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“Crack pasta”

The Colander Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 47 Restaurants in Trail
Price range: $0 - $15
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

I've been going to the Colander for over twenty years, and it still satisfies me. Gone there to celebrate every type of family event. Consistent and tasty from the salad to the spaghetti to the chicken and jojos.

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Reviewed August 8, 2013

Finally decided to give the Colander a shot, and see what all the hype was about. As other reviewers have stated, there is nothing fancy about this place. The seating is crowded, the atmosphere is loud (and family friendly) and obviously meant to be a place to share a meal with a large group of friends. I wouldn't recommend for a quiet night out, or a romantic evening. Our friendly waitress recommended the special for us first timers, while my wife opted for the gnocchi.

The sauce on the spaghetti was pretty tasty, but nothing special. I'd be very surprised if the noodles were made fresh daily, and tasted like any others out of a box. The "bagette" served with the special was a bun that could be found on the shelves of Safeway. The salad included with the special consisted of lettuce, dressing, and a few sparse vegetables. Just enough to fill you until dinner arrived.

Would I eat here again? Probably, if I wanted a large amount of food for a reasonable price. The special was just under $15 and includes enough food to easily feed 2 people. Drinks and desert were reasonably priced as well, which is a rarity these days, and a nice surprise.

Don't kid yourself though, the food is about as authentic Italian, as McDonalds serves an authentic hamburger.

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Thank Nathan J
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Nothing fancy about this family style seating Italian restaurant.You don't need to do anything to this place to jazz it up. It's basic Italian; no frills simply delicious food. Homemade pasta at it's best. You simply must eat at this place when in Trail.

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Thank Carnytravels
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

Our party of four attending this restaurant for an evening dinner and we were definatly NOT disappointed.
The most outstanding meal is the special....a must for everyone. You receive fresh buns,salad, meatballs, spagetti bolognase, chicken and jojo potatos.............and my friends this is all you can eat and delivered to the table family style!!!!!!!!!! The waiters are nothing less than super hospitable and earn everything tip they get by ensuring you are served.
A truly golden place to enjoy a meal while travelling through Trail BC

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Thank mouse66
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

Had dinner there on my business stay. This place has been here for a long time and I get the impression it is a favorite amongst the locals. I had the special which was ribs and pasta and thought it was decent enough fare. Kind of wondered about the wine list with a few rather expensive wines on there, seemed out of place for this town. Even bottles of wine like Yellowtail shiraz were over 30 dollars, so I settled for a half litre of house red which was not too bad. Big portions, fair prices so overall not a bad experience

Thank jacks0n57
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