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Dinner at Briganti on Saturday night.

Sat in the outside adjacent patio area. Very nice area.

Caesar salad was just right, simple and basic. Pizza with Italian sausage was a bit salty, but the crust was nice and chewy.

The ravioli with spinach and ricotta hit just the spot on a brisk fall night ... hearty and rich without being heavy.

The NY steak was pedestrian and the sauce that accompanied it was really too sweet.

All and all not a bad place. Good vibe, professional service and solid, though not necessarily spectacular food.

Not a destination place by any means, but if you ever find yourself in Old Town Pasadena, head a few blocks south and give this place a try.


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  1. It's in South Pasadena, right? Is it true that the owners are the same as La Buca? How much was your dinner?

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    1. re: Chowpatty

      Yes, South Pas.

      Yes, consider the "east side" La Buca.

      About $70 for the 2 of us befort tax/tip (no alcohol).

    2. I've been twice and have enjoyed both visits. The first time I got a special- handmade pappardelle w/ a proscuitto ragu which was excellent. My husband also got a special- spaghetti w/ lobster which we both polished off. He started with another special- the butternut squash soup, which was rich, sweet and delicious.

      The second time we went I had yet another special- spaghetti w/ a sea urchin sauce topped with grated bottarga. I expected the pasta to be coated with melted urchin but instead it was flecked with bits of it and I couldn't see any bottargo. The flavor was nice but a bit on the mellow side. My husband got the margherita pizza which we both enjoyed, but it had only a single basil leaf in the center so we asked for more, which they brought over.

      Overall, I really like this place. I have a feeling that it will become our Italian Beajolais- a local spot to get decent food and wine.

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      1. ooooh -- can't wait to try! Thanks for the post! Whenever I want Italian in the area, I head to Gale's Italian on Fair Oaks... it's nice to have options. I'm curious as to how the two compare foodwise -- has anyone been to both that can attest?

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        1. re: The Oracle

          Brigant is better, more refined.

          If nothing else the space at Briganti is so much more accomdoating than the little cubby-hole at Gale's.

        2. Briganti is better--but the one meal I've had at Gale's was poor, probably not truly representative. At Briganti I had a pounded chicken breast (I don't normally order chicken in nice restaurants, since it's usually so boring, and I can make better at home, but I was on a South Beach-inspired diet), my daughter had a special of papardelle with some sort of bolognese that was really great. The spinach on the side of my chicken was exactly like I remember the spinach all over Florence--sauteed with garlic and oil, surely not great for my diet, but faboo.

          1. Just went to Briganti tonight. Had a blast, finally a great Italian place in Pasadena that isn't overly stuffy. I had the osso bucco and finished the meal off with a hazelnut gelato. So so good. Highly recommend.