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Unique place between Pasadena & Ontario

BMW25 Sep 20, 2007 10:55 AM

I'm trying to plan a small dinner (6-10 people) for my brother's 40th birthday. He's one of those people that eats out a lot and has been almost everywhere. I'm trying to find a unique, quirky, delicious place to go. Wine is also a big thing in is world so a great wine celler would be great too.

Years and years ago, I went to a small Italian restaurant in Claremont that was housed in what I remember as a warehouse. It was a set menu with only about 8-10 tables, with two seatings a night. Of course I can't remember the name but something like this would be perfect. I little out of the way...off the normal restaurant scene.

Thank you!

  1. katkoupai Sep 20, 2007 05:22 PM

    Claremont immediately comes to mind, but I haven't been to enough restaurants there to recommend one. You might be able to find a good place in the Village area of Claremont. I'll attach a link, with a directory of restaurants there.


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    1. re: katkoupai
      Ranchero Nov 23, 2007 08:45 PM

      I like Walters in Claremont. They're on Yale Street in the Village of Claremont. they have a very broad menu and a wine list . Inside and outside dining.

    2. Claremonter Sep 23, 2007 05:22 PM

      I believe you are thinking of La Piccoletta. The ownership has changed a couple of times and even though the menu is similar to what it was years ago, the quality of the food does not seem to be as good. The ambience continues to be terrific, and it may still be exactly what you would like.
      Claremont does have lots of other great options, including several new restaurants in the recently constructed "Village West" area that meet your criteria of unique and quirky. There is a wine shop that also sells wine by the glass in the former Packing House, which is lots of fun. From there you could go to Casablanca for Mediterranean food, Bua for Thai, Three Forks for steak, or Hip Kitty for fondue. Tutti Mangia on First and Harvard continues to serve excellent Italian food, too. Have a great time.

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      1. re: Claremonter
        BMW25 Sep 24, 2007 09:23 AM

        Thank you! This is just what I was looking for!

        1. re: BMW25
          sonoitaliana Sep 28, 2007 07:23 PM

          Stick to Pasadena if you are looking for good food. Claremont does not have one good restaurant just alot of hype. Stick to Pasadena I like "bar celona". Great tapas cooked to order and some really great seafood. There are many independently owned restaurants on Colorado and THEY serve good food!

          1. re: sonoitaliana
            BMW25 Oct 2, 2007 11:02 AM

            Thank you!

            1. re: BMW25
              CucumberBoy Oct 2, 2007 11:25 AM

              Isn't there an "old skool" steakhouse north of Ontario (on Baseline, I think) called The Magic Lantern? It's been there since I was a child. I ate there a few years ago and it was a lot of fun. Really neat old brick building with a neon sign of a lantern with real flames coming out of it. Kinda fun.

              1. re: CucumberBoy
                Velvet Elvis Oct 2, 2007 12:14 PM

                It is on Foothill.

                [EDIT] Sorry this link is wrong. See below for the correction.

                Magic Lamp
                5020 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803

                1. re: CucumberBoy
                  Velvet Elvis Oct 2, 2007 12:16 PM

                  It is on Foothill in Rancho Cucamonga.

                  Magic Lamp Inn
                  8189 Foothill Blvd, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

                  1. re: Velvet Elvis
                    BMW25 Oct 10, 2007 01:02 PM

                    Thank you! I'll take a drive and check it out!

                  2. re: CucumberBoy
                    chef36 Oct 10, 2007 01:08 PM

                    You're right -- The Magic Lamp is awesome. Old school. Food is solid and...look for "sleepers" on the wine list.

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