One must deserve a dinner Union, mainly by booking it days in advance. These squid-ink garganelli with lobster, fennel, Meyer lemon and truffle butter may play hard-to-get on a Saturday night, just like the beautiful spaghetti alla chitarra. You could go for a full-on pasta dinner, made of tender orecchiette with Weiser Farms eggplants and cacio e pepe. Otherwise, choose from saffron and lobster risotto, quails with rosemary spaetzle or pork chops with tiny potatoes roasted in its own juice. Good news: Bruce Kalman’s pastas are also available for purchase, so if you forgot to book your table and the wait is too long, you could always go back home and have them there…

Address: 37 E Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 5-11PM, Saturday-Sunday 4-11PM

Menu: unionpasadena.com

Reservations (626) 795-5841 or OpenTable

Style: Italian

Price: Pastas $12-21, Entrées $22-32

Neighborhood: Pasadena

Best for: Dinner