Ciao Bella - Baltimore

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$30 and under
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Italian

Offering up classic Italian fare in the Little Italy section of the city, Ciao Bella in Baltimore, MD is a must try destination. Operating for more than 20 years, it is family owned and operated, and emphasizes Southern Italian specialties.



The most popular items on the menu at Ciao Bella in Baltimore are the penne carbonara and the Bolognese. The chicken parmigiana is a huge hit, and the gnocchi alla vodka is a long-standing customer favorite. Of course, diners at Ciao Bella in Baltimore can enjoy traditional appetizers, large salads, seafood and meat dishes, and there is even a great kid's menu to make for the perfect family night out.


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JG
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Italian cuisine! Just earnest I was searching for! Perfecto!

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful experience. The service was excellent as was the food. The owner Tony was engaging and camt wait to come back for another afternoon lunch with my wife

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We arrived 5 minutes after our reservation time only to wait another 10 for a table and 30 for a server. By the time they arrived we were so turned off by being ignored we opted for Aldo’s (which was INCREDIBLE by the way!!). There was no music, the manager didn’t ever check on us, the server took his time and then when we asked why it took so long he said “why, are you in a hurry?” Super disappointed and will not be trying again.

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EC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food; great seemingly family owned atmosphere. Only issue is we couldn't sit as soon as we arrived even though we had a reservation. Other than that the night was perfect.

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ST
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Multiple food dishes, all very good.
Service was verrrry slow and it was not crazy busy.

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MG
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ciao Bella has one of the best tasting pasta sauces in Little Italy. The service is friendly and staff is attentive.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic. Service was remarkable. Would recommend for date night or for some great Italian comfort food

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

The house salad was unexciting lacking anything special in taste.
The Chicken Picatta also lacked anything unique in taste and in fact was very weak in taste.
The Veal Francaise was over cooked which killed the delicacy of be made thin
The above with 2 glasses of Chardonnay cost $91
We were very disappointed for $91
No parking valet. No designated parking lot
Absolutely NO Reason to ever go back.

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m
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Would have given it a higher rating except they were out of too many items. Our party of five had to rethink our order too many times. They were out of the only appetizer we wanted and they were out of two of the entrees we ordered. Sadly, I had actually checked in advance that they served gnocchi since two in our party like it better than pasta. It's on the menu, but they were out of it. The people at the table next to us actually walked out without ordering because of the limited menu. It's no wonder Sunday night is not the time to go to small, individually-owned restaurants. The food we had was delicious and the staff was pleasant.

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TM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

I went this past Saturday and made reservation on Opentable. They were 30 minutes back-up on reservations made and even told us we were next but then served someone else before us even though they came in after us. The hostess was not the most pleasant and gave attitude. I've been here before and never had this experience so im shocked.

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Waited over thirty minutes after our reservation time to be seated, food was not good and overpriced, service was not good

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BD
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

They overbooked reservations and the kitchen was extremely far behind. We received our food after an hour and a half. The waitress refilled our water glasses and bread basket once during that wait.

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SA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding and the food amazing!! Would definitely eat there again.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Got there on Friday and there were only two waitresses; waited about five minutes to be seated and after 10 minutes we weren’t even offered water. Service was really slow, so we left.

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LO
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Had a 845 reservation and had to wait for 20 mins and then we waited 2 hours for our food

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JJ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Service was awful, took an hour for our food to come out and our waitress was very weird, inattentive, and unprofessional. Food was disgusting and tasted like it was frozen before being served. My date and I ordered takeout while waiting for the check

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EM
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I had zero complaints. Bread was amazing and fresh. Calamari had an amazing flavor and not too greasy. I ordered the lobster ravioli which was to die for absolutely worth it. Will definitely be going back again soon.

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VB
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve recently had to change my eating habits & it was not a problem making changes to the dishes so that I would be able to enjoy my meal. My escort & I were greatly impressed with the food & how accommodating everyone was. I would highly recommend dining there. I will most definitely return soon

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VI
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall good experience. Atmosphere was very nice and service was good. Clams casino were mushy - mostly breading and didn’t taste the bacon or green pepper. Clams were chopped, which was fine, but were completely hidden by all the breading. Would not recommend the clams casino. Seafood Tetrazzini was tasty but a little dry - needed more sauce and a bit more crab meat. The Shrimp Fra Diavolo was very tasty and very spicy, which I liked. The shrimp in both dishes were large and perfectly prepared. Overall good experience.

