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A Sybaritic Day of Pizza and Pampering

Penny | Mar 18, 200306:22 PM

From time to time I have seen the glowing reviews on this board of Tarantino's Pizza on Green Street in Pasadena, at the corner of Hudson. So, when I decided to take the day off work to get a pedicure and facial, I thought what better place than Amadeus Spa, across from Tarantino's? I booked my appointment for 12:45 so that I would have plenty of time for lunch beforehand.

Tarantino's is a bit scary for a woman alone. It is a compact place -- maybe 10 small tables and one big long family-style one in the middle of the room -- and it was packed. With men. Young men. Young Italian men. I was the only woman there the entire 45 minutes I ate. From the looks of it, I was one of the few people over 30. And from the chatter around me, I was the only person who didn't speak Italian.

But no one made me feel uncomfortable. The service was warm but not cloying; no one acted like a woman dining alone in a sea of men together was at all odd. As this board has promised, the wedding soup was wonderful: chicken stock with pieces of spinach, rice, and shreds of white meat chicken. I will definitely be getting big containers to go whenever I'm in the neighborhood. A bowl came with a slab of chewy flat bread, not quite foccacia-like -- more like pizza dough, to tell you the truth. I also had one slice of Sicilian style pizza. While the sauce and toppings (mushroom and onion) were fine, they weren't the best I've had. But the crust was splendid, crispy-crunchy on the underside and that wonderfully gooey, half-baked texture of good Sicilian on the inside.

So, if you're looking for a day of pampering for the outer body and the inner -- namely, your stomach -- an afternoon at Tarantino's and Amadeus is hard to beat.

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