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Feb 8, 2011 10:51 AM

Valentine's Day - any good takeout/delivery dinners in the Pasadena/Arcadia/Monrovia area?

As the title says ... I'm looking for a good takeout or delivery Valentine's Day dinner option somewhere around Arcadia. We won't be able to go out for dinner, but it would be nice to bring in something special. A few years ago, when I lived in Minneapolis, there was a pasta restaurant that had a V-Day takeout special -- four very nice courses, including a salad, pasta, meat or fish dish, and chocolate truffles. I'd love to find something like that around here.

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  1. Don't know about the chocolate truffles, and it might not be quite as nice as what you are looking for, but Domenico's on Washington does italian and you can get the salad, pasta and meat dishes. The food is decent straight ahead italian, choice of pasta with marinara, chicken (Marsala, picatta, etc), you get the idea. If you pick it up, you can get some gourmet ice cream from Carmela's nearby.

    Another idea would be to pick up rotisserie chicken from Soumarelo and gussy it up with some of the sides. Then you can hit up Vrej bakery for dessert.

    Domenico's Italian Restaurant
    2411 E Washington Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104

    Vrej Pastry
    1074 N Allen Ave, Pasadena, CA

    Soumarelo Restaurant
    1090 N. Allen Ave., Pasadena, CA 91104

    Carmela Ice Cream
    2495 E Washington Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104

    1. In Pasadena, Porta Via puts together some nice packages. It doesn't look like it includes a dessert...hmm. Still, give them a call (they have desserts, so I'm sure you could add one).

      You also might try Elements in Pasadena, or Julienne in San Marino.

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      1. re: Jack Flash


        Good call on Porta Via

        Porta Via
        424 N. Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

        1. Thanks for the tips! The Porta Via menu sounds perfect.

          Porta Via
          424 N. Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

          1. Bristol Farms Pasadena has a nice special menu to go for V Day. Priced at $59 for two with Champagne.

            Bristol Farms
            606 Fair Oaks Avenue South, Pasadena, CA