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Ciao Wood-Fired Pizza & Pasta

2 Hickory Hollow Lane, Ithaca, NY 14850
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Ranked #10 of 243 Restaurants in Ithaca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $12 - $24
Sun 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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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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English first
Herndon, Virginia
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Had a lovely dinner here with my son at the recommendation from our hotels front desk staff. Even though it was busy, we were seated on arrival without reservation. Food was outstanding and the service was very prompt.

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Newfield, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We went to Ciao's the first time on a weekday a few weeks ago. Not too busy and everything was good: The food, the service and the atmosphere were all above average. And the prices weren't bad either. This past Saturday we went in the early evening. One can not make reservations. One can, however, call ahead the same day... More 

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Buffalo, New York
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We went to Ciao on a recommendation from our hotels front desk associate. It was kind of where Olive garden meets Carrabas. If your looking for solid Italian food for a good value you will find it here. If your looking for a more laid back dining experience with high quality food it is not here. Three of the people... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

As livvie79 said, it does have the look of a chain restaurant, but the food we had was outstanding at very reasonable prices. Loved the bruschetta and the lobster ravioli, and my husband's strip steak was wonderfully tender. As good as we ever had. Drink and wine prices were also reasonable. The place was very busy on Friday night, even... More 

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New York
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Stopped by again for my Birthday on a Monday night and totally enjoyed a new dish: Lobster Ravioli in a cream sauce. It was outstanding, I couldn't be happier with my choice. Glad I tried it. We had called ahead for same-day reservations (their only option) and were told the actually wait time was 25 minutes and we would have... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Ciao may look almost like a chain restaurant from the outside (ok, and a bit from the inside - see the walls for hotel-room-style art), but it offers some of the most reasonably priced food in town in a warm, friendly atmosphere. So far, we haven't been disappointed with anything we've tried, ranging from crisp pizzas (so much fresher tasting... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

We look forward to enjoying the unique pasta and pizza menu items when we visit our daughter at Cornell. The fettuccine Alfredo is flavorful without being heavy. There are mnay more creative choices and daily specials to consider - the eggplant and gnocchi were great. Ithaca has many interesting restaurants but Ciao offers superior value without compromising flavor.

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Fairport, New York
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We waited about 30 minutes on a Saturday night. However, service and food were great. The waitress accommodated a picky teenager.

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Getzville, New York, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I will return here more than once as my daughter goes to college here. Great service, very friendly and relaxed atmosphere, good price for excellent food.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Good place, warm atmosphere. A little bit chain-like. My house special (eggplant manicotti stuffed with spinach) was better on paper than it was on the plate, and the accompanying spaghetti sauce was a little generic; but my family's dishes (chicken parm and chicken marsala) were delicious.

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Additional Information about Ciao Wood-Fired Pizza & Pasta

Address: 2 Hickory Hollow Lane, Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone Number: 607-257-2233
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 12 - 24
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

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