Ciao Bella
Ciao Bella

Ciao Bella

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ciaobellaonline.com/
  • Phone: 2193226800
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch & Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Ciao Bella
Ciao Bella (which translates to "hello, beautiful") is a reminder that Italian food can be much more than lasagna, ravioli and spaghetti. "The Mediterranean diet is one of the best in the world". "Just good, authentic food made with love and passion. Pair with a beautiful wine and it's wonderful".
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Ciao Bella reviews from OpenTable diners
33 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (17)romantic (13)special occasion (13)notable wine list (12)fit for foodies (12)great for lunch (6)good for groups (6)great for outdoor dining (4)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (2)hot spot (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Very busy on a Friday night!
    CstacyVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We didn't expect it to be soooo busy! Good for the restaurant but uncomfortable for us! We will remember to avoid Fridays or come in earlier!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ciao Bella Experience
    out2dine
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My wife and I had dinner at Ciao Bella Friday evening and everything was excellent. I had the lasagna, which was just the right portion, and my wife had a chicken pasta dish. The food and service were excellent. There is an extensive wine list that would suit anyone's palate.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The owner is very personable, creating a family-like atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • never disappoints
    panfilfamilyVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    great service, server recommended a wonderful red wine for our table, another server who recoegnized us from prior visits came over to chat for a moment. Food was excellent as always
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    My wife and I have been there numerous times and have never been disappointed. Good food, good service and a wonderful dining experience. You get a downtown experience at half the price
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tmb2525
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I have been here many times and the food is always great and Saturday was no different except for the service. If I could give negative stars based on service I would. We were sat and menus were dropped off our waitress came bace 2 minutes later to take our order and we asked to come back, she came back 30 minutes later after we asked another server to get her. Order drinks, app and our meal then. We had to ask her 3 times about our app which she blamed on the kitchen. Got app 25 minutes later as soon as the app came our meal came which one dish was wrong. Not only did it take her 10 minutes to come to the table she was snotty about the wrong dish and once again blamed the kitchen. Brought the correct dish after table was almost done
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JustMe
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    ALl was good except that I don't like having a television with view of my table.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ciao Bella experience
    likes2travel
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had a great first experience dining at Ciao Bella in Schererville Indiana. The atmosphere was cozy and the service was exceptional. They have an extensive wine list. Our meals were tasty with ingredients that were fresh. On the downside, the noise level was high and it was hard to have a conversation with my dining companion. However overall I would recommend Ciao Bella!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Italian Fare
    Mark
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This place is a great alternative to eating Italian in Chicago if you don't feel like making the drive or spending the money. This restaurant is charming and has a nice but small outdoor seating area during the summer. The menu has a lot of familiar Italian fare that includes several homemade dishes that are delicious, and their drink menu includes a decent list of wines and cocktails. Prices are reasonable but more comparable to what you may pay in Chicago for decent Italian. I have always experienced knowledgable and attentive service. Definitely a gem for the Northwest Indiana area and a great place to eat if you're in the mood for Italian. Reservations aren't required but I would recommend making one just in case as it can get busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very good local restaurant
    jvgk
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Poor service by our waiter Chris was the only thing that ruined this occasion. I would definitely revisit this establishment. The food was excellent and enjoyed by all of my party of 5.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 75 reviews are from the Ciao Bella reviews archive.
  • Fair meal with a pricey tab
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    If your looking for just a fair meal with a pricey tab, then this is the place to go. We sat outside. The sun was shining in our eyes, I noticed there were shades and no body lowered them. Someone did a burn out and the smell of burned rubber lingered. Your staff did apologize for the the incident, not our waiter but another waitress that was serving outside. Our waiter repeated our order as chicken parm which I would expect to hear from the staff at Around the Clock restaurant. The meal was just fair. The Chicken Parm was frozen chicken with melted cheese on it. The best part of our meal was the bread and olive oil.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Definitely A Hidden Gem!!!!!
    ShesFunSized
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Every time I go I get great service with great food! Never a long wait and my expectations are always met. I love their custom made Sangrias, bruschetta is to die for, and I never had a bad dish. You can taste the freshness of the ingredients in all their entrees from the pizza to the pasta and the salmon. DELICIOUS! I go several times throughout the year with friends and family.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place to go!
    CstacyVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Waitress was very good and very helpful! Just wish you could get your beer license so my husband would like to go there!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • eata7otVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Ciao Bella is one of my favorite places. It's cozy and somewhat casual, but also very exacting regarding food preparation. The bruschetta is the best I've had and the fried green olives - yum! The pizzas are inventive and the pastas have a light touch. What I especially like is spontaneously dropping by for a fine meal at a reasonable price rather than settling for fast food at a cheap price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • psrn
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We went for dinner on a Tuesday night. The restaurant was packed and very noisy. Service was fair, food nothing special. No outdoor dining.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The experience was great
    FreqBtrmkPkWok
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The service, from the hostess, to wait staff, and owner, were friendly and enjoyable. The food selection and flavor were perfect. We enjoyed our dinner and were treated like family. Besides dinner, we enjoyed a brunch at Ciao Bella not too long ago. Thanks for the great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a great experience
    panfilfamilyVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    we love that we have a quaint restaurant that is not a franchise or chain restaturant here in our area. Delicious food, and always great service. Danielle always does a superb jot taking care of our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Saturday early dinner
    MsKentucky
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Staff was accommodating, as I had to change our reservation details twice. We dined at 5:30, so the crowd was smaller, bit the noise level rose due to loud, pulsating music-horrible to relax by. Our waiter was thorough and helpful, but moved so quickly and was sweating profusely, we felt rushed and unimportant. The meal was delicious. Everything was prepared and presented well. Rack of lamb and risotto were amazing. I will not be quick to return due to the noise level and frantic pace. Diners should feel relaxed-I did not.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Dining at Its Best
    FineDining
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Excellent Food, Perfect Cocktails, Fine Service. We had melt in your mouth heavenly filet with a creamy sauce, touch of mint, pure heaven. Full bar with perfectly made drinks. Attentive, warm, service.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Besides the 45 minute wait even with having a reservation made on Open Table, everything was great! I will definitely go back and recommend this restaurant to friends and family.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian Hideaway
    mh2014
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    I have had a great experience dining here every time I have gone. Whether it was for a quick lunch or a special occasion, the ambiance is always perfect. My mom and I had plans for another restaurant for NYE (apparently it was a high end steakhouse... recently went out of business with good reason...) but were appaled at the attitude there. We made last minute reservations at 4pm on NYE and Ciao Bella got us right in! Pricing is reasonable and you always get the best quality dishes every time. The waitstaff is friendly and attentive (Chris is great, always serves us when we go). I love the atmosphere; they have entertainment on Fridays, etc. with great performers. Overall, I can't say a bad thing about this place!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ciao Bella
    DaisysKay
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Decided on this restaurant for a nicer birthday dinner for myself and a girl friend. The restaurant is decorated nice and good atmosphere. The waiter seemed short and to the point with us. Nothing really too friendly or inviting. Almost like he didn't want to take us serious because of our age. (Early twenties) The food and wine we both greatly enjoyed. I put in a request through Open Table with Ciao Bella for a cannoli to be brought out after dinner with a Happy Birthday written on the plate. Of course that didn't happen so I was disappointed. Will go back, but won't expect much from the staff again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmet gone awry
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We went to Ciao Bella because we wanted to try Tony's italian restaurant. The pasta's were superb! However, the mussels had gone bad and we sent them back as a first course and the rack of lamb was so fatty that we would have sent them back but the brand new waiter was so nervous and scared we didn't because we don't like to complain. Wouldn't go back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • No atmosphere; Not worth it
    foodiemom
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    MIght be good for carryout as the food was not bad, but if you have the time and want a real night out with good ambiance (date night, special occasion) I would make the trip up to Chicago. I feel that a good restaurant that is charging upscale prices for food should provide an appropriate atmosphere for enjoying the meal, and Ciao Bella misses the mark. The blinds were all up and it was dinner time (after 7pm) so there was way too much light, and we got to stare at all the cars in the parking lot as we were seated right next to the window. I don't like the server pouring me more of our $50+ wine without asking, either. He then packaged our wine "to go" before offering dessert. Overall, poor dining in experience. Will not return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Service is top-notch and only matched by the consistent food. We had reservations but still needed to wait about 20 min. I only assume that no one is rushed. This is a good thing and the bar is a nice place to wait. We have eaten many times here and always on point.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Suprise in Indiana
