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

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (27)
Good for a Date (25)
Good for Birthdays (20)
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Good for Anniversaries (18)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Good for Groups (17)
Hot Spot (16)
Casual (15)
People Watching (14)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Authentic (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Fun (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Happy Hour (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Business Meals (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Romantic (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Healthy (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Cozy (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Seasonal (3)
Live Sports (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on February 13, 2013

The half roast chicken lunch with the roasted garlic and vegetables was outstanding! Highly recommend coming here for a business lunch.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 9, 2013

Every time that I go to Pasadena, I try to go to Mi Piace to eat breakfast, brunch or lunch (I'm only in Pasadena during the daytime). I love this restaurant! The food is great; all of it... from the yummy bread in the beginning to the fantastic desserts. Highly recommend this.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 7, 2013

We drive 25 miles to eat at this restaurant about twice a year, but this time the pasta was disappointing. We ordered vegetable lasagna and ravioli al burro. When the bread is freshly baked, it is delicious, but many times over the years it has been very dry (held in the oven too long?).

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 5, 2013

Had a great time. The Food, Service was really nice. Enjoyed our experience. Will go back for sure.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 2, 2013

We come here about once a month only because they're the only place I know of that make Pollo Lasagna and the calamari is always good. The most consistent thing about about Mi Piace is how bad the service is! Horrible every single time, we even came before the dinner rush this time to try and get good service but still THE WORST SERVICE!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 31, 2013

This place has been around for decades and is still popular enough to have a line out the door. An Open Table reservation makes all the difference. We had a pleasant experience, enjoying an upscale atmosphere, good food, and conversation. The service was friendly but slow. I ate every bite of my salmon entree.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2013

Took my girlfriend here for our 1 yr anniversary & the restaurant did not disappoint. The lighting was amazing (dim but you could still the colors, your food). The staff from the beginning were very friendly & helpful. The food was amazing! Very similar to when we were in Italya few months ago. I wish we would have saved room for dessert because it looked delicious. Overall we had a wonderful time celebrating here & we are definitely eating here again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2013

Had reservations, arrived on-time, and seated after few minutes wait...okay, considering restaurant was relatively busy/full.
Enjoyed food and service was attentive; wish we had "room" for dessert, they looked enticing.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 24, 2013

It use to be better. Waited a very long time for our food to arrive, and it was sub-optimal at best. However, the server was very sweet and friendly.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 23, 2013

Excellent food and service. Whenever I'm in Pasadena, I make an effort to come here.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2013

Love the Chicken Lasagna! Great ambiance, drinks and delicious food! Friendly service!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 19, 2013

Horrible host. Ruined the evening.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 19, 2013

The food was okay, nothing mouth-watering.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 19, 2013

Great place to eat. Food top notch. Unfortunately even though we had a reservation for 7 PM and arrived 10 minutes early we did not get seated until 7:25 PM. As Seinfeld says: " they know how to make the reservation they just don't know how to keep it". Overall very nice experience.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 18, 2013

Great food and great service. We had the Con Pollo Panini with fries and the Old Town Special Pizza. The service was great and came often to refill our water and ask if we needed more bread and dipping sauces. They were just perfect by coming when we needed them and weren't over-bearing with their politeness. I would definitely recommend coming here for lunch or dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 18, 2013

Great Service, Food, and to die for Desserts!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 16, 2013

Our food was excellent but service was seriously lacking. We had to request items multiple times and our server just didn't seem engaged.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 15, 2013

service was great. the food was delicious but in small portions. loved the decorations. dessert was awesome.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 12, 2013

We had to wait about 20 minutes longer than our reservation. It was really loud because we were seated next to the bar so we constantly had to yell to talk to each other. The service was just "okay." The food, however, is excellent, so if you can get over mediocre service, loud noise, and long waits, then I recommend Mi Piace.

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 10, 2013

Only problem with Mi Piace is that I enjoy a lot of things on their menu so it is hard to choose what to eat everytime. I wish I can choose them all.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 7, 2013

Lunches at MiPiace are special. The table settings and attention to detail in the food presentation have always made this a favorite place for meeting family for a nice mid week lunch. The food is fresh with lots of variety in all categories. You can't leave without having desert and an espresso.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 5, 2013

Overall it was a very pleasant experience and Mi Place. We had a party of 5 and I can say that the food was very good and our waiter was equally as good with there being such a crowd. I would have rated this a 5 star but some of the bread and water attendants need a refresher course on how to act around patrons and not have such an attitude. But I do think management needs to identify the culprits and get rid of them and the only way to do that is to mention here in review process.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 4, 2013

Awesome place! We always keep going back! Last time we went, it was 15 min past our reservation and they were slammed with guest. We decided to comeback at a later time because we were on a time crunch. The manager apologized and offered that our next meal be comped by the restaurant. They didnt even have to do that, but thats how great the staff is! One time problem, has NEVER happened in the bast 8 years we have been visiting Mi Piace!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 4, 2013

