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Ciao Wood-Fired Pizza & Pasta

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2 Hickory Hollow Ln, Ithaca, NY 14850-1015
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Middletown, New York
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We frequent Ciao quite often. The food is always good, waitresses and waiters are always kind and very attentive. We haven't had a bad experience yet. The prices are a little high, but you pay for what you get, and that's excellent food and large portion sizes. It's a must to if your in the area.

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Syracuse, New York
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We enjoyed a Friday night dinner and Saturday lunch in the middle of Cornell's Parents Weekend. Ciao's was up to the challenge. Although there was a wait, the staff handled the crowd with aplomb. And the food was great! I've never had better wood fired pizza and the eggplant entry and cod special were tasty and nicely presented. Highly recommended.

Thank dlh52
Norfolk, Virginia
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great Italian food visiting relatives, and multiple food allergies. Everyone got something good, from lobster ravioli to chicken balsamica. All very happy with entrées and deserts. Usual Friday night rules for Ciao apply. The food is well worth the wait.

Thank Anthony V
Hollywood, Fl
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this restaurant at the recommendation of a server at our hotel. We could not have been happier. Location had lots of parking and the interior was quite spacious. We all ordered different items. Two different pastas one being fettuccine Alfredo. The wood fire pizza was also very good. Would have preferred block cheese grated instead of the premade... More 

Thank nuffsaid
CiaoIthaca, General Manager at Ciao Wood-Fired Pizza & Pasta, responded to this review

Dear Nuffsaid, Thank you very much for visiting us and writing a great review for us. We are thrilled that you had a great experience, and we hope to see you again sometime soon! Thank you, Bill Oechslin General Manager More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On our way home from Cornell University we wanted to get something to eat which was on our way home. We found this place outside the Ithaca Mall. It is a stand alone building with plenty of parking. Nicely decorated interior with a full bar and a wood burning oven. Lots of bench seating. Our waitress was very pleasant. We... More 

Thank Albert F
CiaoIthaca, General Manager at Ciao Wood-Fired Pizza & Pasta, responded to this review

Dear Albert, We are very happy that you had such a pleasant experience with us, and that you took the time to tell others about us. Word of mouth advertising is the best that we advertising we can use. Please stop in next time you are in the area. Thank you, Bill Oechslin General Manager More 

Exeter, New Hampshire
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were a party of four on a busy Saturday evening on Ithaca College alumni weekend. After waiting for thirty minutes we placed at a table. Service was prompt and very friendly. We all had the house salads (a full plate of mixed greens at $2.95 each).. Two different pizzas done just as requested and two entrees. All served promptly.... More 

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CiaoIthaca, General Manager at Ciao Wood-Fired Pizza & Pasta, responded to this review

Dear peace05, Thank you for taking the time to write a review about us. While we do get very busy at times, things tend to move quickly, and wait times often are not too long. Thank you also for understanding about the parking lot, there is plenty of parking all around and other lots to choose from. Hopefully you will... More 

New York City, New York
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230 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a craving for pizza and immediately sought guidance from Trip Advisor. Saw wonderful reviews so headed there. Surprised to learn they only make 11 inch pies and not the standard large enough to feed four. We ended up ordering two pies as well as a fried calamari appetizer. It was served with two sauces, tomato and a garlic mayo.... More 

Thank Cindy M
CiaoIthaca, General Manager at Ciao Wood-Fired Pizza & Pasta, responded to this review

Dear Cindy, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with everyone, that is the best advertising we can hope for. We are very glad that you had a great dining experience and great service. We do understand that once in a while we can make mistakes, but we also love to hear about the good dining experiences,... More 

Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I remember eating here when it first opened and considered it like an average Olive Garden. Never went back until I noticed how well it was being reviewed. The pizza is the best I've had in Ithaca. The service is fast and friendly. The bread pudding dessert would be enough to keep me going back even if the rest of... More 

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CiaoIthaca, General Manager at Ciao Wood-Fired Pizza & Pasta, responded to this review

Dear CUPU, Thank you for taking the time to review us, and for giving us another shot. We are all excited here at Ciao! for our great reviews and accolades that we have been given. As we grow, we try very hard to keep things consistently good for our guests, and to keep them wanting to come back. I will... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

We ❤️ this place! Arancini appetizer, chicken piccata and the pear and Gorgonzola pizza are a few faves!

Thank Beth H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

So, you are in Ithaca and you certainly have a large choice of restaurants, but on this night, you say, hey, how about some pizza! So, you go to Ciao's and you find yourself not only in a restaurant with outstanding food, but incredible pizza and not any pizza, but wood-fired and it is delicious! The service is good, the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$12 - $24
Italian, Pizza, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Hickory Hollow Ln, Ithaca, NY 14850-1015
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
  • Phone Number: 607-257-2233
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?