my parents and i are pouring at the family winemakers event in pasadena next tuesday and will be needing a spot for dinner. i am thinking italian ... but am open to other suggestions. i found a place called gale's off of city search (they named it #1 for pasadena eats), and read another post on this site recommending scampi. price is not the hugest factor, but my father always seems to enjoy the meal more when he feels it is a good deal. usually we look for places with a decent (cheap) corkage .. but we will probably have had enough wine throughout the day! i am really not looking for a place too touristy -- an "undiscovered" hole in the wall is always exciting.
has anyone eaten at either of these places and have some advice either way ... OR have a spot that i just can't miss.
thank you, thank you, thank you!