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GREAT Italian in Pasadena?

ragazza Jun 29, 2007 08:28 PM

Hi there,
Its my parents 35th wedding anniversary, and they are requesting Italian in Pasadena, help!!!!

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  1. ipsedixit RE: ragazza Jun 29, 2007 08:30 PM

    Briganti in South Pasadena.

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      justanotherpenguin RE: ipsedixit Jun 29, 2007 10:21 PM

      2nd briganti. very, very nice. food & service.

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        Jack Flash RE: justanotherpenguin Jun 30, 2007 09:34 AM

        Another vote for Briganti. Now that summer's here, you might want to reserve a table on the patio.

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        russkar RE: ipsedixit Jun 30, 2007 08:39 AM

        The one time we've been to Briganti it was pretty good, definitely worth a visit.

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          SauceSupreme RE: ipsedixit Jun 30, 2007 10:40 AM

          Briganti would have my vote also. Never eaten on the patio but that sounds like it'd make for a splendid summer evening.

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          calabasas_trafalgar RE: ragazza Jun 29, 2007 10:27 PM

          Domenico's on Washington in Pasadena

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            justanotherpenguin RE: calabasas_trafalgar Jun 30, 2007 08:30 AM

            for a 35th anniversary???? nothing special.

          2. bodie RE: ragazza Jun 30, 2007 09:17 AM

            Celestino (S. Lake) has very good food but can get crowded and noisy which may not be the ideal atmosphere for your folks.
            Tre Venezie (Green St.) is small and highly regarded. I've never been but most people seem to love it.

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              Local RE: bodie Jun 30, 2007 11:01 AM

              Had an excellent dinner at Celestino's last Sat. evening,.. tricolore and mixta salads, pasta with fresh sardines and fennel, and another di mare, w/ mussels, scallops etc., a little noisy when we arrived at 8:15, but by 9 it was much quieter. a corner table in the front entry patio would be perfect!

              http://www.giacominodrago.com/celestino.htm

              http://www.giacominodrago.com/pdf/cel...

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                Alta Bob RE: Local Jun 30, 2007 12:01 PM

                Celestino's is part of the Drago family. You can ask for a side room for your party. It is my favorite place here in Pasadena. We usually have all the courses through the pasta and skip the meat course. They have the best pasta courses because the sauces are magnificent.

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                  revets2 RE: Alta Bob Jul 2, 2007 06:58 PM

                  the new party room at CELESTINO is terrific. i like the food and service, but find it inconsistent...often. still, they will take care of you for a great party. it's very appropriate for celebrating a special occasion.

                  all the steak dishes (usually bistecca fiorentina), the linguine with scampi and green peppercorn sauce, burrata with tomatoes, and finally our favorite, risotto with balsamic are good.

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              malgosia RE: ragazza Jul 2, 2007 07:48 PM

              Have tried Celestino's several times, and have to say they are considerably overrated and overpriced. Pleasant environs, acceptable food, but if it was my parents' 35 anniversary and wanted something really special I would not choose it.

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