Family owned Italian restaurant
Always walked or drove by this restaurant and always wanted to try it. Did it last night.
The salad, Verde, was unbelievable!! I can't wait to eat more!! Lots of garlic! Pasta was not what I expected. I wanted Clams in a white sauce and it came in a more tomato sauce. It was good but not what I really wanted!! My daughter had a pizza . . . she found it plain but other people who ordered different ones said it was excellent. (We had the left over pizza today, warmed it up and added more cheese and it was delicious!!) The large pasta was HUGE!!! Everyone seemed to enjoy their food too. Large pasta and small pizza was just under $30. Not bad for fresh ingredients!!!
The server was a bit strange. He dropped my daughters pizza on the table and had to wait forever for another one. By then, everyone else was finished so she didn't feel like eating. Did bring her a piece of bread to fill her till her pizza got there. Kept forgetting who got what or who asked for water. He asked if we wanted separate bills and we said that would be great but he forgot who ordered what and had to come back TWICE to see who ordered what, eventhough he wrote it all down on little slips of paper. We decided to give him one credit card at a time so as not too confuse him. And yes, we were tired hearing about his African girlfriend, who took all his tips and his carmel coloured son!!! It got fairly awkward after the fifth time!!!
Despite the server, and I don't know if he works every night, the food is delicious and I would recommend this place!!!
Mrs. C and I were craving dinner out on NYE, and we decided to check this place out based on the strong reviews on the DH site. We were not disappointed. The restaurant was small, but welcoming. It was also very clean, including the w/c. We were seated despite not having a reservation, and this was lucky because after we arrived a lot of people showed up, including two Global TV personalities.
We had the Caesar salad to start. It was huge enough for 4 people and came with Focaccia bread. Then we had pasta. I ordered meat tortellini with cacciatore sauce and mushrooms, and my beloved dining companion had fantasia spaghetti, which had a tomato cream sauce, ham and mushrooms. I also had a very good glass of the house red. Mrs. C was sensibly saving her liver for later in the evening, and had juice. All the food was great, and the portion sizes were unbelievably gigantic.
Service was terrific throughout the meal and there were 2 quality checks by our server and another 2 by the chef. We really felt pampered. As for value, it was quite inexpensive, and our meal came to about 40 bucks before tip.
It was a great meal for a great price. Recommended.
Had dinner here a little while ago with a friend. Its a relatively small place but clean and the service was friendly.
I also was asked how the food was by the chef, and I disagree with the previous reviewer, I think it is a mark of quality and care that the chef asks how it was. I let the chef know that I thought it was only okay and a little bland. The portions were large, but the noodles were a plain. My friend had the lasagna and we found the dish overcooked and the noodles were very mushy, almost gelatine like. I questioned him about it, but the said thats the way it is suppose to be. I am no expert in italian food by any means, but I was still skeptical.
The portions were enormous, but the quality was only so-so. Seemed to be filled with regulars when i visited, so perhaps I didn't order their specialities, as its obvious there were many return customers.
Just ordered takeout here today. I got a menu in my mail and read some pretty good reviews so I thought I'd check it out. I called and put my order in around 6:15 and they said it would be ready in15 min. When I got there around 6:30 I was surprised that the place was completely empty (it's wednesday). So anyways I ordered a small pizza (romana) which was really good, thin crust and tasty toppings. I also ordered the traditional lasagna ( they actually have three lasagnas on the menu, vegetarian, classic baked and traditional italian) It was very bland and had way too much bechamel in it which made it even more bland and not too many noodles either. I would definetely come back for the pizza but not the lasagna which also makes me wonder how the rest of the pastas are. Small place maybe 8 tables max.
...but unfortunately I couldn't. We were there with a large group, and was impressed with the service which was efficient. This place came highly recommended, so I was looking forward to it. We all ordered pasta dishes with different sauces, and one pizza. The pasta was very bland. I kept adding cheese to it in hopes of making it more palatable, but it was just too bland, and I'm not one to add salt to food normally. My husband's dish with a cream sauce was a little tastier, but it was still bland. I think the sentiment all around was similar. The pizza came out with burnt edges, but otherwise looked like it tasted ok. The portions are large, but most were able to finish the small size pasta. If you're just looking for quantity, this is a good place for it. If you're looking for tasty pasta, this is definitely not it.
It's honest food. Simple, tasty, delicious.
