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Ciao Wood-Fired Pizza & Pasta

2 Hickory Hollow Lane, Ithaca, NY 14850
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Ranked #12 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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82% Recommend
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  • English first
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English first
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

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
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

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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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
1 review
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
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54 reviews 54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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