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“Hidden Treasure”
Review of Ciao Restaurant

Ciao Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 233 Restaurants in Vista
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Ciao Restaurant has been serving fine Italian cuisine in an elegant family setting and catering to North County, San Diego for over 15 years.
Reviewed August 19, 2012

Ciao's authentic restaurant is really a hidden treasure in the working class city of Vista, run by two Italian chefs with their endearing Chilean wives. The intimate buffet lunch on weekdays is delicious, fresh and well priced. The artichoke chicken is my favorite, with a beautiful walnut balsamic blue cheese salad, fresh pizzas, home made bread, etc. Weekend nights are busy and fun as well.
Ciao's also catered our school's Christmas banquet and our own daughter's wedding !! It was wonderful, complete with all of the tables, chairs, tablecloths, napkins, china, silver, and glassware. The chef came and prepared a four course meal with his wait-staff to spoil our guests, who have raved about it since. Enjoy !

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1  Thank L. B
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

I loved the rigatoni cooked al dente perfect and the Chicken Marsala is awesome. Fast service and a great atmosphere.

2  Thank Corey K
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

I've lived in Oceanside 10 years, and just now became aware of
the existence of this fabulous local gem of a family style Italian restaurant!
The dining area is warm , cozy and very Italian. The dinner choices
are numerous and entree costs are very reasonable.
The orders are large enough to be shared, and the wait staff
are very warm and friendly! The antipasto salad, spaghetti Carbonara and Pasta
stuffed shells with cheese and spinach were fabulous!
(ditto on all the comments made by "the bionicwoman"'s review.A large
group arriving as we were finishing made for a loud atmosphere)
This restaurant will likely become one of our favorites for Italian dining!
PS, we also are eating delicious leftovers as we type!

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Thank BarbB2000
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

This restaurant is run by Italians who direct the cooking and recipes, so authenticity is not a problem and the food reflects that. This is not a big restaurant, and not lovely to look at outside. However the food is all the difference. Large portions of standard fare. Their pizzas are very good as well. They don't have a creative menu, and the food is heavy, but that's what doggie-bags are for.

Thank dianesquid
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Reviewed May 3, 2012

Oh yeah! Italian food at its finest - large portions, excellent choices and the wait staff are so friendly you feel you're eating at someone's house! Makes for a very enjoyable evening. Their special plate with mussels, clams, fish, crab is to die for!

Thank Dotty M
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