by Allen Francke on
They've got some incredible gelato. I came in a skeptic and left a believer. Came back the next day because it was that good, but I was disappointed to learn that the flavors change daily. Thus, the sweet basil gelato, which stole my heart Sunday night, was no longer available on Monday. Instead I settled for a combination of an espresso and chocolate flavor and a rosemary and goat's milk flavor. These were both good, but nothing compared to that basil gelato. I hear they also have a great pignoli. Flavors I would not recommend include the tahini and the lime and cilantro. Tasty as this gelato is, it's a little more expensive than I really would expect. This, I think, is actually a good thing in that it helps to discourage what would otherwise be extremely frequent patronage.
by Stefan Vannuck on
I love love love this place. The curtains looked like they came from Beaver Cleaver's bedroom, the mishmash of chairs were comfortable, and the cheesy cowboy art, lamps, rugs and tables were a big hit with me. It was like I was a 10 year old boy again, watching Rawhide on our old behemoth TV. We came here for a couple of drinks and a quick bite before attending a play down the road at the Vortex Theater. It was a pleasant night and the walk was easy right down Manor. Our server was super nice and funny and "johnny on the spot" the whole time. He told us that Stortini had closed - apparently 9 months was its shelflife, like some sort of restaurant fetus - so the menu was limited, but the pizzas were good and half price due to happy hour prices. We ordered our drinks and an artichoke, feta and calamata olive pizza and relaxed. Damn, that pizza was good. Thin, chewy crust, it was full of flavor, and a steal at $6. We didn't have time enough to hang out and people watch (it was getting more full as we sat there), because our play started at 8. But we'll definitely be back to the RHL. Great pizza, good drinks and top shelf service with a smile. What's not to like? Hopefully their shelf life is more like an African elephant fetus...
by Kevin C. on
I really like Heritage Wine Co. The staff are knowledgable & very friendly. if one of them can;t answer a question, they will find someone who can. You can either choose something off of the wine menu at the bar or tables, OR... you can buy a bottle from the shop and they will open it for you and you & friends can have that one. Since they started working with a local restaurant the food selections have gotten much, much better. I also think that they have a much better selection of wines than the few other wine bars in the area. It's also a lot more relaxed an experience (though it can sometimes get crowded). When I was working in Pasadena my coworkers & I were pretty much Thursday evening regulars. I highly recommend grabbing a glass and having a bite there if you get the chance.