Serving the Westside quality Italian Cuisine for over 16 years
I have not been to this restaurant since I have graduated from High school back in 1999. Today I had decided to come with a friend. I was very happy. Though the service was only decent (decent is actually only 2 stars) The food was terrific, and I was amazed. Just a tad expensive. I suggest if this is your first time, you go on a Tuesday, the pasta is only $7.95 then, and then you can decide if paying full price the rest of the week is worth while (would I go on another time????? probably not)
However as far as food goes, it is really terrific.
Unfortunatly the service wasn't as great as the food was. The waiiter we had was great, but the other guy who seated us toke about 10 minutes, even though he said it would be 5, and when he passed by us, he never acknowledged the situation. I definbatly would LOVE to come back again for Pasta Tuesdays. You definatly get your moneys worth coming on a Tuesday, aster that you can decide if you are willing to spend extra the rest of the week.
Tuesday is any pasta dish for $7.95. Regularly priced up to $14.95. Variety is very extensive and you have a choice of about 15 different pasta entrees. I didn't even bother to check out the other menu items but if they are as good as the pasta then you will not be disappointed. Fantastic bread came before dinner and when we requested more it was promptly replenished. Service was top notch. Restroom was small but clean. It is too far away for me to frequent but if I am in the neighbourhood I will be sure to revisit.
I actually got a take out order which is cheaper. It's 12.95 if you dine in, 9.99 if you take out.
The servers and people were really nice! Unfortunately my time there wasn't spent too long to give a constructive review.
The food on the other hand, was just okay. I had the alla panna. It was pretty plain. They gave a little cup full of parmesan cheese which didn't do much and some bread that tasted like it was made with tap water. Sauce is really runny until you put the cheese on.
Overall, no complaints but also no praise.
Have heard from friends recommanding how good this place is... all because of it's price (7.99 all pastas on tuesdays)
it's not really cheap at all.... the portion that came was about half the portion you would get in a regular italian restaurant...
talking about the taste, i'm really disappointed what I had my first bite tonight. (I ordered the "special of the day" rottini w/ smoked salmon and special garlic sauce), I could hardly taste anything (there're only four TINY pieces of salmon in my whole plate, each about the size of a quarter coin), and I think they didn't clean the fish right, I could feel fish scale in my mouth every time I took a bite.... (i think this is the worst pasta I've ever eaten in lower mainland)
the service is alright, not very friendly, but not rude neither... however, was very surprised the waitress never fill up the empty water glasses, which have been sitting on the table nearly an hour... booo... two thumbs DOWN.
the ambiance was not bad, pretty warm and cozy. but nth fancy or special.
I don't think I'll ever want to walk in to this restaurant ever... unless they've got something better than pasta. not even considering ordering a takeout menu for the portion it comes with, and especially that unpleasant taste =.=" (bruhggg.... )
We wanted to have some pizza with a friend of ours and take our little kids along. We tried to get into the Rocky Mountain Flatbread company, but had no chance on a Friday evening. So we ended up in Dunbar in La Notte.
We were seated in the back, so we did not need to worry too much about our kids. They preferred pasta to pizza, but my partner and her friend had pizza. I had the Saltimbocca alla Romana. As starters we had Bruschetta and mixed salad. We combined it with a bottle of Cannonau from Sardinia.
The food was solid, but nothing special. In particular for pizza, we will continue to go to Ragazzi pizza in East Vancouver. But the service is excellent, friendly and attentive. And the ambiance is just right for a nice lunch or a relaxing dinner on the weekend.
My daughter and I ate here last week after a long day of painting. We were starving and mentioned that to our waitress and she promptly brought some wonderful bread with oil and balsamic. We started with the Antipasto Della Casa for 2 ($13.95) and were surprised to see how many items were on the plate...prosciutto and melon, bruschetta, calamari and clams in tomato sauce. This was followed by a daily special...Caesar salad with scallops...very nice. For the main course we shared the fettucini con osso bucco ($14.95). The waitress automatically served it on two plates...large enough that we still took a doggy bag home. We ordered a bottle of B.C. wine from Barcello Canyon. It was very reasonably priced (I think $30) as were all of the wines on their menu. We were really pleased with the food and the service and we'll definitely be back to try their others offerings which include pizzas and seafoods!
Always drove by this place and finally got a chance to try it tonight.
ordered the escargot and the fettucine alfredo.
The escargot came out in a plate with a thick red sauce like a chef boyardee ravioli can
and they were the size of little button mushrooms and tasted like them too. Somewhat bland
and not worth the $7 price tag. I know many places in this city that offer a much better tasting
escargot for a similar price,
Bread however was excellent as I expected.
