About 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. We are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, as well as brunch on the weekends. Enjoy Happy Hour in the lounge all night Mondays and from 4:30-7:30PM Tues-Fri.

25 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91105
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Monday
11:00AM-11:00PM

Tuesday
11:00AM-11:00PM

Wednesday
11:00AM-11:00PM

Thursday
11:00AM-11:00PM

Friday
11:00AM-12:00AM

Saturday
8:00AM-12:00AM

Sunday
8:00AM-11:00PM

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, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, 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

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (34)
Special Occasion (29)
Good for Groups (24)
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Neighborhood Gem (22)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Fun (20)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Hot Spot (18)
People Watching (18)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Romantic (16)
Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Bar Seating (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Casual (14)
Authentic (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Business Meals (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Cozy (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Healthy (6)
Afternoon Coffee (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Seasonal (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Live Sports (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Organic (3)
Scenic View (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Live Music (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Mi Piace is located in busy Old Pasadena. Our meal was a bit uneven--some dishes were very good, some needed a bit of help.
The very good: The fresh ricotta with lemon was really nice--bright flavor, a bit heavy on the olive oil, but we thoroughly enjoyed the dish. The scampi were perfectly cooked--and the veggies were really a nice complement to the dish--not the usual afterthought--they were nicely integrated and well-prepared. We tried gelato and sorbeto for dessert--both very nice.
The needs work: Lobster pasta special--OK, I'm pretty good with seafood, but it was a real struggle to get the lobster out of the halved shells. No assistance from the kitchen to get this started--and with small tails, took some effort to remove. The sauce was to be spicy--but was pretty flat--I liked the orange zest, but missed the spice kick. Also, pasta was slightly overcooked--and had 3 different types mixed in. So, just OK.
Good wine list--not extensive but well-chosen options.
Might have been uneven due to being a busy night. I'd give another try.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

We both ordered the 10 oz. angus rib-eye from the lunch special menu. The flavor was great but the meat quality was unfortunately very bad and dry.

Service was great though.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Always a great place to relax after visiting the Norton Simon Museum - great menu and bar options and great service too!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Always have had a great experience here. It does get very busy but still great food and atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I'm local and have been here a handful of times. Food is usually good and priced accordingly. Bar area is nice but always busy. The ambiance however is lacking. Every time I've sat inside it's hot and crowded. People are jammed in their like sardines. Also very loud and hard to hear anybody you're with. Also appears to have become quite touristy. I would recommend sitting outside if you can.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent food and excellent customer service

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We found the service to be less than desireable. Not attentative to us as customers. Forget us a lot. We ordered cocktails and the ingredients on the menu were what was served. Not happy with this visit.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Restaurant is large, but not noisy. We could easily converse. Food is cooked fresh, not necessarily the case in some Italian restaurants. Prices were quite moderate, although there were some pricier choices. As a bonus, wines by the bottle were 25% off Tues and Wed, a happy surprise.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

I would recommend this restaurant for good food, friendly service, nice ambiance, and location. The above reasons don't really apply to me.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

It was just what the girls needed for a night on the town

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

My family and I️ enjoyed the attentive service. It was how we chose to spend Thanksgiving. They ambiance was perfect for our family

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Quality of the food is always excellent. The sauces are fresh and cannot be found at any other Resturant. Service is outstanding. Pricing is reasonable especially for the quality of the food. They are very personable and not snobby. We visit L.A. about three times a year (from Denver CO) and always make it a priority to visit Mi Piace. It is our favorite place to dine in L.A.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Fun, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Nice place for a date and delicious food and great service!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Sports
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I travel to Pasadena from Florida to see my mom and daughter. This restaurant is a must great food friendly staff and they prepare veal parmigiana even though it isn’t on the menu.
I have recommended it to friends traveling to Pasadena and they all rave about it. It is on Colorado Blvd. so there are many great places to shop near by.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was good but the creme brulee was bland and served cold. This place is very good for adults and families with teenagers. I would not recommend it for families with younger kids because the place is smaller and the chairs are very close together.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

