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Mi Piace
Mi Piace

Mi Piace Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mipiace.com
  • Phone: (626) 795-3131
  • 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
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary Italian, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Gil Saulnier
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: 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

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fair Oaks
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Mi Piace
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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "enjoy the food and service. for sure, we will keep going there."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I went here with my husband on a Friday night. The food was ok, and the service was abysmal. The hostess literally turned her back on us when we arrived to continue talking to her coworker. We weren't seated until 15 minutes after our reservation time. Our waitress simply said "What do you want?" when she came over to us, never introducing herself, asking if we would like drinks, or any of the other usual interactions you would expect with a waiter. The carpaccio was ok, my husband said his gnocchi was ok, my scampi was fine but the vegetables on the plate were cold. We did not stay for dessert. It was so disappointing, we won't be going back, and we wouldn't recommend it."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite restaurants to take our friends. The food is excellent and the service is good"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We waited patiently 40 minutes from one we ordered to get our food. There was no exceptional service from any staff to check on us. Our past 3 visits have all been negative experiences with the service. The food is still good."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Had a very nice birthday dinner with my older children and they enjoyed it very much, We will be going back again."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • " the food was delicious and the cheesecake was the best I ever had. The waiter was so friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "service was great from the waitress, wait staff took great care of refilling glasses and cleaning up dirty dishes food was excellent, presentation was very appealing. special occasion, they were great for celebrating a birthday"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Excellent location. Tons of people watching. Everyone very courteous food good environment excellent. Very busy down town so valet parking was so convient."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Very good food & cocktails. Nice ambiance but a bit noisy & music a little too loud. Good service."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Mi Piace is a little treasure in Old Town Pasadena! It was a very busy Sunday evening as JayZ was performing at the Rose Bowl. I did make reservations before coming and was not held up at all! My Pasta Bolognese, with thin hand made noodles and fragrant sauce was delicious. My dining companions also enjoyed their hand made raviolis and gnocchi. Great wine selections and attention to details made this a great birthday outing."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "One our pasta dishes arrived from the kitchen...cold. The waitress wasn't attentive as we often wondered, 'Where is the waitress? Our glasses are empty.' In the past, I considered Mi Piace to be a restaurant I would dine at without hesitation when I am in Pasadena. In the future, I will likely patronize a different establishment."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We checked in for our reservation right on time, and the hostess could not find our reservation. She did finally find it, but she sure seemed annoyed and inconvenienced in doing so. We were shown to our table, which was nice. We were greeted promptly for drink orders, but the server only took two of the 4 orders and rushed off before the other two had a chance to order their cocktails. The food was okay - one dish was very good, and the other 3 were average. I personally had the short rib ravioli and the pasta seemed a bit undercooked. But, not bad. Everything tasted good, we were just hoping to be wowed! We probably won't be back. There are so many other places in Pasadena with the whole package: fabulous service & fantastic food"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This use to be my favorite place. The drinks now are weaker and the food has changed and not for the better."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Born and raised in Pasadena and I'd never been to Mi Piace. GREAT way to celebrate my birthday with an early dinner. Reservations were for 5 p.m. but we arrived at 4:30 p.m. because we heard the place was small. YAY it was almost empty and they were able to seat us early. Actually, I'd recommend dining during the earlier hours of the day. We left around 6 p.m. and it was packed. Packed to capacity almost and what a nightmare for those waiting. No sitting area for those waiting to be seated. No tables available any time soon for the new comers. The food was delicious. The waiter was quite informative. The busboy person wasn't as on task as he could have been due to the limited number of diners. The price, EXCELLENT for such delicious food."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Bad food. Terrible personalities. I've been to Mi Piace many times in the past, and I've never had a bad experience...until today. DO NOT DO DINE LA HERE"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Came for DineLA - they totally skimped on the food because we weren't full even after paying $90 (35 each). On top of the sad portions the food quality was even more ridiculous. The mashed potatoes that came with the short rib - was not even made with real potatoes - it looked like and tasted like those box potato flakes. My seafood risotto - the seafood was chewy and of very poor quality. There was a lack of service - waiter was never to be found - never checked on us - hard to flag down for a glass of water - and when I was halfway done eating my risotto - he came by asking if I wanted cheese on it - are you serious? This meal and experience was not worth $90 - and that was suppose to be a DineLA deal...glad I didn't pay full price!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We usually go to the bar where Henri takes great care of us - friendly and great service. He knows his stuff! We've been to Mi Piace a handful of times for dinner and it keeps getting better every time. The calamari fra diavolo was amazing. Highly recommend Mi Piace!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Service was slow even though it wasn't crowded. When food arrived, the meatballs were raw inside."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "If we would live in Pasadena (instead of South Beach), we would eat here (at least) once a week: great food, not too complicated, good and very friendly service, good martinis and a nice wine list. Inside it's modern and cool, outside is great for people and car watching. What's not to love? Sometimes unruly kids, but the restaurant is big enough to sit somewhere else. It's like Joe Allen on Purdy Ave in SoBe used to be, and if you don't know what that means: just go here!