The Original Domenico’s: Don’t Settle for a Substitute

Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken and BroccoliChicken ParmesanChicken MarsalaAn Italian FeastHalibut PiccataSauteed MushroomsAntipasto SaladItalian Sausage and Peppers with Potatoes

Article and Photography by CANDICE MERRILL

5:02 pm | July 9, 2014

It was a Tuesday night at 5:00 p.m. and Domenico’s was jumping with families and couples out for an Italian dinner. Pizza, pasta, meat and fish dishes all done with flair from old family recipes by co-owner and chef Don Bitoni Jr.

While you might not want a heavy plate of pasta in the summer, the Original Domenico’s has plenty of light choices for the hot weather. “The fish has been selling really well, our halibut piccata and scallops Marsala are popular, as is the chicken Marsala,” said Don Jr. And of course their fabulous pizza is always a draw and now they have a gluten-free crust so if gluten is an issue, don’t worry about it!

Of course you can always elect to have a salad and Domenico’s antipasto is one of the best. Loaded with salami, olives, onions, provolone, tomato and plenty of shredded mozzarella the salad is tossed with Domenico’s homestyle Italian dressing. They have the single size or a larger size to share (of course you’re free to keep the large all to yourself).

If you like mushrooms give the sauteed mushroom appetizer a try. Whole mushrooms are served sizzling hot with a wine, butter and garlic sauce. This is a large serving which will satisfy the whole table (hint: save some to top off your entree—yummy).

If Alfredo is your sauce of choice you will love Domenico’s version of this old favorite. Made with plenty of butter and cream the sauce has a cheesy taste you’ll love and when combined with tender broccoli and chicken breast it can’t be beat.

On the lighter-side is the halibut piccata, a dish filled with artichoke hearts, capers and a lemon-butter sauce. The halibut is flaky and tender with a mild taste that shines with the piccata sauce.

A Marsala lover? Give the chicken Marsala a try. The chicken is tender and pounded thin, coated lightly with seasoned flour and cooked to a golden brown while still being juicy. The sauce is slightly sweet with the taste of Marsala and full of sliced mushrooms.

Got to have your Parm? Then the chicken Parmesan is for you. Breaded and fried to a crispy-brown, topped with mucho mozzarella which is melted to a cheesy goodness, the dish is then draped in fresh marinara sauce.

Italian sausage anyone? You’ll love the sausage, peppers and potato dish. Filled with chunks of pan-fried potatoes, green peppers and savory sausage this is a dish sure to please any sausage-lover.

Sound good? Then get over to Domenico’s but do so before they close for vacation. They will be closed the last two weeks of August beginning August 18th and not reopening until after Labor Day.

The Original Domenico’s is located at 2411 East Washington Boulevard, Pasadena. For more information call (626) 797-6459 or visit