I loved that the food was made like home, and the portions were huge - I took leftovers and had leftovers from my leftovers! I think our food total came in under $50, we shared a mista salad (delicious) C had a pizza, I had a chicken and pasta entree, and we ordered a small pizza to take home for the kids.
If you think places like Boston Pizza, Cactus Club, Earls are super delicious, you probably won't like Roman. Roman Ristorante is not a "processed food" type of place. I didn't leave feeling like I'd eaten a salt shaker, and I'd bet you won't find msg or anything like that on the premises.
I'm sure that even if this small restaurant is full the service would still be fantastic, we went quite late for supper, we were the only customers and we were well attended to. Both the owner and the server were super friendly and kind of hung out with us. I'm sure some would find that a little awkward, but it was cool! Kind of like we weren't at a restaurant at all.
I'll be going back for sure.
I would agree with most reviewers as to the quality of the food. The portions are generous, the food is fresh, tastes good, if a little on the bland side, and comes out reasonably quick during lunch time.
The place is very small, with only a handful of tables, and the service/owners are attentive and friendly. It is never very busy, for reasons honestly unknown to me, and they have started a bit of a marketing campaign recently including slightly cheaper lunch menu. After being such a fixture for many years, it would be a loss to see it close.
My daughter lives in Surrey and I come all the way from Kamloops on a semi-regular basis just so we can go out to eat at Roman's. For the past 4 years we have ordered more or less the same dish: angel hair pasta with the Romana sauce, extra prawns and extra garlic. We have NEVER been disappointed. The ambiance is not first class and if you were to just drive by it, you'd never think to go inside, this is true. It's not a very big restaurant and it's not very fancy. But the food is absolutely delicious. The owner/cook is very friendly, personable, funny, and always comes out to greet his guests throughout their meal. Everything, except for the desserts, is home made and for a very very reasonable price. I usually cannot finish my small pasta dish and usually have left overs the next day. For $10.95, for what's essentially 2 meals, it's a steal!
Don't go here if you're expecting a 5 star dining experience. Don't go here if you're expecting a large restaurant, with an impersonal feel. Go here if you're looking for reasonably priced, made-to-order, excellent pasta dishes and a homey, comfortable, welcoming atmosphere.
Tip: Go on a night when the Canucks are playing; the game is almost always on the TV and there are very few customers as everyone goes to the pub.
We love Hosco (the cook/owner/dishwasher/server/entertainer/etc.etc.etc.)!
The last few times I passed by, the sign was gone and the building was empty. It was good while it lasted. Always nice fresh ingredients which the owner bought them at the Safeway across the street, and the customizable menu was fun. Alas, it seems this restaurant is no more.
We have been regulars for nearly 8 years. The quality of the food is consistently good, the portions are generous, and Hasco (the owner) is a kindhearted gentleman. They will deliver within Collingwood for no charge. The Salad Verde is a unique offering in the city, as is the PortoFino pasta. Pizza's and bread are delicious. The dining room is modest and rather packed full during weekday lunchtime (thanks to the Telus employees just a few blocks down Kingsway). Evenings and weekends, the dining room usually has at least 1-2 tables open at all times. Lots of value, lots of taste, and you'd never know it was there if you drove by. Nearly all his customers are word of mouth referrals or repeat customers, and I think that says a lot.
We eat here frequently. I am suprised that some reviewers didn't like the lasagna; we routinely take people here and recommend it and everyone has liked it as much as we do. The lasagna has a lot of bechamel sauce and the tomato sauce part is really flavourful... they sometimes run out of lasagna. The caprezzi salad and the misto salad are two other favourites. Other friends like their tortellini, the clam sauce, the sauce with capers (can't remember what it's called) and the number of choices. The roast chicken is great. Soup is iffy. Desserts are basic. The family who run Roman's is wonderful... I've probably eaten here 20 times over the last few years and we've used them as caterers as well, and have been very pleased repeatedly.
Roman Ristorante is a small eat-in (1/2 dozen or so tables) restaurant with a take-out/delivery menu.
They're open every day except tuesday for lunch and dinner.
Ambiance: pretty basic, small, but clean and homey.
Value: very good. Portions are huge, prices are low, and there are lots of options.
Service: Outstanding. Really, there are a lot of repeat customers here for a reason - the server is attentive, and the chef/owner always comes out during your meal to ask if you enjoyed it. Food can be a bit slow if it's busy, but that's normal of almost any restaurant (saving, perhaps, McD's.)
