Serving up the Heights, one pasta dish at a time.
At Anton’s, it’s not unusual for even those with the biggest appetites to leave with leftovers.
Anton’s opened originally in 1983, at a smaller location, and consisted of five tables. In 1989, they opened at the present location to accommodate the increasing clientele. When they first opened, Tony Mauro, the owner, started out by making just a few types of pasta on his own. He knew that the only way to survive was to offer quality. With that in mind, Tony started building a loyal client base, who wanted him to do more. His philosophy was to have “lots of food at very reasonable prices.” To ensure that customers got value, he served large portions, and if you managed to finish a portion, he would serve you up another. Today, it stands as the only pasta bar in Vancouver that offers such immense variety and quality.
Frank Leone, manager at Anton’s, believes that that what makes Anton’s unique is the menu.
“It’s so varied, so it attracts a lot of different people. Plus, our business itself is changing. Before we had a lot of university students, now we have a lot of families. What surprises me is that families are willing to wait outside for more than an hour, just to get in,” says Frank. In fact, since they have opened, they have always had a line-up in the evening, even though they don’t do a lot of advertising.
“A lot of people tell their friends, so most of our advertising is word-of-mouth,” states Frank. Anton’s isn’t only known in Vancouver, but around various communities in Vancouver. People come as far as the Interior, or back East, just to visit them on the Heights.
Although Anton’s originally opened on the Heights due to convenience, after a few years, they decided that staying here was the best decision because everyone knew where it was.
Frank, who lives and shops on the Heights, has enjoyed this area for more than 20 years. He feels that the area has completely cleaned up, and that it keeps rejuvenating itself. With so many types of businesses here, he appreciates that the area is so convenient.
When he’s not busy running the restaurant, he enjoys spending time with his family, looking after his grandchildren, relaxing, and going to the gym.
Monday: 11:30am – 10pm
Tuesday: 11:30am – 10pm
Wednesday: 11:30am – 10:30pm
Thursday: 11:30am – 10:30pm
Friday: 11:30am – 11pm
Saturday: 11:30am – 11pm
Sunday: 4pm – 10pm