Mi Piace – Mi Non Piace

by Franklin on August 9, 2011

There comes a time where Italian food is all you need.  You got carbs cooked to perfection, oils and sauces of your liking, maybe some kind of protein, and cheese.  Simple goodness.  This is all I want from Italian cooking.   Maybe I totally ordered the wrong dishes, or this place isn’t what its all cracked up to be, but Mi Piace in Pasadena did not do it for me.

We started with a fried risoto ball with mozzarella and marinara appetizer.  The inside was warm and cheesy. It tasted good, but it had a unique seafood taste.  It might have been natural, maybe not, but it was a taste that seemed like an artificial seafood taste.

I am a sucker for fresh dough.  I was sad to find out that the ravioli was not hand made.  Their Ravioli di Constine.  It was a fresh made ravioli filled with braised short ribs.  The sauce was a brunoise with orange zest reduction. This was unique and delicious in its own way, but the lack of fresh hand made dough was a let down.  Also, no cheese or cream made this dish not one of my favorites.

Rarely do I get a soup as a main dish.  But this soup dish was as hearty as can be.  The linguini al pescatore had calamari, scallops, shrimp, clams, prawns, and mussels. I got it with spinach linquini with white sauce.  This rustic seafood soup was hearty, but the taste was just not there.  The broth had no flavor — It was basically seafood water.  Some of the seafood was overcooked, and everything tasted the same.  The saddest part was that the noodle wasn’t really al dente.

We ended our meals with some of their treats from the bakery.  Their bakery had a good selection of tarts and cakes.  Something sweet for later, I guess.

Honestly, I would try this place again.  Something with cheese maybe next time?  Something more traditional?  Well, I am a sucker for complimentary bread.  I want to give this place another chance, because I really want to like this place. The interior was trendy and romantic.  The kitchen seemed like they knew what they were doing.  But for now, at this moment — “mi no piace”.

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