Union Restaurant

37 Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103, USA

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4.6 / 5

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    December 09, 2021

    Excellent Northern Italian cuisine. Better than some of the places in NY! I was blown away by how good it is. Squid ink pasta is a must try! Pork wasn't that impressive. But appetizers (meatballs) and pasta dishes are amazing!

    Brandon Yi
    July 10, 2022

    The photos were definitely not the greatest when I took them. Overall this is a solid take a classic spin and brought to modern era on pasta dishes. The first dish was the tomato appetizer with stone fruits and chili vinaigrette where it was a classic take on the tomato, basil, and mozzarella. The sweetness from the honey and fruits with a touch of homemade ricotta gave it a fresh vibrant feel as with the herbs of basil and mint. Great way to get your palate started. Torchetti is definitely a winner, solid pork ragu/Bolognase pasta with that homemade ricotta brought it all together. Tasted home cooked and fresh but with a bit of a lift overall than your typical grandma’s version. It is on a slight bit spicier side, kind of lingers. If you are really sensitive to spice then avoid it but I personally liked it. The corn tortilla tortellini had your similar Mexican influence of flavors but not so overbearing that it takes away from being a pasta dish. The corn and hints of sweetness really helps bring the dish together. Nice mix and balance of sweet and a slight salty. The Aleppo gave it a nice kick, left you with a lingering dry spice feel where it’s pockets and moments the heat kicks in from time to time. That emulsified water/butter sauce where it coats the back of your spoon reminds you it’s still pasta. The squid ink lumache definitely reminded you of the sea. It was a bit saltier than I would have liked but if had a tad bit less salt, the dish would have been great. Out of all 3 dishes, the Torchetti and corn tortilla tortellini were what I would go for, definitely the Torchetti if anything was the real winner here. Everything tasted fresh and homemade so you probably can’t go wrong with choosing any items off the menu. Now the finishing touch that everyone needs to get is the olive oil cake. It tasted like a divine butter cake, crispy exterior and soft interior. Topped with that sugary coated macerated berries and sweet creamy ricotta ice cream and leaf of basil. Would highly recommend this dessert. One word to sum it up would be divine.

    John Osgood
    July 22, 2022

    Great dinner here that exceeded expectations. Food was super delicious with every dish a hit and no misses. Pastas are awesome with the spaghetti and meatballs a don't miss dish. Service was warm and friendly. The space was bustling. Wines were banging. Can't wait to come back.

    Judith G
    June 30, 2021

    One of my favorite Pasadena restaurants - great service, even better food. Came for a party of 2, and had an appetizer to share and two pasta dishes. There was more than enough food, though I regret not doing dessert.

    Cynthia Ah Sam
    July 15, 2022

    Gorgeous place, fabulous food and funky music. Just the right combination for an excellent dinner!!

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