Mi Piaci El Paso

4.3
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127 Reviews
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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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IssaihA
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fantastic place. First time for both me and my significant other. Great food and nice atmosphere. I was especially pleased that the staff was able to complete a special request of mine for my partner’s birthday. Very welcoming place, and as my boyfriend put it, “Delicious and authentic Italian food.”

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OlivierB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food: just large portions of average food
Service. Server trying hard and very pleasant
Good potential. Kitchen noise with door open
Second floor tables are probably better
lighting too bright.Tables not set up unless occupied. Empty restaurant.
Add candles and flowers. Could be a romantic venue.

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JonathanM
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made Reservations locked and waited for 10 minutes finally Was seated 30 mins passed with no service, walked out

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PhilipS
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good Italian food. Pasta is excellent.
Definitely a restaurant to keep at the top of my list when in El Paso.

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OpenTable Diner
El Paso
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, waiter had perfect wine to match with the meat & food was delicious just lacked presentation on the lobster tail

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Zzzzzz
El Paso
29 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Mi Piaci did what I needed on a Saturday night. Fed me great food, mixed me great drinks, and treated me like royalty

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DAVIDB
El Paso
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place with good food. The service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were the only table at the restaurant when we went. Many times quality seems to diminish when restaurants are that slow but that was not the case at all. Our food was delicious and the service was great. Everyone at the table loved their dish.

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Zzzzzz
El Paso
29 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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miasmatic
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Oher than the server, who was excellent, nothing was noteworthy about the food except for one dish and that was noteworthy in a negative sense. That dish, a salad, was supposed to have peaches on it (I know, an odd thing to order in March, a decidedly non-peach season month, but it sounded interesting to my wife). When it came, there were no peaches. We mentioned the omission to our server who promptly walked to the kitchen and engaged in an animated discussion with someone in there. A few moments later, she brought a dish with sliced fruit to the table and we thought everything was fine. We were wrong. First, the fruit brought to the table was completely unripe--hard enough it was difficult to pick up with the tines of the fork. Second, it wasn't sliced peaches, it was sliced nectarines. Third, the stick-on paper label identifying it as nectarine was still on one of the slices. Whoever prepared the fruit hadn't bothered to peel the label off. We had to wonder whether the fruit was even washed because, surely, the label would have been noticed during washing. Fortunately, the nectarines were so unripe that they were inedible so my wife didn't have to worry about whether the fruit was clean or not.
The waitress, to her credit, said there would be no charge for the salad. She also said the owner should be arriving momentarily and would be apprised of the situation. We don't know if he was so apprised because, although someone I took to be the owner came out of the kitchen and spoke with diners at two of the tables, he never came over to speak with us.

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TerryLion
El Paso
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was great, the portions were excellent for the price and the recommended bottle of wine was delicious. Our server was attentive and very nice.
This place is a little out dated and I found the bathroom to be really awkward with huge gaps in the stalls and just an uncomfortable setting in there. The menus are glossy paper,they were dirty and they should updated to something more easily wiped down.
Otherwise for the night was enjoyable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was very very good. I had a seared mahi mahi over a risotto with a chipotle cream sauce and Brussels on the side. Wine list was also good and well priced. My one issue which is a pet peeve of mine it took 8-10 mins before anyone created the table. Also our table was not well placed in the dinning room.

All of that being said, the service improved and the food was outstanding. I would recommend trying the restaurant and will go again. This is the first restaurant that has ever climbed out of the hole for me when it’s starts off with the delayed table greet. I like to control the flow of my meal, I hate to order my wine, apps, and dinner at the same point. The food came out very fast and was great. Don’t sit at the two top next to the women’s restroom and I am confident my experience was in anomaly and not the norm.

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AshleyT
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING FOOD AND SERVICE WAS SPECTACULAR! I will most definitely be coming back!

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vipsbss
El Paso
27 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostess was friendly, the wait staff is excellent. It’s nice that the chef/owner cane to visit with us. The cocktail was excellent, the food was perfect. The wait staff was professional without being overly friendly. I love this place!

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CharlieH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had two pasta choices along with house salad and soup of the day. Everything was extremely tasty. Pasta was perfectly al dente. Serving sizes were generous. We had enough left over for a nice lunch.

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Mikey
Dubai
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was excellent and the food was wonderful. It was for my wife's birthday and she enjoyed it.

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ScottB
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Best Sea Bass I’ve had.

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Adriana
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

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vipJoseL
Dallas
10 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.

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TomR
Charleston
5 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

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EricW
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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TaniaM
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
vipJoelM
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.

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OpenTable Diner
El Paso
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.

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Zoot
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.

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Tracy
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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TamikaP
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.

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JosephL
El Paso
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

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

MiPiaci consistently serves a delicious meal with excellent service.

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Bandit
Cleveland
11 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.

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vipsbss
El Paso
27 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was delicious.

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vipIvyO
Washington DC
8 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!

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vipSamuraiGuy
San Antonio
28 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.

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vipluv2dine
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Not very busy, only three tables seated.

Had appetizers and soup. Food was okay.

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FineToDine
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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!

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RichardS
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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CherylC
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.

FAQs

Mi Piaci El Paso does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Mi Piaci El Paso also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (915) 875-0034.

Mi Piaci El Paso is rated 4.3 stars by 127 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.