Buca di Beppo is lively and fun – its family-style Italian dishes and boisterous ambiance are perfect for a large crowd. Dishes enjoyed for generations in villages throughout Italy inspire the authentic menu. Diners can enjoy an abundance of appetizers, salads, pastas, pizzas, entrees, desserts, beer, and fine wine.
If you have a special event coming up, you can reserve one of the semi-private dining rooms; the restaurant also offers a wide variety of catering options for any occasion.
With a name that means “the baker” in Italian, Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana (eel-for-NIGH-oh) brings traditional Old World cooking techniques to the heart of Old Pasadena in the One Colorado Courtyard. The bustling, charming eatery restaurant has indoor/outdoor eating spaces and serves from a sizable menu that includes pizzas, pastas, salads, rotisserie and grill entrées, and weekend brunch items; a children’s menu is also available.
Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 4:30-6:30pm, Sun 8:00-10:00pm.
One of the longest operating restaurants in Old Pasadena, Mi Piace Italian Kitchen features an award-winning kitchen famous for serving up light Italian cuisine with a New York accent – specialty pizzas, seafood, pastas, and much more. Its interior stylish martini lounge, stainless steel bar, illuminated tables, and red leather couches are complemented by its lively sidewalk dining area – one of the most popular in Old Pasadena. Mi Piace is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a late night lounge menu, Happy Hour, and a full bar nightly.
Happy Hour: Mon 4:00-close; Tue-Fri 4:00-7:30pm.
Lively, casual and coolly sophisticated, SORRISO serves authentic Italian cuisine with a contemporary California twist. The menu includes steaks and chops grilled to perfection, as well as salads, pastas, pizzas, and seafood. SORRISO also boasts an extensive wine list and specialty cocktails, and late night guests can relax in the late-night lounge featuring live entertainment.
Happy Hour: Mon all day; Tue-Sun 4:00-7:00pm.
A small, family-owned eatery, the Kitchen Italian Cafe and Pizzeria serves up New York, Sicilian, and Chicago style deep-dish pizza, as well as authentic entrées, pastas, salads, calzones, and sandwiches. The restaurant can provide full catering for parties ranging in 5-500.
In 2014, Chef Bruce Kalman and Marie Petulla partnered to open Union, a 50-seat restaurant and bar featuring a seasonally Californian interpretation of Northern Italian cuisine centered on pasta, seafood, market-fresh produce, and fine-quality locally sourced ingredients. The intimate neighborhood restaurant is consistently recognized as one of LA's top establishments – it made Jonathan Gold’s Top 101 Restaurants in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Diners can enjoy selections from some of Kalman’s favorite vendors; house-made charcuterie, pickles, and pasta; and a small but carefully curated wine list.