Trattoria Tre Venezie

★★★★☆

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Although we are well traveled and of some means, it would be immediately apparent to the server-thing that we were completely unfamiliar with the crap they were serving. And we were. But rather than an attitude of kindness and hospitality,

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Although we are well traveled and of some means, it would be immediately apparent to the server-thing that we were completely unfamiliar with the crap they were serving. And we were. But rather than an attitude of kindness and hospitality,

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My wife and I dined here last night for the first time and enjoyed Trattoria Tre Venezie very much. This is not a family restaurant, a chain restaurant or a "I am on a budget place". This is a place that sits by itself. You go here if you are a foodie and enjoy gourmet Italian. Example: Ravioli with chocolate and butter, pork, Ravioli with beets, a few beef and vegetables dishes, a lot of unique uber-gourmet twists on Italian contemporary dishes. No pizza, no meatballs. The waiter read to us about 10 specials that night (almost as many specials than there was regular food items): it took about 10 minutes to describe everything once. We travel and we were thoroughly entertained by the entire visit - it took us back to memories of being out of the country. The wine list is fantastic and beware: there are a lot of choices. The waiter will help you out but this is not a place to "guess" at. Know what you are ordering. I read the other reviews on this site before going and was concerned. Some of the reviews mention Buca, "good deals", snobby waiter staff and food / alcohol complaints. Listen, buck up and try it for yourself. We are looking forward to our next visit. If you want pasta go to cheesecake factory or somewhere else.

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★★★★★

My wife and I dined here last night for the first time and enjoyed Trattoria Tre Venezie very much. This is not a family restaurant, a chain restaurant or a "I am on a budget place". This is a place that sits by itself. You go here if you are a foodie and enjoy gourmet Italian. Example: Ravioli with chocolate and butter, pork, Ravioli with beets, a few beef and vegetables dishes, a lot of unique uber-gourmet twists on Italian contemporary dishes. No pizza, no meatballs. The waiter read to us about 10 specials that night (almost as many specials than there was regular food items): it took about 10 minutes to describe everything once. We travel and we were thoroughly entertained by the entire visit - it took us back to memories of being out of the country. The wine list is fantastic and beware: there are a lot of choices. The waiter will help you out but this is not a place to "guess" at. Know what you are ordering. I read the other reviews on this site before going and was concerned. Some of the reviews mention Buca, "good deals", snobby waiter staff and food / alcohol complaints. Listen, buck up and try it for yourself. We are looking forward to our next visit. If you want pasta go to cheesecake factory or somewhere else.

Pros: Food and drink

Cons: Parking is a little challenging

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I have been in the luxury hotel business as a General Manager and other Executive positions my entire working career. I am also a sommelier. Exceptional food and impeccable service have been my agenda for almost 20 years. During that time I have seen a lot of guests that fit the profile of DreamerLA. The simple fact that he/she compares Green Street Tavern to Trattoria Tre Venezie is indicative of someone "grabbing for straws" and doesn't have a good argument. The tavern is a casual spot with comfort food (albeit good) and the trattoria is more formal, elegant dining experience. The pork chop and the veal chop are amazing! The desert menu is casually elegant. They take many of our old family recipes and add elegant touches. I have been going to Tre Venezie for at least 5 years and the food is consistently great and the service has never failed us. Some experiences have been better than others (by a very small margin) but none have been nearly as bad as DreamerLA claims. Perhaps DreamLA should learn more about Grappa before ordering it. Ordering "something smooth" is so vague that one should be prepared to get just about anything. The server should have asked more questions to make a better pairing and I hope that he/she learns from that experience. They have a vast selection of Grappa labels; something to please every kind of palette. "Overpriced" as DreamerLA described the menu is subjective. If you are looking for a special night out instead of going to a Tavern and watching the Monday night game on the 60? LCD, this is a special kind of place. They use high quality ingredients that are not cheap and I think most reasonable people would expect to pay for it. My wife and I enjoy this restaurant very much. We go to it on special occasions and we both believe that the food and the service are outstanding.

