Lombardo's serves real Italian authentic pizza and fresh pasta.
We've been coming here for years. We're not regular customers but maybe twice a year. I remember when we first came here, we thought it was one of the best Italian restaurants - reasonable prices, excellent fresh food, casual atmosphere. This is what I wrote in 2011.
But recently, I've found Lombardo's a big let down. Was there a change in ownership or menu? The spaghetti wasn't the same. I'm not a fan of the thick dough pasta. The linguini vongole was not up to par. The salads were fresh but lacked taste. Same with the pizza - bland. Marcello's is far superior in all aspects. Lombardo's staff are still excellent and professional and the atmosphere is still quirky ....but it's the food that's most important.
Sorry, but I won't be returning.
We were here for dinner with friends on Saturday night. The restaurant is right in a little mini mall. The ambiance leaves a bit to be desired as there is a fair bit of foot traffic wandering past your table as you are eating.
Service was very good. Our server topped up our wine glasses throughout the evening. They do seem to be in a hurry to clear dishes off the table however. The wine glasses they use are the ones without the stems. I prefer to have a proper wine glass. I guess the glasses without the stems make it easier for stacking their dishwasher but with the glasses they use it feels like you are having a glass of juice.
My husband and our friends started off with Caesar salads. Our friends really enjoyed their salads. I tried my husband’s salad and found it did not have much flavour. The croutons were also small soft pieces of toast. Not very interesting. For entrees our friends split a pizza and my husband and I split a pizza as well as an order of tagliatelle with smoked salmon. The pizza was decent. It’s a thin crust pizza. Not the best pizza I’ve had but decent. The pasta was not very interesting. The pasta had clumped together and was not al dente. The sauce was also lacking in flavour.
There were 3 groups celebrating birthdays when we were there so it was very noisy. I would return if others suggested it but personally there are other places I prefer both for the food and the ambiance
I've eaten here in the past and have always had a great pizza. Today my father and I stopped in for lunch to share a pizza. We ordered a large, half margherita and half capricciosa for $25 and it was a perfect lunch! Nice thin, light and tasty. Will be back again for sure.
Went here on a weeknight and haven't been here in a few years. Nothing seems to have changed with the decor and it's a nice open area feel even if it's inside a mall setting. Tried their pizza special, all meat. Really good crust and lots of toppings. Could of used a bit more sauce but very good pizza. Tried their calamari and it was different, no real coating so not crunchy and a bit chewy, just OK. Had some of the pastat and it was just average, Pappredelle pasta, a bit on the overcooked side and it as room temp. Lots of sausage meat in it. Service was really good even with a large table. Prices a bit on the steep side for pizza annd pasta.
The gf decided on takeout pizza and ordered a couple larges: Caprese and Salsiccia. We spent most of the 20 minutes it would take to wait strolling down the Drive to see if nearby Fratelli was still open..not.
Nice thin crust, good dose of black char, and a fair amount of chewiness to it to be best eaten right out of the oven in my opinion to avoid gnawing at the crust. The toppings complimented the thin base and I liked how they coarsely chopped the sausage on our "meat" pizza. The sauce was very subtle and did not take away from the rest of the ingredients.
Can't comment on service though I did come here before trying to dine in and that was a disaster in itself which ended up in me leaving. They do the best they could with the decor - an outdoor feel indoors I suppose, though I would probably never dine in here, as seating is limited and during the dinner rush expect to wait, long.
Pretty expensive pizza so I'll leave it up to others to decide on it's value. It's not the most expensive thin crust pizza I've had in town and it's about as good so I can't argue with the tastebuds, though the wallet and stomach probably wouldn't agree.
I was on the Drive with my M-R-S, and we were looking for food. Lombardo’s was recommended by some pals so we gave it a try. Wow!
This place is hidden in the Il Mercato mall so it is a bit hard to find, but if you follow the enticing aromas it is hard to miss. The ambience is nice, but a bit noisy. You can watch the cook hand-toss your pizza and they have the expected pizza restaurant soundtrack playing.
