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Oct 21, 2010 12:16 AM

Luggage Room Pizzaria, Pasadena

Did anyone go to the opening of this new place tonight? It's right next door to, and I believe owned by, Le Grand Orange. They will specialize in thin crust pizza and have a 700-degree oven w/some interesting varities. Definitely worth a visit I think.

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  1. Just tried it and really liked it. Their thin crust is delicately crisp AND chewy at the same time, it was wonderful! I don't like crusts that are too wafer thin and crunchy, so this was exactly how I like it. I liked the Mushroom Party pizza but I felt that it needed an extra ingredient to add a bit of punch to it, like olives, so I'll have to pay extra for that next time. The size is 10" and it was just right for 2 people, I was stuffed.

    We also had their Green Day Salad, which had arugula, thin apple slices, pomegranate seeds, shaved parmesan and a perfectly light and yummy vinaigrette -- great salad, but I thought it was too small for $8.

    Then we ended with a slice of their own red velvet cake with vanilla ice cream. I've had more distinctly flavored red velvet elsewhere, and I didn't care for the texture of this one -- I like my cakes to be moist, but this was just wet.

    Ambiance: casual and dark interiors with a bar in the middle. I'm noticing more restaurants in Pasadena with dark interiors lately.

    Even though they just opened, service was very good. We'll be back.

    4 Replies
    1. re: chowchow12345678

      I just don't care for Le Grand Orange, but I'll give LRP a try. Hopefully it's worth it.

      1. re: reality check

        I'm not trying to defend it, just curious as to what you don't like about La Grande Orange?

        1. re: chowchow12345678

          I went there twice, only because a friend really loved that place & they used to have a special on Tues, buy one dinner and get one free or half price, don't remember now.

          The NY steak I got the first time, was pretty flavorless, lacking even basic salt and pepper seasoning.

          Second time, I got the fried chicken was so undercooked and I sent it back. When the second chicken came out, it was bone dry.

          1. re: reality check

            I can see why you're not too crazy about the place, you did give it two chances. I've eaten at LGO twice before trying the Luggage Room and they were both good experiences.