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★★★★★

I have been in the luxury hotel business as a General Manager and other Executive positions my entire working career. I am also a sommelier. Exceptional food and impeccable service have been my agenda for almost 20 years. During that time I have seen a lot of guests that fit the profile of DreamerLA. The simple fact that he/she compares Green Street Tavern to Trattoria Tre Venezie is indicative of someone "grabbing for straws" and doesn't have a good argument. The tavern is a casual spot with comfort food (albeit good) and the trattoria is more formal, elegant dining experience. The pork chop and the veal chop are amazing! The desert menu is casually elegant. They take many of our old family recipes and add elegant touches. I have been going to Tre Venezie for at least 5 years and the food is consistently great and the service has never failed us. Some experiences have been better than others (by a very small margin) but none have been nearly as bad as DreamerLA claims. Perhaps DreamLA should learn more about Grappa before ordering it. Ordering "something smooth" is so vague that one should be prepared to get just about anything. The server should have asked more questions to make a better pairing and I hope that he/she learns from that experience. They have a vast selection of Grappa labels; something to please every kind of palette. "Overpriced" as DreamerLA described the menu is subjective. If you are looking for a special night out instead of going to a Tavern and watching the Monday night game on the 60? LCD, this is a special kind of place. They use high quality ingredients that are not cheap and I think most reasonable people would expect to pay for it. My wife and I enjoy this restaurant very much. We go to it on special occasions and we both believe that the food and the service are outstanding.

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Delicious Wagyu carpaccio! To a previous poster - if you don't like Wagyu (or don't know what it is), don't order it! Everything that we ordered last night was absolutely delicious, from the beef cheek to the almost plebian lamb ravioli. Service was impeccable.

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★★★★★

Delicious Wagyu carpaccio! To a previous poster - if you don't like Wagyu (or don't know what it is), don't order it! Everything that we ordered last night was absolutely delicious, from the beef cheek to the almost plebian lamb ravioli. Service was impeccable.

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NEVER AGAIN! We had high hopes because of the reviews and our neighbors? recommendation. Upon entering, the decor is nice, quaint and cozy. But the food was marginal at best and in some instances, inedible. Two of the the deserts we had were so bad we sent them back and they only gave us credit for one of them. And the prices, WAY overpriced. Go just east on Green Street to a place called Green Street Tavern where the food is much better, they have great service and the pricing is very reasonable. We eat out a lot in Pasadena and trust me, there are a host of places, at a wider range of price points, with much better food and service.

The service at Tre Venezie is terrible and the staff is rude. After dinner, I asked for a suggestion for a grappa that would be a nice smooth sipping grappa. After a long wait, was brought something so sweet I could barely drink it. I called the waiter back and was told that was what he gave everyone who said smooth because most people mean sweet when they say smooth. I told him that was not what I meant, told him what I was looking for and asked for another recommendation. He shoved the wine list back under my face and said ?you pick one?. I told him that in that case I would pass on the grappa and he could take it off the bill. Then I found one of the owners in the back and told him nicely what had happened and that we would not be coming back as a result of it. He expressed his surprise and insisted on buying our table a round of grappa. I told him I was not doing this for a drink, just thought he should know. He insisted and then we waited nearly 15 minutes before the same surely waiter begrudgingly brought another glass. Unbelieveable!! We will never go back.

Later that week, I shared our story with my neighbor who then told me her horror story of a night there that made mine look like a Boy Scout picnic. So she and her husband will never go back as well. Please, do not waste a nickel on Tre Venezie.

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★☆☆☆☆

NEVER AGAIN! We had high hopes because of the reviews and our neighbors? recommendation. Upon entering, the decor is nice, quaint and cozy. But the food was marginal at best and in some instances, inedible. Two of the the deserts we had were so bad we sent them back and they only gave us credit for one of them. And the prices, WAY overpriced. Go just east on Green Street to a place called Green Street Tavern where the food is much better, they have great service and the pricing is very reasonable. We eat out a lot in Pasadena and trust me, there are a host of places, at a wider range of price points, with much better food and service.

