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.
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.
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
1074 N Allen Ave, Pasadena, CA
1090 N. Allen Ave., Pasadena, CA 91104
Carmela Ice Cream
2495 E Washington Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104