There’s a not so hidden gem in Pasadena that I would love to frequent. Nested in the middle of Union Street, Union is an Italian influenced farm to table restaurant serving seasonal Californian ingredients and freshly made pastas.
Parking is available in the One Colorado lot across the street. It runs between $6-$8 depending on what time of day you go. Reservations are a must, unless you plan on dining early (around 5pm). The restaurant is small, so be prepared to get cozy with your neighbors.
I’ve had two opportunities to dine at Union. My first trip being a few years back before their remodel and this last trip at the beginning of the summer. We had really early reservations, but there was already a cluster of people waiting outside the door prior to the restaurant’s opening. Shortly before they opened their doors, they set out their handwritten chalkboard sign.
So many great things to order at Union. One of my favorites being their Bread & Giardiniere, which is their house made cultured butter with Hepp’s sea salt. (Their side of pickled vegetables is really good too).
There’s always something seasonal to order at Union. Here are some things I’ve had the opportunity to try:
We relied pretty heavily on the staff when we were ordering. They make wonderful recommendations and do not hesitate to let you know when you’ve ordered too much.
I was told during my last visit that they have “Spaghetti Mondays”, which sounds amazing. Monday happens to be one of their slower days, so if you happen to be in Pasadena on a Monday night, I highly recommend a visit.