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About Ciao! 2 An Italian Cafe
Ciao 2!'s is now the fourth generation of a traditional Italian trattoria! We are a special combination of style and substance, a restaurant known for its craft beers, boutique wines, and classic Italian cuisine!
Chef Sabrina, a native Pittsburger, carefully sources local produce and food stuffs whenever possible. Our chef has created brunch, lunch, and dinner menus as delicious tributes to the classic trattoria fashion!
This being Pittsburgh, it is only reasonable that Ciao2! pays loving attention the liquid side of things. Signature cocktails such as the Tuscan Sour and the Lemoncello martini, are served along side classics like the Ciao2! Manhattan and the Aviation.
Several beers are on tap and Nick has created a varied and unique wine list!
Ciao2! An Italian Cafe', a salute to classical regional Italian cuisine!
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Everyday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Everyday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Campbells Run Road
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Full service catering from corporate functions to private affairs. We can accommodate an intimate affair to as large as 500 off site. From breakout sessions to fine dining.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Ciao! 2 An Italian Cafe Ratings and Reviews
The food here is always great. The owner was our server, and he was quite busy running the business. He needs more wait staff. It was a leisurely holiday lunch, and the food is delicious, but he should stay with running the business, and not engaging in serving.
Service was slow. No wine list and wine that was provided was poor.Food was not good.Main dish was covered in grease and when ordered the desert, it was no longer available, for a Saturday night, everything should have been available on the menu.
Waiter was not very knowledgeable of the menu. Overall experience poor compared to last time we visited there.Would not recommend.
This was my fourth trip here and first one with my husband. It was my birthday, so, our two hour drive for a concert was preceded by dinner at this restaurant. I previously had been so enamored with this little place and this was the first time I had eaten indoors. All other times had been in their outside dining area. I ordered the beans and greens, as I have always ordered, as an appetizer. I normally salt a lot of my food, but, found ALL the food I had that night was tremendously salty. I also was told that there wasn't a wine list, but, "what kind of varietal did I want?" It was odd to hear this, because, there were three other tables that asked for wine and it seemed evasive that there was not a list. Also, the table next to me asked for beer, and the host rattled off three beers and that was it....it was very odd. Why no list for beer or wine?
Anyway, back to the meal: I had instant heartburn from either the dipping sauce for the bread or the beans and greens, which set the tone for my meal. The garlic used in their dishes is the jarred kind, which is potent, pungent and overpowering, and they use an unnecessary amount of it!!!! My husband had a pasta dish that had angel hair pasta in it. It was okay, although, I could see the oil it was swimming in. I had a pappardelle with a light cream sauce with mushrooms. The flavor was overpoweringly garlic; again with that minced jarred garlic. This is a gigantic pet peeve of mine. The bread was also slathered with it. The Torta della Nonna, which I've always wanted to try for dessert, they are always "out" of. I'm beginning to think that its just on the menu for the looks! I think this is my last trip here, even though I have always had good service, and good appetizers.
I don't know what happened here. This is one of our favorite restaurants - the food is excellent, it's always clean and the staff are normally wonderful. Today I guess the guy was stressed - almost bordering on rude. I don't want to give a bad review because we absolutely LOVE this restaurant, and will definitely be going back, but if this had been a first experience we would not be returning. (But as always, the food was GREAT!)
Overall a very disappointing experience. The lemon chicken had no taste and was fried, which is not what I expected. I dont' eat fried food if I know it is fried. The pasta sauce was watery, as though the pasta wasn't drained appropriately. For the price, I was very disappointed and probably wouldn't go back. There were very few people in the restaurant at the time, so being busy wasn't a possible excuse. The caprese salad was good; I'd recommend that. But I was overcharged initially and had to point it out to the server. On the contrary, my friend said her entree was very good.
They were initially very concerned about splitting the checks when we thought all twelve were going to make it. but since only 6 of us did they were able to handle the separate checks.
They did suggest we do family style but again because we had a lot of no shows it worked out well. Everyone enjoyed their selection.
Go early and enjoy a drink at the bar and linger over an after dinner brandy or coffee.
At first I thought this would be ideal.. nice, new, restaurant in Robinson moderately priced. Was I wrong.. long and short of it over $40.00 for pasta?? seriously.. no hostess, staff running around doing server, bar tending, waitressing? don't know who's pocketing all the money but adequate staffing goes a long day.. let's just say highly disappointed in Robinson Ciao 2 is a great name... Goodbye. save your money or ante up a little more and go to PaPa J's, Anthony's Coal fired Pizza, or Ditka's.
When we arrived the restaurant was empty, except for one table. The overall atmosphere was great but the food was pricey, which I don't mind if the quality of food is worth it. Everything was bland and had no taste to it. The best part of the meal was the Andes mints we received at the end of the meal.
I have eaten at Ciao many times. The owner knows us by name. On this occasion two of us entered the restaurant and were seated. The waiter dropped off menus and we ordered wine. The owner brought the wine. We drank the wine and sat. The waiter served several tables. Thirty minutes after being seated, the waiter came over. We stood up and said we were leaving and paid for the wine. Neither the waiter or owner apologized for the total lack of service.
Went here for Mother's Day. First time visit. It's small and pretty noisy (my son kept his hands over his ears). That being said, the people who work there were extremely friendly, great table service. I liked the ambiance. The food was very good. They had some great specialty drinks. I would definitely recommend, especially for a date night. Don't think I would take the kids there again. This would be a great happy hour place too.
I took two friends to Ciao's the other night for dinner. One had been there before the other had not. We all left praising the dinner we had. Although I was disappointed that Nick and Sabrina weren't there, their granddaughter had not disappointed. The staff was great as was the service. Never did we feel rushed and we enjoyed the nearly two hour dinner we shared. We shared a nice bottle of Chianti. The cream of mushroom soup was a nice appetizer. The dinners all came out together and tasted as good as they looked. I've never been disappointed in Ciao's and will continue to patronize this establishment. Molto Bella!
This place never disappoints. I receive a gift card every year from one of my vendors and it is always a great place for a nice date or special occasion. My boyfriend and I enjoy the very diverse wine selection and the quality of the food. It is a bit on the pricey side, but completely worth it.
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