Great ServiceWe always enjoy dining in Simone's section. The veal chop I had for dinner was probably the best I ever had. Cooked & seasoned perfectly. It was wonderful. Thank you!6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMI keep coming back!I keep coming back! What better recommendation could there be? Tell all your friends about it, great food, service and ambience. Cost mounts up though...6/12/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways the BESTI've been going to Celestino for years and have never been disappointed!! My husband and I even had a joint 50th birthday celebration with family & friends there last year and could not have found a better place to celebrate than Celestino!!6/12/2013 12:00:00 AMsoild italian restaurant.it is a place that your parents take you for dinner. Yes, most of the customer is rather middle aged, and food is solid.
my parents have such a taste in food and everything, and if your parents are too...you will love this place.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat place for dinner with friendsPasta was very good but the pannecotta for dessert was the BEST!6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMwe enjoyed our dinner at Celestino'we enjoyed our dinner at Celestino's. I had a glass of wine and they were very generous in filling the glass--which I appreciate. The chocolate flourless cake for dessert was very good.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful, authentic northernWonderful, authentic northern Italian. Best in Pasadena area.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMSeriously best Italian in SGVThere is no doubt this is the best place to get top quality Italian food in the greater Pasadena area. Nothing else compares.
Apps are great - always made to order and delicious.
Salads and soups fresh and prepared beautifully.
Their pastas are always to die for - particularly their specials. Always ask for what is fresh pasta of the day.
Veal is amazing - fresh fish is very generous portion.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved CelestinoCame highly recommended by a friend and was totally accurate. Prompt, professional (felt like the waiter was truly a professional waiter), excellent food, reasonable wine pricing, lovely urban setting......5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous Celestino RestaurantI've always had the most memorable experience at Celestino and this one topped it again. You always feel like family going there and the food is so amazing and fresh, with incomparable service with a smile.5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMjust how I remembered it!It's been a few years since my last dinner here. Wow, what have I been missing! It's no surprise. When you meld an attractive dining room, quality great tasting food and a service staff committed to making sure you are "well" looked after - the results are quite predictable.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMThe BestCelestino is THE Best Italian restaurant in Pasadena & there are plenty of Italian restaurants in the area!!5/22/2013 12:00:00 AMA place to come back to frequentlyI've been coming to Pasadena for about 15 years and I'm delighted I discovered Celestino. The food is always good, sometimes excellent. Ive never had a poor meal there although I have my favourites. The service is genuinely Italian and the waiters know the huge menu back to front and inside out. The ambience on South Lake is perfect on an early summer's evening. The price is competitive and much better than in Old PasadenA. It is definitely a restaurant to come back to as often as one can!5/22/2013 12:00:00 AMThis restaurant is consistentlyThis restaurant is consistently excellent. We visit frequently and the food is always fresh, delicious, and authentically Italian, and the service is outstanding.5/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWhen you yearn for Italy...Get on a plane or go to Celestino. Either choice is magnificent! My favorite part of the experience is hearing the specials. No, my favorite part is the exquisite food.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMBravo.... this is the bestBravo.... this is the best Italian restaurant... EVER5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMWe spent great time.Food was great and we enjoyed food and conversation very much.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMwe live in the neighborhoodwe live in the neighborhood and have had drinks at the bar there a few times ( Ruben the bartender is great!) but never sat for dinner.
We did just that on Saturday night and thoroughly enjoyed the meal and the service. Nothing like having professional waiters. He created and experience for us, even beyond coming up with a special salad/appetizer for us. Great night. We will be back...soon!5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding service. We wantedOutstanding service. We wanted a quiet spot for a lunch discussion and were given a whole room to ourselves, away from the crowd. We enjoyed the specials including pumpkin soup, lobster salad with melon, chilean sea bass and swordfish. Mario brought us little tasted of amuse bouches and dessert. Altogether a lovely time.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMWhen you need food NOW.We have never had a bad meal at this restaurant. It has become our favorite Pasadena diggs.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMThey were very friendly andThey were very friendly and helpful about allowing our (temporarily homeless, but well-behaved) dogs sit next to our back patio table. The dogs could enter through the back without breaking any health rules and the other diners were very accepting and warm. Food was very good: the burrata was the real thing, and the gnocchi seemed firm and well sauced.
