WHY It’s a gem among the mediocre Italian restaurants littering Old Pasadena.
WHAT This romantic little cottage on Green Street features a dining room decorated like someone’s (tasteful) home, a kind Italian staff and often-extraordinary seafood-focused dishes from Venice, Friuli and the rest of northeastern Italy. Bring your Gold Card, and savor a superb caprese made with homemade smoked buffalo mozzarella, exquisite handmade pastas and fresh fish cooked simply with olive oil, garlic and a splash of vinegar. There’s an acclaimed grappa collection and a fine list of wines at gasp-inducing prices.
WHO Elegant grown-ups willing to make the investment.
Region: San Gabriel Valley
Features: Dinner, Quiet, Romantic
Price Range: $25-$33, $34-up
Cuisine Type: Italian