The service at Tre Venezie is terrible and the staff is rude. After dinner, I asked for a suggestion for a grappa that would be a nice smooth sipping grappa. After a long wait, was brought something so sweet I could barely drink it. I called the waiter back and was told that was what he gave everyone who said smooth because most people mean sweet when they say smooth. I told him that was not what I meant, told him what I was looking for and asked for another recommendation. He shoved the wine list back under my face and said ?you pick one?. I told him that in that case I would pass on the grappa and he could take it off the bill. Then I found one of the owners in the back and told him nicely what had happened and that we would not be coming back as a result of it. He expressed his surprise and insisted on buying our table a round of grappa. I told him I was not doing this for a drink, just thought he should know. He insisted and then we waited nearly 15 minutes before the same surely waiter begrudgingly brought another glass. Unbelieveable!! We will never go back.

Later that week, I shared our story with my neighbor who then told me her horror story of a night there that made mine look like a Boy Scout picnic. So she and her husband will never go back as well. Please, do not waste a nickel on Tre Venezie.

Pros: Nice ambience

Cons: Everything else! Bad food, severely overpriced, rude staff and owners that don't care.

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The food is good but the service is appalling -- and predictably so. The rudeness outweighs the benefits. They almost take pride in their indifference to their guests.

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★★☆☆☆

The food is good but the service is appalling -- and predictably so. The rudeness outweighs the benefits. They almost take pride in their indifference to their guests.

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Well, I would say some of my experience was good, some ....not sure. To start, I need to say that I lived in Venice, Italy for 12 years so I consider myself "Venetian? and I was very excited to dine at a restaurant that relates itself to my home town region. (Although, Tre Venezie refers to an area that covers a third of northern Italy, and not only Venice). We ordered the appetizers. My Carpaccio was very fatty. I did not like it. Raw beef should not be fat. That is not how Harry's Bar served it to Ernest Hemingway when the dish was first invented! My girlfriend had the claims and mussels. It was truly delicious and fresh.
Main courses were both good. I had the rabbit pappardelle. They were truly exceptional; my girlfriend had the pork chop. Also superb. (don't go beyond medium cooked or it will be dry and tough.). I asked for a glass of Amarone, which is hard to find by the glass, but they told me they were all out. Ok, I went with the Valpolicella ripasso. It was good and went well with the rabbit. I then saw the chefs/owners sitting a couple of tables down from us. I told the waiter I would like to say hello, but he discouraged me from doing so. He said they are "reserved people" and that I should not disturb them. I found that quite the turn off. The customer is the reason why they are there and they should not be such snobs. (And it definitely doesn?t reflect the friendly, approachable personality of the people of Venice or Northern Italy). At any rate, I thought the whole experience could have been a bit better, but overall, not bad. Dinner was $130 for 2 without tip. And by the way, Old Pasadena is becoming a real pain in the neck to go to.

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★★★★☆

Well, I would say some of my experience was good, some ....not sure. To start, I need to say that I lived in Venice, Italy for 12 years so I consider myself "Venetian? and I was very excited to dine at a restaurant that relates itself to my home town region. (Although, Tre Venezie refers to an area that covers a third of northern Italy, and not only Venice). We ordered the appetizers. My Carpaccio was very fatty. I did not like it. Raw beef should not be fat. That is not how Harry's Bar served it to Ernest Hemingway when the dish was first invented! My girlfriend had the claims and mussels. It was truly delicious and fresh.
Main courses were both good. I had the rabbit pappardelle. They were truly exceptional; my girlfriend had the pork chop. Also superb. (don't go beyond medium cooked or it will be dry and tough.). I asked for a glass of Amarone, which is hard to find by the glass, but they told me they were all out. Ok, I went with the Valpolicella ripasso. It was good and went well with the rabbit. I then saw the chefs/owners sitting a couple of tables down from us. I told the waiter I would like to say hello, but he discouraged me from doing so. He said they are "reserved people" and that I should not disturb them. I found that quite the turn off. The customer is the reason why they are there and they should not be such snobs. (And it definitely doesn?t reflect the friendly, approachable personality of the people of Venice or Northern Italy). At any rate, I thought the whole experience could have been a bit better, but overall, not bad. Dinner was $130 for 2 without tip. And by the way, Old Pasadena is becoming a real pain in the neck to go to.

