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Marcello Pizzeria: Pasta was Good, but…

If you’ve been reading my posts long enough, you’ll probably know that I call ’em as I see ’em… I try to be as fair as possible and I’m fully aware that one visit isn’t always representative of the restaurant on a regular basis. With that being said, there are times (more often than I’d prefer) when a series of events takes place and I just can’t get it out of my mind… such was the case of our visit to Marcello Pizzeria on “The Drive”.
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Old Spaghetti Factory (New Westminster): Not Much Changes Over Time

Over the years, I’ve spent more than my fair share at The Old Spaghetti Factory. And it’s not difficult to see why this place has remained popular by many patrons over the year. Their all-included menu is tempting with a price that includes appetizer and dessert along with your meal. The main problem that I have with this chain is the way it’s gone downhill over the years.
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Anton’s Pasta Bar – Conchiglie Alla Cosentina

She sells seashells by the seashore. The only reason why I bring up this tongue-twister is that I wound up ordering the Conchiglie Alla Cosentina at Anton’s Pasta Bar back in early March.
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Ask For Luigi – Tagliatelle

We came to Ask for Luigi for lunch on a February weekend and wound up waiting for quite a long time until we got a free table. I guess that says a lot about how popular this place is… even on the sketchy side of Chinatown.
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La Pentola (Dine Out 2016)

The 14th annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival kicked off with the largest number of restaurants to date (288). Of course, one of the drawbacks to Dine Out is due to its popularity… often overcrowded, rushed, and with food quality that doesn’t always meet expectations. That’s why it’s important to understand what your goals are at Dine Out and to pick an appropriate restaurant. Our pick for our first Dine Out 2016 restaurant was La Pentola – located in the boutique Opus Hotel in Yaletown.
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Olive Garden (Langley)

“Breadsticks!” That one word is sure to evoke both fear in those avoiding carbs and lust in those of us who still give in to our primal urge for crusty, and pillowy batons of baked goodness.
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Trattoria Italian Kitchen (Burnaby)

After a long wait, Trattoria Italian Kitchen finally opened up on the corner of Kingsway and Willingdon in Burnaby. Although I’ve never been a big fan of the Glowbal Group of restaurants due to past service experience at some of their other restaurants, I was happily surprised that the service at this location wasn’t too bad.
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Ask for Luigi

Luigi? Luigi!?!? Where are you? Hmmm… I’m starting to sound like a little Italian plumber. Okay, enough of that… Ask for Luigi is a tiny restaurant located on the corner of Gore and Alexander, about a block away from Sunrise Market.
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Salvatore’s La Spaghetteria

Salvatore’s La Spaghetteria has been a staple in New West for over 3 decades. I recall eating at Salvatore’s neighbouring La Rustica a number of years ago but he closed it down a few years back because business just couldn’t support both restaurants. Instead, he combined La Rustica into La Spaghetteria and kept many of the same menu items.
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Anton’s Pasta Bar – No Line Up

We’ve been to Anton’s Pasta Bar on a number of occasions in the past but, unlike our first visit, we refuse to wait in the long lineup that always seems to snake in front of this restaurant.

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Anton’s Pasta Bar – Plentiful Pasta

I still remember the first time that we visited Anton’s Pasta Bar in North Burnaby.  It was a dark and cold night over 20 years ago and the line up was outside the door.  As we’ve gotten older though, the amount of time that we’re willing to wait in line for a restaurant has diminished greatly.

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Olive Garden (Langley) – Breadsticks!

Are you one of those people who watch Glee but pretend not to?  Yeah, me neither.  However, I have accidentally caught a glimpse of an episode where they were talking about a place called “BreadstiX” which apparently is a send-up on Olive Garden.  Read the rest of this entry