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ISO- 'Mom & Pop' type Italian in S.G.V. area

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We'd like to take my mom out for her birthday tomorrow (2-19) and she's requested Italian, but would rather support a 'little guy's' restaurant rather than the 'corporate chains'. Any good Mom & Pop type place you could recommend? We live in San Gabriel, but are willing to travel a bit. Thanks for your help!

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    1. Petrillo's Pizza
      (626) 280-7332
      833 E Valley Blvd
      San Gabriel, CA 91776

      1. Angelos in Alhambra.
        On Valley about 4-5 blocks east of Atlantic.

        1. how about: LA FORNARETTA: 2 1/2 stars, 39 S. Raymond St., Old Pasadena, (626) 585-9088. I haven't been there but I want to since it's run by Sicilian immigrant couple and gets good reviews for its authenticity.

          1. There's Scarantino's on Colorado in Pasadena - a couple of blocks west of Sierra Madre, east of Allen, on the north side of the street (where Dino's used to be). Not outstanding, but solidly good, YMMV.

            There's also a restaurant on Rosemeade, just south of Huntington, on the east side of the street (just south of the Trader Joe's shopping center). We've only gotten take-out there, but it's been good.

            A little more upscale is Nikki C's (http://www.sangabrielvalleymenus.com/...) - it's on Rosemeade, between Del Mar and California, on the east side of the street. Good food and service, nice ambiance.

            Some other options here:
            http://www.sangabrielvalleymenus.com/...