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La Fornaretta Pasadena -What Happend?

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The Penne Carbonara and garlic rolls did it for me. The owner was a hoot and the place had good vibes. Cant stand seeing these independant jewels closing and chain style restaurants moving in.

Who's next. Casa Bianca, Tarentinos. It's too bad.

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  1. Do you know if they've already closed? I really liked La Fornaretta too--great pizzas, pasta carbonara was delicious and the owner was indeed a very friendly, funny, and warm person. During the occasions that I've eaten there, they seemed to always be busy. That's a shame.

    1. The Scientologists bought the building and are kicking out all the tenants...so maybe they will reopen somewhere else?

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      1. re: Spiff

        This is correct. They had a nice long lease, but the church of L. Ron made them an offer they couldn't refuse.

        On the plus side, you can get a free stress test on your way to Lucky Baldwin's now...

        1. re: socal

          Just walking by that place is "stress test" enough for me, thanks! I never got to La Fornaretta, but that shop that had Persian-style ice cream was a treat. Always stopped there when we went to the antique mall (which at least found a nearby home).

      2. I had heard a rumor that they were going to reopen somewhere, but that's all I heard; nothing about when or where. If anyone ever hears anything more about that, please post it. That was the girlfriend and my favorite place for dinner after the movies. The linguine al vongole was among the best I've had in town and the pizza could easily hold more than its own against any other pies in the region. Not to mention the waitresses, who were great and funny and knew their stuff.

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        1. re: estone888

          They used to have a second location in San Marino, not far from Julienne. Is that still there?

          1. re: ruddy

            I think they closed that to open the one in Pasadena...one of my friends knows the owners, I will check with her to see if she knows whats going on...

          2. re: estone888

            They've opened a new location in Newcastle, California. I've never heard of this place so I assume it's in NoCal somewhere. The San Marino location closed down even before the Pasadena location did. So we're left with nothing. =(

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