Viva il cuoco che ci delizia con leccornie e allegria.
The Pizza Burger was my introduction to Slater’s 50/50’s Italian Sausage/Brandt Beef patty. Hearing the news of another Italian-fusion burger hitting the menu grabbed my attention. Without hesitation I make my trek to Pasadena to try it.
The Rustic Ravioli Burger is a 50% Italian Sausage, 50% Brandt Beef patty topped with fried ravioli pasta, grilled broccolini, roasted tomato and drenched in pesto Alfredo sauce between a brioche bun.
The 2/3 variant of the burger stands tall (2 patties high), and peers at me with this lustrous gaze. My eyes lock on it in amazement and I experience sensory overwhelm. It was as if I were walking through the grocery store, and stopping dead in my tracks to bask in the glory of an exotic and perfectly curved woman gracefully gliding by. I photograph the burger, rotating it to capture the dripping pesto Alfredo sauce that flowed like white hot molten lava down the side of a volcano.
Typically, I would cut a burger in half to capture the inside on film, but in this case that was next to impossible, so I just picked up the burger and took my first bite. Only able to make it through part of the patty, a broccolini clove, and a tomato, my taste buds are pleased. The Broccolini is nearly perfectly cooked, not mushy and not too raw, only to have an objectionable soy sauce taste which I presume was a result of being mixed with the meat patties. The patties are astonishing, there is a beautiful flavor of Italian sausage. My only issue with the burger was the pasta, I did not care for it. I cannot pinpoint why, but [for whatever reason] it did not appeal to my palette. All in all, this burger satisfied. I am able to get past the pasta, and admire the execution and prowess of the chef.
Slater’s 50/50 Pasadena
61 North Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103
Hours: Sun 9:30a.m. – 11:00p.m., Mon-Thurs 11:00a.m. – 11:00p.m.,
Fri & Sat 11:00a.m. – 12:00a.m.
Breakfast is back every Sunday, starting at 9:30a.m. during regular football season!