About Mi Piace

25 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91105
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In Italian, "Mi Piace" means "I like it," and they make sure you love it at this award-winning restaurant. Mi Piace is the perfect spot to enjoy an intimate dining with the finest and freshest authentic Italian cuisine.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 11:00am; Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:30am; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am - 2:00pm; Happy Hour: Monday: 4:30pm - Close, Tuesday - Friday: 4:30pm - 7:00pm

Cross Street:
Fair Oaks

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(626) 795-3131

Website:
http://www.mipiace.com/

Executive Chef:
Gil Saulnier

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Mi Piace Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.1

noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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Pasadena / San Gabriel
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good for groups (46)
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great for outdoor dining (37)
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romantic (27)
vibrant bar scene (26)
notable wine list (20)
late-night find (17)
kid-friendly (14)
scenic view (4)
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food4
ambience3
service2

Waited 20 minutes for our table for two ...

vip
Dined 2 days ago

Waited 20 minutes for our table for two after watching another party without a reservation (who evidently knew the manager) take a table for two immediately before us. Then waited for 30 minutes after finishing our salads for our entrees to be brought to our table. Overall, while the food was excellent, we were disappointed with our dining experience.

food4
ambience3
service2
value3

Service needs focus

Dined 2 days ago

Food is good. Service needs attention. Bread to dessert took time and server team did not pay attention. More interested in turning tables than providing good service.

food4
ambience3
service2
value1

Reputation Over Valued and Way Over Priced

vip
Dined 4 days ago

Very well known in Pasadena area where the gourmet crowd likes to eat and mingle and be seen. Vibrant reputation. The meal, especially the Caesar, was very (and I mean "very') average and priced at $12 when it was worth $6....just dressing poured on top. Osso Buco was $43 and though good not exceptional. They do not validate for self parking in the garage....another thing to be aware. Server was nice but absent quite a bit. Kept looking to find her and get another glass of wine. Gave up. Good food, but not up to the reputation and overpriced for the quality.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service5
value5

Very good in all measures on a Sunday afternoon

Dined on April 24, 2016

Our family of 4 adults were celebrating Mom's birthday at Mi Piace in Pasadena. The restaurant was very busy when we arrived, but we were seated within a few minutes of arrival for our reservation. Through OpenTable, I'd arranged a bouquet of flowers to be delivered at the restaurant around our reservation time. The server had the beautiful arrangement on our table within 5 minutes. (compliments to the florist for creating a low and colorfully compact centerpiece that allowed us all to see each other as well as enjoy the flowers) Our female server was calm, friendly, efficient and patient with our ordering and service. Everyone was happy with the food. We were returning to this Mi Piace after an interval of a few years. It was every bit as enjoyable as it had been during our previous several visits.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Simply Amazing Food and Service.

Dined on April 19, 2016

Have been a patron for over 20 years. Though I no longer work in Pasadena, I still drive the hour for the amazing food. The experience is always exceptional with the AMAZING staff service.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5

Amazing fresh made fettuccine noodles. ...

vip
Dined on April 19, 2016

Amazing fresh made fettuccine noodles. Great service and consistently good Italian good

food5
ambience5
service4

Great food, as always!! It was a busines ...

Dined on April 13, 2016

Great food, as always!! It was a business lunch but we also enjoyed the cappuccino to create a relaxed moment!!

food4
ambience3
service4

Lamb chips on daily special were very go ...

vip
Dined on April 6, 2016

Lamb chips on daily special were very good and flavorful. Glad I ordered the sauce on the side as the meat flavor was delicious without it.

food5
ambience4
service3
value4

Very Good Food

Dined on April 4, 2016

The food was outstanding and good value. The service was not on par with the food. We did not get a wine list when seated, the drinks took a long time to arrive and water glasses were not refilled. The timing to serve the appetizers and dinners ordered didn't take too long once we could get staff attention to order. It didn't seem understaffed, just inattentive wait staff. I would recommend going for the food, but be prepared to have to ask for attention and anything you might need.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience3
service3
value3

Pasta Pomodoro

Dined on March 30, 2016

Still one of my favorites. Order with capellini aldente!

