If a restaurant survives in Dallas for 20 days, it’s practically a success. 20 months and it’s time for a parade. But 20 years? That’s not just cause for a joyous celebration, they should put the owner’s image on a postage stamp. Or Mount Rushmore.
So we’d like to offer a sincere congratulations to Mi Piaci on the amazing feat of turning the big 2-0 this year. And after a leisurely 12-course dinner, we completely understand why people have flocked to this Italian institution for two decades. The food is amazing, the waiters are hot, and the decor is wonderfully inviting.
The view out the windows features an elegant water feature that dances in the moonlight, creating a truly romantic mood. Or at least something nice to stare at if your date is boring you to death.
What’s on the plate, however, is anything but dull. For starters, especially in the cold winter months, try a soup. Or two. Their Zuppa Funghi, a Tuscan style wild mushroom soup, is hearty, earthy and not overly rich for a creamy soup. The Zuppa Aragosta is an Adriatic-style lobster bisque capped off with a delightful homemade lobster fritter. We’ll take 15, thank you very much!
Salads are fresh and filled with vibrant colors of the season. We tried the Insalata Bietola, which is topped with roasted heirloom beets and a slice of creamy goat cheese. If you think you don’t like beets, give them another shot. The pairing of beets and goat cheese is one of those perfect combinations that we love.
But it’s the pasta at Mi Piaci that truly deserves top billing. Made in-house daily, you can enjoy full portions as a meal or get smaller portions as appetizers. We suggest getting a few varieties and sharing. The two pasta dishes we enjoyed are also the most unique ones on the menu.
The Spaghettini Neri features black pasta, its color derived from squid ink. (Thankfully, not like the pasta we had two weeks ago that got its hue from a black Sharpie.) The lightly sauced, delicate pasta strands are then topped with butter poached blue crab and chili butter. It’s pleasing to the eyes, but more delightful to the palate.
The second dish that we are going to forever crave is the Malfatta Con Cinghiale, a flat pasta that’s hand-torn and filled with braised wild boar ragu. Not since Miss Piggy has a wild boar made us so happy. It’s rustic and full of incredible flavors, and the one dish we finished completely. Considering six dishes preceded it, that’s saying a lot!
Our only regret is that Mi Piaci isn’t closer to our house. Because when it comes to Italians we want to bring home, Papa John just isn’t cutting it any more.
14854 Montfort Drive, Dallas
Mark Your Calendar
Mark your calendar – Next Thursday, we’re joining forces with one of our favorite charities, Toast to Life, to celebrate the grand opening of what’s destined to be the new gay dining hot spot, Fin Sushi at the ilume.
They’ll be serving up free drinks for the first hour and happy hour specials for the second, so be sure to get there early!
Gay List Daily/Toast To Life Mixer
Thursday, January 27, 2011
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Fin Sushi Lounge
4123 Cedar Springs (at the ilume)
Full invite details and RSVP on Facebook