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“Ciao!”
Review of Ciao Bistro

Ciao Bistro
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed September 3, 2013

We enjoyed a meal at Ciao last night with a group of friends from out of town. We made a reservation for 7:00 p.m. and were seated right on time. We enjoyed a glass of wine and some pan-fried mozzerella as an appetizer. The four of us ordered different entrees and there were no disappointments. We had the chicken parm, chicken ciao, a pesto dish, and a penne pasta dish with vegetables and light red cream sauce. We also shared Caeser salads - one is big enough to share with another person. It was a delicious evening with fun friends and excellent service!

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Went on a Sunday night and glad we made a reservation. We had eaten at the former location off the island and enjoyed the smaller space and atmosphere . The new location is larger and seems much more hectic. Tables are very close together and noise level is very high, was almost impossible to carry on a conversation. The service was decent considering the number of tables each waiter was covering. However, as in the old location, the food was very good. Good salads and the chicken and shrimp dishes were quite tasty. Will return, but maybe when they are not as packed, conversation is one of the main reasons to enjoy an evening out and it was very difficult on this visit.

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Thank dbopen
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Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

Very nice quaint Italian restaurant on Centre Street! Wonderful food and a great wine list! Superb service!

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Thank krissyGreensboro_GA
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

Came to Ciao on a Saturday night. Restaurant was packed, so we grabbed a seat at the bar and ordered a couple of glasses of wine before we were seated. We were graciously greeted by (who I assume is) the owner of the restaurant. They sat us at a wonderful table towards the back where the lighting was excellent, and the clatter from the bar was irrelevant. Our server helped us through the menu, knowledgeably answering any and all questions we had, while making suggestions of her own. A nice wine list with some worldly varietal. Our was excellent; each course timed perfectly and our server there to present every time, refreshing our wine glasses as needed. Too full to stay for dessert; we were thanked for our meal and returned the gratitude to the wonderful staff. Would return again and again.

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Thank George L
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

This is a popular restaurant, but overall, I was not impressed. The wait staff seemed bothered by us when we asked for anything, and the service was slow. The prices are high - $9 per glass of wine? Everything is a la carte, so $20 for lasagna without even a salad seemed off. The bread they serve is frozen and quick baked, which would be ok if it was still warm at the table. No butter, just some olive oil with some herbs, which had no flavor at all. (Have these people ever been to Carrabba's?)

I ordered the special seafood lasagna, but was brought meat lasagna instead. When I told the waiter, he looked at me like I was making it up. Since I didn't want to wait another 20 minutes while everyone at the table was eating, I asked to just get some shrimp scampi and pasta. The pasta was fine, but the sauce had a thickener like cornstarch in it, and the while the shrimp were fresh, they had not been deveined and were gritty.

To me, this restaurant is stuck in the 80's, and is in need of a fresh menu and some smiling staff. There are too many good places in the area to go back to Ciao.

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