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Ciao Italia Ristorante - I - Drive
Ciao Italia Ristorante - I - Drive

Ciao Italia Ristorante - I - Drive Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ciaoitaliaonline.com
  • Phone: (407) 354-0770
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner nightly: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Organic, European
  • Executive Chef: Vincenzo Navarra
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer catering to go. Please contact us for details. info@ciaoitaliaonline.com
  • Special Events & Promotions: Christmas Eve, New Years Eve, Valentines Day, September dining month.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: International Drive and the Beach Line
  • Public Transit: I-trolley stop 29.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Handicap Access available
A word from Ciao Italia Ristorante - I - Drive
Ciao Italia Ristorante was founded in 1991, in Orlando, Fl, by Antonio and Josie Navarra. Both natives of Italy, Antonio from Salerno and Josie from Palermo. Today, the Navarra family business not only consists of Antonio and Josie, but their three children as well, Carmen, Vincenzo and Vanessa. Each member is a key factor at Ciao, and what has made this restaurant one of the oldest restaurants on International Drive today, and which is why Ciao Italia is 3 year in a row Zagat award winner, with a high ranking of 28 in food. In addition, to Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. The Navarra Family, looks forward to serving you soon!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Delicious meal . limoncellomascarpone cake was bery yummy"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The food I did not find authentic and was not made very well. The risotto tasted like it was made with tap water and not very appetizing."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Just off the beaten tourist path, tucked in a little shopping center. Once inside, it could pass as a four to five star restaurant. Extensive menu. Fantastic daily specials. Start with Lobster Bisque. Pray they have hazelnut gelato. Close to convention center."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "First, let me say that the food was fantastic. It truly matches up with some of NY's best Italian. The veal marsala was outstanding and the bolgnese sauce was top notch. But I had to get past the dumpy strip mall in which this lovely restaurant is located. Don't let the abandoned stores, trashy bar and garish liquor store deter you, the food at Ciao Italia is great."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner! The staff was attentive, the food was amazing and the wine list excellent! Highly recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Best and most authentic Italian food in Orlando. I only wish I'd found it sooner."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "A must try place! The sauted calamari is one of a kind. You will not be disappointed!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "This place has the best Italian food in Orlando. This is a family owned restaurant. All the food is made to order. The bread is flown in from NY. It is worth every penny to go here. Way betta than Olive Garden if you want the highest quality Italian food in the area."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Found this restaurant on Tripadvisor -- had great reviews and was off the beaten "theme park" track. Was absolutely wonderful!! A little difficult to find as it is in a strip mall but worth the search! Service was excellent and the food some of the best I have ever had. Can't wait to go back to Orlando and eat here again!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Overpriced and average food. I ordered a chicken pasta dish. It was the driest chicken I recall ever having in a restaurant. Since I was part of a very large group, I did not send it back. The host ordered appetizers for the table, which were good, but not outstanding. I saw the bill at the end of the meal and was amazed at the high cost of the meal for the mediocre quality."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "We were in Orlando on vacation and found the restaurant to be close to our hotel. We thought to give it a try. We were there early in the evening so there wasn't much movement. The appearance of the shopping center does not give the greatest impression but the restaurant was worth the visit. Food was very good, good size protions."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "My wife and i were there for dinner on saturday for our first anniversay. We both thought the food was excellent but the portion sizes were not and we both left hungry."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Been coming for years when I am in town for our trade show. Wait staff always on top of everything. Food is first rate. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Not pretentious, great home made food, big tables or small available. Nice place, nice people nice food, what more would you want?"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Don't let the outside of the building fool you. This is wonderful real italian food with an exceptional staff. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The restaurant is very nice inside. We were greeted warmly and seated. The menu was very nice from pasta to meat dishes as well as fish. We enjoyed our meal and would highly recommend you to visit. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Great meal at very reasonable prices! The surrounding stores are closed, but this restaurant was fabulous!!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Found this on Open table and decided to try. Tables a bit cozy but the food was great ! Nice attentive service and good dessert also. We will be back with friends for sure!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "This was our first time at this restaurant and we loved it. The food was outstanding and the service wad excellent. Do not let the location and outside appearance worry you. You will not be disappointed in trying this restaurant. We will be back on our next visit to Orlando."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We were hoping to dine in a casual Italian restaurant and to spend a relaxed evening. The food was not better than average, main course was not even warm and when returning the plate, I felt like it was my fault. The waiter was pushing hard to sell us plates we would never think of ordering and he was just very pushy. We ordered a good bottle of Cabernet, but then the waiter recommended an other, Italian wine and mentioned that he usually sells for a higher price but today would give to us for the same price... To avoid further discussions, we took the Italian wine, but honestly was not worth the money at all. Would simply bot go back. Sorry ?Ciao Italia."