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Review: Tasty Tomato Italian Eatery

Tasty Tomato Italian Eatery, 14233 Stony Plain Rd. Edmonton, AB

This week Mike and I finally went to the Tasty Tomato Italian Eatery (14233 Stony Plain Rd)! I have been wanting to try out this place for a long time now. I’m pretty sure it’s been a visit four years in the making, ever since I passed it all the time when I drove back and forth on Stony Plain Rd. every day when I was in the journalism program at MacEwan’s west end campus.

It always looked kind of dingy from the road, but a quick Google search (and subsequent questioning people on Twitter) showed that it was a really nice, recommended, local/family-run Italian restaurant.

Tasty Tomato Italian Eatery

It’s a small place that filled up pretty quickly after Mike and I arrived shortly after 7 p.m. Our server was very friendly. We sat near a window and close to where an old Italian man was hanging around just rummaging through stuff. I assume he was the owner of the place. He reminded me a lot of my dad at our restaurant actually :)

Menu at the Tasty Tomato Italian Eatery

It’s a one page, simple and only okay-priced menu. The average price for a dish was $15 while the most expensive dish was $22. Bread was free and came with an oil/vinaigrette sauce to dip in. (I’m not really a fan of vinaigrette so I just ate the bread plain, which was still good). We were offered a second batch of bread which we happily ate up and we were hoping to get a third bread-refill to dip in our pasta but we were never offered a third refill (sad face lol).

Lasagne Fatta In Casa at the Tasty Tomato Italian Eatery

Mike ordered the Lasagne Fatta In Casa that included “layers of homemade noodles with meat sauce,a mixture of cheeses and beef” ($14.95). He didn’t really enjoy it. He says he’s had better lasagne (one of our favourite spots is Chianti’s. He prefers their lasagne. He also prefers the homemade lasagne that I make!) He didn’t really think it was worth the $15.

Linguine Monte Carlo at the Tasty Tomato Italian Eatery

I ordered the Linguine Monte Carlo which had “strips of chicken breast, fresh mushrooms and sundried tomatoes in a white rosee sauce” ($17.95). I thought it was delicious! :) But I’ve had “delicious” at other Italian restaurants. I don’t think anything about this dish particularly set it apart from dishes I’ve had elsewhere.

I do love that the Tasty Tomato is family-run and local – that’s always a good thing to support. But Mike wasn’t overly impressed and I’m pretty cheap so if we can get a good, cheap pasta fix elsewhere (which we can… hello $10 Chianti Monday/Tuesday specials!) – then we will.

The Tasty Tomato has a nice atmosphere, the food came out quickly and our server was really nice but I can’t say if we’ll be back anytime soon. Other people have told me lunch there is really great (and probably cheaper), so I’d more likely come back for a lunch date over a dinner date. It’s pretty standard Italian food at slightly pricier rates.

I would recommend it if you’re looking to try some place new and local that will deliver a decent meal – but be warned it won’t blow you away.

So have you been to the Tasty Tomato? What did you think!?

Linda :)

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Linda Hoang is an Edmonton blogger who writes about food, travel, lifestyle/events and pets. She's also a social media/digital specialist with a journalism background. Linda is in love with her city and loves exploring and promoting Edmonton and other places she visits with her husband Mike. Linda is also the founder of the Edmonton International Cat Festival (and has 2 cats herself, along with 2 dogs).

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