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Bulgarini Altadena-- anything near Bulgarini that I should try?

I usually get my Bulgarini gelato at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 in Pasadena. Now that Bulgarini's shop is open in Altadena, I would like to drive over to check it out. Is there any place near Bulgarini that I should also try? Since Bulgarini is only open until 8PM right now, I am thinking of a lunch or early dinner place that is cheap and good, and within a few miles of the Bulgarini shop. Thanks.

Bulgarini Gelato
749 E. Altadena Dr. Altadena, CA. 91001

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  1. Isn't Fredo's cheesesteak around there? I think another chowhounder did the Bulgarini and Fredo's run not too long ago.

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    1. re: bigtums

      Yes, I remember a recent post about Bulgarini and something. Maybe it was Fredo's. Thanks bigtums. Actually, a cheesesteak doesn't sound like a bad idea. :)

      1. re: katkoupai

        I heard that the other stuff is pretty good, like the hot dog and pastrami too. The fries and onion rings aren't anything to rave about-in fact I think a bad of chips would be better with the cheesesteak for the difference in texture (Yeah-I actually think about my food that much, crazy eh?). Enjoy!

        1. re: bigtums

          Thanks. :) I really need to go. I've read some of the old posts now, and man, it sounds good. I think about food too much!

          1. re: katkoupai

            There's no such thing as thinking about food too much! Okay, maybe there is and since I've found this website, it hasn't helped my addiction. (Plus being pregnant is helping either).

            1. re: bigtums

              Yes, I think if anything, Chowhound is making me more sinful, because now I have a venue where I might think about food so much. I can at least say that I think about food more than I eat it.

    2. If you're into coffeehouses, the Coffee Gallery is a few blocks down Lake Ave. from Bulgarini, just north of New York Dr. It's a funky little coffeehouse with art on the walls, ratty sofas, and odd-looking employees, most of whom sport multiple tattoos. Their lunch salads are good and the pastries, while not of Europane quality, at least aren't the usual pasty-looking flat croissants and such you see in a lot of coffeehouses.

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        1. re: katkoupai

          I'm thinking that, if you're going to head all the way up there, you might just want to make a meal of their gelato. I don't generally obsess, but this stuff is amazing...

          1. re: HungryGirl

            Good point, HungryGirl. I was concerned that I might ruin my appetite for gelato if I had a big meal. That said, I'm still curious about what is good and nearby. :)

      1. there's a new restaurant within walking distance of bulgarini's, it is amy's patio cafe. the weblink is:

        http://www.amyspatiocafe.com/

        it's not a great place, just a simple place. there really isn't much else in altadena. fox's restaurant is nearby at 2352 Lake Ave - i think they just serve breakfast & lunch.

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          1. re: budabonz

            Fox's is a dreadful little greasy spoon. Amy's looks a lot more promising but I haven't tried it yet. It would be hard to do worse than Fox's, though, unless you're pining for flyover-country diner fare. Personally I think the fig tree in the alley behind the restaurant is more appealing.

            As mentioned, Fox's closes at 2pm, so most people are spared the indignity. I ate there once and decided that was enough. Nice staff, but I really dislike that kind of food.

            1. re: ttriche

              Thanks, ttriche. I actually passed Amy's today. It looked like a cute place. I decided to have dessert, instead of lunch, and only went for the gelato at Bulgarini. I haven't heard of or noticed Fox's.

            2. re: budabonz

              Thank you, budabonz . I saw Amy's. It looked nice from the outside.

            3. Just make sure that you go for your gelato Wednesday-Sunday 12 Noon-8PM. I should of checked first but especially when it comes to sweets I go on impulse and this afternoon I was greeted with a closed shop, and no I'm not sobbing! I'm not!

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              1. re: sel

                Sel, what a bummer! I noticed on their website that they were closed Monday and Tuesday. Maybe, he was making gelato.

              2. Nearby there's an Italian deli whose name escapes me at the moment.

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                1. re: SauceSupreme

                  Pietros. they have some good sammies (as Rachel Ray would say), if that sounds good for dinner. They also do some pastas and pizza but I have never tried them, so I can't vouch for that selection.

                  1. re: rantsnravesnreviews

                    Thank you. I passed by Pietros today. Maybe I will try it down the line. :)

                    1. re: rantsnravesnreviews

                      Actually, Pietro's is the sandwich/pizza shop - the deli is Roma, right next door, though it's more a combination salumeria/grocery, since he just sells ingredients. GOOD ingredients, like literally-melt-in-your-mouth imported mortadella, and his own excellent fresh sausage. As for Pietro's, I like their sandwiches, except that the bread they use has a soft crumb and tough crust and they double-slice it (so that there are two whole layers of ingredients with a slice of bread in between)...so when you bite down the innards tend to goosh out the sides. Not an eat-while-driving kind of sandwich!