Ciao! 2 An Italian Cafe
Ciao! 2 An Italian Cafe

Ciao! 2 An Italian Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ciaoitaliancafe.com/
  • Phone: 4127889463x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Everyday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Everyday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Sabrina Simmonds
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Full service catering from corporate functions to private affairs. We can accommodate an intimate affair to as large as 500 off site. From breakout sessions to fine dining.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Campbells Run Road
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking.
A word from Ciao! 2 An Italian Cafe
Ciao 2!'s is now the fourth generation of a traditional Italian trattoria! We are a special combination of style and substance, a restaurant known for its craft beers, boutique wines, and classic Italian cuisine!

Chef Sabrina, a native Pittsburger, carefully sources local produce and food stuffs whenever possible. Our chef has created brunch, lunch, and dinner menus as delicious tributes to the classic trattoria fashion!

This being Pittsburgh, it is only reasonable that Ciao2! pays loving attention the liquid side of things. Signature cocktails such as the Tuscan Sour and the Lemoncello martini, are served along side classics like the Ciao2! Manhattan and the Aviation.

Several beers are on tap and Nick has created a varied and unique wine list!

Ciao2! An Italian Cafe', a salute to classical regional Italian cuisine!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Ciao! 2 An Italian Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
73% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (20)special occasion (16)fit for foodies (14)romantic (13)good for groups (12)notable wine list (11)great for lunch (11)great for outdoor dining (3)hot spot (2)great for brunch (2)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Delightful
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    The staff is friendly and provide outstanding service. Everything tasted FRESH! A wonderful dinner experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over-priced
    Chris
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My first dinner (after several lunches) at Ciao! was a huge disappointment in every way. The service was very "Pittsburgh," replete with Pittsburghese and lack of finesse. The menu offerings look good, but the food quality was also disappointing. The house salad dressing, Italian, was so sour that my mouth puckered! Iceberg lettuce is not acceptable at these prices. The side of pasta seemed to have no seasoning at all, and even an abundance of extra parmesan cheese didn't bring it to life. The chicken limoncello was good but not great. Pasta prices are exorbitant (compared to Caffe Amante where I had eaten the night before), as are some seafood dishes. I won't be going back anytime soon. The background music creates a nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Pleasant dining experince, the food was very good, and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    MichaelW
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This was the second time we'd been to this restaurant, and were not disappointed. The food was excellent, but we were also very impressed with the whole interior design. The owner had obviously taken the time to get things right, to pay attention to the little details. As a result the ambience was really something special. If you're wondering whether to try it out, trust me - just go. You won't regret it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food was great
    MIkeVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Food was great - a restaurant you can relax in and talk and actually hear the people you are with
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Donna
    donna
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I have enjoyed many great times at Ciao. The food is outstanding!!!!!!!. Bartender Nick can make the best drink in Pittsburg.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was not up to the prices
    LawdrVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I'm always concerned when the restaurant doesn't post prices next to the menu on open table. Thought that pricing over twenty dollars for most of the pasta dishes was a bit high and really was hoping for great taste for the great prices. Was very disappointed when the dishes had water at the bottom of the pasta. Taste was ok but on the whole was disappointed for the price.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Gem among chain stores, restaurants
    oncnsg
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Firt time at this family owned restaurant. Delicious menu choices and specials. Staff is friendly and appropriately attentative. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    we have always had a great meal at Ciao's! food & service were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Molto Buona
    PearlDiver
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Stumbled on this gem via Open Table . . . surprisingly good for a shopping mall "hole in the wall." Both of our veal menus were outstanding: the veal was cooked to perfection and breaded just right; not too heavy. The veal Marsala was not sweet at all (!!) and the Vitallo Antonio was a delicious choice. The marinara served on the accompanying pasta tasted like fresh-picked tomatoes. Cocktails were prepared well and the wine paired beautifully with dinner. Why only three stars? A little too noisy for our taste: high ceilings and relatively bare walls made conversation challenging: unfortunately, because of the noise, Ciao! 2 is not a place I'd recommend for a quiet, intimate dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The food was excellent and service very good. The table next to ours was very noisy, to the point that we could hardly hear our waiter when he was describing the specials.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OK
    OKdokay
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I was not expecting the size and accommodations that were there Small but seated comfortably. Did not expect the price range we found when we arrived. it seemed a little pricy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • closed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I made a 10 pm reservation at 915 on Sunday night. I arrived at 945 to find the door locked and staff cleaning up. I double checked the time and there were reservations still available until 11pm.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding experience
    dipcap
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My wife and I would always see this place at Settler's Ridge and wonder about it. Well this weekend we decided to stop in and we're glad we did. The staff was very warm and welcoming. We're both Italian and the place had a great Italian atmosphere. We had a couple of appetizers and split a main entree. Everything tasted phenomenal, easily the best Italian food I've ever had. Main dishes were on the pricier side, but definitely worth it. We're both looking forward to going back again soon. Also, be sure to make a reservation as the place does remain full, though getting a reservation isn't too tough. I made my reservation two hours prior to actually showing up with no problem.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch
    Shellmarie
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    My girlfriends and I went for lunch. We were greeted ammidiately and seated. It looked like the owner was the only one waiting on tables so the service was really slow. The food was good, but it was way over priced especially for lunch. I will probably try it again, but I won't be rushing to get back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I think your prices are extremely high for the type of food you sell. Your restaurant was clean, and your waitresses were very accomidating. but probably won't be back due to the prices. sorry
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  • SusieQ
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Always good. The service is always great. I didn't care for the crabcakes. Have been spoiled by another restaurant that has excellent crabcakes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Georgetown2
