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My wife and I have been going to ciao Bella probably since it first opened. Quality of the food that fantastic service in the ambience keeps us coming back. The waitstaff is very attentive and very knowledgeable of the menu.
We met up with friends from outside the area who had never been to Ciao Bella. Our waitress was not only very informative about the menu, but, she made the night very fun and special for all of us. Her service, and the food, made for a very special memory for all of us. We will definately be back!
Great Food, Drinks, Service
Outstanding as always; great wine selection. I would highly recommend the risoltto and pappardelle pastas.
We LOVE this place!!!!
1st visit. Will definitely be back. We had pizzas, calamari, breaded veal, filet, alfredo, risotto with mushrooms, a couple other pasta dishes, and almost every desert. Everyone enjoyed their meals.
Had a reservation for 7:15 on a Friday evening. Arrived at 7:12 and the round table that I had requested had already been given away. They said we were late. They set up a table in the back for us. It worked for us because it made it a little easier for us to hear each other. They had entertainment in the other room, but the music was quite loud. The service and food were great. This is not our first time at Ciao Bella, we will be back but not on an evening that they have entertainment.
My wife and I have been to this restaurant many times before. And we’ve always had a good dining experience. This time what is not so good. The waiter was very difficult to understand, He was very knowledgeable with the special menu. He didn’t check on this often to see if we needed something else. The restaurant was very hot to the point that I as well as the gentleman in the next table was sweating. When I told the hostess it was very hot in the room all she said was ”yes I know “ and that was it. The room was so hot I had to step outside twice just cool off. Very disappointed this time.
We really enjoy their pasta dishes and they have a good wine selection. There's a nice ambiance and the staff is very helpful and friendly. I would recommend trying the pappardelle pasta or the rigatoni with sausage. The antipasto board was huge -- it's way too much for just two people; I thought the meat and cheese selections were just okay. Otherwise, another great meal.
Made my reservation on line but when we got there no reservation. Not cool
Great food. Great atmosphere. Great service. Our server, Kitty, was great. I’ll definitely be back.
Delicious and authentic Italian eatery with fabulous service! Thanks for a great night!
Made a reservation. Put that it was my anniversary. Didn’t get asked by anyone if we were celebrating anything special or anything like that. Some of the food was great and some tasted like a broccoli casserole. The first time I went I was amazed by how wonderful everything was. This time everything was just average. Good, but average.
We always eat here—it’s our staple. Always great food and service.
Service was attentive, but not intrusive. Water glasses were kept filled. We ordered the sausage and peppers app, which was very good and MORE than enough to share. There were even leftovers. I had never tried eggplant parmigiana before so on a whim I decided to order it, and my date ordered one of the filet dishes. Both entrees looked very appetizing and the portions were more than adequate. He shared a taste of his with me and the steak was wonderful. The eggplant, while quite chewy, was very flavorful. I'm not sure if it's supposed to be so chewy, but it was still very good! The music started around 8 and it was just a bit too loud. We were seated in the back area off the bar and while we could still hear one another, it was just a tiny bit of a struggle. I will definitely go back!
Very good Italian food...but I was expecting garlic bread..the real kind with butter and garlic. Also the salad is too big..hated to waste what I could not finish.
My favorite Italian restaurant in the area. We come here often for family celebrations or when we want to treat ourselves with a nice meal in a cozy atmosphere. Staff are always very attentive and friendly.
Salmon was burnt and dry. It was served so that the burnt side was hidden....first bite, awful bitter taste..turned it over and saw why. Sent back, and the 5 other diners at our table were done with their dinners by the time I received my replacement salmon. Looked great, and half of it was. The other half was raw and not edible. All in all, we agreed that dinner was just ok.....nothing to go rushing back for
The food was fabulous. Indigo our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu. Very attentive to our dining needs. Atmosphere was great. All in all it was a great dining experience. Will definitely return again.
Service is always exceptional here. Food is flavorful and fresh. I highly recommend this place for family or date dining.
Food was very good. Nice selection on the menu and great wine selection. If you like great Italian food, you'll enjoy it.
Air conditioning was not working. So the dining area was closed. We were seated in a side dining room next to a table of eight noisy people. In a small corner table. We should have been notified that the air conditioning was not working and we would be seated in a crowed room.
The food and other aspects were good but the noise was seriously loud and it was not possible to hear table-mates except one sitting next to you.
Great food, grilled calamari best ever, salmon special cooked perfectly with an outstanding sauce. Roxy made sure everything was perfect for us even having tables inside and outside; she worked hard. Joe (owner) came to our table to make sure all was well, when he found it was my birthday, he sent a round to the table. Looking forward to our return visit.
Very friendly staff super great dinner had the chicken risotto awesome dessert Jeff was a great server
Food was excellent as always!
A bustling, happy place filled with music (keyboard, accordion) and engaging people. The service was outstanding as the waitress and bus people did their jobs perfectly. The wait was not long (with a reservation) and the food was worth it. Do not expect gourmet level variety or presentation, but if ample quantities of somewhat above average Italian food appeal to you, you should not be disappointed. Note the online menu is slightly different than the one presented at table, but not markedly so. Certainly, this may not be the place for a quiet, romantic dinner as the noise level is high and seating snug, but as a place to fill yourself with good food, listen to lively (and sentimental) music, and elevate your mood, it is difficult to beat.
Came here for my birthday dinner, we all left very happy! Appreciated the free shots and desserts; the owner and the staff did everything to make our evening satisfying. Definitely will be back.
Excellent regular meal choices with real Italian flair. Very nice daily specials.Great soups.
It was really warm inside. After asking about the air conditioning, finally it began to cool off. I don’t want my servers sweating over my food. Staff was nice and accommodating. Nice place.
It was so hot it was hard to enjoy our meal. We were sweating, it should not be like that when you are paying the amount of money you pay to eat here..
It was one of the hotest days of the year and the temp inside the restaurant was the same as outside.
The restaurant was very warm making it uncomfortable. We had a few problems with the food we ordered, but the waitress was outstanding.
One of the best nice restaurants in NW Indiana.
Wonderful food! The piano player (& accordion) was excellent! He was too loud at times and a perfect level at other times. Our server, Jasmina, was great! We’ll be going back!
Sam was our waiter and handled the service wonderfully. We arrived 1/2 early to get a drink at the bar - but at 6PM on a Friday - there were no empty seats. We enjoyed the energy but the noise level in the room east of the bar is high. Listen for the specials! Salads are also varied and excellent. I think everyone was pleased. The Risotto was different - so make sure you are ready for a large bowl of it. Overall, pleasant experience.
I was blown away by the service. The food was tasty, and authentic. There were plenty of great seats. Definitely coming back. Also loved the only e reservation tool.. genius
Awesome place with excellent food.
Food, wine and service are awesome. The only complaint is the noise level is a bit high. If the acoustics could be altered to absorb some of the noise, this restaurant would be perfect!
The bolognese sauce is soooo good! The gnocchi is excellent! The Filet is very good! Just love every dish I have tried!