Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea

55 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91103
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  • Sun 7am-0am, Mon-Wed 6am-10pm, Thu-Sat 6am-0am
  • $, $$
  • Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Snack Food
  • Beer/Wine
  • Garage Parking, Metered Parking
  • Reservations Not Accepted
The other two Intelligentsias in town are mere temples of the bean and its attendant aggressive attitude, but the Pasadena outlet doubles as sort of a hypercaffeinated café, a place where you can accompany a slowly dripped Kenyan with cured-meat plates, including Fra Mani salametti , as well as quite decent prosciutti cured in the restaurant's back room; bruschetta-style sandwiches made with Jidori chicken salad or halibut-confit salad; or planks of California cheeses. The great innovation here, from Heirloom L.A., may be the lasagna "cupcake" - sheets of pasta, pleated to maximize the oven-baked crunch, folded around a thick, gamy Colorado lamb ragu, a dish that violates every rule of Italian cooking but still manages to taste like something straight out of Ferrara.

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