Pros: Food

Cons: Service

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This restaurant serves dishes from the nothern region of Italy. It was very unique unlike the Italian food I am use to having which is more heavy. The dishes were really light and doesn't make you feel guilty about eating pasta. The portion may be small compared to other restaurant, but really....how much food can you eat? We started off with a plate of cured meats. There is actually a charge for oilve oil if you want to dip your bread in, but I think it is all worth it. There were about 5 to choose from and the waiter will introduce all 5 of them. For primi we had ravioli stuffed beets, spaghetti with speck (my fav), and risotto of the day which consisted of greens and strawberries (strawberries were used lightly so it was not wierd). For secondi, we had boiled mixed meats (chicken, beef, beef tongue, sausage) with 4 condiments (himilayan sea salt, salsa verde, horseradish, and chutney type thing), stew beef tripe with pancetta and raisins, and cured pork chop with carmelized shallots. All the flavors of the dishes were very intresting. It was light but there is substance. The pasta has good texture and bite. Overall excellent.

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★★★★★

This restaurant serves dishes from the nothern region of Italy. It was very unique unlike the Italian food I am use to having which is more heavy. The dishes were really light and doesn't make you feel guilty about eating pasta. The portion may be small compared to other restaurant, but really....how much food can you eat? We started off with a plate of cured meats. There is actually a charge for oilve oil if you want to dip your bread in, but I think it is all worth it. There were about 5 to choose from and the waiter will introduce all 5 of them. For primi we had ravioli stuffed beets, spaghetti with speck (my fav), and risotto of the day which consisted of greens and strawberries (strawberries were used lightly so it was not wierd). For secondi, we had boiled mixed meats (chicken, beef, beef tongue, sausage) with 4 condiments (himilayan sea salt, salsa verde, horseradish, and chutney type thing), stew beef tripe with pancetta and raisins, and cured pork chop with carmelized shallots. All the flavors of the dishes were very intresting. It was light but there is substance. The pasta has good texture and bite. Overall excellent.

Pros: Food, Knowledgeable waiter

Cons: hmm can't think of any....parking?

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Although the food quality is unquestionably high, this establishment is an unqualified rip-off. Example: Appetizer: three tablespoons of shredded cabbage and beets: $18. Appetizer: "Canadian wild salmon" - there were 3-4 scant pieces, probably farmed not wild salmon: about $20. The atmosphere in this restaurant tries to be elegant/country/Northern Italian and it comes across as being very stuffy. Entree: Risotti, excellent tasting, but served on a flate plate with no rolls to savor the sauce - the thin sliced breads on the table do not cut it!

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★☆☆☆☆

Although the food quality is unquestionably high, this establishment is an unqualified rip-off. Example: Appetizer: three tablespoons of shredded cabbage and beets: $18. Appetizer: "Canadian wild salmon" - there were 3-4 scant pieces, probably farmed not wild salmon: about $20. The atmosphere in this restaurant tries to be elegant/country/Northern Italian and it comes across as being very stuffy. Entree: Risotti, excellent tasting, but served on a flate plate with no rolls to savor the sauce - the thin sliced breads on the table do not cut it!

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Based on a recommendation from some friends who live close by this place, and backed up by the various reviews here, we had dinner on Friday night and were really disappointed - I'm not sure if our expectations were set too high?

