Porta Via – Pasadena

If you’re lucky, you have an Italian deli like Porta Via in your neighborhood – with a deli counter for sandwiches and an assortment of pastas in the case. It’s the perfect place to grab a quick bite for lunch or pick up stuff to go.

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You can place your order online, but you’ll miss out on the daily sandwich special and their combo specials. Plus, it will take a good 40 minutes to process your order.

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It’s much more fun coming into the Porta Via, with an array of dishes to tempt you. I wanted to order everything.

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I somehow managed to escape with only some baked ziti with marinara sauce, a classic execution, along with several pre-ordered sandwiches.

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Chicken Club Panini
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Eggplant Parmesan with Marinara

The Eggplant Parmesan was more of my kind of sandwich, big and messy, served on a large French baguette.

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Roast Beef

Location – One West California Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91105. Also in San Marino.
Website – http://portaviafoods.com/pv/portavia.php
Kid-Friendly – Yes
Kid’s Menu – Yes
Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly – Yes
Gluten-Free Options – Yes

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