We had dined at Mi Piace once before and were hoping for a repeat performance, but we were disappointed. The waitress seemed to be suffering patiently while we were ordering. The lobster bisque was good, but the mussels that came with the spaghetti were not fresh. My wife's salmon arrived with a long black hair clearly visible on the white plate - poor quality control. She sent the plate back of course; when it came back, the vegetables were crisp instead of soft as she had requested. She sent it back again. After the plate came back, she did enjoy it because the salmon was excellent and the vegetables (finally) to her liking.
They took a little money off the bill but even so it wasn't worth it. We won't go there again.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Food was very expensive which I didn’t mind but it was only mediocre. The service was very good.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I haven't been to this restaurant in a while and I have to say that I'm so disappointed! Service was only sub par given our server stood at the front with the host and chit chatted it up. All I have to say to that is that there is a time and place for that, but not on the clock! Food was bland and tasted frozen only to heat up and throw sauce together. Sad to say all this but if you're looking for great Italian food, or brunch on a Sunday, go somewhere else.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Love their breakfast

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The half life of a restaurant in Old Town Pasadena is not very long. Most restaurants go away quickly. Mi Piace is one of the exceptions having survived for many years. The food is of very high quality and the menu has something for everyone. The minestrone is very basic, but it's exactly like what my Italian mother made for us growing up. Here's to many more years of great meals at this great restaurant!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great place to meet in Pasadena. Excellent carpaccio! Good, but not great pizza; I like a thinner crust. Lovely birthday treat; tasted like it had been refrigerated for a while, still good.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food and service. We visit a couple of time a year

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We went with friends from out-of-town for breakfast/lunch. Service was excellent and we and our guests enjoyed the food and ambiance. The noise level was fine for conversation.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Very disappointed in the ribeye burger. Too thin to be a gourmet burger. Could not be cooked medium rare because it was too thin. Honestly I Just had a Jack in the Box one that was just as good. Not worthy of your restaurant. Hopefully you will remove from your menu. But everything else was great. I will be back.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Service was not so good.
Pastas wete delicious.
Fish was under seasoning.
Lamb was good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Nice spot to eat and hang out for drinks.. Although the bar was nice and trendy they needed just one more drink waitress.. Great spot to hang overall.. 👍🏼👍🏼

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This is an update of my previous review. This used to be our favorite go-to place in Pasadena. I knew there was a wait for seating and service (even with a reservation), but I put up with it. No longer. I'm tired of the pretentious and snooty host staff. I have lived and traveled all over the globe and dined in the best restaurants. There is no reason this place needs to be so haughty. The food, frankly, was meh. The quality has declined since my first visit years ago. Not one person in my group enjoyed the evening. I had invited an out-of-town guest and I was embarrassed. We were treated a bit like riff-raff simply because I deigned to ask more than once when we would be seated, even though I had a reservation. Life is too short to put up with people like this, and Pasadena has too many good restaurant alternatives. Bye, bye, baby.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Had an appointment but had to wait 35 mins after we checked in. Not sure what the purpose of having a reservation is for. When we got seated, we didn’t even have menus for a while. Was not to happy with this place, it use to be much better.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Go for the pizza with it's very thin crust, but pastas bland as is Ceasar dressing. Kitchen remarkably slow with entrees.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Delicious food and excellent customer service

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food and service, but a bit too loud. Great location for walking around after a fullfilling meal.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

They have a decent happy hour. The dipping sauces for the calamari are quite tasty. My husband asked if we could get the calamari not fried. The answer was no. The chicken lasagna was one reason I went. It was good but not phenomenal.

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great food, wonderful staff, fine dining ambiance. Definately recommend Mi Piace!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great food.
This past Sunday night was way to noisey. It is one of the few Italian restaurants that offers Amarone by the glass!!! What a treat.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We Have been before and this time as always the service and food were excellent.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

My boyfriend and I hadn't been here for a while, and since it was his birthday and he always liked Mi Piace, I decided to surprise him and booked dinner for Sat nite. What a fun and perfect evening! Sat outside for some great people watching, but our table spot was also both romantic and cozy. Our waiter was wonderful, food was divine, Malbec wine yummy. A perfect night at a very special restaurant. Thank you, MP!!! xxxx

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Cozy, Fun, Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Excellent food, great service, great people watching!

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 22, 2017

One of my favorite places to go. I got the Calarmari Friti and it was absolutely amazing. I love it so much. I also got the Ravioli en de casa which was okay. I wish I got something else. My boyfriend got the fettuccine alfredo and it was delicious. Super flavorful, with black truffle on top!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We usually go to Mi Piace after going to the theater in Pasadena because we have season tickets and this restaurant although always crowded and exceedingly noisy is quite close. The food is out outstanding but reliably good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Manager Judith came by and made sure e everything was going smoothly on a Saturday morning. This type of professional attention to detail is keeps us coming back.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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