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CiaoCristina!

4201 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, CA 91505
8185632426
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Ranked #11 of 364 restaurants in Burbank
Price range: $8 - $19
Cuisines: Italian, Vegan, Pizza & Pasta, Organic
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Delivery, Late Night
Description: An Italian / European atmosphere Bar and Restaurant in the heart of the Burbank Media District. We feature Authentic Northern Italian cuisine including many Vegan and Gluten-Free specialties.We have a full bar with a large selection of fairly priced wines and an extensive selection of Craft Beer with 22 styles on tap. Located on the corner of Toluca Lake Ave and West Olive Ave. directly across from Warner Brothers Studios Gate 2 and The Ellen Show Studio. Free parking on the street as well as the 2 lots behind the restaurant.
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Watsonville, California
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Ate here after The Ellen Show. Good soft breadsticks with olive oil & balsamic. Wine list very reasonable. Had bottle of Sangiovese for $19.00 and it was tasty! 3 out of 5 dinners were excellent! 2 ordered lasagna bolognaise which was super as was eggplant Parmigiano. Chicken with Marsala & mushrooms came cold & when reheated got rubbery. Penne with... More

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Allan O, Owner at CiaoCristina!, responded to this review

Cara Kerry, Mille Grazie! for chooseing us during your Ellen visit. As you can see we can become very busy prior to the taping, however there was NO excuse for your cold chicken Marsala! As to the pasta the server should have asked you on the degree of spiciness you desired. If you would be so kind and send me... More

Burbank, California
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

We waited 40 minutes for a pizza, with a disabled person. They had lied on our status request and not even started cooking it. The manager was rude and yelled when I complained. Terrible service and management. We had to leave without eating.

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Allan O, Owner at CiaoCristina!, responded to this review

We were hoping that you would respond to Cristina's Yelp message. I can see you were really angry. We did mess up and it was mostly our fault. The kitchen made you a Quatro Formaggio by mistake. When you complained he did not handle it well. When he passed you to the bartender, who is the shift lead, not only... More

Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

We have been here as a couple, and also separately for business lunches. Each time this place doesn't disappoint. The lunch service is perfect. My favorite is the amazing calamari and one of their salads. I've also had fresh fish and pasta that leaves me wanting more. Ciao Cristina is one of those places I'm always happy to enjoy. I'm... More

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Allan O, Owner at CiaoCristina!, responded to this review

Caro WLT, How very nice of you to be one of our regulars! Without people like you it would be difficult for us to continue offering our food at a good price. We hope you will come in when my husband Allan is there and introduce yourselve(s). Mille Grazie, Cristina More

San Marcos, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We went to the Jay Leno show, and then were looking for someplace close by to eat. So I pulled out my phone and launched Trip Advisor. This place came up as the highest rated close by. The menu looked good so we went. We started with drinks and calamari, which were both good. Maybe a bit too much salt... More

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Allan O, Owner at CiaoCristina!, responded to this review

Caro Quincy, Mille Grazie!!!! How nice of you to visit us and then write such a kind review! I love the North End in Boston and my husband is a "wicked pissa"...LOL We will miss Jay...he liked my chicken dishes.......... Ciao, Cristina More

Boone, NC
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48 reviews 48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

My family was back in the Valley visiting family during the holidays when we found CiaoCristina! We enjoyed eating here for dinner so much that we returned for Sunday brunch a few days later. It is a cosy neighborhood Italian restaurant with a wide variety of offerings. We had a group of 6 for dinner and everyone enjoyed their meal... More

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Allan O, Owner at CiaoCristina!, responded to this review

Cara Cagirl, Mille Grazie! How sweet of you to write such a nice review. We just started the Sat & Sun Brunch recently and really appreciate the feedback. Hopefully your family was here long enough to miss the cold back east. Hope to see you again soon. Ciao, Cristina More

burbank, ca
Top Contributor
123 reviews 123 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

Glad we finally decided to try this place. The closeness of the tables reminded us a little of Italy. But the long bar and overhead tv's said sports bar. Our server was friendly and attentive. For starters...a passable minestrone, but a flavorful zuppa di pesce. The chicken piccata was also excellent and my wife enjoyed the fruitti de mare. Our... More

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Allan O, Owner at CiaoCristina!, responded to this review

Caro Foodie, Mille Grazie for your very nice review and the heads up on the Minestrone which I will address with my kitchen staff after Christmas. We try to be a neigborhood Italian spot but only show local sports events and Italian Calcio (soccer), but understand that we may look like a sports bar. It is a delicate balance as... More

Mentone, California
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

My wife and I took a friend to a late lunch on Friday 11-15-13. The place was packed, but the friendly staff set up a table in the hallway close to the kitchen.. Not perfect Italy landscape, but was ''noisy fun''. The food was outstanding. I had the Frutti di Mare, with Mussels, Cali, Shrimp, Scallops on Fetticcine.. It was... More

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Allan O, Owner at CiaoCristina!, responded to this review

Caro Jim, Wow! Mille Grazie! How nice of you to stop by and then write such a nice review. Sorry you had to sit at "the family table" but I hope they didn't make you do your dishes........LOL I was born in Italy so I try to stay as authentic as possible using the local ingredients, which can have a... More

Brampton, Canada
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

I was out in LA for some business and one of my customer's suggested that I try this place out. He told me that the service isn't great but the food is worth it. Well, he was 50% right. First of all the food was amazing. I ended up visiting twice one day having a Stromboli and the other visit... More

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Allan O, Owner at CiaoCristina!, responded to this review

Caro Jeremy. Mille Grazie! How nice of you to visit us and then write such a nice review. Next time you speak with your friend please tell him that we did in fact have some service problems, but I hope they have been resolved. If he has any more problems please have him contact me directly at admin@ciaocristina.com Hope to... More

Olney, Maryland, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

As part of our five year anniversary trip, my wife and I had tickets to see Conan and needed a good lunch place (that catered to food allergies) while we killed time. What we found in CiaoCristina! was possibly the biggest surprise of our trip - a fantastic Italian restaurant literally across the street from Warner Brothers Studios that gave... More

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Allan O, Owner at CiaoCristina!, responded to this review

Caro Andrew, WOW! what a nice review that you wrote. We are so pleased that you had such a nice time at our restaurant. We actually have many of the Conan crew as regulars so you may have been sitting next to a writer!! I myself am Gluten-Intolerant so I know what its like when traveling. Bobby has just been... More

Acton, California
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Great service and great food. Will definitely go back! So many items to choose from on the menu. And a pretty good wine list although I don't understand why they don't have wines from Santa Cristina.

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Allan O, Owner at CiaoCristina!, responded to this review

Caro Chuuub, How nice of you to visit us and then write such a nice review. I will pass this on to our staff who work very hard to bring the Italian Experiece to Burbank. As to the Santa Cristina.....we have it but ran out and when my dear husband went to the warehouse to get the wine he forgot... More

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