Tough pork chop entree, very bland beef, a salad lacking any seasoning. The spaghetti/seafood special pasta was OK, really rescued only by the spaghetti itself (made from farro flour for a really good texture and flavor)

One thing that was really odd - we asked that the waiter choose a glass of wine to match with each of our selections - he brought a glass of "white wine" to pair with the red cabbage, beet and fennel salad. When we tasted it we thought he was playing a joke on us - it was water. Not watery, but real actual water. We asked him to change it and he thought we were joking. Very bizarre.

Great espresso, but sadly that was the only thing that was good; the food was underseasoned, dull and badly executed.

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★★☆☆☆

Based on a recommendation from some friends who live close by this place, and backed up by the various reviews here, we had dinner on Friday night and were really disappointed - I'm not sure if our expectations were set too high?

Tough pork chop entree, very bland beef, a salad lacking any seasoning. The spaghetti/seafood special pasta was OK, really rescued only by the spaghetti itself (made from farro flour for a really good texture and flavor)

One thing that was really odd - we asked that the waiter choose a glass of wine to match with each of our selections - he brought a glass of "white wine" to pair with the red cabbage, beet and fennel salad. When we tasted it we thought he was playing a joke on us - it was water. Not watery, but real actual water. We asked him to change it and he thought we were joking. Very bizarre.

Great espresso, but sadly that was the only thing that was good; the food was underseasoned, dull and badly executed.

Pros: Service, Nice Atmosphere

Cons: Bland Food, Parking

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If you've been searching for a place in Pasadena that is quiet and romantic, even on a Friday or Saturday night, this restaurant is it--if you're willing to foot the bill.

Service: Excellent. I'll admit our first waiter was pretty snooty, but the second was very good. You won't be sitting around waiting for your water to be refilled or anything like that.

Drinks: Extremely extensive wine list. It's a book with something like 30 pages, and includes descriptions of some of them. Also various hard liquors (brandy, scotch, etc).

Food: Amazing. I don't have the fancy vocabulary to describe it, but you can see the other reviews for that.

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★★★★☆

If you've been searching for a place in Pasadena that is quiet and romantic, even on a Friday or Saturday night, this restaurant is it--if you're willing to foot the bill.

Service: Excellent. I'll admit our first waiter was pretty snooty, but the second was very good. You won't be sitting around waiting for your water to be refilled or anything like that.

Drinks: Extremely extensive wine list. It's a book with something like 30 pages, and includes descriptions of some of them. Also various hard liquors (brandy, scotch, etc).

Food: Amazing. I don't have the fancy vocabulary to describe it, but you can see the other reviews for that.

Pros: Food, drinks, service

Cons: price, if you're on a budget

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I would definitely come for the pasta. It is fresh and different. Although the dinner size is still not very big. As far as the atmosphere, the front room is a refreshing escape from all the "romantic" couples that might be in the main dining room.

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★★★★☆

I would definitely come for the pasta. It is fresh and different. Although the dinner size is still not very big. As far as the atmosphere, the front room is a refreshing escape from all the "romantic" couples that might be in the main dining room.

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I've been here a couple of times and this place is amazing...well worth the price. It's very romantic and I believe the head chef prepares the dishes as well as the desserts. Pretty much, everything here is good.

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★★★★★

I've been here a couple of times and this place is amazing...well worth the price. It's very romantic and I believe the head chef prepares the dishes as well as the desserts. Pretty much, everything here is good.

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lovely anniversary evening, this atmosphere is the best. Some of the food
was unusual and delicious. Poor waiter kept telling us how overwhelmed he
was although the room wasn't full.

Pretty and quiet off the busy, loud old pasadena strip. Might go back for wine
and appetizer otherwise very expensive for what it is.

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★★★☆☆

lovely anniversary evening, this atmosphere is the best. Some of the food
was unusual and delicious. Poor waiter kept telling us how overwhelmed he
was although the room wasn't full.

Pretty and quiet off the busy, loud old pasadena strip. Might go back for wine
and appetizer otherwise very expensive for what it is.

