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Good Italian in Pasadena

Avanti Wood Fire Pizza is great and the service is very friendly.

Fredos is the best delivery in town. Its decent pizza and you get 2 for the price of one.

Mannys gets my worse vote. Service is not good, but I think it has to do with the manager being over boosy towards them infront of the customers. I actually felt uncomfortable while I was there watching her boss everyone around. Plus she wasnt too friendly with the customers.

Mar 24, 2008
Mike Alva in Los Angeles Area

Pasadena is weak!

I feel the reason Pasadena has recieved a bum rap has to do with the reputar it has acquired over the years. Too many resturants have moved in and many of them are all show with nothing to hold. Many places (especially in Old Town) have a very snotty attitude which works against them. I can handle mediocre food if the service is ecceptional! If you stay off the main road and visit the mom and pops off the beaten paths you can find atmospheres that are more then welcoming. Businesses that want you there and treat you accordenly.
I have to say when I want a gormet meal, I can make it myself. But when I go to a restuarant I am there for a shared experience with the people I attend with. Not to negate quality, but for me food comes second.

Mar 24, 2008
Mike Alva in Los Angeles Area

La Grande Orange Cafe in Pasadena

My brother just got a job there. I will try it out soon and report back.

Mar 24, 2008
Mike Alva in Los Angeles Area