I had a Peroni beer which was served in a wet glass so the fizz died right away, so marks off for service. Other than that the service was great, and the server was able to describe the various dishes in detail. I had a pizza with pepperoni, onions and peppers which was on special, and my wife had the salmon pasta in tomato sauce. The pizza was very good, and was the best I've had in Vancouver. Not as good as in Rome, but hey, we aren't in Europe.
The salmon pasta was also very good. The pasta was a nice al dente, the fish wasn't overcooked, and the sauce was mind-altering. My wife wished she had a large order!
The drinks menu could be cheaper, but the food is reasonably priced and it is very good. If you get a chance to visit this gem of a restaurant, don’t pass it up.
Lombardo's has great pizza!!! We went there to try it out and use up our Entertainment coupon, and we were lucky enough to get a table near the back where the pizza chef hand-tossed and flipped the pizza dough in the air. What a show!! We had two pizzas and some pasta. The ambiance is really neat. Although it is located indoors, they made the restaurant with an open feel. I would return to try the other pizza offerings.
This is by far the best pizzaria on the Drive. The place across the street has a fancier setting, but the food is not up to it. The pizza here is excellent, as are the pasta dishes. Friendly service (another thing that sets them apart from their neighbour), reasonable prices and GOOD food. I'd stand in line for this place any day.
The pizza is excellent at Lombardo's. Love the thin crust style and their use of the traditional stone oven thing... sorry not sure what the technical name is... BUT the pasta was horrible! Had the penne alfredo and the penne was very hard for some reason. Alfredo sauce was nothing to brag about. I was very indifferent wrt the calamari appetizer.
Service is horrible. Could tell that the waitresses didn't really want to be there... at least pretend!!!
Anyway, the pizza is definitely 5 star, so I recommend just ordering this - definitely skip the pasta! Not sure what they are thinking with their pricing scheme... $15 bucks for a medium and $25 for a large??? Very uncommon price tiers, but I digress.
Order a half-half of Caprese and Prosciutto Funghi for the Canuck’s fourth play off game. The Caprese is comprised of tomato, mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, bocconcini, capers and basil. While the Prosciutto Funghi had toppings of mozzarella, ham and mushrooms.
This thin-crusted large pizza is OK but doesn’t leave me craving for more. The toppings were carefully laid out as to not overlap each other. This was not for artistic purposes but I suspect it was to maximize the visuals and minimize the food costs.
This is a restaurant, so the price of $23.00 is so-so for eat in but not such a bargain for takeout. Could be a better pizza take out somewhere else on the “Drive”.
I have been coming here since I was fairly young, and I am glad that the food has remained delicious. YES, you have to WAIT, but that's what happens when you bake fresh dough in a wood burning oven and not over direct heat in a pan in an oven!! Try the calamari, chef salad, and a pizza (1/2 Siciliana and half Caprese!). Their pasta is pretty darn good, too!
We have eaten here before and enjoyed ourselves (the food not the service). We went for lunch today and this is our experience.
We arrived. No one welcome or served us. There were two other groups (it was daytime) and not busy. We looked around and sat ourselves.
She gave us the menu's and split. She spoke only to take our order and once again for the check. About five words in total.
We ordered the calamari and the basil and bocochini pizza. We've had the calamari here before and today it was crap. It wasn't cooked. The sauce was good though.
My wife said the pizza had absolutely no taste. There was basil on it and we couldn't taste it. It was just bland.
The best part was the free piece of focaccia bread that comes with the meal.
I left my empty water glass on the side of the table for half the meal. Nothing. Nada.
We are nice and tolerate people and both of us have worked in restaurants. But it's strike three for us.
We won't return.
