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Whole pizzas and pizza by the slice - The Kitchen Italian Cafe and Pizzeria, Pasadena, CA

The Kitchen Italian Cafe and Pizzeria

4.7
4.7
113 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Come to The Kitchen Italian Cafe and Pizzeria for New York, Sicilian or Chicago style deep-dish pizza. We also offer authentic entrées, pastas, salads, calzones and sandwiches.

We specialize in a wide variety of Italian delicacies for lunch as well as dinner. Our clients especially love our Pastas and Pizzas just to name a few. What's more, we serve you with everything cooked in-house.

We accept reservations for parties of 6 or less. If you would like to make a larger reservation, please call the restaurant directly.

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2 people

23:30


Booked 1 time today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Pizzeria, Comfort Food
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 11:00–21:00
  • Phone number
    (626) 796-9802
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Catering
    We have full catering for all occasions from 5 to 500 guests. Please call for more catering inquiries.
  • Area
    Pasadena
  • Cross Street
    North De Lacey
  • Parking Details
    There is ample street, public garage and valet parking options.
  • Additional
    Beer, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 113 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

    Best Overall

  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

    Best Food

  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

    Best Service

  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

    Best Value

  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

    Romantic

113 Reviews
  1. MiguelE

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a good time at The Kitchen and the food and service never disappoints

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first experience was fantastic! All of the food that we ordered tasted so homemade and rich in flavors. Our waitress Elizabeth had great recommendations that we went with and I wouldn’t change a thing. I can’t wait to go back!

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  3. SuzyA

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely above and beyond customer service and delicious food

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love their food and great service Favorite Italian for the money in Pasadena

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  5. SuzyA

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite restaurant the food the people are amazing

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  6. DouglasK

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was swift, efficient and cordial. The dinner salad was crisp with a delicious house Italian dressing. The meatballs were ok but I think they nta little more seasoning. The sausages were delicious and the marinara was very tasty with a bit of tomato substance that clung to the pasta which was cooked with just the right amount of firmness. All-in-all a delicious dinner. I'll be back.

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  7. CarolL

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love the cheesy garlic bread, the cesar salad and the tiramisu, everything right to my taste, the server is friendly, I will definitely come back!

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  8. nancys

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    What we thought was just a dinner with my daughter & her boyfriend turned out to be their engagement announcement! I guess the fact that we ordered a bottle of Prosecco first thing was right on... Food was delicious & I think we overstayed our welcome (closing time) but no one said anything, thanks!

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  9. KristiS

    Vancouver

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 30 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was exceptional. The staff are friendly and helpful. We noticed tables were quickly cleaned and we were checked on several times. Food was also superb. I was craving a caprese salad and it was one of the best I’ve ever had. The pizza by the slice is reasonably priced and delicious. Highly recommend!

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  10. DouglasK

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was swift, courteous and helpful. The food was hot and delicious. I'm going back.

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  11. RyanB

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It's very on par for a pizza place. The food was good. Ordered a pizza, some pasta, and a chicken parmesan. It's not out of this world great, but the food was tasty and I'll be returning at some point in the future.

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  12. lovetogoout

    Los Angeles

    126 reviews

    5.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on 30 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had such a great early dinner! We started out with the bruschetta and it was really fresh and delicious! My son got the penne marinara and he said one of the best sauces he has ever had :) Evidenced by the fact nothing left in the bowl!! I had the grilled chicken Marsala with roasted potatoes. Yummy. We will definitely be back! Congratulations on your 25th Anniversary!!!

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  13. velm

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 30 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Never busy (don't know why).

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  14. MargauxO

    Montana

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had such a great time! Our server was the best and took great care of us. We ordered 6 pizzas and they were all amazing. Great place, would go again!!!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful time taking my girlfriend and her daughters for Mother’s Day. We had our reservation and got sat immediately in a spot of our liking. Our server (I apologize for forgetting her name) was amazingly attentive! We loved all our food and drinks and close out was fast and simple. It’s also nice that it’s close to so many other shops and restaurants, we were immediately able to go for a little strolled and grab some ice cream since the parking garage is literally across the street. Definitely looking forward to revisiting!

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  16. Henmarsh

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took my best friend here for her bday and truly enjoyed everything. Very friendly, attentive service and delicious food. The lasagna was very rich and tasty. The lemon cake sooo yummy! We did the Dine LA menu and it was GREAT!

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  17. ErikaA

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly attentive service by Michael. He was helpful in regards to the menu and popular entrees. Want to support local small business- give non chain restaurants a chance. The homey feeling and delicious large portions will win you over. The lasagna was extra cheesy and the breaded chicken marsala was indeed a generous portion. Bruschetta and caesar salad for starters were classic and tasty.

