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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 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "Once in awhile when we want to stay close to home we venture out to Pasadena and dine at Mi Piace. Its a fun atmosphere and cool place for drinks. The food is good but nothing to rave about. If you want decent Italian food and a place to check out people, then this place is your spot."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I have not found a better place to eat in Pasadena, this is a must try if you are in the Greater LA area. Friendly staff, great food, great drinks and prime location in Old Town on Colorado St!!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I have been dining at Mi Piace for many years. The entree's are always a 5. The deserts are sometimes a 3 to 4. The service is always pleasant but the majority of the time our server is not as attentive as they should be. Rarely do they come back and ask how our dinner is and much of the time they seem not well organized. IT always seems difficult to gain their attention. Maybe some training would be helpful."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "My husband & I made a reservation here for a Saturday evening.The location was conveniently located in old pasadena. We had a 7 pm reservation which looked questionable when we noticed two other couples waiting that had 630 reservations...we finally asked if we could sit outside a after noticing several people walk in and immediately get seated. The hostess said " oh I didn't know you wanted to sit outside" After perusing the menu, we decided to split a Cesar salad first. This was definitely the worst Cesar salad I have ever had. I mean seriously no evidence of anchovies at all ..just bland The pasta was flavorless as well. When we asked for Parmesan( for flavor!) our waiter told us he did not usually offer Parmesan for a seafood dish."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Food was great but service was not so great. The hostesses at the front were very rude and had no manners whatsoever. The African American hostess flicked her hands for us to get out of her way instead of kindly asking us to move like a regular person with manners would. She made it seem like we were her dogs standing and she was shooing us out of the way. (She was very unpleasant) Our waitress was nice but very slow. The food on the other hand was spectacular. We got 3 different pasta dishes and shared and everything was exceptionally good. Ill be back for the food and hope to not encounter such terrible service."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Love Mi Piace for breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks!!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "You will not find a better dining experiance anywhere in Old Town Pasadena, great food, great service and a great location!!!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This is my first time writing a review, but I felt I should say what great food and attention we received for our dinner Wednesday night. The service was great! At first, our table was right in the middle of the room, and my mom found it hard to hear so we asked if we could move to a table at the window. They were happy to accommodate us and brought our drinks over with smiles, not at all like we were putting them out. Our waiter was so kind and easy going, yet always just a step away it seemed if we needed anything. I would recommend the scampi, it was amazing! Thanks for a great dinner"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Our 1st female service assigned to our tabled didn't smile at all and looked like she didn't want to be there. We were relieved when another server took over (andrew). He was very very nice! If our 1st server would've been our server the whole afternoon, then our experience would've been lousy."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Extremely good food!!! Not big of an Italian eater but this place is definitely amazing. The have a great option to choose from and all of it is extremely good!!!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We used to come to this Mi Piace a lot and have not been in a while. We were so glad to see the food was as good as ever. The atmosphere was great and our server was fantastic. PLEASE keep up the great job!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Our table wasn't ready when we arrived, service was slow & disjointed and it took 25 Min to pay our check."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We arrived for a 7P reservation and they made us wait for 15 minutes. They obviously overbook on purpose. Service was just bad. Our waiter had no personality and was hard to find throughout our dinner. No great food presentation and the food lacked flavor. They immediately cleared my boyfriend's food after he took his last bite. They tried to steal my plate right after (seemed like they wanted us out of there so they could go home) but I said I wasn't done. Three different people came by within 10 minutes and asked the same. It was beyond annoying!!!! I was totally unimpressed with our dinner from the moment we arrived. We will never go back!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I thought it was very good overall, service was especially good, Bob our waiter (second time in a row) was even more fun than the first time! The Hostess was also an especially bright spot in an excellent evening!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Very consistent food and service as we have been coming for several years for mostly lunch and occasional dinner. It is a good place to stop for a break before going for more shopping in Pasadenal old town."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We made reservations via Open Table for 6 ppl. at 7:15pm on a Saturday night and the restaurant called to confirm with me direct which was great. BUT - We arrived on time and still had to wait ONE HOUR to be seated and had to keep checking with the hostesses on what was happening... Clearly they overbook their tables for dinner. They gave us a comp appetizer and the server was good, but I'm not sure if we will be back for dinner again on a weekend - that was crazy!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I had Been here for Business Meeting And the Ambiente, Food And Service"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Pushed backed reservation by an hour with no worries. We were seated with no wait time. Table in rear which is fine. Looks out on the dinning area. Table service was outstanding. Ordered soft drinks, Insalata Greca, Ravioli Della Casa, Pizze Classica with eggplant. They make a very tasty Pizze ! I Like It !"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Brunch at Mi Piace is a solid, consistent experience. Food's great, servers and host stand wonderful. Only thing I advise is that it's a leisurely experience so don't expect everything too quickly."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We try to take visitors here so they see how vibrant the city is. The restaurant is always hopping and the food and service make it a place to try again."