Celestino Ristorante

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Celestino Ristorante
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Spaghetti alla bottarga at Celestino

If you're in the market for uncomplicated but superbly prepared Sicilian food served in an elegant setting, Celestino Drago would like to make your acquaintance. Drago's Pasadena location is famed for its excellent pastas, among them excellent pumpkin tortelloni with sage, but the menu also takes in other dishes. Reservations are essential.


Venue name: Celestino Ristorante
Address: 141 S Lake Avenue
between E Green & Cordova Streets Pasadena
Los Angeles

Opening hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10:30pm Mon-Fri; 5.30-10.30pm Sat; 5.30–9:30pm Sun.
Price: Main courses $18.
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Celestino is a tried and true Italian cuisine gem in Pasadena. While the Drago family own many popular restaurants around town, I appreciate the classic, authentic nature of Celestino. They serve up solid, seasonal Italian dishes like burrata with prosciutto and arugula, a hearty seafood salad with roasted peppers, risotto with bay scallops and porcini mushrooms, tortellini with shaved truffle. As far as desserts go, I enjoy their panna cotta with strawberries and the cannolis are some of the best I've had in town. 

A majority of the staff are Italian, the clienteles contain a lot of regulars. They offer daily specials that add incredible variety to the menu. You cannot go wrong there.

Great Italian cuisine from Calogero Drago. Especially enjoy the burrata, seafood and linguini with clams.