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

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (12)
Special Occasion (12)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
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Good for Birthdays (10)
Good for a Date (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Casual (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Cozy (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Authentic (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Romantic (5)
Fun (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Healthy (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Business Meals (3)
Hot Spot (3)
People Watching (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Live Music (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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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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vip
 (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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Ciao Bella is a nearly hidden gem in Schererville. It is so nice to find authentic Italian food in the suburbs in northwest Indiana. All three of our meals were delicious. The service was great. Hope to be back soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 24, 2017

The service was outstanding and our server Jessica was super nice and helpful guiding us as newbies! The food, sangria, and appetizers/ dessert were fabulous!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Our waiter was fantastic. Thanks for letting my mom bring A birthday cake. we all had a great time and our food was yummy.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Great food and service

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Sam was our waiter tonight on date night and we are a regular at the restaurant. Sam always treats us like royalty. Our table is never cluttered with finished plates of food. And the food is always fantastic no matter what we order and the house wine that we order is always excellent.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 30, 2017

We have eaten at Ciao Bella many times. The food is always very good. This last visit was with a group of friends, and we all enjoyed or meals, and had a great time.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 20, 2017

We have been here a few times and are always impressed by the quality of good and exceptional service. This place has a great atmosphere and robust wine selection.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Always a great experience! We came for Mother's Day dinner and enjoyed our meals and a bottle of wine. Service was great and feels like family we go so much.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Fun, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Our waiter was a gem! He was a kind gentleman from start to finish! Food was excellent as well!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Mother's day lunch. Could've eaten 6 servings of the appetizer alone - scallops with fresh pea puree was AMAZING. Overall delightful ambiance. Waiter was mildly condescending.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

This was our first time. My son treated me for Mother's Day. We loved it experience. I had veal saltimbocco. It was amazing! My son was a culinary student at Le Cordon Bleu. He loved it. We'll definitely be back!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

I took my mother for Mothers Day. Our Server was great he liked to joke around witch made out time here fun. I Highly recommend if your looking for great Italian food. I love Scallops but you could of told me that your app only came with 2 Scallops. Besides that it was a great meal.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Great service & food. The only thing I would improve is the size of the room and the tightness of the tables.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 13, 2017

We ordered daily specials: grilled asparagus with a sauce, arugala salad, and main course grilled grouper with pesto sauce - all were inventive, prepared to perfection- a memorable meal. Service was very good , waiter checked on us just enough, food came out in just the right amount of time. I would give it 5 stars if it werent for the poorly done martini- (watery and room temperature) the high noise level, and expense. We split everything, had 3 drinks between the 2 of us ( including the bad martini) and bill was over $100. Not terribly expensive but high enough to keep us from coming here very often.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Our Mother's Day dinner and we spent $238 for 6 plates of crap. Seared Ahi tuna that was pure white it was so over-cooked, ice cold ravioli, long wait (even with reservations) rude waiter (most likely because we complained) -- just atrocious all around. I've been here many times -but it was a first for my 82 year old mom who LOVES Italian! I was excited to bring her here. Never. Again. You overbook and then take walk ins? My daughter is disabled and there was no place for her to even sit to wait as we were all crammed in at the front entrance. Your "party room" is a dump. Broken light fixture over our table, dirty walls and the icing on the cake? Right next to the bathrooms. Nice gesture. That'll teach us to complain, right? You could have rectified our situation many times over but we never saw a manager. Several parties were complaining. All I can do now is tell everyone I know to avoid this place like the plague. They had help wanted signs up all over their windows so I can only assume their staff is heading to greener pastures -- like the rest of us will.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 13, 2017

I loved the food and the service is wonderful. It's a bit pricey but you won't be disappointed

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Nice place. We enjoy the service and food.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on April 29, 2017

As always great Italian food, service was wonderful, no waiting for my reserved time. Joe was there to greet you with his friendly and welcoming personality. Our waiter was prompt, drinks were never empty!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Casual, Worth the Drive
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