The pasta is made on site, the atmosphere is friendly and bustling, and there is even a children's menu. Located on Whyte Avenue in Old Strathcona's ... More
The pasta is made on site, the atmosphere is friendly and bustling, and there is even a children's menu. Located on Whyte Avenue in Old Strathcona's historic old post office, Chianti has been one of Edmonton's most popular Italian restaurants for 15 years. The huge menu includes numerous appetizers and salads, and you can choose from six different soups. With over 40 pasta dishes, as well as a good selection of veal, chicken, and seafood dishes, you are bound to find your favourite dish, or go ahead and discover a new one.
We are very dissapointed with Chianti's. The table we sat at was so small that with the meals and drinks on the table, there was no place for my purse. The pasta plastes we ordered were so small that we had to place another order. The second order toke 35 min to arrive. I was very pissed, since we were late for our movie. On top of that, during that 35 min, our server did not come and check on us. With the second order, we were still not full. Please understand that we do not need to eat lots to fill us up. To top things off, the food was not good at all. Their tomato sauce was so bad that my 13 year old brother could have come up with a better sauce. Overall, we will never come back to any Chianti's restaurant ever again. It was a waste of time and money.
I like that the pasta is not out of a package and the sauce is not out of a can. Everything is made. Nice wine and dessert selection. Generous servings for a low cost and half size dinners are always available. Alterations to the dish are excepted by the kitchen. Great food, great price! Veggies are always fresh!
location in strathcona/whyte ave is great.
food was perfectly acceptable, but the dining room is very cramped, and there's too much clatter.
hard to carry on a conversation during dinner as a result, plus you're rubbing elbows with the tables next to you.
I loved it. Service was great. Food didn't take long to make. The overall atmosphere could have been a little bit better. The interior looked like a designers nightmare! But if you didn't focus on the 3 different table types, lightswitches everywhere, ceiling that didn't match anything, it was great! Food was very good. Very good helpings of food. Reasonable price, A Italian family sat next to me, Doesn't that mean if the Italians go there it must be good?
Overall I was very happy with the restraurant selection.
As a long time customer the casual atmosphere, reasonable prices and good wine selection are tough to beat.
Staff are well groomed and courteous and unlike other franchises that advertise heavily on local radio..(TR's for example)
CHIANTI's word of mouth has secured a loyal clientel.
They say a happy customer tells nobody..and an unhappy customer tells EVERY BODY..
Well in this case..I feel comfortable with CHIANTIS track record of service to give you my personal guarantee..Go and visit..you'll have a great time!
My family has been eating at Chianti's for years now, and I feel that I can say that it's the most consistently satisfying spot in town. No other restaurant has a similar ambience and authenticity. The food is the main reason to be there, and pasta made entirely from scratch every day, with sauces made fresh every day, cooked to order, and with such solid recipes, is a revelation and can make it difficult to tolerate anything less.
The only thing that would make me happier to send strangers to our city there is the service... It varies. Most of the time you get very functional service... your water is filled, they take your order and ask if it's OK. Sometimes you get terrific service, and the server has great suggestions or asks the kitchen to make accomodations for you. The only time I've ever seen service that left a negative impression was one time when I was dining as part of a large group. It wasn't so much that we got bad service as no service.
My wife and I had our wedding reception at Chianti’s. There were 30 people in our party and it was not the best experience. Though it was in the late afternoon on a Saturday (and they weren’t all that busy at the time) we all had the feeling that they were trying to rush us through the dinner; the servers were pressuring us to place our orders even before all of our party had even arrived. And though we did have three different servers for our party, there were times when we had to chase them down. The food itself was fine, but considering we were probably the largest group they would have had all night (and it had all been arranged four months before) we expected better service. What really left a bad taste in our mouths (no pun intended) was, though we did leave a gratuity, as per custom, one of the managers called us at home a couple of days later, on the pretext of asking how everything went, but ultimately to request that we stop in an leave more of a gratuity! Making us sound like cheapskates in spite of the fact that our total tab was over $900 for food and drink and they knew from the get go that we were on a tight budget. I was shocked at the audacity of them essentially saying “though you were nice enough to leave a tip, it wasn’t good enough!” As a result, they have lost our business, and I’ve been a loyal Chianti’s patron for twenty years now. I certainly would not recommend them for larger groups, that’s for sure…
I've been twice -- thought I'd give 'em a second chance -- Very overrated. I ordered linguini primavera and got some other kind of noodle (can't remember the name, like a thick spaghetti) and their idea of primavera was a weak tomato sauce with celery, onions, carrots, and a few pieces of green pepper. Service was inattentive. For the price, there are lots of better options nearby.
It is hard to believe the time and effort put into Chianti food. Not only is your pasta HAND MADE it is also covered with a tomato sauce that was made by someone who labourously crushed the tomatos by hand. The service is superb and the atmosphere is delightful, not to mention the reasonable prices. There is nothing more that this restaraunt can do to be better.
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