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About Ciao Osteria

Ciao Osteria is an authentic Italian eatery featuring delicious entrees and Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas made completely from scratch. Our goal is to serve true traditional Italian recipes made with the freshest, most authentic ingredients available, while making sure our guests are treated as family at our table. 
Chef Antonino believes you should never underestimate the power of a home cooked Sicilian meal. After many, many years of hard work in his kitchen, he decided to share his recipes with us. You can expect only an authentic taste of Sicily when you eat with us at Ciao Osteria.
 From the moment you walk in our front door, we want you to feel like you are a part of our family.
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Buon appetito!

14115 Saint Germain Dr
Centreville, VA 20121
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Pizzeria, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Sunday through Thursday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday and Saturday 11:00 AM-11:00 PM

Cross Street:
Near Route 28, 29 and 66

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 543-8955

Website:
http://www.ciao-osteria.com/

Entertainment:
Come join us in our beautiful bar and enjoy a handcrafted cocktail made with ingredients grown at our own local farm!

Catering:
Full service catering available.

Contact: Gina 703-622-9254

Parking Details:
Free Parking

Executive Chef:
Chef Antonino DiNicola

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Ciao Osteria Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (1266)
Fit for Foodies (886)
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Great for Lunch (515)
Good for Groups (497)
Kid-friendly (444)
Notable Wine List (378)
Hot Spot (322)
Romantic (270)
Authentic (145)
Good for a Date (129)
Casual (125)
Worth the Drive (94)
Good for Birthdays (91)
Great for Brunch (91)
Comfort Food (86)
Good for Anniversaries (79)
Cozy (62)
Creative Cuisine (62)
Fun (56)
Late-night Find (52)
Outstanding Value (50)
Bar Seating (43)
Vibrant Bar Scene (40)
Sunday Lunch (33)
Business Meals (29)
Local Ingredients (24)
Pre/post Theatre (23)
Good Vegetarian Options (22)
Gluten Free Options (17)
Happy Hour (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Seasonal (11)
Afternoon Coffee (7)
Healthy (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
People Watching (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Scenic View (5)
Great Beer (4)
Organic (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
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Afternoon Tea (3)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Love the place. Great food. Could have way better bread.

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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Such a delight! Authentic Italian/Sicilian foods are as close to homemade as possible.
It was hard choosing from the many tempting appetizers, entrees and desserts! We had a superb carafe of the house Merlot that was just right for four of us. We know we will be returning soon and many times!!

Tags: Outstanding Value, Comfort Food, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Very good food, make a reservation as there is a wait. You'll wait past your time unless you're a regular but once seated the service is top
notch and the food very good. I had eggplant and it was delicious! The right balance of ingredients so you can taste eggplant and not just cheese and sauce.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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food4
ambience5
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value4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 18, 2017

The dining experience was excellent. The food was excellent. I ordered the lasagne and it was among the best I'd ever had. My girlfriend loved the chicken marsala. The Syrah from Chile was excellent. Ciao was extremely busy and the seating was crowded. The noise level was high the entire meal. Despite the noise level the dinner overall was five star.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
ambience3
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 17, 2017

I met my mom at Ciao on Friday for my birthday. We loved it and I'd happily go back!

Food highlights: We both loved the red sauce used in the eggplant antipasti and meat lasagna. She ordered the grouper special, which she loved, too. The gelato is the closest I've had to gelato served in Italy since I was in Italy 3 years ago. Delicious!

Service highlights: The owner stopped by our table (and other diners, too) and the waiter brought a gelato dessert for my birthday!

The only note I'll leave to other diners discretion is the setup of tables for 2. I thought they were set very closely together and it can make for a tight, awkward exit. This wasn't a major detractor for me, but I was apologizing for bumping into my neighbors when I was gathering my gift, jacket and purse to leave.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Everything we were looking for in that price range!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 16, 2017

Food was great and even the ordinary daily dish we liked was cooked exotically.
No complaints by any of our diners.
Staff was very receptive and attentive.

What a find

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Great Italian food,including salads,chicken,veal,desserts and wine.Great ambience,including decor and music.Very good fresh bread and olive oil dip.Very friendly owner and cook.Very good service,but sometimes the waiting period for food can be a little long,on Valentine's Day , for example, but that's probably to be expected.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Outstanding Value, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Not as good as it has been in the past couple of years.

Tags: Casual
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food3
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2017

The food was fantastic! The ambiance was fantastic! All who work there are fantastic! We'll be back!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Don't let the strip-mall façade fool you, this is a great medium sized family restaurant. The food is superb and the service very friendly. We were there for V-day so it was packed, noisy and it was a little long between the ordering and receiving food, so this might not be a typical night. As mentioned, the wait for food was long, but the food is well worth the wait. Most servings I saw were plentiful, but my wife's Red Snapper, while tasty and perfectly prepared, was rather small. The calamari was melt in your mouth tender and the tiramisu was probably the best I have had outside of Europe. Check out the photos you can find on-line for a better idea.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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food5
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service5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Beyond our favorite restaurant in the area. We moved from Centreville to Manassas and miss this place. It's definitly not too far to return on special occasions and when we want to splurge on a romantic date. The ambiance is authentic and Sal, the owner is always so kind to us when we are there. Our Valentine's Day meal was by far the BEST meal we have ever had at Ciao.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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food5
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We went on Valentine's day with another couple and each of our meals was outstanding. The wives had veal dishes off the regular menu, my friend had one of the fish specials and I had a combination of stuffed chicken and veal. As usual the meals were done to perfection even though the restaurant was a sell out this evening. The owner Sal stopped by to check on us several times to make sure things were up to his standards.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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service5
value4

