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“Disappointing”
Review of Ciao Bistro

Ciao Bistro
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

Shrimp scampi was good but annoyed that the tails were still on...made it messy to eat. My husband ordered the chicken parm which came with a side of spaghetti but the sauce on each clearly was two different sauces...odd. One was flavorful and the other was like Ragu out of the can. The chicken was clearly previously frozen and not fresh. Overall impression was mediocre Italian food. I would have been more satisfied at the Olive Garden. We were served ridiculously fast and were in and out in less than 45 minutes. Disappointing since we were out on a date night and did not want to feel rushed. I suppose turning tables fast makes money but it ruins the guests' experience in my opinion. We won't go back.

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Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

Even though it was a warm night, we were glad we chose to sit on the patio where it seemed much more peaceful. As a couple celebrating our anniversary, without our kids in tow, we appreciated the more romantic atmosphere of the patio. The penne pollo was perfectly prepared and we loved the bread sticks. So glad we made the choice to dine here with this super friendly staff & owners.

1  Thank DebMcCallFL
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Reviewed July 18, 2014

The service here is excellent. The food - not so much. To be honest, I prefer the food at Olive Garden. It was pricey and the seafood was mushy and overcooked. As others have said it is quite noisy in the restaurant. However, the host and wait staff are exceptional.

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1  Thank Traveler7504
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Reviewed July 17, 2014

Really nice surprise! Wonderful , authentic Italian food, as good as any fine NYC restaurant. We are pretty harsh judges of Italian restaurants,having been lucky enough to have visited many of the world's best. The shellfish in the Zuppa di Pesce was clearly fresh and perfectly cooked. Sauce was yummy.Their sliced steak with roasted garlic and spinach was a beautiful dish. The owner was attentive ( and, yes he did have a restaurant in Manhattan! ) and interesting to talk to. We tried Ciao based on TA recommendations and subsequently learned that is a hugely popular place for locals too. Really worth it!

2  Thank Diana777
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Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

We wherein the mood for some pasta went here on a suggestion. Best Italian I've had in a long time. Great food! Would definitely recommend.

Thank Brian D
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