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Ciao Wood-Fired Pizza & Pasta

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2 Hickory Hollow Lane, Ithaca, NY 14850
607-257-2233
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Welcome to Ciao! Ciao! is a casual fine dining, Italian restaurant that...
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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Good for:
Bar scene
Local cuisine
Special occasions

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 96
    Excellent
  • 64
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Fantastic Italian Food!

Being an Italian from New York, I'm very picky about good Italian food. Well, Ciao is fantastic! The place is always packed to the rafters every night and for good reason. Their food is fresh and always delicious. I've had their pastas, seafood, chicken, veal, pizza and desserts. Have never been... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
Paul D
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Tucson, Arizona
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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188 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Tucson, Arizona
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Being an Italian from New York, I'm very picky about good Italian food. Well, Ciao is fantastic! The place is always packed to the rafters every night and for good reason. Their food is fresh and always delicious. I've had their pastas, seafood, chicken, veal, pizza and desserts. Have never been disappointed and loved all of them. They make a... More 

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Ithaca, New York, United States
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

My very favorite Ithaca restaurant! Fantastic fettuccine and the Cordon Bleu wood-fired pizza is so, so, so good!

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Ithaca, New York
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We are a big fan of the Risotto balls - they are simply amazing and cheesy - nothing compares. I usually get the 4 cheese pizza and it's amazing - it's brick over cooked and large enough to feed several people. Their lobster ravioli is also heaven! We also had their bruchetta - I don't know what they do to... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We eat at Ciao! regularly, and always enjoy the food and service. Excellent Italian food - perhaps not quite what you'd get in Northern Jersey, but very respectable. ;-) The flavored olive oil that comes with bread for every meal is an especially delicious way to start. When one of our favorite appetizers - the Tuscan Bean Dip - disappeared... More 

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New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 via mobile

I have eaten at Ciao's three times, so far. Each time has been a pleasant experience. Great food at a reasonable price in a relaxing atmosphere. Each time the servers were exceptional and personable. It has a feel of a great family restaurant. Thanks Ciao's for another great experience.

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Tampa, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The pizza was delicious. Portions were good sized. It is similar to Olive garden but we liked it better. The pasta dishes were great as well.

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New York
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Let me say up front that I like this place, but I like it better for lunch. It's become so popular that dinner has to be takeaway or you'll be eating at 9PM. They don't take reservations and besides the Heights Cafe - a much more upscale choice that may be outside the budget of some - there literally is... More 

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Schenectady, New York, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This is our 3rd time there, the food is consistently good, and they have a varied gluten free menu. Very clean and attentive service.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Read the reviews and decided to try Ciao's and was not disappointed. Although it looked like any other chain Italian restaurant when we drove up, our dining experience was great. The warm bread and garlic oil is a great beginning, ordered the wings for an app and was very pleased with the flavors. The menu has most of the Italian... More 

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Syracuse, New York
Top Contributor
147 reviews 147 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

When I read wood-fired pizza I thought decadent thin crust pizza...well, that is not what Ciao delivers. Their pizza is a more substantial crust, definitely not thin, served in a plastic tray and not nearly as flavorful as I had hoped. We tried two pizzas, chicken wing appetizer (be forewarned that this is NOT a crispy skin wing), and a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2 Hickory Hollow Lane, Ithaca, NY 14850
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
  • Phone Number: 607-257-2233

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 24
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions

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.
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

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?