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
food1
ambience2
service3

the dish I ordered too salty

Dined on March 27, 2016

the dish I ordered too salty

food1
ambience3
service2
value2

Will not return as food has gone downhill.

vip
Dined on March 27, 2016

Will definitely NOT be returning to Mi Piace. This was my third time eating there over the course of a year. The first time was great with wonderful food, the second time the food was just OK, the third time the food was extremely disappointing - borderline terrible. The restaurant has progressively gone down hill with regard to the food and I will definitely not be returning.

food2
ambience3
service5
value3

It was OK, not Great...should have chosen better

Dined on March 22, 2016

The Calamari was really tough, The Strawberry/Field Greens salad lacked any real depth of flavor. The Braised Short Rib Ravioli was actually very flavorful but the Brunoise Vegetables volume was a little light.

food4
ambience5
service3
value3

Nice place and a good italian meal.

Dined on March 16, 2016

My husband and I use to go to Mi Piace, at least every other month for many years. The ambience is always great, the food we have our favorites and once in a while we try something new, but our last experience was not the best. I've asked a certain table because it was a especial night for us. The table was the first one they could find, the restaurant wasn't that full, it was a Tuesday evening, eventhough the service was kind of behind the other times we were there. It took a while to us to order, to the waiter to bring our wine glasses. But, after dinner, as I asked for a dessert for the birthday guy, he promptely arranged that. We'll certainly go back, but I'd like to help them with my review in order to get a better service.

Tags: special occasion, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Fantastic find!

Dined on March 6, 2016

Great food - we went for dinner and came back next morning for breakfast. Super fun, lively spot, accommodating, friendly staff. Highly recommend!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Great dinner and bar menu

vip
Dined on March 6, 2016

Organic kale salad was different and delicious. Calamari pasta dish was very good. Margarita pizza was fresh and good, but I prefer a not so soft mozzarella. Seating is very close together. Great way to make new friends and compare food and drink choices. Service was attentive and helpful.

Tags: kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Always a favorite for traditional Italia ...

vip
Dined on March 6, 2016

Always a favorite for traditional Italian food. Great vibe, has a very urban feel.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Awesome!!!

Dined on March 5, 2016

The food was great even after 15 years away from my favorite restaurant. I would definitely recommend this awesome place for dining and relaxing. Kudos!!!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Special occasion

Dined on March 4, 2016

Took my friend for her birthday. We sat by the window. Our waiter was friendly and on top of it n the did was excellent. Because I mentioned birthday on the comment section. They brought My friend the special chocolate cake. Great spot.

Tags: special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience3
service1
value2

Service was beyond bad

vip
Dined on March 2, 2016

The restaurant was 70% empty, hot tea was delivered without any hot water. Appetizers were dropped off without any share plates, had to ask twice. Had to wait a long time for the check. Had to wait for to go containers.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

A not so hole in the wall restaurant

Dined on March 1, 2016

I love Mi Piace, I've been coming here since 1991 before they remodeled. Nothing has changed, the menu is pretty much the same, but the quality and the taste of the food is as yummy as it was back then.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food1
ambience1
service1
value1

Overrated

Dined on February 24, 2016

Very expensive. Poor food. Poor service. I had heard about this place for years. Other than its location, I see nothing going for it.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Loves it

vip
Dined on February 23, 2016

Loves this place will return again! The service was great! Food was very tasty and I had a great time. Easy to find as well

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

It was truly a memorable evening to cele ...

Dined on February 23, 2016

It was truly a memorable evening to celebrate my wife's birthday along with our son. My wife had the ravioli and my son and I shared a pizza. We split the topping cheese for him and a margherita for me along with penne pasta and vegetables. To cap the dinner off, they provided my wife with a complimentary fruit tart in honor of her birthday and completed that treat with two cappuccinos.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service3
value4

Delicious Italian!

Dined on February 22, 2016

We had dinner at 7pm when the restaurant was very crowded. So we recommend you reserve a table when you plan a dinner there. Foods were very delicious. As there are many nice shops in the neighborhood, you can plan your visit combining with window(or real) shopping.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience3
service5

Nico was great as usual but the lounge h ...

vip
Dined on February 21, 2016

Nico was great as usual but the lounge had a very noisy and rowdy group who made the experience very unpleasant for all of us and no one from management bothered to address it. Very disappointed with the experience and although I am a frequent customer, not sure if I will return.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

I'll Be Back

vip
Dined on February 21, 2016

Loved this restaurant. Pretty awesome service. Food was great.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience3
service4

Beef lasagna was excellent

Dined on February 21, 2016

Beef lasagna was excellent

food5
ambience3
service5
value4

Birthday Dinner

Dined on February 20, 2016

We had a wonderful birthday dinner. Food was great and the service --exceptional!!! We were not rushed (although the restaurant was very busy). Haven't been here for many years but we will soon return!!!!!!!!!!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Had a great time dining at Mi Piace!

