Live in Altadena, discovered this place just the other day. I believe they've been open for about 3 months, enough time to get their act together, or just slow to react. The atmosphere and decor is just what Pasadena needed, so hats off to them for spending a pretty good hunk of change and doing it well, kudos to the designer and owner for not holding back. If your looking for a fun sort of upscale/casual place to have a drink, head straight to the bar, it's beautiful. They have a great wood fire pizza oven, so it definitely has promise, but the're not there yet.
We ordered their house made lamb sausage with wood oven roasted peppers Angello pizza ($15) and wood grilled vegetable, house made ricotta lasagna ($15). Well, the food doesn't match up to the decor. Our hope is, since the owner spent good money on the restaurant, he/she can't afford not to step up the quality of the food. Both dishes came cold, which was minor problem compared to the quality. Let's not jump all over the server or chef to cover up for the inadequacies of the owner, because ultimately it's his/hers decision what leaves the kitchen.
The pizza was the size of a dinner roll plate (that's an exaggeration but) and the lasagna not much bigger. A tablespoon of meat on the pizza and the lasagna was dry and fell apart. We didn't finish either plate, no point. We can deal with small portions, that's not really the problem, but tiny $15 pizza, really. We can report they've got the pizza dough down pat, thin, crisp and chewy, perfect, so they have jumped the biggest hurdle, so let's get to work on the topping's.
Well, we can't say we're from Italy, but we've traveled enough through Italy to know and understand the food. We appreciated that they aren't trying to be your typical American Italian restaurant and have put a lot of effort into assembling a unique menu. So we encourage them to continue in that vein, but get back into the kitchen and get some flavor going.
So, definitely stop by this beautiful restaurant for a drink, you won't be disappointed and hopefully for them and you they'll have improved the food.
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