This longtime neighborhood favorite is always upping its game by adding new dishes to an already diverse menu, like pan-fried gnocchi topped with either house-made marinara or a rich Gorgonzola cream sauce. Chef Cosimo Battaglia’s lobster ravioli is also a delight; he adds squash to the shellfish stuffing and drizzles the pasta with a saffron cream. Vegetarians will like the linguine ortolana: seasonal vegetables sautéed in white wine and olive oil and mixed with a light tomato sauce that’s so good you could eat it all by itself. Mi Piaci’s wine list remains one of the best in the city, with a range of Italian, Argentinian, French, and Spanish wines and a few California varietals.
City: El Paso