Mi Piaci El Paso

4.5
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$30 and under
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Italian
Mi Piaci is a locally owned Italian restaurant specializing in steak and seafood, open for lunch and dinner.
Our steaks our certified 1855 Prime Black Angus Reserve. Wet aged 21 days minimum.
Seafood flown in fresh from Seattle Fish Company.
Pastas made from scratch by chef and owner Cosimo Battaglia.
Mi Piaci is an authentic Italian restaurant serving the West El Paso region for close to 14 years. We specialize in giving our guest an extraordinary experience in cuisine and service. The Chef and owner hails from Calabria in the most southern part of Italy where he learned his artisan trade of cooking. With over 20 years of experience and 21 years right here in El Paso chef Cosimo Battaglia is sure to create a feast for your pleasure. Come enjoy food, wine, full bar, and a welcoming atmosphere at Mi Piaci Ristorante italiano di Cosimo.

Private Dining room for business meetings, birthdays, or any event.
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SB
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Best Sea Bass I’ve had.

A
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience1

First of all it was my Anniversary and I had called to make reservations because we had other plans for the evening and it took over over 1.5 hrs before I got my dish. That was only because I asked how much longer it was going to take for me to get my dish it was only for two people and everybody else was getting their food. I asked to see if they could do something about it and all they offered was to give me a dessert I asked if they could at least take out the bottle of wine they purchased they said they would talk to the manager however only an ownerCan make those types of decisions I was really disappointed. This is no common restaurant I spent over $130 for two people and they couldn’t provide a better customer service experience. The next day I called to speak to the owner and make a complaint multiple times the owner was not available finally I was able to speak with a manager let them know what my My situation and asked if I could please still speak to the owner they said they would have him return my phone call at his earliest convenience it’s been three days and apparently he still has no time to call back and even offer an apology. Any other restaurant has managers on That can make decisions on staff they don’t need an owner to decide how you can compensate for providing a very unpleasant evening. I even had to cancel my plans did not finish my entire dish and left more than half of the wine bottle left. I have never experienced this type of service from any restaurant and I have gone to this restaurant more than several times a year each year how sad they do not care about their customers perspective

JL
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

There food was decent but not 5 star and it was a bit expensive for what you got.

TR
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Bottom level is subpar compared to the upper level; way overpriced for the quality of the food. I have been to the restaurant before and the standard menu is far better than the special New Years Eve menu. Will probably never return

EW
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I did not get the dish I ordered, I ordered one with ham & peas, but I got a Bolognese , I think it might had peas, just not what I ordered. Food not very warm.
It was way dark and not as cheery as I remembered, but the Christmas tree was beautiful.
It’s like they were not quite ready for customers.
We were treating our friends for Christmas lunch. Two of us were satisfied & two were not.
Not what I remember for sure. Appearance seems to have gone a bit down hill.
I normally send food back but, did not want to make a scene in front of my friends. My food was just ok.
Sorry.

OT
El Paso
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 5 year anniversary and they made it very comfortable and special to both of us. We thank you all.

TM
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even when it’s not a cheap restaurant it’s worth it all the way. The food, service and environment are excellent.

JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. The Sea Bass was awesome! And the owner stopping was a nice touch.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. The portions on my wife and daughters plates (Salmon/ Chicken) was enough for them to bring some home for later. Thank you.

Z
El Paso
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine dining Italian cuisine. Attentive service and the usual visit by the owner/executive chef to all the tables for added personal attention.

T
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can taste how fresh and authentic the food is. Very friendly staff and chef.

TP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want authentic cuisine with a beautiful dining experience, this is thee place to go.

JL
El Paso
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service were excellent. Menus are looking old and tattered. Interior could use a little updating.

DF
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

MiPiaci consistently serves a delicious meal with excellent service.

B
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Avoid. I will be completely up front: I didn’t not eat here so I can’t comment on the food or drinks.

New in town and decided to try a new place before seeing Gipsy Kings concert. We selected Mi Piaci. Upon arrival, we were unsure of the front door. The porch to the side was run down and dilapidated looking, possibly prepping for haunted house tours. Stepping through the front door we noticed tiles missing, broken door handles and nasty floors.

For some reason we continued inside. Attendance was sparse for a Saturday evening. The whole vibe was “this was redone 10 years ago and not a penny spent since then”. Hostess sat us down to menus that were literally falling apart. As I grabbed my chair to scoot it in, there was a mystery substance on the side. Nice and sticky, clearly been there awhile. My wife and I have had our share of bad experiences, looked at each other and unanimously decided this wasn’t the place for a nice relaxing date night, bottle of wine and ambiance.

If everything else is falling apart, filthy and unkept, I assure you that the food will be mediocre at best. Not the dining out experience we were looking for and ultimately went to Anson11.

Best of luck to all who enter.

s
El Paso
25 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was delicious.

