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Union Named 1 of 10 Best!

January 21, 2016

Thank you to La Weekly for their continued support. It’s an honor to be recognized. You can read the feature on Union below or find the full article at this link. Have you made a reservation? 626-795-5841


Squid ink garganelli at Union (Photo by: Anne Fishbein)
Old Town has rarely been the destination for the best cooking in Pasadena, and it isn’t hard to see why — rent is crazy high, and most of the traffic in the area is from casual shoppers looking for an easy stopover that won’t challenge the palate or the wallet. But over the last couple of years the scene has greatly improved, thanks in no small part to Union, Bruce Kalman’s home of pasta and pickles. The space is small and decorated with folksy, vegetable-focused sayings from Alice Waters and friends, the menu is interesting and hyper-seasonal, and it’s still one of the toughest reservations in the neighborhood. Pasadena needed a place like this, with staggeringly good cacio e pepe and a thunderous porchetta, where the bread comes with delicious giardiniera and the star dessert is olive oil cake. 37 E. Union St.; (626) 795-5841, unionpasadena.com.

Union Participating in LA Mag’s “Best New Restaurants 2016 Celebration”

January 12, 2016

We’re excited to participate in this year’s celebration!  You can find all details and the link to tickets here or below.




Best New Restaurants 2016 Celebration

Join Los Angeles magazine for the annual Best New Restaurants event. Celebrate the Best New Restaurants of 2015 featured in the January issue as well as past honorees. The evening of culinary excellence will include gourmet tastings from the honored chefs at The Bellwether, Birch, Broken Spanish, Cassia, Faith & Flower, Jon & Vinny’s, Le Comptoir, Love & Salt, Redbird, Terrine, and Union, handcrafted Bombay Sapphire cocktails, beer, wine and live music.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
7-9 p.m.

440 Seaton
440 Seaton Street, Los Angeles
(Arts District DTLA)

 *Must be 21 years or older. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Purchase Your Ticket Today

LA Eater touts the Cavatelli!

March 26, 2015

Thank you to The Eater for highlighting Chef Kalman’s Ricotta Cavatelli! You can make a reservation to try it today by going to www.opentable.com or www.table8.com. We look forward to serving you! You can read what LA Eater had to say below or read the full article at this link.
17 Rabbit Dishes to Try Just in Time for Easter
Crystal Coser on Mar 25, 2015
This year, the cute, cuddly rabbit that so characterizes Easter is hopping right on to your dinner plate.
There is no doubt that rabbit meat is trending, with chefs across town capitalizing on its delicate flavor. A cursory taste of rabbit is, like many relatively exotic meats, reminiscent of chicken, but a deeper examination reveals a whisper of gaminess that’s bringing complexity to a whole slew of creative dishes in Los Angeles. From juicy bacon-wrapped rabbitchettas to spicy Sichuan diced rabbit, here is your list of 17 rabbit dishes to try just in time for Easter:
6 Ricotta Cavatelli at Union Restaurant
Chef Bruce Kalman’s Pasadena gem is known for thoughtfully-sourced local produce and handmade pasta, both of which set the tone for Union’s ricotta cavatelli with rabbit sausage, broccoli, cranberry beans, and Sicilian pistachios. The rich, nutty notes of the dish serve as a canvas upon which the herbaceous rabbit sausage shine.
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(Pic from LA.Eater.com)

Interview with Jeff Fischer of Habit Wine

March 24, 2015

Habit Wine is one of the small batch wine labels our esteemed Wine Director, George Pitsironis, loves to have on hand at Union. New on our wine list is their 2014 Rose, which you won’t be able to find in too many other places due to its very small production. And recently, Chef Kalman and George Pitsironis served Habit Wine when they were given the honor of cooking dinner at the James Beard Foundation.
Habit Wine was started by Jeff Fischer, a man who prides himself on knowing his vineyards and providing his customers with sustainable wines that taste great.
From the Habit Website:

Habit is fortunate enough to be able to work closely with the best vineyard sites throughout Santa Barbara County.

All of our vineyards are managed by Coastal Vineyard Care Association which has a strong commitment to farming using sustainable, organic and bio-dynamic practices.

You can read more about Jeff and Habit wines at their wesbite. Please enjoy our interview with Jeff below. Continue reading…

Tonight on Bravo’s ‘Best New Restaurant’

March 18, 2015

Have you guys been watching ‘Best New Restaurant’? Quick recap if you’ve missed it. Last week we battled against The Pines, another great farm to table restaurant from Brooklyn, NY. In tonight’s episode Tom Colicchio will decide which 4 of the winning 8 restaurants will move on to the semi finals. Continue reading…

Watch Union’s ‘Best New Restaurant’ Preview

March 9, 2015

It’s happening this Wednesday! Our ‘Best New Restaurant’ episode is airing and Bravo’s got a preview of our challenge up on their website. Check it out after the jump!

14 Must-Try Suburban Restaurants

February 17, 2015

Thank you to Zagat who named Union a “must-try” suburban restaurant. We appreciate the spotlight and agree that you don’t have to be downtown to find great eats. We are proud to be a part of the Pasadena community. Take a night and come explore Old town with us! You can read their entire feature at this link or below. Continue reading…

The Examiner is Back to Feature Kalman’s Rabbit

February 16, 2015

A big “thank you” to The Examiner who recently featured Union’s Wild Mushrooms and Polenta. They’re back and this time they’re focusing on The Rabbit & Strozzapretti. We are happy to support local farms and are proud to list the names of our suppliers right on the menu. This dish is thanks to Jimenez Family Farms. Because our menu is farm to table, it does change frequently. So, get on in here while the rabbit is still happening! www.opentable.com You can read the entire Examiner article at this link or see below. Continue reading…

The Examiner Features Chef Bruce Kalman’s Wild Mushrooms and Polenta

February 10, 2015

We all know how amazing Chef Kalman‘s polenta is. If you’ve eaten it, you’ve dreamt of it for many nights after. Well, The Examiner liked it so much they featured the dish. You can check out the article at this link or read the full feature below. Continue reading…

LA Magazine Best New Restaurant Event Tonight!

January 22, 2015