Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Celestino

141 S. Lake Ave. (Colorado Blvd.) Send to Phone
626-795-4006 | Menu
Part of the Drago family, this Pasadena eatery serves intriguing versions of classic Sicilian and other Italian dishes.

Cuisine
Open
Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly
Features

* Click here for rating key

Celestino, Pasadena, CA

Celestino Restaurant Review

: Celestino, located in Pasadena’s South Lake Avenue shopping district, is beloved by regulars for its warm service and consistently well executed versions of classic Sicilian and other regional Italian dishes. Calogero Drago, one of the younger brothers of celebrated chef Celestino Drago, hustles through the venue, greeting guests and relaying orders to staff in Italian. The strong suit here is the selection of pastas (e.g. tagliolini with scallops in saffron cream, penne with minced prosciutto in a vodka-infused pink sauce) and a dramatically presented beet risotto topped with molten goat cheese. Worthy starters include creamy fresh burrata, and swordfish carpaccio with a refreshing orange-fennel salad. Lunch offers some different options, such as black and white tagliolini with scallops in a thyme cream sauce, and fettucine with eggplant and scamorza. You can find a good, reasonably priced Sicilian wine --- as well as more prestigious Barolos --- on the list, but the meager selection by the glass is disappointing for a restaurant of this quality. Desserts range from the requisite tiramisu and flourless chocolate cake to a standout lemon meringue tart. The dining room, a collection of linen-clad tables amid traditional art and an open kitchen, is inviting, and the staff graciously accommodates special requests.
Discover LA's must-have dishes
6 Dishes in LA You Must Try Right Now

Check out these LA restaurants where just one dish is worth the trip. These mouth-watering menu items will keep you coming back for more.



AMERICA'S TOP RESTAURANTS

Discover the best female chefs, top pizzerias and stellar seafood restaurants with GAYOT's Top 10 lists of the best restaurants in America.