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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (21)
Good for a Date (18)
Good for Birthdays (12)
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Creative Cuisine (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
Romantic (9)
Cozy (8)
Casual (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Fun (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Authentic (6)
Healthy (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Comfort Food (4)
People Watching (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Business Meals (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Best lunch buffet in NW Indiana. For $10, chicken, pasta, spuds, salad, & meat balls. Very, very good!,

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

As usual, we had a great time and a great meal for Valentines Day. Calamari and salads were superb. Chilean Sea Bass was presented perfectly. We'll be back. Sam was great and knowledgeable on both food and wine.

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

I/we go there for their grilled salmon. Loved the special octopus appetizer for Valentine's Day, the salmon always good, and the pistachio gelato. Good cappucino. Sam was excellent. Happy that they had a bottle of Eruption available because so popular always LOW availability.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

The place was great. Loved the vibe. Very comfortable. The hostess could have been a little nicer. But we only had to deal with her for a few minutes. Our server was great!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Was there with wife and another couple. Our ordered appetizer came after our dinners were finished. They did remove the appetizer from the bill, but highly disappointing. Also, food was only fair. Definitely not worth the money.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent DInner...Sam was a great waiter and didn't rush the girls who wanted to relax and take our time!! Food was great and wine was wonderful!!

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Always an excellent experience

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

As Always the food was very good, the ambience was nice and the monthly food coupon is great as well as the service. We'll be back within the next month or two.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Attentive, quick but most of all flavorful.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

It was a pleasant & vibrant dining experience. The ambience was definitely geared toward Valentine’s Day. Our reservations were for 6:15pm & our wait for a table was 30-35 minutes. A more engaged & customer friendly Hostess Staff would have added more to our dining experience. The several times I checked with the same Hostess during our wait, it was always the same response. “Several tables are now available & being cleared for the next round of diners”. Projecting a level of responsibIlity & accountability was limited on getting us seated within a reasonable amount of time. It was a rather depersonalized set of circumstances on that portion of our visit to your restaurant. Overall, it was a good dining experience!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Cramped table in the corner. Very noisy. Waiter was attentive and friendly. Pasta was very good, fish special was bland and the sauce was more like a broth. Dessert was delicious.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Dinner was excellant, service was good, food came out quickly. Love this place!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 24, 2018

As always, superlative food and service. We both had the swordfish and it was prepared wonderfully. Excellent service by Sylvia. A nice birthday celebration night.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Jeff our waiter it was fabulous. Very knowledgeable about the meals we asked about. Service was excellent and the food was fabulous.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Ciao Bella does not disappoint. Food, service & ambiance is always great.

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Attentive staff, delicious dishes, accommodating with our request for 'food sharing', splitting our entrees so we could enjoy more!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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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 5, 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 December 31, 2017

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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 (San Francisco)·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 30, 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 29, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 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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 (Chicago)·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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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 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 10, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

It was too crowded at the front near the hostess booth

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (Hawaii)·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 3, 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 25, 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 25, 2017

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 7, 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 7, 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 4, 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 3, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 23, 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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