Location: 2754 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam, BC
Phone: (604) 464-7656 | Hours: Unknown
This Pasta Polo has been in the Coquitlam area since way back. I remember it being a pretty vibrant place. Well, we came here on a Monday night with the family. Thanks to my brother, he decided to treat us to dinner. But, it was like an empty restaurant during prime dinner time! There were only a handful of diners.
Everything was quite prompt. However, my mom did complain about the cups were not very clean.
The complimentary bread were served shortly after we ordered. However, it was cold and damp. I’m not sure about you, but I like my bread to be hot and toasty. Especially when it was served with a cold tomato sauce. The sauce tasted like a mild salsa. It wasn’t bad, but not superb.
This was part of their “Tonight’s features”. I was hoping that it would be somewhat special but it turned out to be mediocre. This was a dish of fresh bay scallops with pancetta (Italian bacon) with wine cream sauce. The scallops and pancetta were perfectly cooked. However, the sauce tasted too mild to taste. There wasn’t much of a wine taste nor creamy at all. It tasted like a watered-down sauce. The fettuccini was a little on the chewy side.
This was the four meat pizza which consisted of pepperoni, ham, grilled chicken and Italian sausage topped with mozzarella. The pizzas here are quite good. The dough is handmade, it’s a thin crust filled with a good amount of toppings. However, the prices aren’t cheap. You can get a 7 inch with Caesar salad for the same price or this was a 10 inch with no salad.
This is a fresh penne rigate baked with julienne cut chicken fillet, sundried tomato and fresh mushrooms in a creamy white wine basil sauce. I liked the chicken penne more than the other pasta even though both were a white wine sauce. It had a little twist to it, or when something is baked it just tastes better.
Overall, I thought there wasn’t anything special about Pasta Polo when there are much cheaper options close by. I think it has too big of a menu, in which I just had to study it before ordering. The prices weren’t exactly on the low side and portions were a bit small for the price charged. It felt like a lunch sized portion. The ambiance was mediocre, it felt like a family restaurant. Nothing Italian at all. Service was prompt and fast. But it was so dead quiet that servers were just chit chatting and folding cutlery.
What about you? Where is your most recommended pasta place in town?