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We've dined at Ciao 2 about 5 times and the food and service is always top notch. I wish they had a better selection of wine or have the wine in stock that is on the menu. A little pricy but worth it!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    food was great and so was the wait staff. we will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    A small quaint little gem. Service staff is very courteous. Always a great experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friendly
    Beth
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    You are always welcome to dine. Food is really good. The owner is so nice. The peach fizz drink was really good. Selection is large and the desserts are very good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bothering the Owner
    OutofTowner
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The owner brought out food from the back and yells across the bar "Table for 2?" I try to tell him that I had a reservation but he didn't want to hear it and showed us a table to sit at. He didn't offer menus, say who our server was or that someone would be right with us. I came to realize that he was too busy peacocking for a politician in the restaurant. He didn't want to pay attention to anyone else as he was brown-nosing the official and his entourage. Our server however, couldn't have been nicer or more attentive. Thank goodness the owner has a great staff. His people skills leave a lot to be desired- unless you are someone of notoriety. Quid pro quo.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    Stino
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Ciao is our favorite dining spot. Great drinks and authentic Italian cuisine are always the speciality at Ciao!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    letseat
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This is our favorite restaurant for great food and drinks. The staff is always friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 245 reviews are from the Ciao! 2 An Italian Cafe reviews archive.
  • Great Food
    Melo
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    As always the food was very good. The waitress was new so there were a few issues there but I am sure with time that will improve also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Only Non-chain at Settlers Ridge
    Larry
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Used to go to the restaurant when it was in Carnegie. Still keeps the same food quality and offers one of the best options in the Robinson area. My wife and I go back there about every 2 months and have a consistently good experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • too much sauce
    Bigguy
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Got wrong order an when they returned the corrected order they drowned it in regular sauce instead of the ordered light crème sauce. Have been here before and the food was great, guess they had a bad nite. The owner who is very exuberant became very quite after taking the order back and did not ask if we would like dessert or coffee after the meal as he usually does.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    MichaelW
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    We went to Ciao 2 for the first time last night - actually as a result of finding it on Open Table, and I have to say, we were very impressed. The service was superb, the ambiance was great and the food was wonderful. I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant - we will certainly be returning.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    er15VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Heard great things about this restaurant and figured it was a safe bet....Had a table of 6 and meals were ok, not great, salad dressings, not so much...to add insult to injury, service was aweful....since we had six, 18% gratuity was added on automatically.....would have left a substantially less tip if I could.....bottom line, won't go back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ciao2
    Muncher
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Good choice for Mother's Day. Cute little place. A nice change from a chain restaurant. The food was good, although the tab was higher than I was expecting. When I called, I asked about price range. I was told $13 to $16. This was the average cost on the lunch menu. The dinner menu, which was also available, was much higher. Our total (no alcohol) was $258.00 for 8 people. I wasn't expecting it to be that high.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Restaurant Ciao 2
    JBella
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Ciao 2 located West of Pittsburgh is a great authentic Italian restaurant. We had a large group for Mother's Day. We were seated immediately, and the service was good. They had a separate menu for the occasion plus their regular menu, much to choose from. We were all very happy with our meals, very tasty and filling. Pasta dishes were delightful, and the salads outstanding! Certainly will return for an evening with my husband, great for a date night or with friends!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SusieQ
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Food was very, very good. We all had the specials and they were wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic!
    Carol2903
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I had made a reservation for a group of 9 for a special celebration. Our table was ready, the service was excellent & the food was wonderful, authentic Italian. I've been to Ciao several times & would recommend this restaurant highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistency Biggest Problem
    CopsVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    For me, I would like to get fairly consistent food from a location. In my opinion, we just don't get that from this location. The service is good and the people are nice, but I expect a restaurant to put out a consistent product. Plus they were not busy at all.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch with friends
    FunDining
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    We had lunch there with 10 people in our group. The service was excellent. Great Italian food. :-)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Must Try
    SAYWHAT
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    If you've never been, you're missing out. Very tasty!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Graduation Dinner
    winapina
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I brought my family and friends here for a graduation dinner. I chose Ciao because it was one of the few restaurants that could accommodate my large party in short notice. When we arrived, we were surprised at how it looked in the front, I thought I made a mistake. However, I was in for a welcomed surprise. The inside was wonderfully furnish, and the food was great. My family really enjoyed their meal. The staff was also wonderful, they were joking and laughing with the table, and the staff was willing to serve us family-style, a huge plus. It was a great experience. I highly recommend the fried zucchini, it was great. The overall experience was wonderful, and I cannot wait to return again!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Food was great! Service was very good too! Reservations highly recommended as there are not many tables.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Taste
    Dave
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    CIAO! 2 has become one of our favorite restaraunts. They always have interesting Specials. I have never ordered off the menu. All the dishes we have had always have a unique taste. Nick seems to always have interested wines that pair well with the dishes. The wait staff is always friendly.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ciao Fan!
    divadiner
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Food is OUTSTANDING-from the bread and dipping sauce to the entree, you will not be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.