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Ristorante Ciao - Naples
Ristorante Ciao - Naples

Ristorante Ciao - Naples Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://ristoranteciao.com
  • Phone: (239) 263-3889
  • Hours of Operation:

    Re-opening for lunch October 1st

    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Monday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm

    Closed Sundays from June - September
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Continental
  • Executive Chef: Gianfranco Loreti
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Looking for private dining accommodations offering Naples' finest Italian cuisine in an intimate ambiance for a celebration dinner or business function, then Ciao is just the place. Ciao has 2 private dining rooms; 1 for up to 14 guests, the other up to 36. Semi-private dining for up to 50 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Carol Rosen or Gianfranco Loreti (239) 263-3889

Getting there

  • Cross Street: US 41 (Tamiami Trail)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is plentiful for diners at Ciao. There is street parking right in front of the restaurant, a municipal parking lot across the street which is available, and lastly we have a parking lot for approximately 20 cars directly behind the restaurant.
A word from Ristorante Ciao - Naples
Those who appreciate fine dining have recognized Ciao as Southwest Florida's best Italian cuisine for 25 years. Entering Ciao's recently re-modeled, elegant dining room, you know you are about to enjoy a wonderful dining experience. Chef/Owner Gianfranco invites you to enjoy traditional Italian dishes and his special creations. Appetizers include the award-winning Asparagi In Camicia and Calamari Al Parmigiano. Homemade pasta dishes include popular traditional ones, as well as many Chef's Specials, such as Fettuccine Ciao made with fresh Maine lobster. Enjoy the best OssoBuco you ever tasted, as well as fresh seafood prepared in various ways. Finish your meal with one of many homemade desserts, including Tiramisu and a unique Warm Zabaglione. Ciao has a full bar and an extensive wine list, featuring some of Italy's best kept secrets.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had a wonderful romantic evening. The summer special was a great deal. Dinner for 2 and a bottle of wine for $35.00. The chef and owner even came out to talk to my girlfriend and I. All and all a wonderful night out without the kids. Much needed"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Have been here before. Everyone enjoyed their dinner, service& specials. GREAT DEAL, WITH THE WINE SPECIAL. Even brought us a floor wine bucket. Very classy."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Food was just okay, nothing special at all. Salad was the best part, entrees all were bland."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Food and service are very good. Quiet atmosphere which allows for very pleasant dining."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Never had Italian food that was bland! No seasoning was used on Carpacicco nor Caprese Salad. Entree's of Osso Buo and Veal chop milanse were only fair, then to top it off the waitress forgot our 2nd glass of wine, prices are comparable to other nearby Italian resturants, but the service and food cannot compare. Go to one of the others on 5th Avenue."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We have eaten here at least 4 times and have always had good service and great food, The early dining option is worth it"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "we found the quality of food to be not as good on the early dining menu. It seems the chef did not pay much attention to the mixed fishes with pasta dish. The sauce lacked flavor and the fish was overcooked. the other fish dish (bassa)? came with reheated potatoes (far from fresh) and vegetables. The Italian bread was like Wonder bread - real mushy. We have been to this restaurant several times on special events he had and we were not disappointed. Being Italian, we are very critical when it comes to good Italian food. Disappointed. My husband and I could have cooked a better meal, sorry to say. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Service was outstanding, food was very good and noise level acceptable."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "we went Easter Sunday and both had the lamb shank. The meat fell right off the bone, it was so tender. Came with roasted potatoes and jullienne vegetables. Would have preferred roasted veggies as well, instead of steamed. Also enjoyed the wine we chose from Italy."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The veal dishes is "FORK TENDER". One of the best in Naples. Service great."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Our party went to Ciao for the early bird dinner. I ordered the Chicken Piccata. Not alot of flavor for this dish which has always been a favorite of mine. My main complaint was the dinner came with a house salad. I asked if I could change the house salad to a Caesar salad. No problem I was told. Not a word was said about there being a charge for this change. I wouldn't have minded paying a few dollars more but found out after we left that we were charged $10. extra for the change. I thought that was outrageous. Two people had Pasta dishes which were alright. My husband had the Liver which he said was alright. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Food excellent. Best Italian rest we've eaten at in Naples"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Have been to Ciao many times for dinner over the past 15-20 years, but this was the first time for lunch. There was only one other table besides us, what a shame. The Wedding Soup was super, but the grilled artichokes were not trimmed as well as I've had them at dinner. Maybe the specials are the way to go rather than ordering from the menu. Almost felt like lunch was an afterthought while they were preparing for dinner. Will try again, though, so they can prove me wrong."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "The service and attention given us was very good. The decor looks like the restaurant has had same furniture for years. The atmosphere was far less than I expected from reading previous reviews."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Let me begin by saying that our experience at Ciao was a pretty good one. The food is good to very good....everything ordered on this trip was well prepared and tasty. But I figured out why this restaurant always has open time slots on open table...even on busy weekend nights. 1. The restaurant is very large. 2. The ambiance is lacking....the place is a throwback and could use an update. 2. The service, for the prices charged, doesn't measure up. The price tag is a bit high...not unreasonable...but high for the service level. Staff is slow and unrefined in process. Food delivered on carts with metal covers. If you need a place to eat and can't get a reservation at a more current restaurant....the food won't disappoint."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "A real find in Old Naples...we loved it ! A long time restaurant and true to its name, it did not disappoint. An acquaintance who spends his summers in Italy told us it was his favorite Itailian restaurant in Naples"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "First time we were here and very happy with food & service. Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We really have found this restaurant to be consistently good with great variety and always friendly staff. Molto bene!!"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Wonderful little gem off the 5 th avenue strip. My husband had the veal ravioli and I had the veal Marsala. We also had good salads. Warm bread. We are keeping this spot on our list for future visits."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "I was in Naples, FL in February and visited Ciao on Fourth for the second time. It was my second excellent experience. The reservation was kept on time. The server was pleasant and attentive. The appetizers were wonderful, especially an artichoke-focused special. On my first visit, I had the Osso Bucco, which was phenomenal. So I had to deviate this time, enjoying instead a wonderful Veal Milanese, with wonderful flavors including wild mushrooms, over fresh pasta. Others in my party had everything from salads, to fish, to the filet mignon medallions, to veal parmigiana. Everything was wonderful - not a complaint in the group. Wine list was robust with many choices and not at all over-priced. Excellent Experience!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Was highly recommended. Portions were small. Prices were high. Seemed like regulars were catered to. We were the only table with black napkins everyone else had white? Veal Parm had a pink sauce with chunks of tomato and onion between the cheese and veal. Did not like the onion taste on the veal. Veal Marsala had a tiny portion of veal. Waitress did not give the right change. Very disappointed in the experience."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Old school Italian. The good old school. Like having dinner in your Nonna's dining room."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Always calm, an oasis from the frantic in season downtown Naples scene. Ciao has an old world feel."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "This is a great Naples restaurant but not on the packed streets that this time of year is always present. White table cloths ,olive oil are on the table. Succulent meats and pastas, great and extensive wine selection and wait staff on their toes but not hovering will be found,"
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Good taste ... good recipes and good qualite of food ."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "You just can't go wrong here. The only problem I have here is choosing what to eat. They have a great menu and everything is so wonderful."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We had a very nice dinner and the restaurant graciously gave us each a glass of prosecco since we were celebrating a birthday."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Ordered FILET MIGNON medallions very rare and asked for the wine sauce on the side. Expecting our entrees the waitress came back stating the chef would do the steak MEDIUM-RARE, but not very RARE since it was against the law. I asked why OUTBACK, CAPITAL GRILLE, etc all served RARE steaks. No valid reason given by the waitress, who proceeded back to the kitchen to relay my message. She then came back with "the chef will do it rare", which I accepted after this scene held in front of our guests and delaying all the entrees being delivered. When the steak did come, it was rare BUT wine sauce all over it. When I asked the waitress why she could not honor my dietary request, she stated the chef didn't feel it was right without the sauce."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "it's been several years since I was last at Ciao and I still found it as enjoyable as I remembered! My friends thought that their meals were very tasty and with two of us being Italian, we thought the food was very authentic! I was a bit surprised that it was as pricey as it was - my veal special was quite good, but the amount of veal in the dish was not as large as I would have expected for the $36.00 price - one of my friends had the fish special, and his dish seemed a better value (it, too, was very good). All in all, we three enjoyed our meals very much and would certainly recommend Ciao to others! It was a quite night there, so we were able to have a conversation without yelling across the table - a very BIG PLUS indeed!"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "We have dined at Ciao for almost 20 years and this experience was very disappointing. A great restaurant like this should be careful not to fall victim to trying to satisfy a crowd that is too large witha waitstaff that cannot handle it. The food as well has progressed beyond good food that justifies the price. It was out of line. My scallop, lobster and shrimp dish was served barely lukewarm after an hour and a half. And the dish was nowhere near worth the $36 price tag. Our dining partners were embarrassed for having recommended Ciao."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We were seated at 6:30pm. We ordered wine, salads and entrees. By the time we were served and finished it was 9pm. The lemon sole, which three of us ordered, was cooker perfectly, but was swimming in a very watery sauce that zapped all of the flavor from the fish. It was very bland. But the lobster ravioli was delicious. Unfortunately only one of us ordered that. There are too many very good restaurants in Naples to have such slow service and bland food."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We've eaten here several times before and had good food. That is why we were so disappointed with our last meal. The pasta was mushy, and the sauce was bland. We always overlooked the blah, tired atmosphere because the food was good -- not sure what the problem was in the kitchen."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Outdated interior, over priced, and uninspired food."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "My very favorite resturuant in Naples. Really excellent"
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "I really enjoyed this restaurant and our meal there; we received a warm reception from the hostess, the service was prompt and efficient and the food outstanding. We were there on a quiet Monday night, the atmosphere was relaxed and enjoyable. I will come back."
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "The food was very good authentic Italian food but the atmosphere is in desperate need for a renovation. It would also help if there were some young people working there, better lighting and new furnishings. It seems like a nursing home dining room when you first walk in. It just doesn't seem to go along with the pride that other Italian family run restaurants put into their restaurants when it comes to the interior design."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "Excellent food and service. Very accomodating with selections and Gluten Free pasta is outstanding."
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "The food and selection was excellent. The service was the same and the waitress very helpful."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Our favorite Italian restaurant in Naples and one of our 2-3 favorites of any ethnicity. Everything was excellent but the calamari appetizer was particularly noteworthy; like no calamari dish we have ever tasted. Don't miss it. The service is very personal up to and including a visit by the chef/owner."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "Nice ambience but something out of the 60's. Pastas,piccatas, nothing unusual but everything well executed."
    Dined on 11/4/2013