Mi Piaci El Paso

27 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Italian, Steakhouse, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(915) 875-0034
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Cosimo Battaglia from Calabria, It
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Private party facilities
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Mi Piaci can accommodate all of your special event needs. Private dining space holds up to 70 people. Pre fix menu pricing available. Audio visual available. Mi Piaci specializes in full service.
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Private party contact
Robert Couts: (877) 344-7805
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Cross street
Festival and N. Mesa
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Parking details
Large free parking area
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 27 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We'd been to Mi Piaci only once before - also for an anniversary dinner.
We made our reservation on the Open Table app so it was a no fuss entry in. We were greeted and seated within seconds of arriving.
I'll state up front that our server (Robert) was terrific. He was friendly, informative, and attentive.

We got the calamari appetizer with the fresh marinara. It was terrific. The batter was light and the squid was cooked perfectly.
My wife had the Gorgonzola salad and I had the Caprese. Both were excellent.
Post salad, our meals arrived (in a very timely fashion I must say).
My wife had the Lobster/Squash stuffed ravioli. I only had a small taste of hers, but it was terrific. Far more lobster than squash - which only meant there was nothing to complain about. It was served with a cream and saffron sauce that was light and tasty.
I got the Chicken Parmesan. The portion was far bigger than I expected and the taste was terrific. The chicken was breaded and baked, but topped with mozzarella and a slice of ham. It was far to much to finish, but we managed.
We even had dessert, which consisted of a bowl shaped wafer that held a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream topped with chocolate sauce. The plate was decorated with various berries.

All in all, this was an amazing meal. It made for an excellent date night dinner; and an even more memorable anniversary dinner.

I cannot recommend Mi Piaci enough. It is, in my opinion, far and away the best Italian food restaurant in El Paso.
It's perfect for dates, birthdays, anniversaries, and for showing off a great restaurant to out of towners.
I can't wait to go back.

5.0Dined 4 days ago

The lamb was superb, as always!

5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Mi Piaci is at the top of our list of places to go whenever we visit El Paso. We are consistently blown away by the food. Our favorites are the Pollo a la Vodka and the Gnocchi al Forno. Service was TOP NOTCH and atmosphere was quiet and romantic. Best Italian food in EP!!

5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

It is always special for us when we dine at MI Piaci, the food is creative and delicious. its a little pricier than the places we usually eat at, but it is worth it . Its a lovely restaurant. If I could criticize anything, I would suggest they put a door or screen in front of the kitchen entrance.

5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Wow, was last here about 8 years ago and left disappointed with poor service and so-so food. What a change. The drinks, Italian food, and service were excellent. Yes, go here.

3.0Dined on August 1, 2018

We enjoyed a pleasant meal. Nothing outstanding, but then I don’t have any complaints, either.

4.0Dined on June 27, 2018

The food was good but service was slow. Only 2 servers and one was also the bartender. I’d still go back.

5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We had heard about this restaurant from a number of people, saying how good it was. So, we finally tried it with friends. It was great. Great atmosphere, great service, great food.
Definitely worth going back to.

5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Haven't been to this restaurant in about 14 years because of the poor service and mediocre food I had then, but wow. What a gem, now. The cream of red pepper soup was a very nice start, followed by the tenderloin, a great meal. Look what I've been missing!

1.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The decor was old and drab looking. The food was fair at best. My ceasar salad was small for the price. Lettuce wasn't fresh, dressing was scarce and the croutons looked and tasted like they were from the dollar store.
I had to flag down a waiter for iced tea refills. I asked for butter and got a melted blob. I had the creme brulee for dessert and it was cold and not rich in flavor. I was told by many friends I would be disappointed but went with an open mind. They were right. FYI I am retired from the restaurant industry with 45 years in three different countries.

3.0Dined on May 18, 2018

We went for my birthday with my family, service was too slow, not attentive. Missed recommendations, we waited 15 minutes in order to get water when we sat down, there were no glasses, we were being served by the bar tender in the beginig which was confusing. Could barely hear the music playing.
Food is very good, but needs to improve service urgently

5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Mi Piaci is one of our favorites. Always good food and good service.

4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Very good italian food kitchen directed by Italian chef-owner. Excellent service. We think it is a great choice for italian dining just when we don't want to cook. Doesn't have to be a special occasion. The day before a race, I always choose to have the spaghetti and meatballs at MiPiaci.

4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The food was great,,,,, the seats a little bit uncomfortable ,,,,but everything was delicious and good ambience

5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

I am absolutely smitten with this restaurant after my dazzling evening here on Monday.

It was a beautiful evening so we decided to sit on the patio. Our server recommended a bottle of wine to us and we went with it. I forget the name but it was a nice smooth red that paired well with our appetizer. We tired the bruschetta to start - It was delicious and they give you a decent sized plate. They also give you bread for the table with butter.

For our meals we had the rib-eye steak and the special of the night which was Sea Bass and roasted vegetables. Both were absolutely delicious. The Sea Bass was mouthwatering. Kudos to the Chef!

We couldn't believe it but at the end of the night they actually comped us our desert and an espresso cocktail! What a kind gesture! After a nice of truly amazing service this was the icing on the cake. We were sold on Mi Piaci!

It was only us that Monday sitting on the patio. We came at 5:30 pm. The fact that it was only us really made the evening so special. So if you're looking for a more private night I would definitely recommend a Monday.

I just wanted to extend a huge THANK YOU to the staff at Mi Piaci. They made our evening so special and absolutely perfect. I would wholeheartedly recommend this place to anyone visiting El Paso. Very impressed!

5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Always great. Friendly folks who are attentive and interested in you. Great food and drinks.

4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The Italian food is the best in El Paso. Ambiance is excellent. Compared to Boston or Chicago Italian it’s a 4/5 though. The gnocchi is fresh and delicious. Eggplant is wonderful. The caprese was okay, tomatoes were nothing special but mozzarella was good. The tomato based sauces are okay, not amazing. All of the pasta dishes were good and the fruita de mara fish was good, that’s saying something for El Paso.

5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Wonderful service! Wonderful food!!! Hidden gem!

5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Excellent as always. Have been there many times and is the go to spot for an always exceptional meal and definitely special occasions. Love this place!!

5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Wonderful meal. Excellent service. We will return frequently.

5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Great dinner. Polite waitress. Too noisy!

3.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Restaurant is great, however they had an EVENT that created a lot of noise and slowed service. Should have closed or warned prior to the reservation.

5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Dinner was delicious, service was great. Tables are a little too close together, could overhear conversation at the table next to us. Would return, however, since the food was so good.

4.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Great experience. Food was good, but wish the taste and portion was as wonderful as the presentation. Our waitress was wonderful and very attentive. Will return again!

4.0Dined on November 9, 2017

Good tasting comforting realistic Italian food. Nice food menu & good wine list. Pleasant service without being intrusive. I received a complementary dessert for having booked through OpenTable.

5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Fantastic experience all around. Great service chef is outstanding

3.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Really liked the place. Overall we would have rated it higher except that we told the waiter my wife had a nut allergy and her dish came put with nuts anyway. It didn't even mention nuts in the dish on the menu. They apologized, but we had to wait another 20 minutes for her food to come out while I waited to eat mine as it sat on the table. If that hadn't happened, it would have been a great place with smooth ambiance.