Our group of three had a very nice, friendly meal here on a somewhat slow Tuesday night. Having been here before and created a relationship with the Italian owners (from the Naples, Italy area), the host of our group let the wife/chef bring us what she recommended based around the sea bass entree. I never would have ordered the spicy mussels but I was glad to have the experience...the sauce was outstanding (use bread to sop it up - great!). Loved the pasta and clams. The sea bass entree was superb...delicate and delectable!
I'm anxious to go back to try the seafood risotto and see how it compares with what we had at a little cafe in one of the Cinque Terra towns in Italy. Ciao's nailed the sea bass!
We tasted an assortment of Italian pastries. My personal tastes do not gravitate to those type of pastries but the lemon tart was fantastic. Our group concurred.
Service was fine; attentive. Atmosphere was OK: contemporary; still needs some work from the previous restaurant but thankfully, it's not loud in the restaurant...finally, a great place for table talk. Parking is a pain in the butt in downtown South Bend...but there's a parking garage nearby that offers free parking for the first 2 hours, however, if there's an event going on it costs $5.
Go to Ciao's for the food and a fun time with your friends/family/colleagues. Interact with the owner/chef, talk up Italy and ask for her recommendations for the night.
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