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223 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, CA 92662-1203
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Truthfully, I have not had other Italian food here, but friends have and they all like it. It is a popular spot in the island, and usually very busy. Smaller sized, as most restaurants on the island are. Their pizza is delicious!

Thank LuluGrace8
Franklin, United States
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167 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

This Italian restaurant in downtown Balboa was okay but not special. We had pasta dishes that were average in taste and presentation. The service was good but the ambience was average.

Thank David K
Wilmslow, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

Didn't plan to eat here but glad we did. The staff were very hospitable and the food was really nice. Loved the music. Would recommend.

Thank Shaun P
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016 via mobile

Excellent Pasta and Sweet Salmon too. The waiters are nice and the food is filling. It's served in big helpings so go there pretty hungry!

Thank trishlovestravel
Toronto, Canada
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105 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

The restaurant is ready to serve their lunch menu by 11am, when other restaurants on the same strip are not open yet. Food was good, we had the antipasto for two. Very reasonably priced. Impeccable service, nice table by the window. Definitely recommendable.

Thank Nour E
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

Good service, good food, prices a bit high compared with other restaurant we visited on our trip. It was not a great dining experience, but definitly a good one.

Thank Mattias S
Germantown, Tennessee
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414 reviews
306 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016 via mobile

Not bad, but not great either. One of the only places open on Monday night on Balboa Island. Good selection of food, quantities are large so bring an appetite. Good friendly service. Worth a stop.

Thank Jim R
Des Moines Iowa
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184 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

This doesn't have the boats in the water feeling of Balboa Island, but it is good Italian food. Would recommend the ham calzone... very tasty... big enough to share. Service is good. We'd go back.

Thank GoneAgain02
Goleta, California
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153 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

We went to Ciao on a Thursday evening in January around 7pm. We didn't have to wait for a table but the cozy restaurant was nearly full. We had a pizza, salad, our pre-teen had basic pasta. The food was good but not great. If it wasn't so convenient when staying on the island, I wouldn't make a trip to... More 

Thank Valerie K
Kapalua, Hawaii
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57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2016

We usually go to Ciao for the pizza's and salads and they do not disappoint. If you plan to visit during summer or weekends, allow some time or go by and put your name in first then stroll the shops while you wait. There is almost always a wait as the restaurant is small like most things on BI. Certainly... More 

Thank randys101

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 223 Marine Ave, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, CA 92662-1203
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Newport Beach  >  Balboa Island
  • Phone Number: 949-675-4070

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?