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Restaurant Review : Spoon House (Japanese Pasta, Bakery) $$ *8 out of 10*

The first time I went to Spoon House (years ago), there was a thirty minute wait to be seated - a good sign. As I stood waiting in the entrance, I overheard two separate couples conversing about how far they frequently travelled just to eat here - one from Orange County and the other from the Valley - definitely, another good sign. I curiously grabbed a menu and began looking over the options. Only the third option down, I stop in my tracks…Japanese-style Cod Roe with Uni, Ika, and Seaweed… 

…yes, please!

Since that day, I can’t really say I’ve ever had a disappointing experience at Spoon House. I’ve rarely strayed away from the Cod Roe & Uni spaghetti, but I’ve always been more than satisfied when I have. The pasta is prepared a tiny bit al dente, the ingredients are fresh, and the portions are generous. If you want a larger portion, they’ll gladly provide (for a 50% fee). As others have mentioned, definitely enjoy the bread and the one dollar salad with your meal. But, do note, they’ll drown the salad with their Japanese dressing; so, if you prefer it lighter, just ask for it on the side. 

As for their set up…

Aside from the bright blue door and awning, you probably wouldn’t even notice this place walking by. Even when you go in, it’s rather unassuming. There are only five or six tables, and the rest is counter space. The kitchen is open and exposed to the diners at the inside counter, where you can watch the automated process of their spaghetti boiling machine churn out plate after plate. Along the walls throughout the restaurant, you’ll find generic European pics that look like stock photos that came with the frames. For a casual lunch, I really wouldn’t expect anything more.

Spoon House Bakery & Restaurant
1601 W Redondo Beach Blvd
Gardena, CA 90247
(310) 538-0376

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Restaurant Review : Mi Piace (Italian, Bakery) *6.5 out of 10* 

I’ve been coming here as far as I remember and while it does hold a special place in my memories I have had too many disappointing experiences here to be able to truly recommend it.   

Over the years I feel that the food has settled on a middling plateau while the service goes from acceptable to absolutely the worst. 

The restaurant has been through some extensive remodeling with the addition of a bar area and a much needed in-house restroom.  It’s a nice place to dine.  The space is open and bright on prime location in Old Town Pasadena on Colorado Blvd.   The menu is extensive and prices lean slightly towards the higher side but for Italian, it is well within reason. 

Mi Piace
25 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91105
Neighborhood: Old Town Pasadena
(626) 795-3131
http://www.mipiace.com

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Restaurant Review : Colori Kitchen in Downtown *8 out of 10*

I’ve seen this place from the outside, I’ve walked by it a few times but I never even knew it was there!  It’s literally one block from my house!  It is completely un-assuming and almost dingy from the outside but the modest interior was a pleasant surprise.

The food was delicious.  I highly recommend the Cappellini Puttanesca and the Ruccola E Parmigiano (baby wild arugula salad).  Their special, Pappardelle Al Cinghiale (Wild Boar Ragu) was hearty and tasty. But their other special Risotto Alle Capesante E Caviale (Risotto with Scallops, Caviar, Leeks,Zucchini, and truffle oil) was a failure.  Individually I love all those ingredients and yes, the risotto was creamy and cooked well, but the flavors just didn’t go together.  There was too much going on and it just conglombed into a mushy mess.  And dessert?  We shared the Panna Cotta.  It was ok, not so rich and too much gelatin.

Did I mention the No CORKAGE FEE?? SOLD! SOLD! SOLD!

Reasonable prices, good food, a great neighborhood place.

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