    Tomwasabi
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The food was very good. The wait staff was better. We told the hosts that we were going to the theatre and we had limited time. They were very attentive to this and brought our food very quickly. I would recommend this spot to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ciao
    Foodie
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    I always enjoy eating here. Good food, service, ambience; all of my dates enjoy Ciao Bella.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food & Friendly Staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I had the Chicken Parmesan and found it to be delicious and it generous proportions. Staff was super friendly and helpful in picking out wine and dinner. My only complaint was that it was a bit cold in the restaurant, especially near the windows, but with the winter we're having, that might just be something they have little control over.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome As Usual
    jmjm
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Once again a wonderful dining experience. We frequent Ciao Bella as often as possible and truly enjoy each and every meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Raising the bar
    thinkoutsidethebox
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Even though this was my first experience at Ciao Bella, assuming the restaurant would be a bit more calm, I was impressed by the vibrant atmosphere (and perhaps since it was Valentine's Day and the olympic's week on the television monitors) and the service with a full house at hand. The pianist on Friday night playing in the background definitely fit the ambiance of the setting. Food and dessert was exquisite. Even if it was simply ravioli and chocolate dessert, I was convinced that quality over quantity was very much appropriate in Ciao Bella. I highly recommend Ciao Bella for a nice romantic evening out with your significant other.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome!
    Eathan
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We love Ciao Bella! Very classy restaurant, great food and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • date night
    datenight
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    I thought the food was very good and we had a great waiter. The drawback was that it was very busy and very loud. The tables were very close together, so it took away from the romantic atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great resterant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    every time i visit i do not get disappointed food is always good i recommend trying some of there special menu items i had a seafood linguini it was outstanding my wife had the filet she said it wasn't like last time , it was a bit fatty and chewy otherwise it is great
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Chris our waiter. He
    ChsloverVIP
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Love Chris our waiter. He is always top notch. Food is always superb!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We dined in mid-afternoon,
    eata7otVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We dined in mid-afternoon, right around the time that shifts were changing. Although the restaurant was quiet, it also seemed like everyone was a little disorganized. My companion did not receive what he ordered, which meant he was waiting while I was eating. Our server was very apologetic, but it was somewhat uncomfortable for us. Usually the food is exceptionally good and very fresh at Ciao Bella, but this time, our salads were a little wilted. Since it was mid-afternoon, we tried the panini instead of entrees. We were a little disappointed in them too, as the bread was somewhat soggy instead of crisp.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall a disappointing experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Overall a disappointing experience. Pricey for an Indiana restaurant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reservations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We had to wabi about 35 minutes for our table. The staff was friendly while we waited but there just isn't enough room to all sit while we waited. Also wish we didn't have to pay full price for a child's spaghetti.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must go back on a Tuesday!
    Kelly
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We tried Ciao Bella for the first time on New Year's Eve. It was jam-packed (and consequently VERY loud), but we didn't have to wait too long for our reserved table. Our waitress was charming and thoughtful. The food was prompt even though the kitchen had to have been a madhouse, and everything was delicious. Our waitress said Tuesdays are much quieter, so we'll be going back to have a nice conversation over a great meal. (I believe she also said Wednesdays are half-price bottles of wine.)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wish i found sooner
    dubbington
    Dined on 12/2/2013
    I'm going to keep this short. The food was awesome and the service was beyond expectations. Great for dates.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    Lovetoeat
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    This was my second time here and the food was fresh and good both times. My portion of pasta was on the smaller side (I ordered the ravioli). I've ordered the chicken parmigiana last time and it was very good. 2 breast, and I wound up taking leftovers home. The bread is good with olive oil as an appetizer! Be careful not to fill up! Also, keep in mind, this restaurant only serves wine. We did not know that until my bf asked what beer was on tap... and nothing was the answer. Not a big deal; we just ordered a bottle of wine instead. So expect that!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.