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Ciao Wood-Fired Pizza & Pasta

2 Hickory Hollow Lane, Ithaca, NY 14850
607-257-2233
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Ranked #13 of 238 restaurants in Ithaca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $12 - $24
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
Colts Neck, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Was up in Ithaca looking at colleges for our daughter. When we looked on TripAdvisor for restaurants we saw the great ratings for Ciao. And they lived up to it. From the hostess to our waitress to the food everything was excellent. I had the special which was strip steak over fettuccine with Gorgonzola cheese for $12.95. My daughter had... More

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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The lasagna is wonderful! Loaded with chese and pasta cooked perfectly! I have also had the Chicken Parm which is to die for, the servings are very generous, enough for dinner there and leftovers to take home for lunch the next day which everyone knows is always better the second time around.

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We had pizza and a salad both were wonderful and very tasty.The service was good and the staff friendly great value for your money.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

One of the "finds" of our 2-week USA holiday as it had something to please adults and children and did it well. We went as it was accurately recommended by staff at the nearby Homewood Suites. Location is out of town, but in the popular area with many of the newer hotels and suites. Good range of pasta and pizza... More

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Glenwood, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Very good pastas here. We had the salmon with penne pasta and my daughter had the pasta with cheese that look like little purses (sorry forgot the name). Her pasta tasted much better than ours because it was not al dente and very tender. The chocolate mousse was delicious. My husband had the bread pudding and that was fantastic. Italian... More

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Ithaca, New York, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Ciao is a great family restaurant and it's also wonderful for adults. Lunch features great salads that you can order on wood-fired pizza crust. Dinner pizzas are great and so are the many pasta selections. My husband and I often eat in the bar area when we are alone. We also use the take out option regularly!

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Ithaca
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 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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Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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

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
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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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