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SZ
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice place, the waitress was very nice and knowledgeable about the food and wine list. We had a groupon and it was well worth it.

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JC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place,great food,good service..we will definitely be going back.

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LS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very warm and inviting place. Our waiter was friendly and attentive. The owner and chef, Tony, made sure we were well taken care of. Food was delicious, wine was perfect. Definitely will return again and again.

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AM
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter (a young man) was very courteous and pleasant. We truly appreciated his service!

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SR
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

The appetizers were so small
And had no flavor! The waitress tried but never got the service right! Dishes left in the table. Extremely small b1 basket of bread. We needed 4 just to be average. We were a table of 5. Basket was the size of a cracker server. No understanding if the menu ie salads or deserts. This was for my children’s bday celebration. Everyone left disappointed. 175 plus til later.

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ER
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Our food was terrific and our waitress and the owner Tony made our dining experience one to remember. Thank you.

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AS
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 1

Food was very over cooked and under seasoned. Cold in the building. The server was fantastic. She is the only reason this place received even 1 star.

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EC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went on a Friday evening; parking very difficult in that neighborhood. Food was very good, just not exceptional. Worth the visit, especially with a $25 voucher from a rewards program (from a 3rd party, not the restaurant).

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BV
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent a special celebration with Ciao Bella - the service was incredible as was the food. In a super cute part of town. We will be repeat customers.

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JB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an exceptional new year's eve dinner date .very authentic and the true definition of little Italy. Lasagna was amazing. I was referred to the restaurant by a close friend who is also a dear friend of the owner Tony. I introduced myself to Tony & was treated like he knew me for years . Great food ,great drinks & awesome conversation. I'm happy to have a new friend & a new restaurant that we'll definitely be returning to. Do yourselves a favor & try ciao Bella! You'll be glad you did !

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AK
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The owner received us at the door and was super nice to my family. Felt like home. He personally made suggestions and took the order. The service by the servers could have been little more better. Long pause from seeing servers! We had to look for them to ask for water, etc. Overall, we had outstanding experience. The food was the BEST and 100% Authentic! All suggestions by the owner were excellent. We will be back! Alexander

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MK
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian food, love all the great places in Little Italy this is certainly one of them

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GP
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 2

The food was absolutely horrible, even the pastor was chopped up into small pieces. We had five different dishes ordered in our party and every dish was horrible! It is not owned by an Italian and cook clearly is not Italian. Avoid this restaurant!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Waiter forgot appetizers. Clams were burnt. Entre was very good. Dessert tasted store bought. I felt price was a little high for my experience

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AC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I was expecting to love this restaurant given all the good reviews on yelp but it was only marginally good. The homemade pasta sauce was extremely watery and lacked flavor. It was supposed to be a spicy tomato sauce but it was barely flavorful let alone spicy. The shrimp tasted fresh so I basically ate the shrimp out of my dish and nothing else. The calamari was decent and my mother-in-law enjoyed her veal dish but everyone who ordered pasta was disappointed with the sauces. The dining room was cute but the ambience was ruined by 3 televisions. There was a large TV over the bar area which is to be expected these days, unfortunately, even in a nice restaurant but the restaurant also has two smaller TVs in the actual dining room. It was pretty distracting and kind of ruined the vibe of the whole place. With so many great restaurants to eat at in Little Italy, your money is better spent elsewhere.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place for a family gathering...we were there for a birthday celebration, and received very good service. Food was excellent, and it was not crowded on a Thursday night. Highly recommend.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! By far the best Italian food I've ever had at a restaurant.

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BS
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us each ordered something from different parts of the menu, and we each enjoyed our meals tremendously: Gnocchis, lasagne, chicken cattiatore, and linguine pescatore. There are lots of choices for this kind of food in Little Italy, and I'd say this was as good as any other of the traditional italian homestyle menus. I'd recommend it!

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BM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, responsive to dietary requests, good value and tasty food.

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AR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered was absolutely off the charts. This has to be the best Italian restaurant I’ve eaten them 40+ years.

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Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything was delicious! Especially the gnocchi.

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