Ditto for dishes like the linguine with clams ($14); a huge portion of perfectly chewy pasta, with a bit of a kick, drenched in briny clam sauce. Plump, tender shellfish hid themselves throughout. Sure, it’s a simple dish, but done about as well as it could have been. Pasta is enough, but the menu hosts a run of “secondi” for anyone with a big appetite. There’s plenty of wine, too, and the above-average house wine in 1L carafes for ~$20 is a screaming good deal.Eat here, and you’ll be a looking at a heavy table, laden with buttery food, and about a hundred bones out of the pocket. Piacere Mio falls heavily on the opposite side of cutting edge, but the place is cute, well run, and totally legit in terms of the kitchen’s basic cooking skills. You couldn’t do much better for a neighborhood pasta dinner, and you could certainly pay more.
© By Ian Pike - San Diego Reader - Aug. 9, 2014