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  18. dollface

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Elizabeth was a great server. Good location for DINE LA week

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  19. CheriseC

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    First time we visited The Kitchen and will probably hit go back. The lasagna had very little marinara sauce so all you tasted was ricotta. Limoncello was delicious. Service was ok.

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  20. Jolie

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I got the meatball sandwich and my husband got the Caesar salad with chicken. We shared, both were very good. The meatball sandwich was very good cheesy with a great crusty roll. Meatballs we’re not overly seasoned with to much Italian seasoning which was very nice not overly powering like some other places. The Caesar salad was well tossed with a wonderful grilled sliced chicken breast, shaved Parmesan and some delicious croutons! Would definitely go back!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great. The deep dish pizza was fantastic I highly recommend this.

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  22. roys

    Orange County

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time with this restaurant. Booked it because I could make a reservation through opentable. They usually have outdoor seating as an option but because of the rain they did not have that today. Regardless the inside was clean and the staff was friendly. The menu has a lot of choices and they have some good lunch specials. I got the administrative too and ravioli lunch special. Spinach and cheese raviolis were good but the marinara sauce was more sweet than savory. So I pushed most of the sauce off to the side. I'm going to show any soup was good. My companion got a turkey sub and liked it.

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  23. RayS

    Houston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 20 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is simple but great. The staff accommodated our every need and Hunter is the best waiter in Pasadena!

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  24. Amyb

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved everything. Pasta, salads, Stromboli. Amazing.

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  25. DebbieS

    Orange County

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on 21 December 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was a perfect spot to meet up with friends for a Holiday meals. It was a Tuesday night so it wasn’t too crowded. The food and the service was great. We will return.

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  26. Christine

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Amazing portion size. Highly recommended.

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  27. JohnR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I were hungry for Italian food specifically and we were not disappointed. The restaurant was very clean and well decorated. The portions were very good and delicious. The waiting staff was very attentive and I would recommend The Kitchen restaurant to anyone! The waiting staff was young and very friendly and knowledgeable about their food. What really stood out to me was how comfortable they were talking to customers which can be hard to find. I was honored to meet the owner and to thank her for a wonderful evening. We will definitely return here in the future.

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  28. MrChanono1922

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 6 November 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The setting was very intimate, server was awesome and food was 💣💣💣💣🔥🔥🔥🔥. Definitely going back there again. Only suggestion I’d give is dimming the lights a little but all in all a great experience

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  29. JohnI

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 October 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious and the service was very attentive! We enjoyed the soft-rock music in the background.

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  30. VinoVetor

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 18 October 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Dinner for two during Dine LA, excellent and comprehensive selections and food cooked perfectly. Enjoyed the salads, Flaky White Fish and Chicken Marsala main courses, and dessert. Can't wait to return!

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  31. Luv2teach

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 9 October 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love The Kitchen Italian Cafe and Pizzeria and we had a wonderful dinner there last night. The server, Jake, was outstanding and the pizza was the best! We highly recommend this restaurant. A+++

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  32. SMKL

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice ambiance

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  33. Plumee

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our first time and we really enjoyed everything. W'll be back again

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  34. keht

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Kitchen Italian Cafe has always been one of my local favorites. The food, service, and atmosphere is what I expect and more.

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  35. RobertM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious! The atmosphere was casual. Our server, McKenna was very friendly and helpful!

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  36. ClaireK

    Palm Springs

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just a really lovely casual lunch experience with friends. Dining outside on a beautiful day, outstanding service and yummy pizza, ravioli and salad (loved the dressing). Lunch specials were a good value. Will be back next time in Pasadena.

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  37. JessicaP

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Staff seemed very young and nervous, but they took good care of us. Food was excellent, very tasty and good prices. Outside tables are right on Delacey and Union, so a good amount of traffic noise, but the enclosure is pleasant and lots of umbrellas for shade. Garlic bread was SO good! Will come back again soon.

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  38. AmyT

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my son's favorite restaurant and now I see why. The food is good and the energy is nice too.

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  39. KenH

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated Mother’s Day and everything from the minute we walked into the time we left was perfect. Service is great and the food is even better.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great mother's day lunch and excellent service

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Kitchen Italian Cafe and Pizzeria does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. The Kitchen Italian Cafe and Pizzeria also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (626) 796-9802.

The Kitchen Italian Cafe and Pizzeria is rated 4.7 stars by 113 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

23:30


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Kitchen Italian Cafe and Pizzeria

78 West Union St., Pasadena, CA 91103

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    North De Lacey
  • Area
    Pasadena
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 11:00–21:00
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Pizzeria, Comfort Food
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    There is ample street, public garage and valet parking options.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Additional
    Beer, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (626) 796-9802
  • Catering
    We have full catering for all occasions from 5 to 500 guests. Please call for more catering inquiries.
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