Food: Excellent. Yes, they use garlic. Depending on who you are that can be a very good or very bad thing. If you have a problem with garlic, try talking to your server when you order - most places are happy to accommodate. Regarding the pasta being "bland" per a couple of reviewers, I find their sauces to be very flavorful (we usually order the pomodoro, cardinale, pesto, funghi, or cacciatora.) It's possible that people are used to the north american / spaghetti factory style of pasta where you have noodles topped with enough sauce for them to swim about in it. That's not a normal thing for "real" italian pasta - the noodles should be tossed in enough sauce to be covered, but not excess, otherwise the pasta flavor gets overwhelmed by the sauce. No good. Like the garlic, if you prefer your food to be heavy on the sauce, communicate that to your server and ask for a little extra. :)
Some excellent items on the menu: all the pasta sauces, their funghi appetizer, the mista salad, and the bruschetta.
Give Roman Ristorante a try for a great family italian meal.
The food is respectable but not over the top. The restaurant has been around for a number of years. If the food was that great there would be
a lineup since it only has 16 or so seats.
Service and attention was outstanding and many restaurants could learn from them.
Price was very reasonable and the servings were large. If you like the combo of those two things, and some some great service from a cozy little restaurant, this is the place. Worth visiting every now and then.
I've been going to Roman's for years and it's the only place I go to for lasagna. The rich choice of cheese to go with the lasagna makes it exceptional and unique. The personal greeting from the owner makes the experience even better. Despite the great food, the restaurant is inexplicably never quite full, which makes it quite easy and hassle free to drop by and enjoy a night of great dining. The food and service have been consistently superb. I recommend everyone to come here for a great meal for a great price.
The place is small and I have never seen it full; but I don't understand why.
The food is fantastic here! I normally don't like pasta that much but the sauces are just incredible here. I had the a la Veneziana on linguine and I was blown away by how much I loved it. The servings are HUGE. A large pasta is only $11.95 and I think it tastes much better than Antons. A large will last 3 meals for a medium appetite or 2 meals for a large appetite.
My bf had the fettucine alfredo and that was great too.
A small caesar salad (good enough for 2 people) with the best hot, crispy focaccia slices was only $4.95.
I tried the inferno pizza as suggested by another review and I loved that too (although really too spicy for me - thought I could handle the inferno). The thin crispy crust is so fresh (he makes the dough from scratch every day, no freezing) and the pizza isn't greasy.
We have been to this place many times now and the food is excellent and very consistent. The thin crust pizzas especially the hot ones with the inferno sauce are to die for! We take all our guests from out of town to this place and they are blown away by the pasta and pizzas. This small family run place gives you a very personalized service unless it's packed!
Today was my first time at this restaurant..went with my friend for lunch and i was totally and happily surprised by the excellent quality of food and service there.
We ordered their mushroom appetizer (called "funghi") to start and it blew us away right off the bat..the mushrooms were presented in a delicious, aromatic garlic soup with melted parmesan cheese and served with toasted foccasia bread. A must-try if you ask me. Especially if you like garlic and mushrooms.
The pastas were also excellent. I highly recommend the Carbonara, especially when u combine it with the soup leftover from the mushroom appetizer ;)
Although it's a small restaurant, it was cozy and welcoming..and the owner and his wife were very friendly. It's too bad it's located on Kingsway across from Safeway..if it were in Kits it would certainly be a huge hit~!
Definitely a nice family run restaurant. The food was good and portions were good too. I'd go back there again to try the other non-pasta items.
I went there on a Monday evening and all the tables were taken. The lady working there (wife I assume?) was very friendly.
I've never eaten at this restaurant, only ordered in. The food always arrives piping hot and fresh, and faster than the time given on the phone. Great pasta salsaccia and tomato salads. Good thin crust pizza, although topping choices could use some quality control. Caesar salad dressing needs help, but very nice roasted chicken. This is definitely the best Italian place beyond Commercial Drive (South Van). If you are looking to improve upon the chain pizza/pasta places, I would definitely give them a try.
The delivery order arrived fast and the food was excellent. The guy who delivered it was a little strange but it was prompt and professional excellent stuff. What I liked was the Caesar salad which was well done and served with a foccacia bread, the pizza was thin but well done.