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“Enjoy the experience!”
Review of ciao

ciao
Ranked #9 of 40 Restaurants in Basseterre
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Gaithersburg, Maryland
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121 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Enjoy the experience!”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

When we travel we always make sure to get to know the locals as much as we can. Spending time with people who have lived locally only enhances our travels and changes a mere vacation into something much greater.
We decided to eat at this Italian restaurant last minute because of its close proximity to the Marriott on our first evening. We walked in without reservations and were seated right away at a table outside. We were delighted by the food. Several of us had the Lobster Ravioli and it was incredible, albeit, a tad bit rich and maybe better shared as an appetizer versus a entree but very delicious. Overall the food was good, but what really enhanced our meal was the owner of this establishment. She went out of her way to make sure we each had exactly what we wanted. Even suggesting several changes to the menu to accommodate certain diets, etc. If you don't see anything you like on the menu or want to change something simply ask and she will make it exactly the way you want. She spent so much time with us telling her life story of how she ended up on St Kitts running an Italian Restaurant. She joked about the service and how hard it is to make everyone happy in such a laid back environment. By the way, don't be annoyed with the reviews about service. This is what you come to expect in an island like St Kitts. Its ok to take 2-3 hours for dinner with friends. There is no rush!

We ended our evening with some incredible dessert and some Lemoncello the owner shared with us. We had a really great time. It meant a lot to us all that the owner went out of her way to make this meal rememberable.

  • Visited April 2013
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Perrysburg, Ohio, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Excellent”
Reviewed May 2, 2013

My husband and I arrived for a planned relaxing dinner. The owner was charming and attentive and the waitstaff were top notch. Both our meals were delicious and we would go back. Listen to the description of he menu items and if it is recommended to order something a certain way, try it! We had a great experience!

  • Visited May 2013
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Fort Worth, Texas, United States
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Ciao dinner”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

They were gracious to stay late as we arrived right prior to closing but allowed all the time we needed.

Visited April 2013
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Toledo, Ohio
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Zero service”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

Food was good, but terrible service - waited for parts of the meal, water refills, and when asked if we wanted more bread by the poor owner and said yes, only 20 minutes later. Not too crowded though...

Visited April 2013
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Warrington, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Authentic Italian - Delightful Owners - Good Service”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

We have been to a number of restaurants on the island over the last five years and this is absolutely one of the best. The owners, in typical old world Italian style, were welcoming and warm hosts, specifically Ilde Visinoni, and served fresh, home made Italian specialties, created by Dario her husband. We had 4 in our party and every course was delicious for all of us, each having a different home made entree. The service was, as referenced in another rating, moving at "island time" which is to say slow. St. Kitts is a wonderful island, but not for those that are short on patience. I do concur that the gnocchi ranks as one of the best, and the pasta was very, very fresh. I found the meal to be well worth the amount paid. I strongly recommend making this one of the restaurants you visit while on the island.

  • Visited April 2013
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