Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Intelligentsia Pasadena: Open Today

Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley java fans can rejoice as the Pasadena branch of Intelligentsia Coffee opened today on Colorado Boulevard in Old Town Pasadena. In addition to serving coffee, tea and pastries, this branch of Intelligentsia serves food from caterer Matthew Poley of Heirloom L.A.

Today they sold out of most of the food menu early, so if you want to be sure to get your choice of items, arrive early. See menu blackboard below with most items crossed out, including the signature lasagna cupcakes.

Only wild mushroom ravioli and roasted vegetable flatbread remained by the time of my visit. The lasagna cupcakes, the cheese sandwich with heirloom housemade Buratta, Sheep's Milk Ricotta, and Goat's Milk Chevre with Grilled Garlic Bread, and the "Black n Blue" Steak Salad piqued my interest for future visits.

The coffee selection is the same great brews fans of the Venice and Silverlake branches are used to, but unlike in those locations there was no wait today to get your order taken, as the word has not yet gotten out about this location. Expect that to change.

The interior of the shop is pictured above. A liquor license is in the works, so expect some draft and bottled beer options as well as some wine, once it is approved. Dinner is also expected to begin soon, perhaps in tandem with the liquor license.

Intelligentsia Pasadena: 55 East Colorado Blvd. Phone: (626) 578-1270. Website:

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