About Ciao Bella

Ciao Bella (which translates to "hello, beautiful") is a reminder that Italian food can be much more than lasagna, ravioli and spaghetti. "The Mediterranean diet is one of the best in the world". "Just good, authentic food made with love and passion. Pair with a beautiful wine and it's wonderful".

1514 US 41
Schererville, IN 46375
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:

Lunch & Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(219) 322-6800

Website:
http://www.ciaobellaonline.com/

Ciao Bella Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (14)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Good for a Date (11)
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Good for Birthdays (11)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Fun (8)
Cozy (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Casual (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Romantic (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Healthy (4)
People Watching (4)
Authentic (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Business Meals (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Music (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great food and service was fantastic....Would go back for sure!

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 11, 2018

We love having Rossi wait on us. She makes great suggestions and is very attentive throughout out meal. We each ordered a variation on white fish. Both were good, but my husband's was the better prepared special. They brought out ice cream for his birthday.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Casual, Fun, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Spicy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Our server was excellent but a little slow. The receptionist and hostess were off-putting. They did not smile or greet us. The food was very good but not anything out of the ordinary.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our New Year's Eve dinner. We were seated immediately at our reservation time and our dinner was fabulous. The service was top-notch and we were allowed to savor our experience without being rushed.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our new year's eve dining experience was great. Unfortunately, they did not have one of the standard wines that I love. Service was a little slow; however, the food was worth the wait. Everything came out hot and perfectly prepared. Everyone at the table had a different dish and was happy. If you go, you have to try the pappardelle pasta.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Everything was great.... Except the Knuckle-Heads from Open Table NEVER Sent my Reservation to the Restaurant and I almost wasn't Seated...From now on I will Call the Restaurant instead of depending on Open Table...Thx Guy's....Food and Wine was great....

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our server was excellent. The food was excellent. We each chose different entrees and all of us loved the food. My Dover Sole was delicious. We also enjoyed our salads and tiramisu dessert. We will be back soon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We brought our friends here for dinner and we all loved it.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

I really like this place. However I must say the food isn't always consistent. I've had a certain special that was fabulous but ordered it again and not so much. Disappointing. Did love Frank Rossi though.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Romantic
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

We had 16 that d ay and we all commented on the great quality of the food both off the menu and at the buffet . We definitely will be back. We all swim at Fitness point and get together with mates to celebrate various things--the next being that one couple will be turning 90.
Rosie did a super job with our big gang all wanting separate checks which make paying easier for us but more work for her. she was so gracious. THANK YOU

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

My parents had recommended this spot and I was sorry they did. We were seated in the back room which had no ambiance and felt quite depressing. There is no natural light, the walls are dirty and the service while kind was incredibly slow. I felt like we were second fiddle to the guests seated in the main dining room. The food was also not great, the lasagna had almost no noddles, the lobster ravioli were meh, and the chicken was not great. The tiramisu left a oily feel in the mouth, real whipped cream was not used in that dessert.

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

I unfortunately do not recall our waitress's name who attendeds us , but she was very skilled and attentive to our needs. She enhanced our dining experience. That is something some restaurants do not seem to understand. A great wait staff can make or break you. We found the food to be well prepared and very enjoyable. The bottle of Sasoregale Sangiovese Maremma Toscana we shared we all agreed was very good. One of the things I appreciated most was that though there was a buzz in the dining area, we could still have an enjoyable conversation with each other without having to shout over those dining around us. To me , that is one of the key ingredients to fine dining, good food and the ability to have good conversation along with it. Otherwise you are just eating.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 11, 2017

I had the pappardelle pasta with bolognese and my husband had the rigatoni with sausage and peas. Both were piping hot and delicious!

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

It was too crowded at the front near the hostess booth

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

We have going to this restaurant and have never had any problems. Its a feel good great food place. The wait staff is also awesome. It would be awesome if they can expand

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Healthy, People Watching, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Server was new. She could have been more knowledgeable about entree questions. Food was warm when served, not hot. Entrees were good. Minestrone Soup was very good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

My wife and I rsvp’d earlier in the day and walked in around 7pm and was seated 5mins later! It was definitely a wait crowd and gets very busy here. Great service, fast and professional. The food was spectacular and affordable. It made for a nice quick date night after we left the first location! In and out, quick and easy! Definitely recommend trying out!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Always love Ciao Bella. Joe and his staff are great!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

As always, the staff at Ciao Bella delivers. I tried the lasagna for my first time and it was very good which means a lot coming from an Italian. Great ambience, great service. Thank you!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Fun, Romantic, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, People Watching, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Notable Wine List
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Never have been to Indiana and wanted someplace with 4 and 5 star reviews to take out friends we haven't seen in many, many years. Found Ciao Bella in open table and we loved it!

