Went to Celestino's last night with my parents (in their 70's) and my husband (we're in our 40's.) We all enjoyed ourselves and would definitely return. The service was wonderful, very attentive and answered all of our many questions regarding the food, preparation and wine recommendation. The tables are fairly close together but it is a great space with nice ambience. Not close enough to be in other conversations but close enough that you can check out other people's meals!
We started with the Swordfish Carpaccio w/orange & fennel salad. This was wonderful! The fish seems slightly smoked and it is melt-in-your-mouth goodness. We also had the Beef Carpaccio with Capers & Parmesan. A truly memorable dish. The beef was so flavorful and fresh tasting. We loved both of these. Also the bread & butter was delicious!
I had the Paparadelle with Pheasant & Morel mushrooms. Husband had Risotto with Italian sausage and Gorgonzola cheese. Mom had Linguini w/Scampi, which was a huge langostino, in a slightly spicy sauce. Dad had the Rack of Lamb with Basil & Mint. All of us were incredibly happy with our meals. Everything was so flavorful, the pasta & risotto were perfectly al Dente, and the lamb was perfectly cooked.
Dessert was ice creams (chocolate, vanilla & pistachio w/a biscotti) and a lemon meringue tart, which was like lemon meringue pie on a delicious tart crust.
My husband and I have decided that we need to make this one of our regular restaurants, since it is right down the street from our house. But I would say it is worth the trip to Pasadena to try it.
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