Pros: ambiance, location, quiet

Cons: service, price, price

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I went to this restaurant because Zagat rated it so high but it was one of the worst experiences I have ever had. The service was horrible and the food was so so. We had a waiter that was in a bad mood and when we complained we were ignored. All this and then we got hit with a big bill at the end. Doesn't seem right that you should have to pay so much to be treated so poorly.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to this restaurant because Zagat rated it so high but it was one of the worst experiences I have ever had. The service was horrible and the food was so so. We had a waiter that was in a bad mood and when we complained we were ignored. All this and then we got hit with a big bill at the end. Doesn't seem right that you should have to pay so much to be treated so poorly.

Pros: Atmosphere

Cons: Service, Expensive, Pretentious

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My Husband and I reserved a seat in this romantic restaurant after hearing rave reviews from friends. We were not disappointed. The service was exceptional and the food was by far the best I've had in Old Town Pasadena.

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My Husband and I reserved a seat in this romantic restaurant after hearing rave reviews from friends. We were not disappointed. The service was exceptional and the food was by far the best I've had in Old Town Pasadena.

Pros: Romantic, Fresh Food

Cons: Expensive

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I used to live in Pasadena for many years but did not discover this restaurant until recently when I was looking for a place to take some friends out for their birthdays. What a find! The restaurant's decor is comfortable and chic, it's like being in a beautifully decorated house. Our server was fun and knowledgeable. This is not the run of the mill Italian restaurant. We had a beet risotto as a starter, which was delicious. I had sea bass in a slightly spicy tomato sauce over pasta, which was also very good. I tried all of the pasta dishes my friends ordered and they were all tasty and nothing like anything I've eaten before. I passed on my own dessert but tasted a blood orange sorbet in a cookie shell, an Italian version of creme brulee, and a chocolate mousse like dessert -- all of which were wonderful.

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★★★★☆

I used to live in Pasadena for many years but did not discover this restaurant until recently when I was looking for a place to take some friends out for their birthdays. What a find! The restaurant's decor is comfortable and chic, it's like being in a beautifully decorated house. Our server was fun and knowledgeable. This is not the run of the mill Italian restaurant. We had a beet risotto as a starter, which was delicious. I had sea bass in a slightly spicy tomato sauce over pasta, which was also very good. I tried all of the pasta dishes my friends ordered and they were all tasty and nothing like anything I've eaten before. I passed on my own dessert but tasted a blood orange sorbet in a cookie shell, an Italian version of creme brulee, and a chocolate mousse like dessert -- all of which were wonderful.

Pros: Food, Ambiance, Service

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Tre Venezie is a very romantic place to have dinner. It is a small restaurant, so it's quite an intimate atmosphere. The service is phenominal and the food is excellent. It's rather pricey, but it's worth it for a special night... definitely not a "where should we eat tonight?" kinda place. You can park in the 90-minute-free lot on Delacey and Green. Awesome place for a date.

PROS: food, service
CONS: price

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★★★★★

Tre Venezie is a very romantic place to have dinner. It is a small restaurant, so it's quite an intimate atmosphere. The service is phenominal and the food is excellent. It's rather pricey, but it's worth it for a special night... definitely not a "where should we eat tonight?" kinda place. You can park in the 90-minute-free lot on Delacey and Green. Awesome place for a date.

PROS: food, service
CONS: price

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Tre Venezie is tucked away on a one-way street behind the hubbub of main street Colorado, and well worth a look. Stepping inside the main dining room, visitors are often greeted by the owners, whose kindness authentic accent is unmistakable. The soups include traditional and surprising selections, pastas are hand-made on the premises, and a fresh daily fish dish is perfectly prepared with oil and garlic. The dining room is long and cozy, and in the back, against the wall, is the table where the owners sometimes dine late in the evening, watching over the diners and wait staff, sipping a glass of wine themselves after having introduced themselves to the guests and ensured that they have all they need.

