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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4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

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Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (33)
Special Occasion (29)
Good for Groups (24)
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Good for Birthdays (21)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Fun (18)
Hot Spot (18)
People Watching (18)
Casual (16)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
Authentic (15)
Romantic (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Worth the Drive (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Business Meals (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Cozy (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Healthy (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Seasonal (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Live Sports (3)
Scenic View (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Organic (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Local Ingredients (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined a day ago

Excellent service

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Service is very slow. Ordered Pasta Pescatore... pasta is over cooked and lot of squids... no fish at all! So disappointed

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

It was nice the hostess very unfriendly and the food was ok the chicken didn’t taste as good but is ok we didn’t say anything we were hungry

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Years Eve

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Horrible experience. We were not seated until 9pm for our 815pm reservation.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Terrible service. Reserved 2 months in advance. 1 hour wait. Rude people. Great food. Very loud.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

1st night out on our PASADENA stay! Had not had a meal all day and this was just what we needed!! Great service, great food, hearty portions!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This restaurant consistently provides great food with great service. They never disappoint us.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Delicious food and excellent customer service

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Very poor service. Even with a reservation we had to wait 20 minutes for a table. Server was slow and inattentive. Food was just ok.

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 29, 2017

This was for a special birthday celebration which I planned and alerted the staff to days prior and the day of. The waitress was completely M.I.A. Except when the check came, the restaurant was so crowded we could barely move, we sat next to the bathroom entrance/kitchen and it was insanely hot, the staff forgot it was my friend's birthday, ran out of main ingredients like the arugala for their specialty pizza, and the waitress added her own tip at the end. That was not a typo. My friend's were astounded. I've been coming to Mi Piace since I was in high school. I'm almost 30 and needless to say, I will never return. I organized this as a big surprise for my friend's 30th and was so let down. The entrees were good but certainly not worth the price or the poor experience.

Tags: Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Bruschetta was all bread, no flavor, not juicy, no garlic.
Onion soup was so so - nothing to write home about.
Cesar salad - all dark leaves, no punch, no anchovy taste to the dressing - all in all tasteless.

Bruschetta was the worst of all. Bruschetta should be thin, with juices soaking into the crunchy bread. This was a thick piece of bread w cut up tomatoes on it.

Thanks.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

I hadn't been to Mi Piace's in years and was happy to find that the food is as good as ever. Their pizza's are thin crust and really good. My only complaint is that it has become really pricey, especially for lunch.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Mi Piace has always been a great restaurant. Never had a bad meal. Cuisine is excellent and I would recommend Mi Piace to all my friends. Delicious!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 28, 2017

They seated us at a table that had a large support pole blocking part of the table. They were clearly trying to jam as many people in as possible. The pole made dinner conversation very awkward. The service was also terrible. We sat for 20 minutes before someone even came over to take drink orders, then he disappeared for a long while. Slow and sloppy. Overall, while I have come here many times in the 20+ years that I have lived in Pasadena, I can no longer recommend it.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great food and matching service.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Always yummy food. Only complaint was tight seats to squeeze people in where we were seated back in kitchen area was noisy & a bit uncomfortable. At Christmas time I know you can’t always get what you want even with reservations

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 23, 2017

super restaurant. One of my favorites in California.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We have been coming to Mi Piace for years. The food and service are always excellent so it’s a real treat to come here. We even ordered a tray for a birthday party one year and everyone commented on how good the food was. I would say the chicken lasagne is always a favorite dish of ours and I think it’s their signature dish. If we weren’t always so full afterwards we’d want to try the chocolate soup! We’ve seen other guests order it and it smells and looks amazing. One day!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 17, 2017

A disappointing experience. The location is stellar, but that's kind of the only thing that was positive about our experience. I can handle a loud place with bad service if the food is great, but of the four of us, none of us really liked our dinner.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food was good. There was too much red pepper flakes in my spaghetti with garlic. I had to drink a lot of water and our waiter had to be asked to refill. He was not very attentive.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Charging for bread was odd, but it wouldn’t have mattered if the bread was good. The food seemed oily, the flavors were off and the burrata had a thick dry skin.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 14, 2017

I've eaten at Mi Piace a number of times, and it's always good, as it was this time. I had inivited a friend to lunch who lives in Long Beach, so she made quite a drive. This time the service was really slow for some reason. I hope that they do a better job matching the service to the food next time.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 13, 2017

I have enjoyed Mi Piaci for years. the food is great, the staff is warm and friendly. Even in heavy LA traffic, it is always worth the drive to Pasadena to be treated like family!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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 on December 6, 2017

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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