Over the years, Famoso Italian Pizzeria + Bar has been offering Italian dishes and Neapolitan pizza in Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and other Canadian cities. We love their authentic Naples pizza – a thin, crisp crust, soft centre and fresh 100% Canadian cow’s milk mozzarella. […]
Doppio Zero Pizza is a Neapolitian Pizzeria in Como Lake neighbourhood of Coquiltam – specifically Como Lake at Poirier Street. I was pretty dissapointed the first time I couldn’t make it when Sherman and the wanted to meet up. Luckily, Josh arranged for another dinner to […]
Rosa’s Cucina Italiana is a tiny Italian restaurant in Port Moody on 2331 Clarke Street. This local Cucina is a classic mom and pop shop that offers homemade pasta. Unfortunately, well, it is just that, “homemade” – and not particularly gourmet. In a small market it may be considered a “gem”; however, with a larger demographic and competition it can only be considered mediocre. The self pro-claimed “best Italian food in the Lower Mainland” is quite the stretch.
This Italian restaurant has been opened for many years. The decor is dated and lighting is dim. It takes no reservations. You are seated on a first come first serve basis. We came on an otherwise quiet Thursday night and waited over an hour outside before we were seated. It is terribly mismanaged and understaffed. The husband and wife team simply can not attend to their patron at a reasonable fashion despite their best intentions. After we ordered, it took another hour before our food arrived.
Caesar Salad 13.50: One oily salad and fresh crispy Romaine lettuce, cheese and Anna’s homemade dressing. This salad was bland and requires some anchovies. If you are looking for a gourmet Caesar, I’d suggest heading to Boulevard Kitchen.
Meatballs 14: This side appetizer came with four giant meatballs. Uncharacteristic of a juicy and gourmet meatball, it lacked seasoning. I would prefer Glowbal’s truffled spaghetti and meatballs any day of the week.
Spaghetti with Italian Sausage 16.75: Unfortunately I’d like to say that Rosa’s completely missed the mark on the red marinara sauce. The sausage needed some seasoning and perhaps a little kick of peppers.
Spaghetti Vongole 16.25: Despite what the photo on their website suggests, the clams did not come with shells. It was tiny morsels diced and suggests previously frozen. We chose a garlic and oil base.
Spaghetti Carbonara: This classic Carbonara tasted much like their Spaghetti Vongole – switch out the clams for bacon. It was not a creamy pasta dish filled with cream, bacon and egg yolks like Spacca Napoli.
Homemade Gnocchi 17: Traditional Gnocchi made white cream sauce we soft and pillowy. The cream sauce was nice but also not very flavourful.
Rosa’s Cucina Italiana missed the mark on so many levels that it is hard to justify a re-visit given Spacca Napoli is just at up the street and Jimoco is not to far away. There are simply better food options in the Tri-Cities nowadays with better flavour profile, culinary execution and service.
And as a closing side note: Our dining experience was rudely interrupted by another patron (who probably was drunk) who mocked us by taking photos of us taking photos of our food, dancing around the tiny restaurant like a buffoon. His childish behavior was not addressed by the owners. No action was taken to put a stop to this clown. Instead, it left us accosted, saddened, and frankly a little angry that it our inconvenience was not acknowledged and that no apology was made. A restaurant that doesn’t value their customers does not value respect.
Rosa’s Cucina Italiana
Cuisine: Italian, Pasta
Vancouver International Wine Festival‘s Winery Dinners took place last night at Yew Seafood and Bar at the Four Seasons Vancouver Hotel. The Italian Dinner was featured Castello di Gabbiano‘s winemaker Frederico Cerelli for a night of exceptional Italian wines and west coast cuisine. Featured […]
I have a soft spot for a few restaurants on the intersection of Fraser and Kingsway. Osteria Savio Volpe is one of them. The other is Sal Y Limon. I love the classic rustic Italian dishes mixed with a few modern twists. Compared to our previous […]
June is Italian Heritage Month. As a celebration to Mangia! Vancouver Cibo Trattoria has curated a special three course menu for $38 per person. The menu is selection is well rounded and offers a good mix of vegetables, protein and pasta choices.
Insalata Caprese: To start, we ordered this classic Italian salad with mozzarella di bufula, tomato, arugula and aged balsamico. I love how clean and fresh the ingredients are. Another Primi option was minstrone with nettle pesto and crispy ceci beans.
Bistecca: Never have we had second thoughts about the secondi – grilled beef flat iron, salsa verde, tomato conserva, black garlic bagna cauda. Tender and perfectly cooked.
Tiramisu “Cibo”: deconstructed tiramisu with molten chocolate brownie nubs, marsala and espresso bitters.
For those dining with friends and family, you all do not need to order the same Mangia! set menu. If you please you can also pick from their a la carte menu like we did and share everything!
Pacific Octopus 14: marinated in preserved lemon and smoky chilies. Served with new potatoes and almonds. Refreshing and ever so tender.
Tagliatelle alla Bolognese 20: One of my favorite pastas from Cibo is this slow cooked pork and beef ragu filled with tomato and parmigiano-reggiano.
I’m so glad I got to try this new menu before baby arrives. We’re all looking forward to a new season and the upcoming Fall Menu!
