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Ciao

223 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, CA 92662-1203
949-675-4070
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Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Derby, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Our hotel recommended this place and when we arrived is was full, so we had a few drinks at the bar while we waited. We all enjoyed our food, but the highlight was the service - Excellent throughout! Very competitive prices - I would go again!

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Brea, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I went here with a couple of close friends after an afternoon of fun in SoCal. We were hoping to find a good place to sit, relax, and eat for awhile after a busy day. This was not a good choice for that. We had to wait close to an hour to be seated at 8 o'clock at night. Once... More

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Dallas, Texas
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Service was poor and slow...unfriendly waiter that basically grunted at us. I'm not sure we even heard him utter a word. Pizza was decent and the location is....well it is great!

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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Stopped in here with my companions as we toured this lovely spot. Among the three of us was 1 transplanted New Yorker and 1 visitor from NY. Among the things I do when entering an establishment is look at the faces of those already dining and here was an ample crowd happily enjoying each others company and the fare they... More

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Germantown, Tennessee
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102 reviews 102 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

I stopped in recently with some colleagues and was treated to a great dinner. The food was good, the service quick and the price reasonable. Ciao is not fancy, but definitely worth a stop. I will return.

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Paradise Valley, Arizona, United States
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105 reviews 105 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This restaurant is located on the main commercial Street on Balboa Island. While the food is average I would return again for lunch or dinner. I had the caprese salad and the tomatoes were just ok. Three of my friends had pasta and all of them said it was delicious. There are a couple of bistro tables on the sidewalk... More

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Top Contributor
141 reviews 141 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Stopped here for a quick lunch. It has a good menu and the food is slightly above average. Service was good. Nothing real special but ok place to eat.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Very disappointing. The lack luster, miserable, slow service made for a poor start to the evening. The food was poor. Badly reheated lamb shanks, tiny greasy pizzas and stodgy tasteless pasta sauces. We would have willingly drank more to lift our spirits, but short of standing on the table and shouting down a megaphone it was impossible to catch the... More

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Victoria, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

My husband and I spent the afternoon on Balboa Island and decided to stop at Ciao for a small plate and some vino. We were pleasantly surprised when the antipasto platter arrived at our table...it was much more than we expected, and very tasty! So we turned our "stop" into a more relaxing visit and took our time to enjoy... More

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Newport Beach, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We got a booth-wood seat and seat backs. Not very comfortable. The waitress hadn't even been hired yet and was being trained by another woman. She said, "I hope to get this job!". They did have a decent selection of craft beer, which my friend likes. We had the Caprese and it was just fine. Not stunning, but it's hard... More

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