Bruce Kalman, the affable chef from the now defunct Urbano Pizza Bar and The Churchill, is working out details on Union, his 50-seat market driven Northern Italian/Californian restaurant in Old Town Pasadena. Partner Marie Petulla of Stout will manage front of house, and sommelier George Pitsironis has agreed to consult on the restaurant's local and international wine and beer program.
After taking some time off to start an artisan pickle company, Kalman is excited for his professional kitchen return, and he indeed will serve those house-made pickles at Union. Similar to his mark on The Churchill, Kalman will prepare charcuterie on site, and offer house-made pastas, and nose-to-tail butchering. Some of the dishes he's thinking about right now are Ricotta Crostini with Pickled Onions and Pancetta; Braised Oxtail with Egg Noodles, Crème Frâiche and Marrow-Onion Jam; and Seafood Cioppino with Aromatic Vegetables and San Marzano Tomatoes.
Upon inception Union will serve dinner and add lunch/brunch down the line.
· Bruce Kalman Opening Union in Pasadena Next Month [~ELA~]