On June 25, I went out for lunch on a lazy Saturday with a friend. Since he was in the mood for pasta we decided to hit up Anducci's Italian Kitchen located on Cameron Street in Burnaby. Having been there several times I figured it was a fairly safe bet for lunch. Having frequented Anducci's over the past decade it was one of the spots that could compete with Anton's for having a decent tasting pasta in a large portion at a reasonable price.
I was quite surprised that there were only 2 other occupied tables when we entered at right around noon, the decor has not changed much and it is a fairly casual sort of place, it has been almost 2 years since I last visited.
After placing our orders the complimentary bread arrived, a cold bread sprinkled with Parmesan cheese sitting in balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Personally my preference is a warm bread but this was not bad by any stretch of my imagination. Then again it is only bread.... 7/10
Shortly after the bread arrived our calamari that we ordered showed up, it is lightly seasoned (I think with a Cajun spice?) served with both a red pepper aioli and tzatziki sauces on the side. This dish left a lot to be desired. The calamari was soggy and not crispy, rather disappointing when you consider that White Spot does a much better calamari with crunch, the portion size was rather small for the price as well. 5/10
My friend ordered a fettucini with the "Carnivore King " sauce which consists of meatballs, capicolla, Italian sausage all served in a creamy meat sauce, not sure what his thoughts are but he devoured the entire plate even though a dinner portion was ordered, not the you can't finish this that I remember.
Myself I ordered the meat-filled pasta server with the carbonara sauce, the pasta was cooked properly but I found the sauce rather uninteresting other than the heat from the capicolla. The tortellini's were rather dry on the inside and although filling was not very enjoyable. This was also a dinner sized portion that failed to impress in quantity or quality. 7/10
All in all I was quite disappointed in the quality and quantity of this particular lunch and I would be hesitant of returning unless there was nothing else availible.