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

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Mi Piace is open all day for this Thanksgiving holiday. Serving the best Italian fare and traditional treats for your whole family to enjoy. We give thanks to the many friends and family who have shared all these years together with us. May your bellys be full and hearts even fuller. Join us

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Mi Piace Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (34)
Special Occasion (28)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
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Fun (21)
Good for Groups (21)
Good for Birthdays (20)
People Watching (19)
Casual (18)
Hot Spot (18)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Vibrant Bar Scene (17)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Romantic (15)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Authentic (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Notable Wine List (12)
Business Meals (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Late-night Find (10)
Cozy (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Healthy (8)
Afternoon Coffee (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Seasonal (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Live Sports (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Organic (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Scenic View (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Live Music (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 20, 2017

This is a well know restaurant in the heart of Pasadena's Colorado shopping area. It's modern decor and sidewalk seating make it very inviting and pleasant to visit. The classic Italian food is exceptionally good. Fresh pastas and subtly spiced sauces give family dishes a truly gourmet touch. I'm from NY and have been disappointed in most LA Italian restaurants. But, Mi Piace comes pretty close to the higher end NY restaurants. I will be back for more.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

food was good as always the Pasta Carbanera was pretty sparse on the peas and the ham though...otherwise, great service and love the brussell sprouts and the garlic bread!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Love this place!!! Love Nader!!!! Went to celebrate our daughter passing her national phlebotomy exam (she’s only 18) Nader and the staff made our celebration amazing and we can’t wait to go back. I feel like if we aren’t here every week we are here every other week. Finding any reason (sometimes none) to go here. Oh and The seasonal pumpkin gelato was to die for- it should be a part of the dessert menu. It’s that good. Shout out to the chef, su chef and our server Taylor and of course Nader for making our evening top notch (as always).

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Healthy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 11, 2017

We had a great dinner, and will definitely return the next time we are in the area.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Our granddaughter, a college student, is with us for a few days and wanted to go to Mi Piace. We happily agreed. I had not had the smoked salmon bagel before, and loved it. My husband, as usual, devoured every bite of the eggs benedict, and our granddaughter loved her California omelet. We will return!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Third time, and we will revisit whenever we are in town to visit our son at CalTech. It's a hit with our whole family or even a couples meal after our visit. Great food, great wine, quick meal or to linger. And desserts are amazing.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 8, 2017

It was a saturday evening so it was very crowded. Eventhough I had reservation, we waited a while and the only table they had was the outside corner. It was quite noisy as people were walking and talking by us. The food was very good and and service was also good. The waiter was attentive and checked on us frequently. Though the place was a little pricey, overall, it was a very good place.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Love Mi Piace- great food, drinks and vibe! Always a favorite!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Always a consistently good experience. Excellent food, interesting wine list.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I have at good meals in the past. Zero flavor in any of the dishes we ordered. Had to keep going to the salt and pepper to get through the meal.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Perfect location for meal before you go to Rose Bowl

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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