Top Italian Restaurants in Pasadena

April 28, 2023 | Posted in Food

Pasadena's global cuisine covers all of Europe, but none so popularly as Italian food. Here's a list of our top favorite Italian restaurants in Pasadena that will have your tastebuds buzzing with savory sauces and hearty pasta dishes.

As you plan your visit, you will notice social distancing measures, enhanced sanitation practices, reservation requirements, and changes in offerings for your health and safety. We highly recommend calling the restaurant for hours and restrictions ahead of time. Making a reservation is also recommended.

Celestino Ristorante & Bar

For over 17 years, Celestino Ristorante & Bar, located on South Lake Avenue, has delighted the palates of Pasadena and travelers from all over the world, treating them to a taste of authentic Italian cuisine in the valleys of Southern California. They are known for serving seasonal cuisines made with the finest, freshest ingredients, combined with an elegantly casual environment where every customer is made to feel like family.

Gale's Restaurant is a bustling bistro featuring the most comprehensive selection of Northern Italian cuisine. Inspiration for many of the house specialties comes from produce that is in-season, and only the freshest products are used in the preparation of meat and seafood dishes as well.

Il Fornaio is where you will find authentic Italian dishes made with fresh indgrediants and traditional cooking techinques. Specialty dishes include fresh house made pastas, wood-fired pizza, grilled fish, authentic risotto, and rotisserie meats. Pair these quality made dishes with great wine and cocktails to complete your dining experience.

Mi Piace is popular, offering fresh, light Italian cooking embellished with New York flavors as well as a variety of exotic cuisine. Providing Pasadena with over 25 years of a wide selection of appetizers, salads, pastas, seafood, pizzas and weekly specials, Mi Piace is on the list of favorites for locals and is certainly an Italian restaurant that will never disappoints.

Settebello Pasadena Pizza Pizzeria Napoletana

If you're looking for authentic pizza, Settebello is the hot spot for mouth-watering, classic oven pizzas. Located in the Playhouse Village, they use fresh ingredients, some ingredients imported from Naples, and a wood-burning oven. Their soft dough takes about one minute but even then, those 60 seconds are hard to wait when the cheese aroma fills your nose.

Pasadena Dining

One of Pasadena's most notable restaurants, Union is a 50-seat restaurant and bar featuring a deeply personal, seasonally Californian interpretation of Northern Italian cuisine. The restaurant not only pays homage to traditional Italian cuisine but also the cultural emphasis of the delight of sharing a meal with friends and family.

Porta Via

Porta Via is a casual Italian market, deli, bakery and restaurant offering prepared foods for dine-in or takeout. Try a sandwich of the day loaded with fresh vegetables and Sicilian flavors. Or grab a gift basket of meats and cheeses to share the deliciousness with a friend.

Stoney Pointe Bar and Grill

Stoney Point Restaurant is a landmark in the San Rafael neighborhood, open for lunch, dinner, and provides private dining for special occasions. They specialize in Continental cuisine and live piano entertainment.

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