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Cuisine: American, California, European, Italian
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Union Pasadena packs a mighty punch in a small space, as this 50-seat Northern Italian restaurant in Old Pasadena serves up unexpected taste pairings as well as traditional favorites. With an... Read More
Union Pasadena packs a mighty punch in a small space, as this 50-seat Northern Italian restaurant in Old Pasadena serves up unexpected taste pairings as well as traditional favorites. With an ever-changing menu that sources seasonal, local ingredients, Chef Chris Keyser creates delicious dishes by leading a kitchen that does its own butchering, makes its own pasta and uses the freshest vegetables. The result features choices like perfectly charred octopus drizzled in a lobster jus and sparked with Fresno chili or luscious wild mushrooms sautéed with sherry vinegar. And that's just for starters. If you're lucky, you'll find the squid ink lumache, a house-made, black shell-shaped pasta enhanced with Maine lobster and truffle butter. Try main courses like pork chop peperonata or lamb al latte and be sure to ask for Italian wine-pairing suggestions, for Union has a fascinating list of choices sourced from many regions of La Bella Italia.
- Pasadena's Best Restaurants: "Reserve the chef's table for two, a cozy spot facing the bar that makes you feel like you're in the kitchen's catbird seat."
- Best for Pasadena's Best Restaurants Because: Creative tastes, an easygoing casual vibe and an eclectic, rotating menu make Union a culinary adventure on every visit.