This original, chef-driven restaurant is truly something of note, set amidst quaint brick buildings near Old Pasadena. The design is simple: boxy with high ceilings, red brick and mason jars everywhere. Make reservations or go early, as Union’s strong local following ensures that the tables are full soon after opening.
Carb-loading has never been more gratifying, as the kitchen kneads, extrudes and slices its way to pasta excellence. The squid ink lumache is carefully shaped like escargot. Then it’s coated in butter with flecks of black truffle and set beneath a heaping pile of meaty Maine lobster for a bright and exciting dish. House-made spaghetti alla chitarra is a tease to the taste buds, slicked with a sweet and fiery tomato sauce.- Les inspecteurs du guide MICHELIN