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★★★★★

Tre Venezie is tucked away on a one-way street behind the hubbub of main street Colorado, and well worth a look. Stepping inside the main dining room, visitors are often greeted by the owners, whose kindness authentic accent is unmistakable. The soups include traditional and surprising selections, pastas are hand-made on the premises, and a fresh daily fish dish is perfectly prepared with oil and garlic. The dining room is long and cozy, and in the back, against the wall, is the table where the owners sometimes dine late in the evening, watching over the diners and wait staff, sipping a glass of wine themselves after having introduced themselves to the guests and ensured that they have all they need.

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Excellent "special occassion" restaurant!

If you're in a hurry - you'll have to notify them otherwise, take your time and let them pamper your palate.

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★★★★★

Excellent "special occassion" restaurant!

If you're in a hurry - you'll have to notify them otherwise, take your time and let them pamper your palate.

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Great Northen Italian restaurant. It is quite and cozy.

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Great Northen Italian restaurant. It is quite and cozy.

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Amazing food and a terrific quiet atmosphere. A perfect place to celebrate special occasions. Definitely the best restaurant in Pasadena, but that title comes at ~$60 a person so be prepared.

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★★★★★

Amazing food and a terrific quiet atmosphere. A perfect place to celebrate special occasions. Definitely the best restaurant in Pasadena, but that title comes at ~$60 a person so be prepared.

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The best norther italian restaurant in the San Gabriel Valley and mybe in the whole LA area.

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The best norther italian restaurant in the San Gabriel Valley and mybe in the whole LA area.

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Well Pasadena, you want great restaurants, but you don't want to pay! Well here you have too, and it's worth every penny! We have restaurants that don't meet expectations, Halie's for example, poor service, Chophouse, poor food, Shiro (moving), same ol', Maison Akira, boring food. This place works, in West L.A. everybody would be there. SUPPORT THIS RESTAURANT, I love it.

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Well Pasadena, you want great restaurants, but you don't want to pay! Well here you have too, and it's worth every penny! We have restaurants that don't meet expectations, Halie's for example, poor service, Chophouse, poor food, Shiro (moving), same ol', Maison Akira, boring food. This place works, in West L.A. everybody would be there. SUPPORT THIS RESTAURANT, I love it.

Pros: Incredible food, unusual dishes, good wine list

Cons: , service average

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Wonderful little place. Great authentic food - northern Italian (almost Alpine, with Austrian influence). Kind of pricey but quality to match. Anyone who has had a 3 hour restaurant meal in Italy will feel at home, i.e. don't expect to get out of here quickly.

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Wonderful little place. Great authentic food - northern Italian (almost Alpine, with Austrian influence). Kind of pricey but quality to match. Anyone who has had a 3 hour restaurant meal in Italy will feel at home, i.e. don't expect to get out of here quickly.

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Small nice Italian, excellent food.

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Small nice Italian, excellent food.

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Exquisite and refined Italian cooking - haute cuisine normally found in fine French restaurants.

Perfectly sized portions with wonderful and subtle flavors that delite the palette.

Everything is perfectly prepared and cooked nothing is too heavy nor too light. Excellent.

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Exquisite and refined Italian cooking - haute cuisine normally found in fine French restaurants.

Perfectly sized portions with wonderful and subtle flavors that delite the palette.

Everything is perfectly prepared and cooked nothing is too heavy nor too light. Excellent.

Pros: Tastefully decorated, Wine and food pairing, $ of specials include

Cons: Not more patio seatin

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I've had dinner at this restaurant twice now. The food is extremely skillfully prepared with obviously high quality ingredients. I had the orzotto which was delicious and friend had bollito which is served with a little dish of salt. There was a too-delicious-to-believe lobster appetizer special the last time we were there. You must go to this restaurant expecting and wanting something different from the usual Italian suspects or you will be disappointed. The crema del gondoliere and torrone (sp?) were so delicious we were tempted to order more. The service was attentive and professional without being intrusive (an absolute must with restaurants in this price point). The only down side is that I think the restaurant could use a little touch-up: the door near my table needed new paint and my wine menu had oily spots on its cloth cover (not really complaining, just being detailed!).