I hadn't been to Mi Piace in years and decided to meet my brother & his wife there for dinner. The place is still as popular as ever; VERY busy. Thankfully, I had made a reservation through Open Table and even though we were about 10 minutes early, they went ahead and seated us. The food and drinks were great. Our server was very friendly, and whereas it was obvious that she was attempting to give us good service, the busyness of the restaurant made it a challenge for her to be very attentive to us. That said, it was a pleasant evening and I would not hesitate to return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 4, 2013

Had a reservation at 6:30, came 15 minutes early and they had us seated right away. It was my girlfriend's birthday and they brought out the most delightful desert as a nice finishing touch to a well prepared entree. And it was about the same price as The Cheesecake Factory, but much more enjoyable with a lower level of volume. We could actually hear each other.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 2013

Great experience with wonderful food. One of our favorites when we're in the area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2013

Good central location, we had family dinner and enjoyed some nice salads and pastas. Linguine with salmon was very nicely done. Friendly/proactive service. Would go again.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2012

Their food and waitstaff are excellent, but the restaurant manager does not seem very professional. Booked a table for NYE that I confirmed with the hostess 2 days in advance that we could stay til midnight with a 9pm. When we got there, just after dessert was set on the table an assistant manager informed us that there was a 2 hour maximum and we had to go. This is despite an expensive multi-course meal with wine and pre-confirming a reservation that we would stay until NYE to celebrate. The food was good but they brought entrees while we were still eating appetizers...the restaurant seems to suffer from a poorly managed house. I hope they can get their act together because this could be a pretty top notch place if properly run.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2012

visited on New years Eve....Crazy crowd and service was slow. need to visit another time.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on December 31, 2012

Our visit was on New Year's Eve, so the restaurant was very busy. We were seated within 5 minutes of arrival. Even given the full house and constant flow of people, the service was excellent -- attentive and prompt, but not rushed. The food was excellent. My wife's Pasta with Vodka Sauce was a little under-sauced, but my salmon was perfectly cooked, well presented, and very tasty. Our waiter recommended a wine to match our dishes that was unbelievably perfect. Possibly the best California Chardonnay I've every tasted, it made the meal, and certainly had the best "nose." We're trying to find a case to purchase. The Tiramisu was disappointing.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2012

Where do I start... Do I mention the employee prepping deserts and touching food without washing his hands after touching various parts of his body? Or do I start with the fact that after checking in 30 minutes early for our reservation it took the hostess 37 minutes to seat us(a party of 3)? I will simply start with the poor service; it took 9 1/2 minutes after we were seated to be acknowledged by our server at which point our complete order was placed, 9 1/2 minutes later for the salads to show up and 30 minutes after that point for 3 very simply pasta dishes to show up. Oh and as to the food; it was average at best. Bad service just might be overlooked in lieu of amazing food but not when the food is average. Bad is an understatement!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2012

This place was highly recommended by friends. When we arrived, it was hugely busy due to all the holiday/Rose Parade/Rose Bowl visitors, but we were seated within 10 minutes of our reservation. I reminded the host who seated us that it was my husband's birthday and she confirmed it. However, when my husband's dessert was served, there was no lit candle. After alerting our server (who was very apologetic), another dessert we hadn't ordered arrived with a candle in it. My husband's coffee was forgotten, but comped once we alerted our server. Although the food was tasty and service friendly, we will likely go elsewhere in the future for a special occasion/romantic dinner due to the noise, crowds, and chaos.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 29, 2012

Made a reservation for 7:30- seated at 8:30 other than that food, ambiance and service was excellent!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 29, 2012

Took three of my girlfriends out on a Friday night.. our reservation was at 6:45 pm . We got there a lil early and sat at the bar for a few drinks. 6:45 came by and still no tables.. we didn't get seated until 7:36pm. The food was delish and key lime pie martini is amazing!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 28, 2012

We had reserved a table for 915 pm. We were kept waiting for about 20 mins and then one of the staffers came and told us that they are getting a table ready for us, since someone else did not show up. As if, we are lucky to get a table!
Food was good. We have been here before, but the service is really not upto par.
I am not sure I we are going back here or would recommend this place to any of our friends.
There are so so many good Italian restaurants in Pasadena itself leave alone downtown, I wonder why we should pay good money to be treated like this!
Also, we were seated across from the door. Everytime someone opened the door, we could feel a cold draft!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2012

Mi Piace features wide menu choices of well prepared, well presented modern Italian food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 27, 2012

friendly and accommodating staff.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2012

Mi Piace was ready for us at our reservation time on Christmas Eve. We had a lovely late evening - our second Christmas Eve in a row. Mi Piace is our new post-Christmas Eve worship tradition.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2012

It's a hit or miss on good service. Food is adequate to good. Looks good and service is normally fast. I emailed once about a rude server, we've been there dozens of times and never got a reply. Proof that they don't care about service and the satisfaction of the client.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2012

Great food at a reasonable price!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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