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Nano Cafe now Fresco's?

ElsieDee | May 24, 200812:18 AM

Hmmmm - I must have gotten the new name wrong - just doesn't look right, but it's what I scribbled on my palm before we left.

Anyway, apparently Nano Cafe (in far east Pasadena, off of Michillinda - maybe technically in Sierra Madre?) was sold 10-months ago. The menu has changed, decor hasn't - name change has happened, but the old sineage is still there.

Sadly, no CFS on the new menu, though I was told that they're in the process of revising the menu, so maybe they'll be offering it again. The new menu (as of tonight) is a mixture of sandwiches, pasta, some tex-mex ... kind of all over the place. We had a couple of salads (side salad was fine but nothing wonderful - the "cafe salad" [or something similar - greens, gorgonzola, pears, walnuts] was pronounced "refreshing" and the main "mango and shrimp" salad was devoured). Club sandwich was meh - nothing wrong, but nothing outstanding - and came with steak fries which were also meh-ish. On the other hand, the handmade (or homemade?) ravioli were very flavorful and it was a decent sized serving. The garlic bread which came with the main salad and the ravioli was surprisingly good - tasted almost like Cuban bread (rather than French) - more dense and a little chewy.

Dessert options were scarce (apple pie, a berry pie, what appeared to be Costco-like chocolate chip cookies, banana nut muffins, and chocolate muffins).

Service was friendly, earnest, cheerful, and well done. Prices seem to be higher by a buck or two from the previous incarnation, but hey, it's been over a year since we've been there, so maybe not unexpected. Still a decent local family joint - we'll return to check-out the new menu sometime in the upcoming weeks.

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