Hockey is back! At the end of the day, I’m not going to boycott the NHL or point any fingers. I’m just going to flop onto my couch and enjoy the good old hockey game. My friends and I met up at Boston Pizza for dinner and the first Canucks game of the season. I hate, hate, hate Boston Pizza.
Boston Pizza has two locations in Richmond. This is the one on Ackroyd at No. 3.
The restaurant was packed! A quarter of the restaurant was sectioned off for a birthday and it was also the Home Opener for the Canucks.
The interior of Boston Pizza has not changed over the years… at all.
I had a Starter Mediterranean Salad ($6.50), Our twist on a favourite. Chunks of cucumbers, red onions, red peppers and tomatoes tossed in a Mediterranean vinaigrette with feta and kalamata olives on a bed of garden greens. Served with Parmesan pizza bread. The entrée size is $9.75. I wasn’t feeling too hot after stuffing myself silly at Tandoori Kona the night before. I ate enough to feed a small town. This salad was boring, boring, boring. The dressing was almost non-existant, the feta cheese was scarce and the greens were not very fresh. Despite that, this was a huge portion for a starter! I can’t imagine how big the entrée size would be!
Angelica ordered the Pesto Chicken Penne ($16.50), Penne tossed in a creamy alfredo pesto sauce with sun-dried tomatoes, topped with grilled chicken breast and finished with fresh tomatoes and Asiago, and damn, it was big! A massive plate of creamy, cheesy pesto penne with a succulent grilled chicken breast and two huge cheese breadsticks called Three-Cheese Toast (which apparently was an extra charge of $2.50)! Angelica said that it was a disappointing room temperature when it arrived. Boston Pizza, like many other American restaurants, serves all entrées at once. She let me try a few bites of the penne and in my opinion, it wasn’t anything special. The pasta sauce wasn’t specifically creamy nor cheesy. It was just blah.
Fiona had the Baked Taco Beef Penne ($15.50), Penne in a zesty combination of taco beef, caramelized onions and our signature Bolognese meat sauce, all baked with cheddar and pizza mozzarella, then topped with dollops of sour cream and salsa and finished with chopped green onions, with Three-Cheese Toast as well. Upon receiving the bill, both Fiona and Angelica were disappointed to realize they were charged an additional $2.50 for upgrading the garlic bread to cheese breadsticks. At least Fiona’s pasta was hot though. Angelica was still complaining that her’s was lukewarm, borderline cold! However they both enjoyed their pastas, despite a few concerns.
I still hate Boston Pizza. And the Canucks didn’t even win. The only reason I agreed to going out that night was because I still didn’t have Sportsnet/TSN on my cable yet but in retrospect, the game would have been on CBC… I’m not coming back. I’d rather have McDonald’s.
Thanks for eating with me!