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Ciao Wood-Fired Pizza & Pasta

2 Hickory Lane, Ithaca, NY 14850
607-257-2233
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Ranked #20 of 237 restaurants in Ithaca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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English first
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 NEW

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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Ithaca, New York
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

My wife and I went on a Tuesday evening. They do offer call ahead seating, but only if you call more than an hour in advance. We were not able to do that. When we arrived we looked around, and there were many people waiting. We asked how long and were told 20-25 minutes. As we sat there, I heard... More

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Ithaca, New York
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Ciao is a family restaurant (OK for couples and friends groups as well) with very good food, large portions, and comprehensive menu, and good service. It's deservedly popular, so expect to wait for a table if you come on a busy night. The bar is a good place to get a drink. The staff is helpful, and the service is... More

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Cortland, New York
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I was invited out for my birthday in early June and chose CIAO, as I hadn't been there in over three years. It was very full when we got there about 6 pm, but after just one drink at the bar, our buzzer went off and a table was ready. Service was friendly and reliable and the food was terrific.... More

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We were exhausted and starving We ordered 3 very different pizzas. Each was great! The restaurant has a comfortable atmosphere - casual but not too casual. Our waitress was very friendly, helpful and quick! We were so happy we ended up here!

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Albion, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Recommended from our hotel front desk clerk, he stated it was a local place and that we would enjoy it !! We did, the food was delightful. We were sat near the "wood" fire oven and we were able to watch the pizzas being made. It was nice entertainment while enjoying dinner. Very well priced and very fresh tasting.

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Richmond Hill, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

Excellent food,a little out of the way from downtown but well worth it. Waitress was bartender also, seemed a little busy to serve tables also, but was good overall. Highlight was definitely the food, served fresh,hot and quickly. Would return!

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Miami, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed the food and atmosphere here. Highly recommend. The pizzas are wood fired. Tasty, fresh, feels home made.

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Ithaca, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

My bride and I have had some nice meals here. Food and wine selections and flavors are reasonable; staff is very accommodating; there are gluten-free options; and prices are average. I really appreciate how the waiters are attentive, but not hovering when we are there as a couple. They seem to adapt when we've been there with a larger party:... More

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Aldie, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We were set on eating at Joe ' s until we read the reviews. Seems Joe ' s has changed since my college days 20 years ago. We stumbled upon this gem since we were in the mood for Italian food. Great food, generous portions and friendly staff. There was a wait on a Tuesday night in summer which is... More

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