I had a big holiday get together with a group of friends before the new year. We try to get together once a quarter, but with jobs and babies and life, it's longgg over due! I chose Mi Piaci because one of my friends mentioned to me a few months ago that they had squid ink pasta. Sold! I had to go try it. hehe.
14854 Montfort Drive
Dallas, TX 75254
We had a party of 10 for Saturday night
around 7PM. We were immediately seated
and they put us in the private room with
a giant round table. Felt so grand...
definitely like a family holiday dinner
or something. hehe. At one point we even
closed the curtains so it was completely
closed off to the main dining area.
I was pretty hungry, so I attacked the
bread plate when they served it. I think
it was herbed Foccacia, garlic Foccacia
and bread sticks. The bread was awesome.
I loved the pillowy texture and lots of
flavor. I had to refrain myself from
eating it all. haha.
We got started with some appetizers and
One couple got the Calamari Fritti
(pan-fried with red chili sauce &
cilantro oil) $9~ (in the background...)
I got to try one. It
was awesome. The calamari was cooked
beautifully and each piece was huge. It
was like calamari steak fries. haha. The
sauce complimented it well.
I had the Insalata di Cesare (heart of
romaine salad with classic Caesar
dressing, garlic croutons, spiced
pumpkin seeds) $8~ My favorite part was
the pumpkin seeds, gave it that crunch
it needed. It was a good salad, nothing
A few people got the House Salad. They
said it was really good.
Zuppa Aragosta (Adriatic style lobster
bisque topped with house made lobster
fritter) $9~ This looked really good. I
didn't get to taste it though. But those
who ordered it cleaned their bowls.
On to the entrees... They hand make all
their pastas and even have a window into
the kitchen where you can see the guy
making it. I thought that was pretty
Spaghettini Neri (house made black
spaghetti with butter poached blue crab
and chili butter) $24~
All the pastas
sounded great but I was here for this.
You can definitely tell the pasta was
handmade and had good texture. The
chunks of crab were big and cooked well.
I felt there was a bit too much pasta vs
sauce though, but wasn't a big deal
since I don't like too much sauce
anyways. I liked the sprinkle of bread
crumbs on top to add some texture. I
liked it but I still like the one at
Spoon better... It was a pretty big
portion too. I took half of it to go.
I also got a side of Broccolini Fritti
di Peperoncino (flash fried fresh
broccolini with red chili flake) $7~ I
think they prepared it another way
because it didn't seem flash fried nor
did it have chili flakes on it. Oh
well...still good veggies.
Fettuccine al Prosciutto (wide, flat
noodles in a light parmesan cream sauce
with prosciutto and peas) $18~
able to have some of this. It's like a
alfredo/carbonara... super creamy and
decadent. I really liked it. The peas
were cooked perfectly and the sweetness
paired well with the salty prosciutto.
Not for those watching their waistlines
that's for sure. haha.
I didn't get to try anything else, but
it all looked yummy.
Penne All' Arrabiata (hand rolled quill
shaped pasta with spicy tomato sauce,
pancetta, vodka, basil and pecorino
Pesce Branzino (tamarind glazed Chilean
sea bass with lemon basil risotto,
radish sprout, with spicy sweet
portabella mushroom sauce) $30~
Maiale al Forno (spice-rubbed pork
tenderloin with parmesan polenta and
blackberry demi glace) $25~
Osso Bucco alla Milanese (braised veal
shank with traditional sweet pea and
saffron risotto) $38~
Funghi al Forno (oven roasted wild
Italian mushrooms) $9~
So our main waiter wasn't that great.
But the waiter that served our entrees
was super cool. haha. I mean the main guy wasn't rude or anything but after they cleared the entrees, the waiter came with the check. We were all chatting so no one realized that we weren't asked if we wanted any dessert or coffee, etc... at first. We thought it was weird so we called him back and said we at least wanted to see the dessert menu. I think he knew he made a mistake so when he brought the dessert menus he gave us some excuse saying he overheard some people talking about cake earlier and thought we had dessert already... Whatever. Even if we had cake earlier, that doesn't mean we don't want the option of getting more dessert!! Right?! There can never be too much dessert!
And we DID get dessert. I love how all
my friends love to eat. hehehe.
Gelati o Sorbetti (assortment of gelato
and sorbet made fresh daily) $6~
Torta di Limone (pistachio encrusted
lemon tart with fresh berries) $6~
Crema Italiana (maple-flavored custard
with fresh berries) $7~
I got Tiramisu (the Italian classic with
espresso and mascarpone) $7~ It was
pretty good. Nice and light since I was
already pretty full. But pretty
standard, not the best I've had.
Also, just FYI, they don't do split checks but
they can take multiple credit cards so I
took it upon myself to list out all the
totals for each card. Took a while,
but I'm used to it. But it would be nice
for restaurants to be able to do split
checks. Just my thought. Thanks. :P
It was a good time. The food was yummy and portions were pretty big. I probably wouldn't request the private table again though unless the group is bigger. It was hard to shout across the table. haha. I'd recommend this place for a special occasion.
Quality of Food:
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