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

Kip in Ca Feb 17, 2007 09:31 PM

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

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  1. ipsedixit RE: Kip in Ca Feb 17, 2007 09:35 PM

    Gale's in Pasadena.



    Briganti in South Pasadena.


    1. JAB RE: Kip in Ca Feb 18, 2007 09:34 AM

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

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        teenage glutster RE: Kip in Ca Feb 18, 2007 10:55 AM

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

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          RoachCoach RE: Kip in Ca Feb 18, 2007 11:02 AM

          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. ElsieDee RE: Kip in Ca Feb 18, 2007 11:29 AM

            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/nikkics/index.htm) - 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:

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              Kip in Ca RE: Kip in Ca Feb 18, 2007 03:50 PM

              Thanks! I think we'll start with Petrillo's and work our way through your suggestions in the next several months! They sound loike exploring1
              Kip in CA

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                willwork4food RE: Kip in Ca Feb 18, 2007 04:24 PM

                This is what I thought of Petrillo's...(posted it under diff. topic)

                "The only thing worth eating at Petrillo's is the pizza. I've ordered the lasagna, fettuccine, and spaghetti there...it was all drowned in sauce. So as my bf ate his yummy pizza, I was disappointed by my selection =("

                So unless you like mounds of sauce you should try some other place...IMHO.

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