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★★★★★

I've had dinner at this restaurant twice now. The food is extremely skillfully prepared with obviously high quality ingredients. I had the orzotto which was delicious and friend had bollito which is served with a little dish of salt. There was a too-delicious-to-believe lobster appetizer special the last time we were there. You must go to this restaurant expecting and wanting something different from the usual Italian suspects or you will be disappointed. The crema del gondoliere and torrone (sp?) were so delicious we were tempted to order more. The service was attentive and professional without being intrusive (an absolute must with restaurants in this price point). The only down side is that I think the restaurant could use a little touch-up: the door near my table needed new paint and my wine menu had oily spots on its cloth cover (not really complaining, just being detailed!).

Pros: Cozy interior, Service

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Tre Venezie offered a great experience. Their limited menu had more than one dish that I wanted to try. The chef there presents food that is atypical. Dont expect to see spaghetti and meatballs on the menu (You can go to Buca for that).

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★★★★★

Tre Venezie offered a great experience. Their limited menu had more than one dish that I wanted to try. The chef there presents food that is atypical. Dont expect to see spaghetti and meatballs on the menu (You can go to Buca for that).

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I will never forget the caprese--home made smoked buffalo mozzarella plus the surprise ingredient--mango slices. Absolutely delicious! My only complain would be the tight seating arrangements. Takes away the intimacy (unless you want to be intimate with the strangers sitting next to you).

2
★★★★☆

I will never forget the caprese--home made smoked buffalo mozzarella plus the surprise ingredient--mango slices. Absolutely delicious! My only complain would be the tight seating arrangements. Takes away the intimacy (unless you want to be intimate with the strangers sitting next to you).

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The food here is buono. It's gourmet so a lot was put into it. Very expensive!!!!!!! If you want to have a romantic evening. This is the place to go. Make sure it is a special occassion.

2
★★★★★

The food here is buono. It's gourmet so a lot was put into it. Very expensive!!!!!!! If you want to have a romantic evening. This is the place to go. Make sure it is a special occassion.

Pros: delicious food, nice ambiance, good all around

Cons: VERY EXPENSIVE, need reservation, crowded

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As ubiquitous as Italian restaruants can be, especially in Pasadena, it takes a bit to catch my notice and make a place in my memory. This definitely ranks as high above average Italian. Wine list is good - ambience is a bit small but in a cozy and quaint sort of way - and the food of course is very good. We had the gorgonzola gnocci and herb pork chops - excellent. Some things were a little 'snooty' and unecessary (big charges for water and a side of olive oil) but worth the trip.

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★★★★★

As ubiquitous as Italian restaruants can be, especially in Pasadena, it takes a bit to catch my notice and make a place in my memory. This definitely ranks as high above average Italian. Wine list is good - ambience is a bit small but in a cozy and quaint sort of way - and the food of course is very good. We had the gorgonzola gnocci and herb pork chops - excellent. Some things were a little 'snooty' and unecessary (big charges for water and a side of olive oil) but worth the trip.

Pros: Great food, Great wine, A Real Chef

Cons: Unecessary charges, a little cramped

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Could we be so lucky in Pasadena,finaly a real Italian chef who has the right touch.Some may say it's expansive,if you know anything of the fine dining experience,and compared to others cities or even Europe,it's the price you pay for a delightfull evenings.May I am just glad I don't have to drive to the west side for near perfection. By the way,their service and knowledge is admirable.ENJOY!

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★★★★★

Could we be so lucky in Pasadena,finaly a real Italian chef who has the right touch.Some may say it's expansive,if you know anything of the fine dining experience,and compared to others cities or even Europe,it's the price you pay for a delightfull evenings.May I am just glad I don't have to drive to the west side for near perfection. By the way,their service and knowledge is admirable.ENJOY!

Pros: best italian wines, spacious, romantic

Cons: difficult parking

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This quaint Pasadena location, slightly off the beaten path, was originally a livery stable, and it has become a destination spot for Angelenos serious about Italian food. Now, its charming interior is an intimate mustard-walled dining…

 

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