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Permanently Closed - Ciao Amore Ristorante

76 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Romantic

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Ciao Amore Ristorante opens its doors in Pilsen to offer a high-value, high-quality dining experience to its entire guest. The restaurant is BYO and has a extensive menu which centers its main dishes on house-made pastas. The interior design of dining room reflects a contemporary style where funky blue light fixtures, exposed brick and high ceilings, as well as a rotating display of art from Pilsen galleries reflects the taste of the owners. The restaurant invites you to enjoy great flavored fresh meals and have Chef Cesar Pineda prepare your food with that enthusiast that his is characterized for.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation

Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm, - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 8:30pm
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Phone number
(312) 432-9090
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Cesar Pineda
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Cross street
S May St
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Parking details
Parking on 18th street as well as Racine, Carpenter and 16th Street. Free Parking at St. Procopius Catholic Church on 18th and Allport. Parking is in back of the church. Take Racine to 16th Street, on 16th head West about 1/2 block down is the alleyway that leads to Church Courtyard and parking lot. Parking lot is next to the playground.

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Public transit
18th Street Bus stop in front of restaurant.
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Live Jazz Every Friday
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Delivery, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on April 29, 2017

Food was excellent. The service was fair. Nice concept, great food, but the staffis not people friendly. A couple of hiccups, but we brought our own wine and the food was fantastic. So, all in all, everything worked out well.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on April 14, 2017

Absolutely love this place amazing food amazing service my favorite restaurant in Chicago

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on April 8, 2017

We were going to a concert at Thalia hall and figured it was close enough for us to walk. The service and the food was really, really good. The server and the floor manager were both pleasant and attentive. It's byob so bring a nice bottle of wine to go with your meal. I would go back. We had a goat cheese appetizer followed by the calamari salad. Both were tasty. My husband ordered the zuppa di mare pasta and I ordered the lobster ravioli. Again, both were good.

vipgoodeater (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on March 23, 2017

Cozy Italian restaurant nestled in Pilsen. The ambience is warm and the servers treat everyone like family. It is a BYOB so don't forget to bring the vino! There are bodegas around, however, the wine selection is poor. Parking is easy and now, what you've been waiting for.....yes, the food! Good variety and delicious - from lasangna to the Fruti di mare, fresh and big portions. Mangia!

Gnita (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 25, 2017

This is my second time coming to this restaurant! Amazing service! Fantastic food! I love this restaurant. Great place is you love authentic Italian food!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

I really wanted to love this place. My fiance and I have always thought it looked so cute and cozy from the outside and we were really excited to try it. In the end we absolutely DID NOT love it.

The food was fine, but it was dramatically over-priced for the quality. We were really disappointed by the atmosphere, which was loud and unromantic. We were seated in the back room, which felt more like a storage room with tables than a functional part of the restaurant. The worst part of the night was that we waited for over an hour for our food. We were starving and the waitress kept bringing someone else's food to our table, which only made it worse. We considered leaving several times and I wish we had. Some of the wait staff was really professional and apologized to us (and many other tables) for the delay, but in the end our night was not at all what we'd hoped. Save yourself the trouble and don't eat here. There are thousands of great Italian restaurants in Chicago, but this isn't one of them.

naper2 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2017

What a gem! Outstanding Italian food! No alcohol is served, but everyone walked in with their own bottle of wine. No charge for uncorking! The tiramisu was the best I have ever tasted! Easy street parking. We will be back for sure!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on January 14, 2017

To say the pasta sauce was runny would be a gross understatement. The sauce for the frutti di mare more so resembled the broth of a soup. It was described as a romantic restaurant, but it was in fact loud. There is a $5 corkage fee. It's overpriced. Plus, they don't take American Express. We will not return.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on December 23, 2016

We had 7:00 reservations for Friday Dec 23 to celebrate my birthday. There were 5 of us. When we arrived, we were the only people in the restaurant. This should have been a sign but it was a holiday weekend. One other table came in about a half hour later.
The first thing they told us was that they were out of veal. Not a big deal but seemed strange considering nobody was there. We ordered appetizers and they came out and were good. we had the calamari which was delicious and the goat cheese.
When we got ready they told us that the dinners took 25 minutes. No problem. We were not in a rush and I figured it was made to order and should be good. We waited almost 4 5 minutes before the food came out. My wife's chicken was completely inedible. You could barely cut it with a sharp knife. The pasta dishes had very little flavor at all. We had 4 different dishes and none of them were good. They were fair at best. The waitress did not seem to really understand that we did not like our food. when she asked if we wanted to take food home she should have seen a full plate of food in front of my wife and asked what was wrong.
We told her that we were celebrating a birthday and never even asked us if we wanted dessert. I was not looking for a free dessert but would have liked if they asked. They just dropped off the bill.

it was obvious that the restaurant people did not want to be there. They were slow on water and bread. Considering we were the only people in the place you would think they would be a little more attentive.

This is too bad. Ciao Amore was recommended to me and I read reveal very good reviews. Maybe it was just a bad night. However, I will not know as I would not go again. Too many really good italian restaurants to eat at in Chicago.
Ciao Amore

Mark (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 10, 2016

We had a great time! I just wish they had more gluten free options!

Gnita (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 19, 2016

I went to this restaurant on a date and it was AMAZING!! The service was outstanding fro beginning to end. The food was even better. At the end of the night the waitress/hostess had the owner/chef come over and he introduced himself to us and we had a great conversation. Good customer service is very hard to find, but Ciao Amore has figured it out!!! And to top it off its BYOB!!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 17, 2016

as usual great food !!!

Nanc (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2016

This is a wonderful restaurant! corkage fee. Delicious food, great service, friendly and warm ambience. Can't wait to go back!

SouthLoopAl (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 2016

One of my favorite restaurants the food is wonderful. The calamari is crisp and tender and delicious.The tiramisu is to die for. Portions are so large that you can easily split a meal, but you won't want too in order to have wonderful left overs. The meals are prepared as you wait so be sure to order an appetizer. Great for leisurely dinner with friends or dates.

Extravaganza (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on October 15, 2016

Nice place for casual Italian dining. Warm atmosphere. Friendly atmosphere. Large portions.
It's BYOB, which keeps the prices down. You need to remember to bring your own wine. There is no corkage charge. Very consistent. Dependable for a good meal that sticks to your ribs.