IO
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit to the restaurant for an impromptu date night with my husband. Our server, Sarah, was so friendly and helped us make decisions for every course by providing information about specials and recommendations. We decided to split each dish so we could enjoy more of the menu, and the kitchen was happy to oblige! We had the Gorgonzola Pear salad, a fettuccine pasta with shrimp and a creamy pesto sauce, and Seabass with a creamy carrot sauce. Each dish was just as delicious as the next! We finished the evening with the tiramisu and a cappuccino. Everything was delicious, and we look forward to our next visit!

SG
San Antonio
25 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mi Piaci is one of our favorites in El Paso. We don’t live there anymore but love going back and having Cosimo cook Italian food from his recipes growing up in southern Italy.
We introduced some friends to Mi Piaci and they loved it too.

l
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Not very busy, only three tables seated.

Had appetizers and soup. Food was okay.

FT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

There were not nearly enough servers for the amount of tables there were, for an actual fine dining experience each server should have no more than 5 tables each. Our food arrived and it was clear it had sat under the heat lamp for a while. The space was also very crowded and so loud that my husband and I couldn't hear each other.
The wait staff was friendly and coped as best as they could but the whole experience was not worth what we paid.
I would eat there again if invited, but I won't be making the reservations.

OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was good. The osso bucco was very good! And the creamy cauliflower soup and salads were excellent as well. The veal picatta lacked some flavor. We really enjoyed the desserts and coffee! Service was very good too! Overall a very good experience for a nice celebration!

RS
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, friendly staff. Salmon entree was somewhat cold but they fixed it.

CC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The menu has a lot to offer, and I have never had a bad meal. Sometimes the service is spotty, but the food keeps my family coming back for more.

D
El Paso
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was our anniversary dinner. We were seated in a cozy quiet corner. Excellent wine and meal with very attentive service and special complementary special dessert. Very pleasant experience.

JA
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Truly delicious food- the best Carbonara I've ever had! Ambiance was somewhat lacking - we made a reservation and were seated in a dimly lit corner with no decor or flowers on the table.

b
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant never fails us! The atmosphere, service, and food were fantastic!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

While the host and wait staff were wonderful, the food left wanting.

CT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mi Piaci in El Paso, TX, serves Italian food that tastes like it was made in the east coast. East coast Italian food is the best in the US. Mi Piaci’s food is delicious and plentiful. The service is very professional and friendly. I highly recommend this restaurant if you are looking for a great meal and atmosphere.

f
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never had a bad meal, almost a perfect atmosphere and delicious REAL Italian food

S
El Paso
27 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s always nice to have dinner at Piaci. Food is always good and service outstanding.

CV
El Paso
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my wedding anniversary and my wife and I were ver pleased with the service as well as the beautiful decoration in our desert saying happy anniversary.

P
Dallas
57 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!

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TM
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mi Piaci is a very good restaurant. The food was great and the service as well!

PB
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Food was very good. You need to do something with the floor. I read it was a $$ restaurant so We took our Grandson. Also our first time there. Painted concrete just doesn’t look attractive at all.

OT
El Paso
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Delicious food, but marred by poor service. We were honoring a special occasion and had hoped for an excellent experience. While the food itself was great, we had an overall subpar meal because of the lack of attention from our server. The restaurant was practically empty for a Friday night, so that could not have been the problem. At one point, we finally called over a woman who was possibly a hostess or maybe a manager and asked about our server’s whereabouts...she informed us that maybe he had gone home?! (He did appear as she was telling us that news...) Anyway, it’s a shame that one of the few quality Italian restaurants in El Paso offers such an unprofessional staff. On the positive side, our server was very friendly; he was just nonexistent after he dropped off our meals.

TC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The quality of food did not match the cost. The waiter was pushy and cared more about trying to increase our ticket rather than serve. He offered soup or salad when we ordered our entrees but did not mention that they were a separate charge. Also $4 for soft drinks and tea? Way overpriced. The entrees were not very good. I love Italian food and the food was mediocre.

JP
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! We knew a Monday night would probably be a little quiet but we both enjoyed the evening very much. We celebrated my wife’s birthday. She really loved the desert with the candle it was a nice gesture. The food was incredible!! Our waitress was so kind and very attentive. We will definitely be back in the near future.

OT
El Paso
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food was cooked very well. Presentation was elegant. Ambiance was so so. I lived in Italy and the decor did scream Italy. Felt like a sports bar - completely unexpected. And, so were the flies. We were indoors, so we shouldn't be shooing flies. It was so annoying that when asked if we needed anything else, many responded with a fly swatter. Me u offer authentic Italian food, not the typical cookie cutter all you can eat bread and salad. Overall, 3 star food in a 2 star setting.

H
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

When making the reservation a Birthday was mentioned for my girl friend and we got nothing. Not even a dry piece of cake. Other than that the food was good but maybe a little over priced. We had to wait 20 minutes for the check. I had to keep waving at him before he responded and when he did he wanted to know what I wanted. I will go back but not to celebrate a birthday.

p
El Paso
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Way too expensive! The meat was grossly undercooked! Will not return