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Aug 19, 2007 09:59 AM

Scarantino's on Colorado

I drove past Scarantino's in Pasadena on Colorado the other night. Is it authentic ITalian? I am new to Pasadena and I read that it used to be called Dino's. Any info would be appreciated.

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  1. Scaratino's has been there forever...I'm 35, I remember the first time I went there with my Grama, I was 9 or 10, so I doubt it's ever been a "Dino's".
    It's old school pastas w/red sauces.
    I hadn't been for years and when I moved back to town 2 years ago I went to get my old favorite-their minestrone soup but it wasn't as good as I remembered.
    The Scampi was still tasty and everthing comes with a side of pasta with red sauce that is still really yummy.
    Very family, neighborhoody, and friendly. Don't expect fine dining but it's cute. Not exactly a destination. Expect long waits on the weekend.

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    1. re: tatertotsrock

      I think that you're thinking of the Scarantino's on Colorado in Glendale, which (to my understanding) has been around for some time. The Scarantino's in Pasadena used to be called Dino's up until a year or two ago, and was owned by a different part of the same family that owns Scarantino's.

    2. Yes, the Scarantino's on Colorado in Pasadena used to be called Dino's. I liked the food when it was Dino's and have had a couple of okay meals since it became Scarantino's, but have also had some very ho-hum meals, too, and have had both excellent service and really unpleasant service. It's no longer on our regular rotation, FWIW.

      Here's a link to their website with the menu: .

      1. There are in fact two Scarantino's, one on Colorado in Glendale and the other on Colorado in Pasadena, the later, was originally Dino's (owned by a Scarantino relative). The Glendale restaurant is a very nice family owned and operated place. Many menu items to choose from and dinners include soup and salad. The sauces are made in-house as is the soup, manicotti and canelonni. My fav is the roasted 1/2 chicken,,,yum. Service is pleasant and lots of families go there. It's just one of those nice, comfortable neighborhood dining rooms. They are open for weekday lunch. Have not tried the Pasadena location maybe some other CH's can chime in on that one.

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        1. re: fizzie

          Yes, the Pasadena location was originally Dino's - changed names and had slight changes to the interior (and exterior) last summer. I have been many times - both Dino's and Scarantino's. It is typical red-sauced Italian, red-boothed, "when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie..." playing in the background. I like it a lot. Definitely preferred it as Dino's since they had early bird specials and prices have gone up slightly with the name change. But the food is great. All meals are served with their minnestrone soup, salad with their delish dressing, and THAT bread!! I love the spaghetti with their Napoli sauce (and usually get a sausage with it). Friend had the Snapper a few weeks ago and it was delicious, perfectly prepared, huge piece of fish with a wonderful lemon/caper sauce, sided with an order of spaghetti marinara. $13.99 - extremely good value. Their pizza is passable - best right when it comes out of the oven; starts tasting a little cardboardy as it cools. I really like it - service is good and the food is great.

          1. re: WildSwede

            thanks wild swede! I kind of like those Italian American "joints" as a change from the upscale Italian once and a while. I was raised in Brooklyn, so it reminds me a bit of NYC. On another note, my husband and I went to Colombo's in Eagle Rock.I have had good meat there in the past, but lately it has not been that good. I am going to try Scarantino's in the future

            1. re: italiana3

              Welcome! I really like it and everyone I have taken liked it very well. Do not get the calamari filet (bleech) - that is the only thing I would say you have to stay away from. I have not been to Colombo's although I have driven past and thought about it many times. I got some sort of coupon from them recently and thought maybe I could drag someone there to try it out with me!!

              1. re: WildSwede

                As a regular customer of Dino's/Scarantino's (once a month, at least...we live less than a mile away), I think the food is better than Colombo's, which we finally tried a few weeks ago. But Colombo's has live entertainment, which is part of the whole experience. I quite enjoyed my scampi at Colombo's. My wife had the lasagna, which was fine, but Dino's is better (I still call it Dino's). Definitely give Colombo's a shot; it's a fun evening out that won't break the bank.

                1. re: WildSwede

                  Hey, WS, try to go there on Open Jam night! A major hoot - lots of elderly hippies playing jazz and semi-retired blues guys, lots of jamming. Perfect accompaniment to oldfashioned spaghetti and garlic bread and stuff. Drinks are really good, wine just so-so, but the house is very friendly.

                  1. re: Will Owen

                    yes I agree. It is a kitchy place. I keep thinking that the cast of good fellas is going to come by!!.Everyone is very friendly and the service is very good.

                    1. re: Will Owen

                      Well, now I will definitely have to try! Thanks guys! ;-)