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“Solid, tasty, family-friendly, but still up-market and cosy”

Ciro's Italian Bistro
Ranked #46 of 584 Restaurants in Lancaster
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Ciro's is a great choice. Not the cheapest Italian around, but one of the best I've experienced in Lancaster County. Good entrees, salads, decent wines, some unique dishes, friendly wait-staff and even a gelato bar. Reservations needed on weekends!

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Reviewed October 20, 2013

Ciro’s promotes itself as an Italian Bistro. Bistro, yes – it is small, and it does serve alcohol. But in terms of Italian, well, not so much. There is no fresh or homemade pasta. The pizza is “fire-roasted”, but NOT brick oven – there are gas jets fueling the fire. The flavor is more American buffet than Italian.

Dined there twice to be fair. Best things: Sharon our server was top-notch in terms of menu knowledge and customer service. Very good. Star of the menu: App of lollipop lamb chops! Nice char on the outside, good glaze with forward notes of rosemary to complement the lamb. Served with an assertive arugula and gorgonzola salad that brought the flavors together nicely. However – one time we went the serving was 2 double chops. 2 days later the serving was 2 single chops; hard not to feel cheated. They explained it as sometimes having 2 bones per chop, but believe me the portion size was different.

The pizza is mediocre at best and that's being kind. Had the Frutti de Mare, and it was so soggy you could barely serve a slice of it; picking it up to eat it wasn’t an option. I think we found 1 scallop and 1 mussel; but there was about a full can of chopped canned clams, plus way too much tomato sauce – a soggy mess. The flavor was flat – it needed some lemon or herbs or something to give it a better flavor than canned chopped clams. The Salsiccia (cherry bomb peppers and fennel sausage) was also flat-tasting. When you got a bite of spicy pepper or fennel it was OK, but basically another soggy flat-tasting pie. The house wine was billed as “really good” – but wasn’t.

Had a pumpkin risotto, and it’s ridiculous to call it that. Think mac n cheese on day two: a gloppy gluey mess. There were no individual grains of rice – they were bloated, starchy, and congealed into more of a casserole than a risotto. Flavor was maybe OK, but hard to get past the texture.

So there are a lot of things on the menu we didn’t try – but without fresh pasta, why bother? Not into the gelato bar or whatever that was – that looked goopey as well! To walk in and expect an Italian restaurant, it didn’t fit the bill. May go back for the lamb lollipops, hope we get the double next time – but would not look to it as a great or even good Italian place to eat.

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Reviewed October 6, 2013

Returned with friends for an unrushed dinner. had delicious veal picata and scrumptious gelatos. Flat-iron pork very good. Salmon a little dry. Need to come again to try some of the other great-looking homemade desserts. Service very friendly.

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Reviewed September 28, 2013

Looking for a lunch spot near spooky nook and happened across Ciro's. It's part of a new strip of shops clearly targeted at he housing developments in the area. Nothing like the local fare - it's a mid-high end Italian bistro with low end prices (compared to Long Island where we're from). I wouldn't normally ave about his place- the food and service were good, but we were there at a slow time. What makes it exceptional for me is the scarcity of good options in the area. I would certainly go back if I'm ever in the area again.

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Reviewed September 15, 2013

We have eaten here many times since we are locals. The food is fresh, and the menu is ample and varied. Salads come as a half or whole portion, which is nice. We love their Caesar salad, and we can easily share a half between the two of us. Their wood oven pizzas are delicious with a thin crust and a nice sauce, although don't look for an abundance of toppings. They're a little sparce. I love the chicken parmesan, and there's always enough left over for 1-2 more meals. Their grilled salad with gorgonzola dressing is delicious, although they could grill the lettuce just a little longer. We also love the citrus salad. Hubby often gets the lemon chicken. The gelatos are wonderfully rich and creamy. The waiters are attentive and efficient. However, the only real drawback with this restaurant is that when we go just for dessert (which has happened 3-4 times), the waiters have treated us rather rudely, perhaps because they're not getting as much of a tip? Not sure about that, but with the number of times we've gone for a full meal, we don't feel particularly badly if we only order dessert every once in a while. That said, we will go back since we find this restaurant to be delightful. Make reservations early in the week for a weekend dinner since this place fills up quickly.

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