Dined on February 20, 2016

I had a memorable and great time dining at Mi Piace!

Tags: great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

This is place fantastic with their reser ...

Dined on February 18, 2016

This is place fantastic with their reservations. We had a party of eight and our table was ready. Their calamari and bruschetta are delicious. You can't go wrong with their pollo mi piace or pollo sesame. Their chicken lasagne is also quite tasty. For desert their creme brûlée was also delicious. Not too sweet. And the service was excellent.

food5
ambience3
service5
value4

One of our local favorites

Dined on February 16, 2016

We go here for special occasions, and we always order the Linguini al Pescatore. The soup is a full-flavored tomato base, and it is filled with shrimp, a large scallop, several plump new zealand green lip mussels, clams, calamari and fish. All of the other dishes we've ordered have been very good, including the Osso Bucco (the mushroom risotto is more special than the oxtail), veal marsala and gnocchi.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Pasadena Fixture

Dined on February 14, 2016

Mi Piace has been around for some time now and it is still one of the best Italian restaurants around. It has its shortcomings, mainly, it is so noisy that it rivals Bodega Louis as the nosiest restaurant in the County. It is also crowded which basically means, even if you have a reservation, you are going to stand around for a half hour. But the food is really good and it is one of the few places where the desserts taste as good as they look. It is worth the noise and the wait.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Visit to Pasadena

vip
Dined on February 13, 2016

We were able to be seated within 15 minutes of our reservation. The server was very helpful with suggestions and food/beverage pairings. Our group of 5 (with different food preferences including vegetarian) all left with a great experience.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience4
service1
value2

Good food but service lacking

Dined on February 13, 2016

We were celebrating a birthday on 2/12 and made reservations through OpenTable. The restaurant seated us promptly at the reserved time even though it was a crowded evening. We got our menus from the hostess and were ready to enjoy a nice meal. Waited about 10 minutes before server came to say hi. Round 1 - Server took our drink order - did not inquire whether we had been there before (which we have a few times), what the occasion was, or even ask about appetizer or bread on this initial round. Round 2 - came with our drinks and was about to leave, I had to ask to order appetizer and as for bread. Round 3 - It took about 10 min for the water, 15 min for the appetizer, and the bread took 20 min to arrive. Server didn't take our order until I asked to order when the water came. Round 4 - The entrees were served timely, about 15 min after order. Round 5 - 20 min later, no one ever checked in on how the food was or if we were ready for dessert or? Basically, I had to flag our server down and ask for the leftovers to go and the check. Round 6 - Bill was dropped off promptly and no thank you's or good bye. Oh and I forgot, asked for water refill and never came. Very disappointing that it's such a nice restaurant but lacking on either training or attention or both. For a dinner visit having only seen the server 6 times from the time we sat down to the bill, I'd say that is almost embarrassing - including the times I personally had to flag the server down, else they would have just walked by. I've been to more casual (and less expensive) places where before dessert the server has come by a dozen times to refill water, ask if we had any needs, etc.

Tags: great for outdoor dining
food4
ambience1
service1
value2

Sub par servive

Dined on February 9, 2016

The food runner dropped literally dropped the appetizer on the table which caused the balsamic filed plate to spill on my shirt. The waitress complained about the food runner to us vs the manager. We have been going there for years but this experience may affect future visits.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Consistent food and service

vip
Dined on February 7, 2016

Consistent food quality. Good service. Dining room is a bit crowded for conversation but overall bright and pleasant. Not happy to see a restaurant charges for bread. It makes me feel less welcoming.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Best Ravioli

Dined on February 7, 2016

I love getting butternut squash ravioli whenever I can. The dish at Mi Piace is hands down the best I've ever had! Their service also is fantastic, the ambiance is romantic and fun (even with the hoppin' bar on one side), and the location is great. Definitely recommend, and will return!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Impeccable Food

Dined on January 31, 2016

The service was splendid and food was an added bonus, especially the decadent desserts such as chocolate soup & mi place mango. My penne arrabiatta was rich in red sauce with chicken breast & my friend's seafood dish with cream sauce was sensational!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Cheers to Kenny for great service

Dined on January 31, 2016

My husband and I have been dining at Mi Piace for a long time. It has become one of my favorite spots in Pasadena; a default spot when I want to be out but not sure what my tastebuds want to eat. Food is about 95% on point. Any dish is very good but our favorites are linguine al pescatore with white sauce and capesante con guanciale.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch

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