll put in my two cents as I've just dined here today for lunch. I went with a friend and we were promptly seated with the restaurant being about 1/3 to 1/2 full. Our waitress seemed quite nice and youngish and checked in on us periodically at just the right intervals. But I think she seemed a bit novel at waitressing.
We both had pasta dishes, mine being a fettucinine something (with italian sausages, diced chicken, spicy tomato sauce) and my friend's had penne with a red sauce too. I didn't try her dish, but I thought that mine had good flavour (though maybe a bit too sour, and not really rich) and I REALLY loved the texture of the noodles, not soft or soggy like other places, but maybe it's because I like my noodles a bit chewier. The dishes weren't really big, maybe can feel about 1-1.5 person/dish for normal appetites. Also, we got 4 warm buns and lots of butter.
We had a good chat, and good privacy as no one was seated directly beside us and even if there were, there was a good distant between us and the next table. All in all, we spent 1 hr 15 mins there in total and it didn't feel rushed at all because everything was fast and efficient.
For the price, $10 a pasta and my good experience, I'll definitely go back again and probably soon!