we recently dined at union in old town pasadena, which serves northern italian cuisine using locally sourced ingredients. it's a cozy space just a block north of colorado boulevard.
we started our meal with the mussels and shishito peppers. these were super tasty and we enjoyed them thoroughly. i particularly liked that the mussels came with pan con tomate instead of the usual, plain grilled bread (not that there's anything wrong with that either!). the most memorable part of the meal was the pasta dishes. all their pastas are made in-house, and both were amazing, but the bombolotti was life-changing. the combination of lobster, truffle butter and and squid ink pasta made for a slighty briny complex umami that i instantly fell in love with. this is an absolute must-order!
i really enjoyed our meal at union, which is a great addition to the neighborhood. i want to go back and try more of their pastas, but i doubt i'd ever be able to not order that bombolotti.
37 E Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103