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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 WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Had a brilliant time eating here. The food was plated in an immaculate and appealing way. Not only that, the food tasted great!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Had an 11:00A reservation - hostess said she just needed to clear off a table, then proceeded to give it to the couple that came in after us. Instead we got a terrible table in the back next to the kitchen. We waited at least 10 minutes before someone even acknowledged us. Then came Jenna. She was, by far, the BEST server we've ever had. Not only did she get drinks to us almost immediately, she was friendly, efficient, and had our order taken and delivered within 15 minutes. My son & I love their eggs benedict and they didn't disappoint. My husband had their Osso Bucco and LOVED it! And she gave us our calamari fritti appetizer (always good too) for free because we had to wait - above and beyond the call of duty. Made our day!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "My parents are regulars here and I have been coming with them quite often for YEARS!!! like 15 years. Im obsessed with the Lasagna di Pollo. We came here for Father's day breakfast and we waited like 40 minutes for them to take our food order. Then atleast another 40 minutes for food. It certainly wasnt an issue of it being too crowded as we saw tables being served all around us and there were many tables not occupied. We of course will give them another chance, i was just disappointed."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great atmosphere - asked for a booth (they onyl have 3) and the hostess made sure she saved me one. Very nice staff, great atmosphere. Very good food. Had a great evening!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Mi Piace has one of the best service that I have encountered. The food is good but the service is the best. Although it was pretty busy, the staff were very attentive to our needs."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Although we were first offered a table in the back by the serving station (3 other parties in the restaurant), our request for a window table for 2 was graciously and quickly honored. We began with the bruschetta, crisp and perfectly seasoned. Glasses of St. Emilion accompanied our mains of freshly made pasta and salad. Complimentary bread was tasty and still warm. Of course, we had to have dessert as we were by the pastry case in front. Worth the calories. Lemon raspberry tart was light with an intriguing seeded pastry. My friend had the hazelnut and chocolate pastry. Service was efficient, friendly and unobtrusive. This was the perfect place to take a friend for a special treat."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I still love going to Mi Piace but the last few times the service has been on the slow side. Not a big deal to me as I enjoy dining with friends but some people may find it offputting."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Was looking for a restaurant in Pasadena and a cousin recommended Mi Piace...glad he did! Open Table Reservation worked flawlessly. Mi Piace was cool increasing # in my party. Got called for confirmation day of and they were cool with reducing # in my party. Service was great as was food. We ordered breakfast and lunch items and only complaint was that the toasted bread on the steak sandwich was a lot to chew through. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "An open kitchen, high ceilings, white walls, and a trendy, yet minimalistic design, how could you not fall in love with the ambiance? Mi Piace also has an outdoor patio right in front, making it a perfect place to dine and people watch. I've eaten here plenty of times and each time has been a great experience. One of my favorite dishes has to be Ravioli Al Burro, with chicken breast. If you're in the mood for dessert, I recommend the Banana Pyramid, even though I'm not a huge fan of bananas. A crunchy chocolate base with a fresh banana cream dipped in milk chocolate -- surprisingly light and yummy. Because of the great ambiance, superb location, friendly service, and tasty food, I'll continue to come back again and again."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I have not been to Mi Piace for a few years. Four of us tall and broad-shouldered adults were sat at a table sqwished up against a wall...there were other tables and we did have a reservation. The food was good, but not the best Italian food in town. I recognized very few bottles of wine on the wine list. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "One of our favorite place to eat in Padadena. Food is always good."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I've been wanting to try Mi Piace since moving to the area a couple years ago. My birthday seemed like as good a time as any so we went for Breakfast/Brunch. It really is a nice place, and looks even better at night. The food was good. Everyone in the group liked their food and would order it again. The chocolate waffles were a particular hit with my group. I personally had the eggs Florentine. I would also order this again, although I would suggest they add some cheese to it for a bit more of an indulgent flavor. The service was also very good. The waiter was helpful and funny. My own issue were a couple of mistakes on the order, but they were minor and did not delay the start of our meal at all."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "All Mi Piace staff were very courteous and welcoming. Their professionalism provided an all-around great dining experience. The food was expertly presented and delicious. So good I posted photo of the Shrimp Scampi on FB."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Our first experience at Mi Piaci was fantastic. Couldn't wait to get back. Unfortunately history didn't repeat itself. After we were seated at a two top, the restaurant was maybe 1/3 full, we decided to sit next to each other. No one attended us after being seated, so we took the initiative and made the move ourselves. About five minutes later the hostess comes back and says we can't take up two tables like that. I said really, we have to move? We did. After five more minutes still no server attention. Finally ordered a much anticipated Bloody Mary which for some reason took 15 minutes to make, food did come and was good, but many details even in the prep of the food left much to be desired. I think we are sadly done with Mi Piaci"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Met here for lunch. Had a table at the front of the restaurant. My view was of the baked goods and my friend's was of Colorado Blvd. It was quite busy and a little noisy and our table was quite close to the other tables on each side. I got there a little early and there is no waiting area. The food was excellent and the house cabernet was a very good pick. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014