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Porta Via Italian Foods

Map & Directions 1 W. California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91105
  • Italian
  • Mon-Fri 10:30am-7pm, Sat 10:30am-6pm
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • BYOF, Delivery, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
  • Parking Lot Available


LA Weekly's Description

Less a restaurant than a sleekly upscale deli, a source for fashionable cured meats, exotic truffled cheeses from the Veneto, impeccable meatball sandwiches, “Kobe-beef” pastrami, and a pistachio cookie than which there is no other, Porta Via — along with the brand-new NapaStyle on Lake — is the newest exhibit in the Italianization of Pasadena’s food culture, and not incidentally a really good place to get lunch or takeout for a Hollywood Bowl basket. It’s Pasadena’s answer to Lemon Moon, except you can get a BLT made with fried pancetta. Glass cases burst with various Italian deli standards, but also with prepared entrees, and with things like sauteed chard with garlic, insalata caprese made with the tiniest marbles of fresh mozzarella, and herb-roasted carrots, all sold by weight. There are pressed panini filled with things like fresh mozzarella and basil or Italian cold cuts in the style of the Autogrill, the beloved fast-service restaurant chain perched above the gasoline pumps on Italy’s Autostrada.

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  • M M. on 02/24/11

    Best Italian Deli. Mixed spiced nuts and desserts are great too.

  • Salvador O. on 08/05/11

    Get some Italian

  • Salvador O. on 07/20/11

    Grab a number

  • Amy L. on 10/13/10

    Visited the first time last week and went back again today! Had the Toscano- deeelicious toasted chicken with a hint of sweet! Get a 1/2 pint of bruschetta and ask for a few slices of bread!

  • Dorian Q. on 06/03/10

    The Kobe roast beef rocks. Just tell them to go easy on the pesto aioli.

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