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Great food. Personal attention of a knowledgeable maitre d'm. Try the home-made Limoncello!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Warm comfortable decor. Diverse selection of dishes well prepared and presented by friendly staff. Good wine list."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "First decent wine. Next the bread, warm and with a deliciously hard crust. We shared the eggplant rollatini. They were warm on the outside and very cold in the middle - without much taste. One of us had tortellini with pesto which was tasty but over-cooked. Another meal we had was Pappardelle with wild boar meat and cherry tomato sauce. It was really delicious, very flavorful, but a bit greasy and marred once again by overcooking the pasta. One of us ordered another glass of wine which never came. When we told the waiter to just forget it, he said that he forgot and brought over some complimentary espresso. We also were informed that they do not have decaf capuccino. We skipped the dessert. I think there might be better choices in Orlando."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We went here for the first time with a backup plan but didn't need one. The place is quaint, the staff are attentive, the food delicious and the prices reasonable! Thank you open table for helping me find the perfect family owned, off the beaten track Italian restaurant!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Excellent service and food, authentic Italian menu, food and atmosphere. Highly recommend. Everyone in our party agreed this is a restaurant we WILL return to when visiting Orlando again!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "I had eaten here twice and love the chicken dishes. My dining partner had the ravioli and it was delicious. Being an Italian it is very difficult to find food that taste like "mom/nana" makes and this is darn close. The meatballs were large and tender but I would have preferred a liitle more garlic to be added. The bread is amazing and that served as my dessert. I would recommend this restaurant to my Italian friends and relatives any day. Sometimes this restaurant can be quite noisy and others very quiet and romantic. A large wine selection was provided. Excellent wait staff...very attentive."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I was looking for something in the Orlando convention area that was off the main drag and not a chain restaurant. This turned out to be a great choice. There were three of is in our party and we had a 6:45 reservation. When we arrived I wondered why I even needed a reservation but by 7:30 the place was filled and is clearly a hot spot for the locals. Good food and service as well as reasonable prices. It was just what we needed."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Start to finish it was a great experience at a very reasonable price."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Good service mediocre food - most everything on menu filled out with spaghetti Prices reasonable for tourist area"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "I can see why this restaurant has been located in this dingy strip center since 1991. Very mediocre Italian food. So many better choices in the area."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This was a great restaurant. When full the tables were not too close. The food was great. It was loud with everyone having fun with quite a few large groups. Difficult to talk across the table without talking very loud with our group of four. Not a good place for those with hearing aids, except the food was excellent."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "In a non-descript shopping center, next to a dry cleaner, this is an absolute gem! The food is fantastic - fresh, perfectly prepared. It is traditional Italian in virtually every way. And the service! Terrific."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Great local restaurant with very good food and menu variety. Wine list was good and the service was excellent. Very accomandating staff that was helpful when we had more people than reservation and they responded on a very busy night. This was a business dinner with customers and I would definately go back!!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "The ambiance is very nice. My companion enjoyed his veal parmesan but thought that the tomato sauce tasted like watered down sauce from a bottle. My lobster bisque was nice and his veggie chowder was tasteful but only contained potatoes and carrots without any green veggies like beans or peas. A little more effort on the veggies would be advisable. The waiter forgot to bring our bruschetta bread."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Fantastic authentic Italian food with outstanding service! We had to wait a bit to get our order taken - the waiter gave us each an extra glass of wine to compensate. The tiramisu was to die for! Highly recommend for some awesome Italian food."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Recommended from the marriott front desk. Food was good, very hot out of the kitchen, service was very good. Nice wine list not too expensive but not cheap. We liked it."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Excellent dinner. Lucked upon this gem by accident last year when here on business. Now I make a point to get back anytime I'm in town. Great food, great atmosphere, attentive service from a wonderful family."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Was decorated as your typical italian restaurant and was comfortable. Our server was outstanding. The meal was good, but not great."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Starting with organic / free range grass fed meats and wild seafood, how can things get any better? They do, when combined by a great chef info fabulous meals. The Bruschetta looked, smelled and tasted so fresh - and the seafood lasagna - words can not do it justice. Great meal at a great price - we will be back."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Celebrated Valentine's Day with friends on our first night in Orlando on vacation. Delicious authentic Italian cuisine. Good service and ambiance. Excellent caesar salad. Enjoyed fresh spaghetti con Vongole. Ended meal with authentic lemoncelo flavored granita in a lemon shell. Haven't seen that since Sorrento, Italy. Will go again this trip."
    Dined on 2/14/2014