Fettucine alfredo, very bland and tasteless but left an oily feeling in my mouth, that's all I have to say.
service was average. food took a long time but I didn't mind and the place was relatively empty on a sunday night, server didn't make visits although thats sort of how i'd like it.
overall dinner was average but wasn't worth the >$20 per person price. there are certainly much better italian restaurants within a 10 minute drive from here.
I had a friend of mine tell me about this place and boy am I glad that I took her advice (great place for a date by the way).
In any case I found La Notte after initially driving by it and having to turn around (it is easy to miss). The ambiance is nice and quite typically italian. I was greated and seated fairly quickly and bread was also quickly served with olive oil + vinegar.
Within a few minutes I decided on my dish - Fettuccine Alla Veneziana and waited approx. 10 minutes before the plate appeared before me. I've got to say that the meal was extremely flavourful with wonderful smells. I went with a house merlot and found the entire experience wonderful.
Highly recomment this place for a date, or it looked pretty good for a group as well (there seemed to be a birthday party or something of the sort on the other side of the restaurant).
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There is one big problem with Italian food...it is so easy to make outstanding Italian dishes at home, ie. google recipes for Summertime Tagliarini.
At La Notte, we have sampled a couple of the appies and several of the pizzas and pastas. While most were....acceptable...all were bland and none were outstanding. Admittedly, most of the menu items are priced reasonably, but we did not venture into the higher priced menu items (half of which are veal based dishes anyway...and hey, life is short, so why eat veal?).
With one exception: we tried the $20 Osso Buco special. Well, I should say "Osso Buco". This was one of the most lame, shamelessly bad dishes I have ever had, anywhere. An unidentifiable, sadly bland (did they POACH it??) although tender meat smothered in a made-from-powdered synthetic gravy...Glutinously Chicken I think. Absolutely ghastly. British prison cafeterias serve better food.
I could only be tempted back if I could also watch the chef eat his own Osso Buco for several nights in a row!
Service was excellent, but do yourself a favour and give this unimaginative and mediocre little menu a pass.
This place never disappoints. The food isn't very fancy but it's always well prepared and tasty. I especially like the gnocchi.
The atmosphere is very relaxed and pleasant.
The staff are very nice and the cheap pasta night is a very good value! Even on regular priced nights it's not too expensive.
We were really hoping to like this place. It's close to home, the menu LOOKS good. Unfortunately it did not meet our requirements for a regular dining place.
We ordered a lot of food. We always do - to get an overall sampling of what the menu has to offer. The carpaccio was actually frozen. Not just a bit, but completely frozen. We asked the waitress to take it back, and she returned with it stating "it's supposed to be frozen". Fine - so with open mind, we ventured into other dishes. The pasta was absolutely overcooked. Flavourless alfredo sauce, pizza that may has well been from the frozen aisle at the supermarket, and tough veal scallopine. To top it all off, the frozen carpaccio interaction resulted in rude service for the remainder of the dining experience. Sorry but...we won't go again. Very disappointing.
This little secret serves the Dunbar area and is well worth the visit.
I know folks who come in from Tsawwassen because they enjoy it so much.
Thursday evening they serve a seafood special,it varies,but it's always delectible and talk about value...
This is not your corner pizza joint,nor is it Il Giordino.It's simply a place you'd not be ashamed to take your wife or girl friend for a quiet evening out.
The staff are friendly and most accomodating and every dish we've ever had has been absolutely superb.
My wife has an allergy to sulphites(wines are a no no) and,unfortunately,most of the sauces are laced with wine.No trouble here,merely tell the staff and while the dishes may not have that extra zing they're prepared in a tasteful manner.
These folks are pfepared to go the extra mile.
La Notte is a classic and unpretentious Italian restaurant. My dinner companions ordered linguine with clams and penne with pesto, and I ordered the lasagne. Everyone was very impressed with their main course. The pasta was cooked to a perfect al dente and the sauces were rich and flavourful without being overpowering. Service was very polite and swift on a Saturday evening, and the ambiance is simple and classy.
If you're on Dunbar looking for a nice meal in a comfortable restaurant, La Notte is a great choice. It's definitely not as sophisticated and trendy as anything you'd find in nearby Kitsilano, but that is a good thing in this case. You come here for classic Italian dishes prepared perfectly, and that's exactly what you get.
We have been coming here for nearly 20 years.. It may not have the best view.. but it is a solid gem with excellent pasta and a la carte dishes.I had to write after seeing someone say the Carpaccio arrived frozen..They obviously don't know how carpaccio is made.. we were there last night the 1st of July and it was stellar as always. We ordered it when we arrived so it had its 6 minutes to thaw. We like it when its not Tuesday night full of families .We like this restaurant so much that we are going to celebrate our wedding anniversary there this year.. The last times we have been at high end restaurants with views ..eg Seasons in the park and Shaugnessy ..we had to send our food back it was so badly prepared.. Give me value for dollar and the pomp at the door. shh -other people will discover how romaNtic it is on a Wednesday Night !