ISO- 'Mom & Pop' type Italian in S.G.V. area
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!
Kip in CA
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.
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: