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“From Bruschetta to Picatta - yum!”
Review of Mi Piace

Mi Piace
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Ranked #8 of 726 Restaurants in Pasadena
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 21 - US$ 30
Cuisines: American, Italian
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Good for: Bar Scene, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Fair Oaks
Reviewed 29 July 2016

Although hopping with tourists, this resto -- offering outdoor, sidewalk dining as well as the usual, upscale, noisy big room interiors -- seated us within 5 mins, without reservations.
Taking into account a whetted appetite due to timezone shifts and American Airlines meal deprivation, we still found the fare at this Italian eatery delicious, The Bruschetta was spectacular Californian fresh with appropriate avocado flair on crispy chiabata triangles, crowned by fresh [did I say that again?] arugula, lightly dressed with a delicate olive oil vinegarette.
The Carbonara, sadly, was drowning in heavy cheesy cream, making it overwhelming as a primo piatto; however, the Chicken Picatta, not over breaded, was sutably sauted in a delicious light lemon sauce I would wish to duplicate at home. Adding some garlic sauteed spinach was necessary as a side for verdure.
Worthy of a visit for some decent Italian fare in Pasadena.

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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Fine but not too too too much so. Delicioso food, service, atmosphere whether you are in lounge(serves dinner too) outside or inside. Make reservations, great menu.

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Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

We have order couple appetiser and main course. All are delicious especially pasta but not pizza and dessert. I vote the best is the seafood soup with pasta. I love that so much.

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Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

Visiting Pasadena, we are not terribly impressed by dining options. This was the best that we found for our tastes. A lot of positives here.

Centrally located on Pasadena's Main Street (Colorado), it's easy to get to. It's ambience is lively and pleasant. And it seems you can often get a table without a reservation. We did this on a Thurs. at around 7:30 and in a Sat. at 6.

The service is mostly attentive, pretty knowledgeable and very friendly.

The menu is extensive! We tried a few things on two occasions and liked them all. First, if you like a flavorful and smooth wine, try a bottle of 1000 Stories Zinfandel - we loved it! We also tried a ravioli in sage butter, veal marsala, spaghetti with seafood fra diavolo, and a special chicken stuffed with olives that was juicy and flavorful. If we came back and were hungrier we'd try a steak. Our impression is that probably many items are very good. We also got the impression that the food appealed to s wide range of clients. Not an adventurous menu - many traditional items - but also some more unusual ones.

There is a prominent dessert case and apparently several very good desserts. We tried a house special raspberry chocolate dessert. But our waitress also pushed the chocolate soup and apple pie. Really, several looked like they were worth trying

Since a lot of places in town look so so, and two others that we tried were a bit meh, we ended up eating here twice - and being happy both times. Seems a sure bet for a nice meal.

Thank profegringo
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Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

Fantastic Italian cuisine with outdoor patio! Ambience was nice, service was excellent! Our second visit here and will return for sure

Thank sktngirl
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