Music has been shown to aid digestion, but proper table manners dictate you should outsource the singing while you chew. Experience fare and tunes, both done by the pros, with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian cuisine and drinks at Cafe 322, a restaurant and music venue in Sierra Madre.
Cafe 322's homey atmosphere and fare will remind you of your Italian grandmother’s Polish dinner table. Try a different lasagna each day ($12.95) with the lasagna de la casa, or opt for the sophisticated mélange of flavors in the fettuccini di spinaci e salsiccia with fresh spinach, Italian sausage, and fresh garlic sautéed in olive oil ($12.95). Cafe 322 also serves up some tasty meatier dishes, such as rack of lamb, herb-crusted and served with butter mashed potatoes that fall directly into that place in your heart reserved for mom, America, and butter ($22.95). Smaller plates include salads, sandwiches, grilled panini, and burgers. Stars of the gourmet pizza menu include the quatro formaggio (layered with fontina, mozzarella, gorgonzola, and parmesan cheeses, $12.95) and the flavorful grilled chicken pesto ($14.95).
While feasting on Italian cuisine, Cafe 322 will treat you to live jazz, blues, rock, opera, or MMA income-tax policy debates. Named one of the top jazz bars in 2009 by Pasadena Weekly, Cafe 322's customers say it brings immeasurable value to the community—all wrapped up in the warmth and delicious aromas of a classic, Italian kitchen. Check the show calendar for upcoming performances—an eclectic array of jazz vocalists, punk-rock video, opera, singer-songwriters, rock art, big bands, and more. Plan an evening out according to who's playing, or take a spin on your random wheel of entertainment.
Pasadena Weekly left Cafe 322 with a satisfied belly:
- …Café 322's food and entertainment make it a destination to program into your GPS. – Erica Wayne, Pasadena Weekly
- This is such a great place! The service is great, the food is delicious and the live music is diverse! – Mariano O., Yelp