Tags: Casual
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Appetizers of grilled calamari and the antipasto were quite good. Steak was done perfectly, eggplant parmagiana was done well. Veal entrees were overdone just a bit. They have nice bottles of house wines. Desserts were quite good. Complaint about veal was well received -- desserts were then gratis. Ran out of coffee, apparently, so end of meal was a bit truncated.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The waiter Jesus was a little difficult to understand when he was explaining the specials of the day. Other than that the service was good the food was excellent and the ambience was very comfortable.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Most of the time my wife and I go to Ciao Bella's for dinner normally on a Friday evening. For special occasions, we sometimes invite other family members to join us because the atmosphere is always great, the food is always good and the service has never disappointed us. We will continue to go to Ciao Bella's as our area go to restaurant.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Healthy, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Our first time visit. Warmly welcomed by name and seated promptly. Excellent service by staff.
Superb meal. The only downside was that there were no many outstanding entrees, it was hard to select. Will have to return many times to sample the rest. Warmly greeted and thanked by owner. Made an outstanding impression on my date. Made me look like a valued and appreciated client.

Tags: Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I have been here several times, but Saturday was a disappointment. Service was very poor and the food was average. The restaurant was very crowded and it was very noisy. The ambiance was not good and the wash room was a mess. Overall, my experience on this visit was a kin to Olive Garden. Overall a disappointment.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food is impeccable and even if it wasn’t, we’d still go there because of the service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

My wife and I are regulars at this restaurant and they never fail to disappoint us with their fantastic meals and excellent service.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Ciao Bella is my local favorite. I am here at least once a month and I'm never disappointed. The bread/spices/oil/parm is delicious and almost all of the dishes I've had have been outstanding. I'm recently eating gluten free and they had quite a few entrée options that were compliant. Maybe some day they could add a GF pasta - that would be awesome!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Always great service, spectacular daily specials and wonderful wine list. Deserts and after dinner drinks top off a wonderful satisfying evening.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Been there many times and neither I nor my guests have ever had a sub par meal, everything top notch.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Terrible service, terrible food, and over priced.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Service was outstanding and so was the food.....Great atmosphere !
You will really enjoy everything about this restaurant

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2017

My wife and I are regulars ciao Bella and they never disappoint with their great service fantastic tasting food.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Afternoon Coffee, Fun, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Afternoon Tea, People Watching, Casual, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Disabled Access, Quick Bite, Great Beer, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Paleo Friendly
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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 4, 2017

My husband and I were SO VERY HAPPY with EVERYTHING! We had our date day this past Friday and this was our first stop, BOY WERE WE PLEASED! The staff, the ambiance, the Raspberry & Grapefruit Martini's not to mention the food were all PHENOMENAL! I'm a Chef, own a Catering company & I am very picky about the food I eat "out" so for me to LOVE this place is HUGE!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Inigo was excellent an waiter. He was very attentive and personable! Well done!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 22, 2017

My wife and I are regulars at this restaurant and never fails to treat us well. Knowledgeable waiters and excellent food every single time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Vegan, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Organic, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Casual, Afternoon Tea, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly
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 (Indiana)·Dined on July 15, 2017

My husband and I came there on a date. We enjoyed the food, the ambiance was awesome and our server was awesome. This was a great start to a sexy evening my husband planned for our date. We will be back and will definitely tell our friends about this absolutely wonderful restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Always Excellent food and service. Excellent wine selection

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Service was excellent! The pasta and dinner entree choices were varied. Seafood was fresh. Bread was homemade. Tiramisu and limoncello topped off the meal. Italian fare was authentic!

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Our waiter Jeff was attentive and knowledgeable. Don't let the location fool you. The veal Parmesan was incredible as was the tiara Massoud.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining
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