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Ciao Wood-Fired Pizza & Pasta

2 Hickory Lane, Ithaca, NY 14850
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Ranked #16 of 237 restaurants in Ithaca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $12 - $24
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Welcome to Ciao! Ciao! is a casual fine dining, Italian restaurant that invites all ages. We specialize in Italian food with an authentic Tuscan flare. We also offer artisan pizzas that are hand-crafted and cooked to order in our wood-fired oven, which is visible throughout that restaurant. The pizzas and pastas are specially crafted, and everything we serve is made from the highest quality ingredients and is all made in-house. The ambiance and décor has a distinct personality that sets a mood for high-energy fun and entertainment.
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80% Recommend
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  • English first
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English first
17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

this is the best Italian place in town. everything from the pizza to ravioli is hands down the best.

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100 reviews 100 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We walked into Ciao being told there was a 15 minute wait. 15 Minutes? No not at all. The staff was perfect. They got us a table in 5 minutes. When we sat down our waitress introduced herself and was very nice. She brought our drinks over and refilled them quickly. As an appetizer... We ordered Fried Calamari. Tasty! The... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We had a family get together here and staff was very helpful. There were nine of us and we all had something different. The portions are large so bring an appetite. It is a sister restaurant with Boatyard Grill and food is as good.

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Newark, Delaware
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This was our second vacation in the Finger Lakes area. When we came here last year we happened to visit Ciao's and were pleasantly surprised by not only the friendly service, but also the excellent food !!! So we made it a planned stop on our return trip this year and found Ciao's to be just as good as our... More

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Ithaca, New York
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My wife and I went on a Tuesday evening. They do offer call ahead seating, but only if you call more than an hour in advance. We were not able to do that. When we arrived we looked around, and there were many people waiting. We asked how long and were told 20-25 minutes. As we sat there, I heard... More

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Ithaca, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Ciao is a family restaurant (OK for couples and friends groups as well) with very good food, large portions, and comprehensive menu, and good service. It's deservedly popular, so expect to wait for a table if you come on a busy night. The bar is a good place to get a drink. The staff is helpful, and the service is... More

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Cortland, New York
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52 reviews 52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I was invited out for my birthday in early June and chose CIAO, as I hadn't been there in over three years. It was very full when we got there about 6 pm, but after just one drink at the bar, our buzzer went off and a table was ready. Service was friendly and reliable and the food was terrific.... More

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Saratoga Springs, New York
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We were exhausted and starving We ordered 3 very different pizzas. Each was great! The restaurant has a comfortable atmosphere - casual but not too casual. Our waitress was very friendly, helpful and quick! We were so happy we ended up here!

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Albion, New York
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Recommended from our hotel front desk clerk, he stated it was a local place and that we would enjoy it !! We did, the food was delightful. We were sat near the "wood" fire oven and we were able to watch the pizzas being made. It was nice entertainment while enjoying dinner. Very well priced and very fresh tasting.

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Richmond Hill, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

Excellent food,a little out of the way from downtown but well worth it. Waitress was bartender also, seemed a little busy to serve tables also, but was good overall. Highlight was definitely the food, served fresh,hot and quickly. Would return!

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