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784 E Green St, Pasadena, CA | Directions 9110134.144451 -118.134258
Neighborhoods: South Pasadena
One of my favorite restaurants! The have great homemade pasta sause. You can taste that it didn't come from a jar. I recommend getting their spicy chicken pasta and a pizza as well. Best mom and pop Italian restaurant.
What ever happened to service? – My husband and I were in Tarantino's the other evening and ordered: Spaghetti with meat sauce, Angel Hair with clams, Chardonnay, and butter (for our bread.) We got Linguini with meat sauce, Linguini with Clam sauce, no Chardonnay and a tub of melted butter - what's up with that. I brought my issues to Pepe's attention (the manager and our server) and he blamed the cook. I told him he saw the order before it came out - didn't he think he had some responsibility here? I also told him we had been coming to Tarantino's for 30 years and he called me a liar - used that word! Said they had only been open 25 years - whew - the hair splitting! He also told us that if we don't like it - leave! I asked him to pack our leftovers and he argued about that too. What a mess ! ! ! We paid for our meal and left - I promised to call the owner. - Today I got a hold of the owner (5 days later.) NOT EVEN ONE APOLOGY ISSUED - SHAME ON HIM! The owner told me he ran two successful business and things like this happen. How can that be - how can someone be successful and so blatantly disrespectful of their clientele? He did say he'd refund our money - but I never even wanted my money back - we ate the food - it was good, but the service was so bad and so rude that we'll never go back. Too bad, it was a place we took many business associates and friends. Tarantino's ends up the big loser - because they don't know how to treat their customers. Shame - shame - shame. I'm telling everyone I know to boycott this place. If being treated poorly doesn't bother you - by all means, eat there, but if you work hard for your money and expect to be treated fairly - FORGET ABOUT TARANTINO'S ! !
Staff lovely, food horrible. CASH ONLY. – Everything started out really well, the wine was Eh, but the service was very friendly and accommodating. Their garlic rolls were great! we both had a small dinner salad, which was average, then came out the pizza. The Florentine, large pie, $19+ spinach with a "variety" of cheese? No. it was 10 pounds of spinach(no joke) and a very tiny amount of what tasting like only mozzarella cheese. no red sauce. Then out came the ravioli. yikes. it was barely warm, they weren't mixed with the sauce, which was also very unsatisfying. It tasted like tomato sauce out of a can. We asked for a ton of extra parm cheese, there wasn't any on the table, we smothered everything in it to get some kind of flavor. I'm sorry, it just was terrible and to top it off i spent over $50+ !!! I was very bummed.
The Best Lunch Place in Pasadena! – I love Tarantino's and go there at least once a week. I've never had anything bad there, but a few of my favorites are the linguini with meat sauce and meatballs, the garlic rolls (to die for!), and the deluxe pizza. The pizza toppings are always fresh and delicious, no frozen veggies here!
Bring cash and a healthy appetite cause the portions are big and they don't take credit.
Best little Italian restaurant in Pasadena – I love Tarantino's. I just got back from lunch there. If you get there between 11 am and 12 noon, it is relatively empty, but don't let that deter you, the food is the best I have ever eaten. They have a to-die-for specialty pizza called Tucci's Special, if it is your first time, I suggest that and an order of their garlic rolls. If you have a business meeting afterwards, I will suggest you bring breath mints, the garlic content in everything is very high and very delicious. Had to give it 5 stars.
Feeling Hungry and Disappointed – Be sure to stop by the ATM before coming here, because they don't accept credit cards, cash only! And If you're hungry you may want to eat ahead of time as well. The whole menu is a la carte, even the lunch menu. No salad or even a measly bread stick with your meal without an extra charge. The food has definitely declined over the years and without their coming into the current century on accepting at least debit cards, I'd rather go to one of the other hundred Italian restaurants in Pasadena with better food, customer service and ambiance.
For Those in the Know – This place is a Pasadena gem. Good food, good friendly service, great atmosphere. Eat in, or order to go, you can't go wrong. I would say that the negative reviews (aside from a couple of just plain losers), are from people who can't appreciate the crowded, warm neighborhood feeling this place exudes. Very New York style. Don't expect some trendy fancy Italian restaurant, go somewhere else, you won't be happy. Arrive early or come later to avoid the wait, bring cash, park in back, drink some beer, wine, dine be happy!
No Better than the Mall Italian food – It is, what it is, italian mall food outside of the mall. I guess the cash only should be a tip off, you can't dispute disatisfied service to the coins in your pocket. It is an institution because it is cheap eats for anyone that is on a tight budget like large families, students and underpaid Pasadena employee's. The chicken entree's are drowning in olive oil, the fagioli soup tastes like it comes from a can and the marinara probably did come from a can. The Bianca pizza is good, that's about it. I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone during the summer because the place is tiny and the server's serve your food drenched in sweat, not enough AC to cool this place down. Considering the place is tiny you would think the cooks and server's could turn these table rather quickly, but they can't. If you are eating in, expect to be there at least 70 minutes, regardless of what you order. Order your pizza ahead of time and to go and eat it at the Paseo Mall.
Decent food, good prices – Tarantino's is a hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant, with great prices and large quantities. Our lunch was extremely filling, and everyone was left with the same impression - it was good value, but didn't quite live up to our expectations. The wait staff was pretty slow, as was the kitchen, even though we got there plenty early before the lunch crowd, when it is next to impossible to get a table. I ordered the chicken pesto sandwich, custom ordered so there would be no vegetables on it (except the pesto - is that a vegetable?) Covered in lettuce, I survived. Soup was okay, garlic bread was good. Overall, I'd go again only because it's close to work, and because the pizza smelled and looked REALLY GOOD (although the warning on the menu said a 20 minute wait when ordering pizza.)
best place to go! – everything here is great. i specially love their vegetarian pizza - no sauce no cheese! i know it doesnt really sound good but wait til you try it! their tucci's is also amazing (though it will really stink up your car if you take some home!) their ravioli is the best ravioli ever! we had lunch here a few weeks ago for a friend's bday and she was so glad she was introduced to this place! for a fraction of what you pay when you go to those popular italian chains, this is the way to go! we usually have cash stashed in the car somewhere just for pizza money at tarantino's. the best italian place ever!
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