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Chef Bruce Kalman and Marie Petulla partnered to open UNION, a 50-seat restaurant and bar featuring a deeply personal, seasonally Californian interpretation of Northern Italian cuisine. Bruce brings his slow and soulful approach to fresh, local ingredients to create a rustic yet elegant. They have created an intimate neighborhood restaurant that brings the farmer and guest together, to celebrate the beauty of simplicity food and the delight of a meal with friends.
Pasadena, CA 91103
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Saturday & Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Public Lot across the street
Beer, Farm to Table, Wine
Union Ratings and Reviews
My fiancé and I visited Union for an early Valentine's date on Feb. 13th, 2018. We started with the cauliflower leaf salad, which was delightfully fresh, crisp and sweet. Next we had the pork meatballs, which were among the best meatballs I've had, and I get them nearly every time we go out for a nice meal. Next we had the wild mushrooms with polenta, which was arguably the best dish of the night. For pasta, we had the bucatini cacio e pepe, which was very rich but sooooo delicious, and the potato leek agnolotti, which was also delicious, but I'll be honest, I was getting fairly full at this point! We wrapped up with the citrus olive oil cake, which was HUGE, but unreal good. The wine list is excellent, the pricing is fair, and the service was truly outstanding - shoutout to Anistasia, who paced our meal *perfectly* and made us feel right at home. Can't wait to come back!
Union is one of my favorite restaurants in Pasadena. It's a hidden gem--only identifiable by a small sign. The seafood is locally caught in California and the pastas are made in the restaurant. Everyone from the hostess, to the waitress to the chefs are knowledgeable. I'd definitely recommend getting a reservation for this place because it can be hard to get into especially if you have more than 2 people.
Tables for two are very tight. Noise level can be high.
But you come for the food and it is exceptional.
The wild mushroom appetizer was earthy and delicious.
We shared two pastas - squid ink lumache and the saffron gnochetti.
They were perfectly balanced and full of flavor.
Just an awesome meal.
We are committed to visiting Union monthly !
Although the dishes are billed as "sharing" plates, the portions are still a bit too small. Great food, though. Wish they would print menus on brighter paper... really difficult to read in the low light, so we repeatedly risked blinding our neighbors by pulling out the iPhones to see.
Hadn't been back for a while after a bday reservation was canceled due to a fire alarm issue and I am so happy I was designated with picking the restaurant for this get together as I chose Union and everyone had such a lovely lovely time.
I missed you guys, so happy with this experience.
No matter how many times we have been to Union, routine is not a word that describes it. We were there 1/26/18. You think you know what to expect from past experiences and then the food, service, atmosphere exceeds your expectations. Our server David was friendly and attentive. The standouts from the menu were the brussel sprouts and the cavatelli with wild boar ragu. The cavatelli was so good that we ordered it again. The polenta with wild mushrooms was also excellent. We left knowing this is why we return.
Outstanding all around. Started with pork meatballs. Fantastic! Next we enjoyed the squash and broccolini. The squash was truly unique and delicious. Broccolini didn’t disappoint either. Entrees were risotto and squid ink pasta. The pasta is one of the best dishes I have ever had — period. Simply amazing. Enjoyed a bottle of Scarpetta Sauvignon Blanc - a perfect pairing. Enjoy!
Had not been to Union in a bit - warm welcome at the door- sat immediately-attentive waiter (Kyle?)who took time to check that the kitchen could accomodate my husbands dietary/allergy food restrictions. Busy Wednesday evening because of Dine LA and Chef's presence on TOP CHEF. Ordered some favorites, Cacio Pepe, Bread and Gardinere (extra spicy batch!) and some new and reveltory dishes including a Cauliflower leaf salad - which drove home the point of seasonal thinking with a smile and a smack of the lips. The salad was crunchy and bright with nuggets of rich sunchokes and bursts of pickled shallots every other bite. Mains were meat - a smoked pork chop special with porcini mushroom dust - juicy and delicious. Our waiter was kind enough to suggest a wine that would go especially well with the pork chop - not something I would naturally gravitate to, and it was fantastic. The other main was an aged prime rib with squash/sweet potato that elicited groans with each bite. But let me tell you - the olive oil cake is worth the drive alone. Great dessert for someone who is lactose intolerant who likes dessert but not anything super sweet. It's always delicious, moist and stands up to whats left of my glass of wine and the end of the evening.
The GM stopped by, recognizing us as having been there before- was incredibly hospitable chatted us up about the recent change in the flour they are using for pasta and asked us if could we tell.
Service and hospitality here leave me walking out the door thinking about when I get to return.
I've always wanted to come here so I chose it for my birthday. We checked in at the hospitality station and were seated immediately -- always a plus. The server brought menus and waters, and told us there was only one more order of porchetta (which I immediately snagged). She came back, explained the Northern Italian family-style menu, and took our order. Wine arrived and shortly after that food. Many plates, many tastes. The one disappointment was the pasta (which is a specialty of the chef), which was delicious but a minute or two too al dente. Everything else was perfect. Afterwards we had excellent French press coffee and a simple dessert. We loved that, even though they were busy, we got the right amount of attention, and there was never any pressure to hurry us out of there for the next seating. I look forward to our next visit.
The food was creative and delicious. Our server was knowledgeable and helpful. We ordered the pork meatballs, the squid ink pasta with lobster and the wild mushrooms on creamy polenta. The pork meatballs melted in your mouth and the squid ink pasta with lobster was cooked perfectly. Overall a satisfying dinner and pleasant dining experience.
pretty underwhelming overall. servers were friendly and efficient, but most of the food was average and the space is super small so it's loud and you constantly feel like you're in the way. the pastas were especially underwhelming...they somehow manage to be lacking in flavor while being greasy and heavy at the same time. the mushroom and polenta appetizer was fantastic, rich and flavorful, probably the only dish I'd go back for. Their famous porchetta that has limited portions available was especially disappointing...it took a long time to come out, and when we finally got it, it was super dry. you're better off going to a local chinese roast meat place and getting a much more flavorful and moist version of the same thing for a quarter of the price. adding truffle salt and olive oil to the chocolate budino was a creative touch, but after the initial wow factor, you realize you can put truffle salt onto budino yourself. maybe if the place wasn't so hyped it would have been better, but it definitely isn't worth going out of your way to try
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