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“A Nice Surprise! Awesome Italian food and kid-friendly”
Review of Ciao Mambo

Ciao Mambo
Ranked #43 of 293 Restaurants in Missoula
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: With creative twists on classic recipes there is something for everyone in the family. It's Italian Nachos, Minestrone, Lasagne, Tiramisu, Chianti, Frank Sinatra, Great Fun, Wonderful Service and a whole lot more... Ciao Mambo atmosphere works just as well for romantic couples as it does for a cozy table of family, friends and children too. At Mambo's, we serve up immigrant style Italian cuisine in a happening family ambiance. Our pasta dishes with rich, savory sauces and fresh ingredients, thin crust pizzas baked to perfection, and unmatchable service will keep you coming back for more. Bring your friends, family and appetite for fun, and we'll handle the rest.
Chicago, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A Nice Surprise! Awesome Italian food and kid-friendly”
Reviewed August 23, 2012

We were in Missoula one night on our way from Waterton Parks to Yellowstone. We were staying in downtown Missoula, exhausted and needed a good not-overly-expensive meal that didn't include macaroni and cheese, hamburgers or elk chili (not that there's anything wrong with elk chili, but at this point I was seriously considering going back to being a vegetarian for a while. We found Ciao Mambo listed in a book about Montana and thought we'd try it. We were not disappointed! Montana has some great restaurants, and I have to say this is one of the best ones we ate at on our trip. They had a really good spaghetti bolognese (different than what I was used to back in Chicago-but really tasty and you could tell the ingredients were fresh). The kids split a pizza (which is always "iffy", again, being from Chicago), and it was really good-they ate the whole thing. The pinot noir was excellent, and the portions were so big my husband and I were able to split the pasta and a salad and had more than enough to eat. Oh, and fabulous garlic "toast" was provided before the meal. Excellent.

The best part? They gave the kids pizza dough to play with while we waited for our food. Yes they are older (they're both nine) but it is still rare that my husband and I can actually have a conversation where one of them isn't interrupting, asking "how come?" and always putting their two cents in. Love them to death but after two weeks driving across the country, it gets to you. But once they got their pizza dough, they were so busy making artistic sculptures that we were able to actually talk while sipping our wine. Uninterrupted. The people at Ciao Mamo are brilliant. (And, if they got sick of the pizza dough, they could color/draw on their kids menus or the paper table cloth. The restaurant then will tape their creation to the ceiling, so half of their ceiling is covered with kids' drawings.) Brilliant.

They were really busy (even on a Monday night), but we were seated right away. Service was quick, the server was really nice and efficient, our food was hot and delicious, and we have absolutely no complaints. I liked the decor-it was Montana with a "collegiate" vibe (University of Montana is in Missoula, and all the servers looked like college girls (either that or women in Montana just age really well), so maybe that had something to do with it.) Totally recommend this restaurant-would definitely eat here again if we're back in Missoula!

  • Visited August 2012
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Missoula, Montana
Level 3 Contributor
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Three times is the charm”
Reviewed August 15, 2012

I don't know what Ciao Mambo is. I don't know what the food they serve is. I am just confused. The first trip I ordered a dish made with a standard red sauce. The waitress ask me is I wanted it hot, mild, or spicy. I repeated my order, then she repeated her question. I ask her if anyone in the restaurant was Italian. She said she thought one of the waitress's may be Italian. I gave up received my food and decided not to go back. I did go back thinking it was just the waitress, I was wrong the food was really non-descript, bad, and just awful. I was talked into going back for the third time by some friends, who said I was over reacting. They found out I was right. Third time is the charm.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great food.”
Reviewed August 15, 2012

We were at a grooms dinner and I didn't hear anything but compliments on the food. It was all great. They did screw up the number of place settings so I was without a setting for about 5 minutes or more before they gave up trying to figure it out and finally got me a plate and silverware. Other than that we loved it.

Visited August 2012
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Olympia
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192 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Ciao Eccellente”
Reviewed August 12, 2012 via mobile

I dropped into this restaurant during a very busy Sunday early evening. (They were holding a concert in the adjacent park). I was solo and asked the hostess for a table. She easily complied in a gracious manner.

My water glass was filled as I sat down. And the waitress instantly appeared. I asked her which was their signature dish. She pointed out the Pasta Ravenna, which I ordered with a dinner salad.

WOW! The pasta was served in a cavernous bowl. It had plenty of chicken, sun dried tomatoes, and luscious artichoke hearts to accompany the bow tie pasta, mushrooms and a delicious sauce. Baby, Oh Baby!

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new hampshire
Level 6 Contributor
252 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“great food!”
Reviewed July 20, 2012

Our first night in Missoula and how fortunate to have found this place. Great atmosphere. Busy on a Friday night but were seated within 10 minutes at around 6/6:30. The egg drop soup with tortellini, 4-cheese ravioli, the pasta with chicken tossed in a rose sauce, the spinach salad were all fantastic. The warm bread served before the meal was yummy. Highly recommend Ciao Mambo for great Italian.

  • Visited July 2012
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