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Jul 11, 2009 11:00 PM

Porta Via Italian Foods: A Quickie Lunch for Me and Tater

For a few pics: http://reservationforthree.blogspot.c...

Tater & I were on our own today, so we decided that a lovely, yet quick lunch at Porta Via was in order. A little shrimp & calamari salad and arugula & beet salad for me, Tater got a jar of yucky organic chicken with pasta stars (Dad's been busy).

We sat outside on their shaded patio and had about as relaxing a lunch as it gets these days. For a dude who eats almost all daddy-prepared food, Tater didn't seem to mind the processed junk, happily devouring the whole jar.

My salads were just right for this scorcher of a day. The seafood salad was crisp and light, with just a hint of heat. The arugula salad was good, though a bit too sweet for my taste and maybe a little overdressed.

After a few minutes, Tater decided our leisurely lunch was over so I quickly devoured the rest of my salads, gulped down my Pellegrino and off we went to do errands in Old Town.

Porta Via Italian Foods
1 W California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91105

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  1. Thanks, i keep meaning to try this place! Will have to get some takeout there soon...

    3 Replies
    1. re: Chowpatty

      That's funny, Pat. After our lunch, I realized I still haven't tried your favorite, Daisy Mint, though yesterday was a bit too hot for thai.

      1. re: Chowpatty

        It's a regular stop for me. They make some really good sandwiches. My two favorites are the Porta Via sub and their Italian BLT - with pancetta (about a pound of it!) and arugula instead of regular bacon and lettuce. I second Suebee's seafood salad choice. Also, the meatballs (particularly the turkey version) are really good. And it's a great place to load up on prosciutto, various salamis, cheese (try the imported provolone, but be forewarned that you'll never want regular old packaged stuff ever again). They're very friendly, too.

        1. re: Jack Flash

          they have a great pressed sandwich with chicken as well. mmmm....

      2. Two words. "Potato" and "Salad".

        Two more words. "Go" "Now"!

        1. Oh, this sounds so good! It's too bad they close at 4pm on Sunday.