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Ciao Wood-Fired Pizza & Pasta

2 Hickory Lane, Ithaca, NY 14850
607-257-2233
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Ranked #15 of 233 restaurants in Ithaca
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Candor, New York
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We came here after family members raved about it. Our timing was perfect - arriving five minutes later would have upped our wait from ten minutes to thirty. It is a lively place, to say the least. Our server was friendly and efficient given that every table was full. As for the food, it was ok. For my taste the... More

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Ithaca, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Ciao has a super menu - not your average, standard fare - and we've never had bad service. Be prepared to wait though if you're eating out Friday or Saturday (especially on weekends when there are Cornell or Ithaca College events).

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Ithaca, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Based on our large party consensus: tastey pizza, ok pasta dishes (I like the lobster ravioli), going for a higher end atmosphere, good for families, but overall a bit pricey for what you get. Several pizza joints in Ithaca have as good and better food for less dinero. So if you want a little more atmosphere than Pudgies and wood-fired... More

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Whitehouse Station, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

My family has been here twice. Food is very good and the staff is very pleasant. Veggie pizza is delicious. I would not recommend the clam pizza unless you love salt.

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NYC02, Manager at Ciao Wood-Fired Pizza & Pasta, responded to this review

Thank you for both your patronage and for posting such generous comments regarding our business. We work very hard to ensure that we please wonderful customers like you. Thank you for validating that we are accomplishing our goal. Ciao ! More

Pennsylvania
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Was looking for a decent place to eat during my visit to Ithaca. It's hard to eat downtown as there is zero parking so after many failed attempts to eat downtown, Ciao came up on my GPS so I took the 15 minute drive up the highway. Ciao is located next to a shopping mall. I was greeted my a... More

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Ithaca, New York, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

This is a place families can feel comfortable. It is moderately priced and the pizza is delicious! Wonderful pasta as well, along with bread, dipping oil and a good selection of salads. My husband loves the Lobster Ravioli. I like the Dirty Lorenzo pizza and the house salad which has a brushetta-type tomato topping. They have decent house wine if... More

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Flanders, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

We came here on a Saturday night, waited for about 20 minutes and it was well worth it. We got complementary bread and flavored olive oil starter, which was pretty good-bread was warm. We finally decided on Penne Capri and Caprezi burger. The burger was perfectly cooked medium rare angus beef with fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil, balsamic drizzle, and some... More

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Dryden, New York
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Our experience was excellent. Had never been here before. It was recommended by a friend. Our waitress, Beth, was professional and knowledgeable about the menu items. She was attentive and very responsive. Our meal came very quickly. The manager, Bill, introduced himself and we told him to please pass on to the chef that our meals were excellent.

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Cortland, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Wood-fired pizzas are great. They're fairly small, so would recommend sharing with another person only if filling out the meal with appetizers, salad and dessert. Based on the portion sizes of what I've gotten of other dishes over the past few months, it's definitely suited more towards the smaller appetite. Service was very slow when refilling drinks and the check... More

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Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

We recently visiting Ciao based on the reviews from Trip Advisor and influenced by our natural love of pizza. The drive was a little farther our than we expected, but it wasn't anything unreasonable. We were warmly greeted and seated immediately. The service was very friendly, and the bread with dipping oil was delicious - even my most picky ate... More

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