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Ciao Wood-Fired Pizza & Pasta

2 Hickory Hollow Lane, Ithaca, NY 14850
607-257-2233
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Ranked #14 of 238 Restaurants in Ithaca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $12 - $24
Hours:
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
Homer, New York, United States
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

9-23-14: a group of 8 of us went to Ciao's to celebrate 3 of our birthdays. All of us got something different, and all were absolutely delighted!! I had chicken piccata: delicate flavoring, chicken cooked perfectly,the linguine al dente. Side salads were large enough to be dinner salads!! Chocolate mousse was out of this world, but was topped by a... More

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Audubon, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

The food was exceptional. Wood fired authentic pizza was excellent, and the Arancinni was very fresh and flavorful. If you are looking for good Italian food in a nice but busy restaurant, this is the place.

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Butler
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

for my Italian husband to say he would eat here again is a big compliment!! Not great, but good! Very busy when we were there-however, service was very good-great homemade bread with an unusual dipping sauce!

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Bath, New York, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Its very hard to eat out and find something other than the boring normal offerings. We met my daughter here for dinner as she is a college student nearby. I was impressed that the gluten/vegan offerings were clearly stated. The waitress knew what being gluten free meant right from the start. Our meals including the appetizers were tasty and hot.... More

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The deep South
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This was such a busy place, we couldn't get in the first night within the time period we had for dinner (college orientation visit). But the next night, the crowd was not so big. I also went back once by myself and had the shrimp fettucini which was a little dry so I poured some of the bread dipping olive... More

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Ithaca NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We often go to Ciao! when we are in Ithaca. We do not have much experience with the non-pizza offerings, though when we have had them they have been fine. The special attraction for usn, however is the pizza; crispy crust and judicious amount of topping. All fresh ingredients and well done. The margarita pizza is our favorite, and during... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I had the eggplant manicotti dinner. The salad was slightly soggy like it was pre-made and sitting a while. It was also only slightly cold. The bread was room temperature and unappealing. It would be nicer to have a freshly made cold salad with more than two dressing options (Ceasar and house) and the possibility of adding blue cheese crumbles.... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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120 reviews 120 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

As always, when arriving in a new place, we consulted Trip Advisor for a restaurant near our hotel in Ithaca. We like Italian and so decided to go. However the map provided by the Trip Advisor site took us to the middle of a shopping mall and the address of the restaurant was not found on my i-phone. We finally... More

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new york, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Comfortable local Italian with very ample portions. Diverse menu with lots of pizza, pasta and meat and fish options.

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Ithaca, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Compliments to the chef & server of course! We visited Ciao for my birthday dinner, I had never been before, but I have to say I will certainly be going back! Service was great & the food was excellent! We ordered a bottle of wine (cabernet, I think) which tasted wonderful, appetizer eggplant crostini, also wonderful, I had the lobster... More

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