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I've been here many times and while the food is always good, the service is very spotty. This was one of those spotty days, very slow service. Went for breakfast and ordered the Huevos Rancheros, it was kinda bland so I asked for a small side of salsa and was told they would have to charge me for salsa. ???Really??? Salsa costs extra for a dish that should already come with salsa? Well I told them to keep their salsa and I would not be back."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "This is the restaurant with great food. So get dressed up for SAT night dinner and enjoy the beautiful ambiance. The Rack of Lamb was delish!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Used to go for brunch on occasion but decided try dinner since it had been a couple of years since the previous visit. Absolutely delicious mussels. linguine with clams, kale salad, short rib ravioli. Spinach salad was just ok. Good value too. Highly recommended. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "I say this because the restaurant didn't seem to appreciate people there on dates! The hostess wanted to put us in the backroom by the kitchen and no one else was seated back there. Right by the door to the bathroom. We told her we didn't want to sit in a backroom by the noisy kitchen as one of the waiters just dropped a plate and broke it just then! There were plenty of tables in the main restaurant too. The food is always delious! There were too many families there though with infants. Again, not what you would expect for a night out on Valentine's Day!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Perfect for a Sunday lunch. Nice home made pastas. Our server Trinity was outstanding. While the wine list had several out of stocks, we finally found a Vermetino from Sardegna that was solid. The wait staff could use some wine training. Overall a nice experience."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Have dined here many times, food is alleys excellent!!! If you have to wit a bit, defiantly worth it!!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I've been to Mi Piace a few times, but this last time was probably the best experience. Despite a last minute reservation on a very busy Thursday night for a large group, OpenTable got me a reservation and more importantly Mi Piace was ready to accommodate us with a very short wait. Our server was great, very attentive, helpful, and perfectly assertive to get our attention at our very talkative table. The recommendations and the food were great. I will definitely be back when the opportunity arises."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "This review is only for the service I had. My boyfriend and I came here to celebrate Valentine's Day and I guess they were short on staff because the service was HORRIBLE! Our waiter was running around everywhere and the only time he help us was to take our order. And, when we were ready for the check, I had to wave my hand in the air when he was passing by to get his attention and he didn't even look! I had to ask someone else to bring us the check. We waited 10 minutes at the table so, I got fed up and went to the Maitre d' to ask her for the check. She told me to wait and she will get the check for me. Than I see her walking around helping other people!!!! I was standing there for 5-10 minutes until the waiter brought me the check."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "I really enjoyed eating here. It's my third time here, and I had a great time. The food was excellent, as usual, didn't have to wait too long. The service was great. The waiter was really nice and professional, and had a very relaxed atmosphere about him. Loved it all. I'll definitely come back here again and again."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "I have been to this restaurant before and I had a pleasant experience. This time the service was just fair. The waitress was aloof and not welcoming, nor was she attentive. My order was incorrect and I had to wave my hand on several occasions just to get here attention."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Mi Piace has a great location and ambiance. The food is very good, but not fantastic. The spaghetti was very well made, but the ravioli noodles were a bit dry. The pasta e fagioli soup was excellent. After being seated, it took over ten minutes for a waiter to come and get our drink over. The waiter apologized for leaving us for so long. Also, during the meal, they only came back to check on us and refill drinks once."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My valentine picked this restaurant for our dinner date on valentines day. From the moment I entered, I began liking the vibe. It was fancy, vibrant, and energetic. I wish the tables were a bit spread out but given that it was valentines day, it was understandable. Great service (especially on such a busy day) and delicious food. I recommend the fries and vegetarian lasagna! Thanks to my valentine for picking mi piace!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I made a reservation a week in advance and I got to the restaurant 15 minutes early. I was finally seated almost 30 minutes past my reservation time, I was seated in the bar area, in the corner under speakers blearing horrible music. I asked the waitress to find out if the music could be turned down; after repeated requests to get the music turned down she just ignored me. I asked for water to be served, I noticed 3 tables along the bar area get served water but I was ignored. The table next to me noticed that I was being ignored and they ordered water for me. There was one waitress for the entire bar and she clearly could have cared less about our meal or experience. It should have been a good Valentines dinner with my Son but it was not."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great place to go for breakfast , lunch and dinner."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Since the restaurant we wanted to go to had too long of a wait, we walked a few doors down to Mi Piace and we were so glad we did. The food was excellent and creative. For years I have been looking for crab cakes that compared to ones I had eaten in Bermuda, without success. Finally I found them at Mi Piace! Can't wait to go back and have them again."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Dinner was good but the desert's were excellent by far best part of the meal"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "the pizza was hand-made ~~ tastes so delicious! bon apetit ~"
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "This place has the perfect ambiance of a trendy restaurant in Old Town. The menu prices are more than fair. Great food overall."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This used to be my wife's favorite place, so we went. Granted it was Valentine's night, but things still could have been better. The food was not nearly as good as before. Minestrone was bland - and several veggies were undercooked. Veal marsala was good, but seafood pasta was also bland. Used to be a 5-star for the food, but not this time. Service was an issue. Our waitress seemed burned out, not just with us but with neighboring tables. If not for the hostesses and managers helping out (with every table) this would've been another knock on them. This place used to be much better. We've been out to popular joints on Valentine's night, and those places still kept high standards despite the crowds and busy times."
    Dined on 2/14/2014