Mon 7:00 am – 10:30 pm
Tue 7:00 am – 10:30 pm
Wed 7:00 am – 10:30 pm
Thu 7:00 am – 10:30 pm
Fri 7:00 am – 10:30 pm
Sat 7:00 am – 10:30 pm
Sun 7:00 am – 10:30 pm
900 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3L9
Dazzling Cafe opened it’s first location outside of Asia in Richmond, BC. This uber cute and stylish cafe chain has locations in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. They are famous for their honey toast which comes in a variety of flavors. The presentation is […]
Cibo Trattoria and UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar recently refreshed their team with General Manager Mark Taylor and Executive Chef Jonathan Chovancek and Chef de Cuisine Josh Gonneau alongside Bar Manager Sabrine Dhaliwal. This fresh new take in the cucina offers new menu delicacies with comfort […]
Milk and Eggs Restaurant has been opened for a few months now. It is located in Richmond on 8888 Odlin Crescent and Cambie. I first noticed this place with their milk shakes and ice cream desserts. But then people started raving about their meatballs. So naturally I had to see what was so good. The restaurant is chic and modern and seats no more than 40 people. Service is friendly and welcoming.
Their soft opening menu includes a variety of appetizers, salads, and classic pasta and rice dishes like Pesto Cream Chicken Fettuccine, Meatball Penne and Katsu Port Cutlet on Rice.
Milk and Eggs special Deep Fried Chicken Wings 10.75: Tasty, well rendered garlicky whole wings. It is not too greasy and the skin is crispy. I appreciate that they give you the whole wing (wing, drumette and tip).
Prawn Chili Aglio Olio Linguine 13: Chili infused olive oil pasta topped with sauteed prawns. Add 1.50 for garlic bread. I enjoyed the subtle burst of heat. Four fresh tiger prawns. Although I would appreciate it much more had it been deveined.
Shitake Mushroom Stuffed Meatball Fettuccine 13: White wine cream sauce pasta topped with panko crusted meatballs stuffed with a shitake mushroom and preserved olive filling. We asked the owners whether they recommend the mushroom meatball or the classic tomato meatball and said this was the best seller. You get two giant fist size meatballs that is quite filling. It’s interesting and tasty that it had a panko crust. It was very juicy and wasn’t overcooked. I liked their cream sauce more compared to the chili linguine above. It feels less greasy and must more satisfying.
Although the portion looks lean, it is actually quite filling. It is great for sharing and having the option of snacks and desserts after.
I’m looking forward to trying other items especially their desserts and homemade ice-cream.
Milk & Eggs
Cuisine: Italian, Chinese Fusion, Dessert
Tue 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Wed 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Thu 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Fri 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sat 4:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sun 4:00 pm – 12:00 am
8888 Odlin Crescent #1030, Richmond, BC V6X 3Z8
For lovers of Tannis Ling’s award winning Bao Bei, Kissa Tanto at 263 Pender Street is a must visit. It was voted number one enRoute Magazine Canada’s Best New Restaurant 2016. This highly anticipated restaurant with long lines and lengthy reservation waitlist does not disappoint. Executive […]
It’s that special time again at Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria ! Every year around this time, Famoso shows celebrates Guest Appreciation Month throughout January. Visit any of Famoso’s 29 locations across Canada – Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan (including the new Rochdale location!) before January 21st and receive […]
Pizzeria Spacca Napoli is a new Italian Pizza joint in Port Moody on 2801 St Johns Street. This new Naepolitan restaurant is rather new to the Tri-Cities neighbourhood. Every time, we drove by it is packed full of people. The restaurant has a modern yet rustic atmosphere. High ceilings, bar seats and marble tables. The owners comes from Naples along with their wooden oven baking fresh pizzas. I’m so excited to see new life breathing into the area. The service is warm and welcoming and food comes out prompt!
Fresh pizza dough rolling and fresh pizza coming fresh out of the oven.
Caprese Burrata Insalate 16: I could never turn away fresh creamy burrata cheese. Seasonal tomatoes, basil mint pesto and extra virgin olive oil. The salad was super fresh albeit with a little sticker shock.
Double Smoked Pizza 17: This pizza has no tomato sauce. Cream, smoked mozzarella, smoked pancetta, cherry tomatoes and fresh basil. Their pizza is soft crust. I didn’t find it soggy even though I have heard from others the center can be a bit moist.
We are looking forward in trying the Proscuitto E Funghi mushroom pizza and the classic Margherita at our next visit!
Pizzeria Spacca Napoli
Cuisine: Pizza, Italian
Tue 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Wed 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thu 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sat 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sun 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2801 St Johns St, Port Moody, BC V3H 2C1
Spaghetei Vancouver is a Japanese pasta restaurant located at the end of Robson Street near Denman Street. Spaghetei, itself originated in Aomori, Japan since 1975. The restaurant space itself is bright, open and offers casual dining. It’s been awhile since we’ve last had Japanese style spaghetti, […]
Come meet me at 397 Alexander Street. I fancy an evening at an unmarked address in Railtown any day. The Vancouver International Wine Festival was going strong. I just came off from a decadent five course Winery Dinner and swirling wines from Tasting Room makes this secret rendezvous […]