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!
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.
Another visit to Lombardo's on Commercial. Even though we live 3 blocks from their Smythe location and this restaurant is open to the mall with cheap seating, the quality of the food speaks for itself. The wait time was worrisome due to the popularity but within 20-30 minutes we were at our table, only to be told there was a backup on pizzas too.
I don't know why they were so busy last night - incroyable - but the wait was worth it as the food was amazing as usual. We had a prawn in cream sauce appetizer and were tempted to drink the cream and then the pizzas arrived - 2 ai due formaggi (sp?), ham, mushrooms and 2 cheese. The baking cheese is always a treat here.
I've enjoyed Lombardo's for quite some time and my experience mirrors the previous two reviews. Great calamari, very tasty thin crust pizza and friendly yet indifferent service.
It's definitely not a huge restaurant and it can really get busy at times and it is a bit odd being in the corner of a small mall but the bottom line for me is the tasty food. Every time I've had a pizza it's been great, I'm almost (but not quite yet) ready to crown this the best pizza in Vancouver. Calamari is outstanding. Very strangely the pasta dishes I've had have always been rather meh.
Service on the other hand always is a bit odd. The waitresses always seem to be friendly enough but it always seems forced and I can say that I've never had a really attentive or excellent service experience at this restaurant. I've never had "bad" service at Lombardos' either. Ok, I don't know how to express what the service is like, try it out and maybe you will experience what I'm trying to explain.
This is one of the more authentic Italian place and has better pizza. I go there now and then.
Food: The food is great. You can't really go wrong with anything even if you blindfold yourself and pick from the menu. Their pizzas are a must have. Ranging from appetizers to desserts, each dish satisfies me nicely.
Service: Rather mediocre. I had to wave until a waitress walks out from the bar. However, they were very polite and smiling. Although the restaurant only had 5 tables occupied at the time, the waitresses somehow found a way to gather together and chat for a good deal around the bar area. I was sitting right behind them and their backs were all facing me. I called, but they were so drawn in into their conversation, practically outside noise was non-existent. However, they were quick in apologizing and checking our order when we said we got the wrong dish.
Value: Definitely worth it. Although the appetizers were not as good of a deal. Everything else, you can add an extra $2.25 or more to upgrade to a large size.
Ambiance: It is located within a mall. It has no outside view. The decor is nothing fancy. Steel chairs and tables. The washrooms were rather odd. Even it's efficiently equipped, it was hidden in the back hallway with tons of cardboard boxes stashed opposite to it. The most you can open the door to 45 degrees.
If I go back again I'll go for the pizza. My lasanga was alright, but nothing that great. The pizza around me that other customers were eating looked good and according to reviews, that's what I should have ordered instead! My lasanga was brought out and then a little while later, my friends' dinners were brought out... and my lasanga was only warm at this point. Water wasn't refilled. The place was busy, but not THAT busy so I think service could have been a bit better. I wish they still had an Entertainment coupon though.
My partner and I have been driving 30 minutes just to get to Lombardo's for over 10 years now. Why? the answer is simple: Their thin crust wood burning pizza's made from ingredients you can trust. Try to look up ingredients of Pizza Hut's pizzas, you will be shocked and most likely never eat there again.
So what else is really good? Try the chef's salad of course before your pizza is ready. Their other dishes are nothing special.
The service is ok but I remember being ticked off a few times.
It's not really fair for me to complain about the location but I do not like parking underground and taking the dirty elevator, always wondering if we'll get lucky enough to enjoy the ride with some bums.
I've never paid for parking and I've never been ticketed but that choice is yours.
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.
My wife had tried Lombardo's a couple of times with her friends and had been raving that the pizza was just like we had in Italy. After having tried many places in Vancouver, and being disappointed, i was skeptical of this one as well.
I couldn't have been more surprised though. The food that our table immediately reminded my of italy... the fresh ingredients, the brick oven at the back. Our crust wasn't soggy as some of the others had complained... but just right. We had 5 different pizzas between us and each was one perfectly cooked.
The best of the best in my opinion would have been the caprese salad pizza which had a perfect light taste to it. As in Italy there is plenty of cheap wine served in jugs to make the night just that much better.
The service was excellent, sure it's in a mall but it still manages to bring home that feel of Italy. The only improvement i would consider would be a couple of higher end meats on the pizza. I would like an actual proscuitto pizza (and not just ham)... but everything else definately makes up for it.
We'll be back time and time again.
With all the high reviews I've read and an entertainment coupon, the boyfriend and I finally decided to give this place a try. Now I must first mention, as the owner's daughter of "another" pizza place nearby the drive, all the "best pizza in the city" lines made me ponder what was so special about this place.
Food: Perhaps it was a busy night, my clams linguini was on the over cooked (not al dente). The half chicken was worth the 13.95 quite juicy and the salad that came with it wasn't too over dressed. We ordered the #7 which we then found out was quite popular that night. The cook kept making that pizza over and over again. I suppose my standards were high and do mind me that I didn't compare their pizza with "my" store. I must say it's pretty decent pizza. Perhaps they need to control the oven a bit more, our crust was pretty burnt.
Service: Friendly staff, I assume it's a family business, the staff were very approachable and their eagerness to serve makes me feel like I'm seeing a replica of myself.
By the way, the site for Lombardo's is taken off.
Here's the new site: http://www.lombardos.ca/