After hearing about how excellent Lombardo's food was for years from my father, I decided to take my kids there for a late lunch while shopping on the Drive. We arrived, and there were no other customers, so we chose a spot near the fence that encloses the dining area. They don't have booster seats (only tiny high chairs), so my 2-year old didn't have the most excellent seat, but it was okay. The waitress hid behind the counter reading the newspaper for 15 minutes before she came to take our food and drink order. Two 7-Ups took more than 5 minutes. Since it was hot outside, we were very thirsty and finished our drinks quickly, but were not offered refills. Twenty minutes later, the margherita pizza we ordered arrived, and it was screaming hot - too hot to eat, in fact. It's always great for food to be hot when it arrives, but at this point we were absolutely starving and staring at a white hot pizza for 10 minutes, waiting for it to cool down was an exercise in patience. Finally, when we were able to eat it without getting third-degree burns, the food was okay. I found it really salty and greasy, but my children enjoyed it. The waitress came to check on us when there were two remaining slices of pizza, and only then was water brought to the table, and only after I asked for it. The waitress then brought us our bill before we had finished eating, and returned it faster than she had done anything during our entire meal. Not a single thank you, kind word, or smile. And still, not a single other customer in the place during our whole meal.
I will certainly not be going back there unless they hire some staff who can at least pretend to care about the customers.
We had dinner there on Oct 5. Did not get our food until 45 minutes after our orders were taken, during which time hardly a plate came out of the kitcchen. When the food came, the spaghetti was under-cooked, tough as rubber bands. I suspect the chef that earned Lombardo's its good name has gone to their downtown location. My experience there in June was much better.
I have been eating at this restaurant since I was a student at VCC. (18 years ago). The pizza was great then and whenever we want to go out for superb pizza, Lombaro's is still our first choice. We will drive across town for the #7, order the large, enjoy it with the green salad for an appie, and have it again for lunch the next day. The service has varied over that time, but we have never had any complaints. Can't vouch for the pasta, it's pizza only when we dine here. Now if they only delivered . . .
the pizza is excellent although i wonder if the kitchen has changed a bit--they seem to be adding more cheese to the pizza which is more american and unpleasant. The spaghetti noodles, I am guessing are home made because they are delicious almost like Chinese shanghai noodles. If you don't mind being in a banal mall setting then this is the best place to get something mighty close to an authentic italian style pizza. If you want ham on your pizza, ask if they have prociutto which seems to be off and on in availability. Lombardo's pizza is also great the next day reheated in the oven or cold. Although they share the menu essentials with Marcello's I like to support Lombardo's.
Went here after a number of friends have told me this is one of the better pizza places in town. The atmosphere was horrible - in a mall, tin chairs, small tables. The service was sub-par unattentive stqaff, one girl actually said - oh I am not your server, I'll get someone else to help you - instead of passing a drink order to our server. the food was very good. good sized portions, excellent thin-crust pizzza.
My 2nd visit to Lombardo's and both times was throughly enjoyable. I really enjoy their spaghetti and the portions are just right. Decent prices, and good daily specials.
Service is a little bit slow, but waitresses are polite and approahable. It is a little wierd to be eating looking out into an empty mall though. Not the most romantic atmosphere if that is what you are looking for. Small so expect to wait unless you go early.
After reading all the great reviews on this place, and having an Entertainment coupon definitely didn't hurt, I decided to try it out. Having dinner for 2 for $20 (thanks to the coupon) was fine, but it was nothing outstanding. I definitely wouldn't crave going back for anything, and I definitely would have been unsatisfied had I not had the coupons. The pizza was a little dry and burnt (is this what authentic Italian pizza is supposed to be like?) and the pasta was just pasta - did not blow my taste buds away. Anducci's over Lombardo's anyday.
Like others have reported, the service was on the slow side - 40 plus minutes, but the pizza very good. Had the Salmone, which was covered with plenty of smoked salmon, along with capers and onions. The slightly charred crust from the wood burning stove always earns extra points in my opinion.