Ciao Italia Ristorante - I - Drive

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604 reviews
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Ciao Italia opened its doors in 1991 and has been Owned & operated by the same family the entire time making it one of the oldest restaurants in Orlando, FL
Our Restaurant has been world-famous for our Authentic Italian dishes for 28 years. Famed for our Stuffed Veal Chop chop and Pollo Ciao Italia.

Antonio & Josephine Navarra, Both natives of Italy Have been in the restaurant business for over 40 years. Today, Children Vanessa and Carmelo have taken over the family restaurant and you can find one of them there daily.

Ciao Italia is 3 year in a row Zagat award winner, with a high ranking of 28 in food. In addition, to Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. The Navarra Family looks forward to serving you soon!
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DK
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food was incredible, my wife had the stuffed veal chop and I tried the Veal Parmigiana, both were truly outstanding, the service was top notch, would recommend to anyone...anytime

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SS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We have visited Ciao Italia several times over the years, always enjoying our evening. This year it just did not feel as special as in the past and while my husband enjoyed his Fettuccine Alfredo, my Eggplant Parm was disappointing to the point where I asked our waiter if they had a new chef. He seemed affronted that I would question quality while I just wanted the kitchen to be sure they were serving the same quality of product as in the past, I'm not sure he forwarded my comment.

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was spectacular. Try the eggplant Parmigiana. Very much like my mom made when I was a kid. My love had Chicken Parm and it too was awesome. Service was great and the owner greeted us both when we arrived and when we exited. I highly recommend this restaurant when in Orlando.

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JA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

In town for Spring Break and Ciao was recommend. The food was good. Only beer and wine which was unexpected, but a good wine list made up for it. My only complaint was that we felt VERY rushed. Two different people waiting on us. Servers seemed frantic and right on the edge of rude. We asked for some time to look at the menu. He left and came back in under a minute. Went from appetizer right to dinner. Salads were not brought out and we got, “guess you don’t want it now”. I think we were in and out in under an hour. Not very relaxing.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The food was okay but the attitude of the servers was not at all acceptable. It seemed as though we were bothering them by just being there. We will definitely not return to Ciao Italia. This was our second try and we received the same poor service attitude both times. Done with Ciao Italia. So many other restaurants in the area with such more pleasant and happy service.

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Manitoba
10 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

We are in Orlando 3 or 4 times a year and always include a dinner at Caio. The food is always good and good value. Unfortunately this time we felt rushed. We were never offered a drink before our dinner nor did they tell us the specials for the evening. They did this to the table across from us. There almost seemed confusion as to who our server was. We were there for an earlier reservation because we know how busy it can get. It seemed to us that they wanted us served and out ASAP for later reservations. Very disappointing as Caio is one of our favorite dining places. If this was our first time there we’d probably never go back. Not a good impression on the clients we took there for s nice relaxing Sunday dinner.

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Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service excellent & personal. Food excellent. I highly recommend the restaurant

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal with outstanding & entertaining service from Tony! Our party had bruschetta, lasagna, fettuccine with shrimp & scallops (the Grand Marnier cream sauce was quite yummy), & the salmon. Every dish was outstanding! We finished the meal with a lovely port, chocolate cake & cannoli. Everyone left the table with smiles! We’ll definitely be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Business outing

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MM
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very busy night. We were treated very well as always with the staff working as a team. Something out of their hands though was a table full of kids that kept them busy. Parents at the table next to them were completely unaware idiots. I had papparadel with chingallie and porchini that was great. Also the calamari app is the best. Not deep fried but sautéed in wine and stock, delicious. We’ve been eating here since it first opened in the 90’s and has always been worth the drive from Oakland. Nice job

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Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was great, portions just right. The service was a bit off, waiter took order was not seen again. Rough assistant helped when flagged down but lacking personable features.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were so exceptional that we went a second night during our trip to Orlando!

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JD
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious!! They offer creative dishes and authentic Italian food. The service was also excellent. Food came out very quickly. The staff was friendly and accommodating. I would highly recommend Ciao Italia to anyone looking for a great Italian meal without breaking the bank.