 
 (Richmond)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Food, atmosphere and service were fantastic! The food is authentic Italian and the staff is engaging and friendly.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date, Casual, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Outstanding Value
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 13, 2017

Most amazing gem for Italian food in the whole DMV!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Fun, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Food, ambience, service and everything was excellent. Only complaint is the noise level was pretty loud. Nice place and we will go back when it is not as crowded and noisy.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 12, 2017

We came in for our weekly date night, we were promptly seated (we had reservations and would highly recommend making reservations since the place was packed on a Sunday evening). We started with the grilled Octopus and wow was it great--an excellent char on the meat and beautifully arranged on plater. Our waiter,Jed, recommended Sal, the owner's, favorite Rosso Toscanini for our wine which we found to be a great value at its price and yes it was delicious. For dinner we had to sample their Margherita Pizza since they have one of the Two Niapoli wood fired pizza ovens in NoVA. It was the best I've had outside of when I'm actually in Naples Italy!
For our entree we had the special Manzo Involto which is beef wrapped around a split shank bone with prosciutto and mozzarella severed over risotto. It was over the top in flavor and tenderness---extremely succulent and satisfying. We finished the evening with their home made tiramisu which again was outstanding.
During our meal we meet the owner Sal, who walked thru the restaurant greeting everyone like we were old friends...he and his wife Gina made us new old friends. We can't wait to visit with them again and enjoy another wonderful meal.
This place is a genuine gem run by folks who proudly provide excellent food and warm hospitality....

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Outstanding food and service! Our favorite restaurant!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Over priced basic Italian food. Signs say "Top 100 and best of DMV" but there was nothing special out of any of our dishes. I am a huge foodie from fine dining to hole in the wall restaurants and was highly disappointed in the food here.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2017

We've lived in the Northern Virginia area for more than 3 years, and this is the first time we've found Italian food comparable to the North End in Boston. It's reminiscent of Polcari's of the North End, with handcrafted meals using fresh, tasty ingredients. The owner came out to greet us and thank us for dining at Ciao Osteria - an unexpected treat!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2017

This is an excellent Italian restaurant owned by an Italian. The food is delicious, service is great and the owner is extremely nice and personable. The owner made his way around the restaurant interacting with all the patrons. The gelato tastes just like it does in Italy! We would highly recommend.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Always make a reservation. Great food, great service.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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service4
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2017

we love Ciao! Great food, friendly, efficient staff, and Sal, who works the room like a gracious host, makes you feel like family. Love love love this place!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Excellent food and a wonderful owner and staff. Will certainly be visiting them again.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2017

Good but not great, for the price one could get more memorable Italian. Grilled octopus was well-executed, not rubbery. The 'nduja was interesting, but not anything spectacular. The salumi plates featured Spanish cheeses, I felt like we were missing the experience because nobody bothered to tell us what kind of meats and cheese there were. The boar meatballs were good. I wish this meal merited a "rave" review, but alas, it was just meh. Not bad, not great. The gelato next door was, unexpectedly, perfect and a nice spot to end the meal.

Tags: Casual
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food3
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service3
value2

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2017

Great restaurant. Outstanding food. The menu always has enticing specials. Excellent wine list. The bar is beautiful and very enjoyable. We have been here many times with friends and family and have always found our servers to be attentive and knowledgeable. Ciao is usually very busy yet we have never felt rushed. In addition to their extensive menu they also have delicious wood fired pizzas as well as calzones. They have a Gelato shop next door too.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2017

We went here for the first time for our 29th wedding anniversary. The service was outstanding, the food was excellent and the house wine was delicious. The prices were very reasonable and the ambience was warm, inviting and cozy.

This is one restaurant we will definitely be coming back to - if only to try all the delectable items on the menu. As plates were being delivered to other tables my mouth was watering!

I can highly recommend this gem of a restaurant. Five stars all around!

Tags: Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 5, 2017

Several of the dishes were great and a few others were very good. Not taking any thing away from the place; the service was first class, and every thing was served in a timely manner. Fish dish and Italian dishes were best.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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food4
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Great food and ambiance. Ideal for a get together with friends or as part of a night out with your loved one. Definitely going back.

Tags: Outstanding Value
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food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Our favorite restaurant and always something new to try. Tonight was yummy appetizer of wild boar meatballs with marsala cherry sauce.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Loved the atmosphere a day the food was great. Great service too. I'll definitely go back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Casual
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food4
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2017

A neighborhood favorite, Sal usually has some new feature (and unusual, like ostrich) to tempt you to consider a different twist on Italian cuisine. What ever your choice, it will be delicious...and plentiful!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Always good - food, service, and a friendly atmosphere. It's also very special that the owner checks on his customers.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2017

The best pizza I ever tasted. Outstanding! The menu offers authentic Italian dishes that are prepared with the best ingredients. The gelato and french fries are also outstanding. I am Italian and appreciate simple dishes made with excellent ingredients. Ciao never disappoints.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 31, 2017

Ciao Osteria made this a great date with fantastic food, superior service, and appreciable ambiance! We will definitely go back!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2017

Ciao is a neighborhood gem! I love that I don't have to travel far to receive great food and wonderful service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 29, 2017

Finest Italian food in Northern Va, good service, but busy so make reservations

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 28, 2017

This was and always has been an excellent dining experience, love the atmosphere, love the service, love the food, and especially love the owners!

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Always good food! Never disappoints. Always make a reservation.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Casual, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2017

This was my first visit. It was delightful! Delicious and fresh, and wonderful ambiance. It was packed for a Wednesday night, so we felt a little like we were being hurried out, but we understood. I would definitely return and recommend getting a reservation for sure!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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