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italianfoodcriticBurnabySince January 10, 20093 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.4)
  • Food2.5 (2.3)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value2 (2)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.3)


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Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria6011 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Submitted Monday, June 17, 2013 - 7:18pm [Dine in]

This was our third time at Cotto and it was very disappointing and we soon realized why. The original chef was no longer there and a much inferior chef has taken over. Each of the three times we have visited Cotto we have ordered the same items...calamari, beef carpaccio, margherita and prosciutto pizzas. The first two times with the old chef the food was fantastic and well prepared This last time though the food was NOT good.....the beef carpaccio now comes served with a disgusting aioli drizzled on top which completely overpowers the delicate flavor of the carpaccio. It was a complete disaster! No experienced and knowledgeable chef would ever ruin a carpaccio with such a sauce. It was served with some microgreens piled up in the middle of the plate. They used to serve it with arugula and a very light balsamic reduction which was so delicious and complimented the delicate flavors of the meat. Our calamari were overly salty and was not served with the fabulous cilantro puree it once came with. The pizzas were just ok. A little under done. Having had pizza in Naples countless times, I can tell you the pizza in a wood oven should have the dough on the underside and around the edges slightly charred(not burned but noticeably cooked)-not completely white and barely cooked which they were this last time at Cotto. The restaurant claims to be an enoteca but serves a limited selection of BC and Italian wines which are overpriced. The only positive note I can say is that the service was very good. Our server was polite and attentive. It's such a shame because when the old chef was there they were putting out some great food but times have changed, a new chef, and I definitely won't be back to drop $120 on a on a dinner like that again!

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Anton's Pasta Bar4260 E Hastings Street, Burnaby
Great!!!!! If you like Chef Boyardee.......
Submitted Friday, January 9, 2009 - 10:34pm [Dine in]

My wife and I went here tonight and both of us being Italian we were disgusted. The pasta tasted like Chef Boyardee. Sure the prices and portions are great but the food is crap. My grandma would be turning in her grave if she knew I ate at this restaurant.
The ambiance is casual and clean and the service is very good.
This was the first and only time I have eaten here and I will never forget about 12 years ago visiting a friend who lived across the lane from the restauarant and peeking in the back door to see large cannisters of premade pasta sauce. At least they are pretty consistent........

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Vita Bella Ristorante4544 Hastings Street, Burnaby
This place exceeded expectations...
Submitted Friday, January 9, 2009 - 9:32pm [Dine in]

I have been living in North Burnaby for over 30 years and have seen this restaurant almost daily for the last 3 years and decided today to try it out. I was not disappointed.
The focaccia bread is probably the freshest I have ever had. My wife had the smoked duck appetizer and sea bass special entree and I had the mussels appetizer and the venison special entree. Everything was top notch! The sea bass and venison(which was cooked rare) melted in your mouth.
I am a first generation Italian and my wife just immigrated from Italy recently and we were very impressed with the quality of food and can't wait t return. This is definitely the best Italian restaurant we have been to in Burnaby.
The only real complaint I have is that they don't give you any water on your table and that you have to actually ask for it.

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