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New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

It is always a nice dining experience here.

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Orlando
17 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a very good dining experience. The food was very good. We were just disappointed in the eggplant parmesan appetizer. For the price, we felt it should have been at least twice the size. It also came out cold. We sent it back and came back warm but not hot, but it was still very good. The only other complaint was that the pasta portion with the chicken parmesan was too small. Pasta is very inexpensive and we felt it was just way too small of a portion. The chicken parmesan was very good though.

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DR
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You are not going to find a better place to eat in Orlando!

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SR
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found this restaurant last winter while visiting from Wisconsin. We had dinner twice last winter in one week! We were back again in Orlando visiting for the week of February 24th and once again visited the restaurant twice! Love the food and the friendly wait staff. The ambiance is also great. We were so surprised to find this quality restaurant in a strip mall. In Wisconsin you don’t often see these types of restaurants in malls. Recommended this restaurant to other guests in the pool who were also escaping the terrible winter weather! See you again next year!!

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J
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good, service was great, and the wait staff very knowledgeable, friendly, and engaging. The only thing I wished was there would have been a spoon provided to twirl your pasta with a fork making it easier to eat. Yet, overall it was a pleasurable dining experience and we will eat there again.

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Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Not as nice as in years past.

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Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful experience, fantastic food, great service. Will definitely return.

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MT
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

If service with a smile is what you enjoy with a great meal then this is not the place for you. While the food was excellent, the attitude and hurried pace of the meal was a turn off. Our waiter had no smile for us or any desire to be friendly. He acted put out with any questions about the menu which was too bad for him, not much of a tip was left.

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VS
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best meals my husband and I have ever had at a restaurant. We ordered a bottle of wine and the grouper special at the suggestion of our server. Both were excellent! The ambiance of the interior, the attentive waiters, and the overall dining experience were exceptional.

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PC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent as always, our go-to place whenever we are in Orlando. Best veal EVER. Friday night was very busy so service was a little slow, but Vanessa pitched in to get us moving along. Will be back in town next month and will be back!

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great again

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k
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find while on family vacation in Orlando. Food delish. Service outstanding.

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JL
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner, delicious variety. The accommodations were excellent.. round table for our group was a plus.. wonderful waiter.. highly recommend Ciao!

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Tried the restaurant based on reviews. The food was amazing! Unfortunately, the acoustics are not very good and we could not hear our waiter or the conversation at the table. Service personnel also seemed to be in a rush and impatient with meal questions. Could be one of the best in the area with a few improvements.

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CM
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

From the moment we entered we felt welcomed. They have a nice menu and the food was great. The service was friendly yet very professional. Our glasses were never empty whether they were water glasses or wine. Would highly recommend!

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CJ
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy our annual visit..the food is always outstanding.

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S
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Look forward to dining there when in the Orlando. Great meatballs, as good as mine!

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JC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Overall our first time here was great. The food was excellent. Our only complaint is that we felt rushed. I guess because it was Valentine's Day, our server was trying to spin tables fast. We felt rushed to make dinner and dessert decisions. On a night we wanted to enjoy the ambience and each other's company, we didn't appreciate feeling as if we were taking too long to make decisions and eat our meals.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a beautiful restaurant. Very small, tucked in the corner of a shopping center. Every waiter was wonderful, helpful and very kind. I live in Las Vegas but if I get back to Orlando, this will be a good stop for delish food!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Valentines Day dinner. Food was great and service was amazing

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SK
Sonora
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy food. Wish it had come out a little slower - otherwise very nice place.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and suggestions for wine. The specials are terrific.

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j
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

absolutly the best veal chop i ever had. service was very good, definitely my new “go to” place when i visit orlando!

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MB
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Extremely loud restaurant and the veal was burned. Meal totally sucked.

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TB
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food tablecloths and upscale service. Loved this great find while in town.worth the trip from Disney for real food. Chef allows changes from the menu.

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Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and fresh hot bread was delicious! Service was outstanding!

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