Back in late August Mi Piaci opened its location in Preston Center in the former Ocho location, and the response has been overwhelmingly incredible. This is where the neighborhood is looking to dine on fresh pasta according to local buzz. This is what Mi Piaci does best. We sent ace photographer, Robert Bostick, out to nab us a first look and his photos made us so hungry we immediately went out to sample a few of the dishes on our own. A few months have passed and the crowds seem larger, and the food is still what we would expect out of this 25 year old institution in Dallas.
The pasta is still handmade by the chef who arrives as early as 5am to start is handy work. The breads are also all house-made with similar start times. The staff looks remarkably familiar, and that is because they have all been with the restaurant for many years after having been transferred from the location on Montfort just before the August opening. Continue reading →
Yesterday we announced that Mi Piaci opened their doors in Park Cities near Northwest Highway on Preston Road in the former restaurant Ocho space. The menu is vey similar, but not all the dishes made it up north. From chef Elmer Pineda we find many of our house-made pasta favorites, plus a few new surprises. We stopped in yesterday and was able to check out what the digs looked like (sleek, elegant and understated), and sample much of the cuisine for your food porn pleasure. Continue reading →
I just spoke with the PR firm who represents Mi Piaci and they report that the Italian restaurant is now open at the Park Cities location. This is in the old Ocho location on Preston near Northwest Highway.
It was reported early on the Chef Joel Harloff would take on the Mi Piaci job after Ocho closed, but Harloff told us that he was not actually approached. Instead the executive chef at the Preston location is Elmer Pineda, the same as the original Mi Piaci on Montfort that is currently closed. You will remember that they were locked out due to a rent dispute, and the owners are currently in litigation. Continue reading →
Pesce Branzino, tamarind glazed Chilean sea bass with lemon-basil risotto
by Steven Doyle
I suppose it wasn’t terribly clear a few days ago when we announced that Ocho would be transformed into an outpost for the loverly Mi Piaci, starring chef Joel Harloff as head toque. Well, let me make myself perfectly clear. It will happen in Park Cities sometime in August. Continue reading →
This past summer Mi Piaci took on a face lift that was sorely needed. There was some hail damage done to the roof and the owners took that as a cue to close down for a short period and revamp the 20 year old restaurant which has become a standard for Italian cooking in Dallas
There are actually less seats available with the added Luna Lounge, which is a comfy space to meet and mingle with custom built banquets accented by handmade chandeliers and filtered through soft mood lighting. Continue reading →
The Dallas icon Mi Piaci Ristorante that has been serving Dallas upscale Italian cuisine for over 20 years has undergone a remodel and made some additions. The doors to the newly renovated Mi Piaci opens tomorrow (Thursday, July 26, 2012).
An intimate wine bar the Enoteca (“Wine Collective”) will now grace Mi Piaci and will offer small bites, an expansive cocktail selection and the award winning wine list that Mi Piaci has always been known for. If you are not in the mood for the intimate and prefer a little more high energy, Mi Piaci has also added Luna Lounge which will feature custom built banquets and floating vignettes all displayed under handmade chandeliers. Continue reading →