La Fornaretta in Newcastle--Sorry Pasadena
If you search the L.A. Board you will run across posts about La Fornaretta in Pasadena and complaints about it closing last year. It appeared to be well thought of by many Hounds and since they opened a new place in Newcastle, my wife and I decided to go for lunch today. Lunch is only served on Friday and Saturday but the lunch menu is very limited and I would recommend that you go for dinner.
The owner is Sicilian and ran a successful place in Pasadena until the Church of Scientology bought the building. The owner and his chef wife retired to Newcastle and after a few months decided to get back in the restaurant business. His wife's family is involved in restaurants in the Bay Area according to the waiter one in Berkeley and one in North Beach San Francisco which is no longer open (De Cocco's).
The food is Sicilian and is in an old rustic fruit shed in Old Town. It is sort of hard to find but it is on Main Street on the east side of the street. The bread served with the meal is fantastic served with an olive oil/vinegar dip.
Prices are very reasonable with lunch in the $8.00 range and dinner about $12 to $15. Service is friendly and the owner who is a very friendly person will probably be present. The wine selection includes local wines as well as Italian.