All the Chiantis were DOCG--even by the glass, and the prices were reasonable.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were seated promptly, theWe were seated promptly, the waiter had a firm grasp of all the specials, very congenial and we loved it! Oh, by the way the food was superb.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMCelestino is consistent inCelestino is consistent in the high quality of service, food and warmth. Mario, Calogero, Simone, Ruben, Nicole and the the of the staff makes us feel very welcome every time we go.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMCelestino exceeded my expectations.Celestino exceeded my expectations. I have been to other restaurants of the Drago family, and was happy to find that this one is just as good as the others.
Our waiter was excellent, a thorough professional. He recommended a very good wine as a pairing with our food choices, and helped us in our decisions of our meal choices.
Although the restaurant was crowded, it was quiet enough so that you could hear your companion speak.
I look forward to my next visit.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMauthentic Italian food.authentic Italian food. wonderful location in Pasadena.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were surprised and delightedWe were surprised and delighted with the food, and not pricey4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat heated street side dining.Great heated street side dining. Excellent service, great food, will repeat.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMDishes were creative, withDishes were creative, with that tastes of all the ingredients complemented each other deliciously.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMCelestino was wonderful, asCelestino was wonderful, as usual. Our waiter, Giorgio, is the best! We always try to request his table, and he always provides us with the outstanding service.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMGood Italian food. EatingGood Italian food. Eating outdoors is pleasant except for the noise of passing traffic. Service is somewhat slow but attentive.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMA perfect lunch, in a perfectA perfect lunch, in a perfect setting, with perfect service... Thank you Drago Brothers an all your amazing staff3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMI've written this review numerousI've written this review numerous times--the excellence doesn't change, and Celestino remains one of my favorite restaurants3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMVery busy night made for aVery busy night made for a little slower service but understandable. The table of four next to us was extremely loud and a little bit obnoxious which detracted from the meal. The seafood salad and the artichoke salad were both outstanding and so tasty, we
all loved our main courses too. If you are only a slight fan of saffron, be careful as the black and white pasta with saffron tends to be very vibrant. No complaints as it was perfect for a Saturday night leisurely dinner. Thanks to the entire crew.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMI really love this place andI really love this place and foods. It's as good as Italian restaurants in Japan! Believe it or not, Italian restaurants in Japan are far more authentic than those in the US. We understand the concept of Al Dente because Japanese food also has noodle culture like Udon and Soba (buckwheat noodles). Average American restaurants serve pasta too overcooked like baby foods. But this restaurant serves them just right! They even speak Italian!!3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Food & DrinksWe usually order an appetizer, main course and dessert splitting the appetizer and dessert. However, at Celestino's we were able to split 4 courses and the portions were large enough to satisfy us all. We had the insalata rustica, risotto special with ground sausage, sole and panna cotta. Our friends had the same courses but had a wonderful special salad with roasted artichokes. We were all very pleased with our meals, the cocktails, wine and after dinner coffees. Very nice and priced very reasonably.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of the very best restaurantsOne of the very best restaurants in SoCal... Celestino knows how to do it RIGHT3/18/2013 12:00:00 AMwe had a party of six, iwe had a party of six, i liked the room which had the option to be enclosed. the table and seats were spacious and comfortable. we had plenty of attentive help.all the e dishes were great. the wine suggestion was a fitting choice. my boyfriend aggrees we will return .3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful food preparationWonderful food preparation with creative touches!
Love the mussels and clams in basil tomato soup, and
the veal shank is to die for, and a very generous portion!1/31/2013 12:00:00 AMCelestine consistently providesCelestine consistently provides authentic Italian cuisine in a very nice ambiance.12/30/2012 12:00:00 AM