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We were happy to see that Mi Piace was included on the Dine LA list & delighted with the food."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Out of all the DineLA restaurants I tried, Mi Piace was the worst diner. Food was low quality. Our server was depressing. Restaurant was dirty. It's the worst dining experience out of all my DineLA encounters. Don't waste your money here! Walk a couple blocks to Vida Copa for a better dining experience."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I took my son here for a special lunch, and was extremely disappointed. The Service was terrible. The hot meal was served cold. The menu offered sea bass and sounded good. There was no mention that is was served cooked whole (skin, bones, and all). When we received meal, I objected to waiter & he offered to de-bone fish. It was already cold. The Waiter should have offered me another entree. Worst meal ever-clueless about Customer Service and fundamental "Dining Experience" concept. I won't return. Recommend strongly against this restaurant. Many other much better restaurants in Pasadena, that offer better, including Cheesecake Factory, who at least has good servers, and they know how to treat a Customer, with good service and hot food."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Amazing food. Bread is heavenly. Fettuccine is awesome"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We always dine at Mi Piace when in Pasadena. The food is exceptional, the service has always been great and the window tables provide an array of entertainment."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The Bruschetta appetizer was amazingly delicious! Afterward, we wished that we'd each just gotten our own plate of Bruschetta and called it a day. Can't wait to eat here again just for that, it was that yummy. Then for a first course we split the Classica Pizza, which was good but not really special. For main courses we had the Piccata di Pollo and the Fettuccine Bolognese. They were both well made dishes, delicious but again, not really memorable. The service was great and the food just flew out of the kitchen. They definitely have it down to a science, so that's a plus. But with two cocktails and tip, this lunch was about $115, so it's certainly spendy."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Thank you for the great service and good food. We have been coming here for many years and will continue to come."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This Old Town Pasadena institution may have pretty cocktails and beautiful desserts, but the food is average (which means underwhelming for the price) and the service is weak: over 15 minutes to get a glass of water, that I even had to request?! Come on now. Do better than that. Not a lot of options for vegetarians, and even that took some creative effort. Maybe worth a second chance; but maybe not."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I've been going here for over ten years and I have never had a bad or even so-so meal. They are consistent and will do anything to,please their customers. Their wait staff I'd always knowledgeable and courteous and the pasta is exquisite!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Everything ordered was delicious. Ordered the antipasto de mare as it was highly mentioned/rated on Yelp by its users and it did not disappoint. I also highly recommend that dish!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food was amazing, the service was exceptional, and the view of old pasadena at night made it an awesome night out."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Mi Piace has a great and vibrant atmosphere. It is typically packed, but not without reason: the food is great (the bread is delicious), the prices are reasonable, and the atmosphere is really fun! And the desserts are amazing!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Hostess needs to be a little bit more polite at check-in. Other than that bar, waiter etc. were fantastic."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "i've liked Mi Piace ever since it opened. the food is fantastic, and the interior design is elegant. i remembered it being pretty pricey, but this last visit seemed like i got off easy. very cool place..."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "My sister and I must have gotten the bottom of the salad bowl because our luncheon salads were a little wilted and slightly overdressed, and it seems necessary to make your requests for more bread or drinks more than once before you are accommodated. That being said, they are always gracious about our visiting as long as we like,"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Great food, beautiful restaurant, definitely coming back!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The service was good, the waite staff very friendly and convenient location on Colorado Blvd. The veal chop was great but the veal in the Marsala was a bit over cooked which took away from an otherwise great dish. I was slightly disappointed that they were not able to go off menu and take a special order, which I would have expected at a restaurant of this caliber. -- Saltimbocca is one of my favorites but was not on the menu. For dessert, you must have the Cannoli; they are among the best I have had. A few rough edges keep this Mi Piace from being 5 stars in my book, but I would definitely return."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "& a wide variety of food that is consistently great. The service is not so good. It's rare to see the same person twice, most are distracted, there is an air that they are doing you a favor, forget things, especially if you are not a large party (and I eat alone a lot and with one person). Then there will be a great waiter - which we had on Saturday. He had been there awhile knew the menu well and was pretty attentive (there were two of us and we were on the sidewalk patio. The spotty service has been that way for years as I've been coming here for 4 yrs now and it has to be the hiring. The atmosphere is great - very loud on Fridays and Saturday nights -"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food was delicious. There were four of us and we wanted to try different things and share them among ourselves. They were very gracious about splitting plates, which is nice to find in a restaurant. The salads and pasta were all excellent. The chocolate soup was incredibly rich and delicious, but not overly sweet. Perfection."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food is always superb. A bit crowded, but otherwise the staff was friendly and we enjoyed our evening there very much."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This restaurant was a great surprise. The food was better than many other Italian restaurants I've been to. Food had flavor and was well presented. Desserts were outstanding and service was attentive."
    Dined on 6/19/2014