Mi Piaci, A Pasta Lover’s Heaven

25 Oct

Half a block south of the busy Montfort/Belt Line intersection in Addison, Mi Piaci is an unexpected space of upscale elegance, serenity, and simplicity.  Serving northern Italian fare in the north Dallas area since 1991, Mi Piaci has consistently won awards each year for both its cuisine and wine list from local and national publications.  In other words, I had high expectations when I walked into this restaurant for Sunday dinner with friends.

On the walk to our table, we saw seemingly endless strands of fresh house made pasta teasing our appetites through a glass window.  Though Mi Piaci has an extensive menu of northern Italian specialties, pasta is clearly a focus here.  A carb lover has his/her choice of hand kneaded pasta made in house daily with Durham flour and eggs or imported eggless pasta from Italy.  Once seated in the main dining area with a view of the cascading fountain behind the restaurant, I had a tough choice to make.  I knew I wanted to try the house-made pasta, but what kind?  I pondered my options while nibbling on the complimentary breads and grissini.  The thicker, almost breadstick like grissini reflects the northern Italian style of Mi Piaci, a complete contrast to the pencil sized grissini I was served at Paparazzi in DC.

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After much back and forth, I went for the fettuccine with gorgonzola and proscuitto ($15).  You can’t go wrong with a classic, right?  The group also ordered a bottle of 2004 Teruzzi & Puthod Vernaccia Di San Gimignano, a crisp and fruity Italian white that complemented the creamy gorgonzola sauce.

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The smooth ribbons of al dente fettuccine in the rich, creamy gorgonzola sauce almost made this carbohydraterian cry.  It was simple but so satisfying.  The fresh spring peas added a little pop to the texture in every bite.  For most palates, this is probably as good as fettuccine in a simple cream sauce can get.  Personally, I could’ve used a little less proscuitto as I thought the amount of the smoked meat made the dish a tad too salty. 

My better half, more of a pure carnivore than carb addict, ordered the pork loin in a dried cherry balsamic reduction ($22):

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It was a simple but beautiful meat, potato, and veggies plate.  The dried cherry balsamic added a nice touch of sweetness without being overpowering.  The pork, however, came in a little on the dry side.  Just a little, but still noticeable.

We skipped appetizers in favor of desserts as we almost always do at Italian restaurants.  I must have been in a chocolate kind of mood that evening.

Torta di Cioccolato ($7):

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A flourless tort of white chocolate swirling in rich, dark chocolate (specifically, as email correspondence later revealed, DGF Royal Guayaquil 64% Cocoa).  The accompanying hazelnut gelato was tasty but a little icy in texture. 

Torta Fusa ala Cioccolata ($8):

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If you’re the kind of chocolate lover that always orders the chocolate lava cake for dessert, this is the one for you.  A bite into the supple, airy, almost souffle-like chocolate cake reveals a hot, gooey chocolate center gushing out with authority.  Definitely my favorite dessert of the two, it was served with pistachio gelato that didn’t have the same icy texture problem as the hazelnut. 

Service was impeccable on this visit, even with the added challenge of splitting a check among a table of five.  For a pasta lover like me, Mi Piaci’s variety of house-made pasta and imported eggless pasta screams heaven.  I will definitely be back.

Rating: 4 / 5

Mi Piaci
14845 Montfort Dr.
Dallas, TX 75240

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