37 E. Union St.
Pasadena, CA 91103
Critics' Pick
Union +

Anne Fishbein Lasagne


  • Mon.-Fri., 5-11 p.m.; Sat., 4-11 p.m.; Sun., 4-10 p.m.
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Takeout
  • Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Parking Lot Available, Street Parking
There are few restaurants as tiny, bustling and convivial as Union, Bruce Kalman’s 4-year-old Cali-Italian restaurant in Pasadena. Large family groups commune at long tables, the babies among them happily gobbling pasta as their parents drink interesting Italian red wines. It’s the type of place where people stop in for a quick plate of pasta and a drink at the bar, a perfect first-date spot, a perfect 100th-date spot. Starters, such as beautifully executed pork meatballs with a bracing kick of chili, are inventive but comforting above all else. The handmade pastas are the star of the show, however, from the simplest, tomato sauce–dressed spaghetti alla chittara to heavier ragus. This is the type of restaurant we all wish we had within walking distance of our homes: laid-back, friendly, relatively affordable, and with food you could eat happily over and over again. —Besha Rodell
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