Ciao Italia Ristorante - I - Drive

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554 reviews
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Italian
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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Open from 5pm-10:30pm featuring our regular dinner menu with specials of the evening.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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Chicago
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall a pleasant experience. Food was good and service was very good. I was a little offended that they added 20% to the bill before I agreed to it. Then they had request for additional. It was in poor taste.

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SR
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing meal here. Look forward to eating at Ciao all year long.

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MK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable dinner....good food...great service....easy parking....family owned...beats the chain restaurants...a bit on the more expensive side but it's a treat to find a place like this tucked away into a little strip center.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner on Saturday the 18th at 8pm for 4 people was fantastic. The food was terrific and our waiter Carmello was fantastic!

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p
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The waiter who attended our table was not very patient. Sometimes his answers were a little harsh.

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Tampa
28 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are always spectacular!
The seafood lasagna was the best I’ve ever had.

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Miami
12 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This was our third time eating here. Whenever we come to Orlando for our conference we like to eat here. When we called we were told no reservations until 9 or after. This was a Thursday Went on open table and was able to make a reservation for 7:15. We called back and was told we had our reservation made on line and they honored it . What gives? The place was clearly very busy for a Thursday but there were tables available. No welcoming greetings when we arrived. Everyone was very cranky . We were seated right by the front door. Very noisy and a little intrusive as guests were standing right to my back. We were rushed through our meal and clearly it was not the casual and calming experience we had the other times before. Too bad. We will rethink for next trip

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JT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great experience. We were on vacation from New York for a week and couldn't have chosen a better restaurant to celebrate our 20th anniversary. Fabiano made it feel like we were family. We had eaten at Vincenzo's earlier in the week and we were told about Ciao Italia from our waiter.

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W
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful food! The butternut squash ravioli were amazing. Tonynwas a great server and all the servers pitched in- excellent teamwork.

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

Fabiano is fabulous! The food is always delicious. For real Italian and great atmosphere! It’s our favorite place for a special occasion or treating ourselves to a lovely meal.

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FS
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice Place,Kind People and better than good food a surprisingly good atmosphere for being in a strip mall

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F
Pittsburgh
19 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our server was superb. Food was well prepared. An Orlando gem.

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AS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

While food was fair but not great the overall experience was spoiled by the waiter assigned at our table. Right from the start he was rude. For example, when quickly describing the specials of the day he dismissed with a joke a specific question about an ingredient he mentioned that we did not really grasp. We @dared@ to ask some lemonade for our daughter and he rudely came back with a bottle of coke, saying they only have sodas (Side note: how can a restaurant not have lemonade in kids menu?)
Stuff was brought to the table not elegantly, often had impression to be rushed for no reasons as the restaurant was almost empty.

Overall I would not recommend this place. Possibly the owners are authentic Italian but then, as I am Italian too, I would recommend them to more carefully evaluate the service provided in their restaurant.

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent authentic Italian. Couldn’t have been better from the food tot he service. High maintenance group and all were satisfied. Very excellent and will return! Orlando is lucky to have such a worthy spot. You won’t regret it if you are looking for the best food

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LA
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always visit there when in Orlando. Great food and great service

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AV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience at Ciao Italia and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great Italian meal!

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TM
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We come here every year for the past 10 yes.... never disappointed

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m
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We traveled from Kentucky to Orlando for a holiday trip with our grandchildren, ages 3-12. The older ones love Italian food so we found this superb restaurant which is elegant and kid friendly. The food was fantastic, the waiter was superb and the ambience was excellent. We shall return!

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SJ
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife has been telling me we should go and we finally did on Christmas. Very nice, low lighting ambiance, server was very friendly and helpful. The food was simply Out of this World!! One of the Best sauces I have ever had!! Great selection, respectable prices, romantic setting, a Definite Must try if in the area....

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was pleased with the service and my meal. I would go there again. I had the special of the day seafood lasagna. A lot of seafood for the portion size. Loved it.

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FM
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our 4th visit here. Great foods as always, but felt seasonal specialities were a bit salty.

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AS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious! We would definitely go again!

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BK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good location and easy to find. We ordered pasta and it was okay, but not great. Service was decent and the ambience was fine...just the food didn’t meet our expectations. Maybe I will try something else if I went back again.

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N
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Retirement AND anniversary

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D
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was one of the best Italian restaurants we’ve ever been to!

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KZ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. We live in PA but we make it a point to eat at Ciao every time we are in Orlando.

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DB
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We discovered this restaurant a month ago and had to return to eat there again while we were in town this trip. Our servers were polite and attentive-- we wanted for nothing. The food was very delicious and I believe that they serve the best eggplant parmigiana that I have ever had!

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R
Caribbean
12 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice Restaurant. Food was very good! Try the Lasagna!!!

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l
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always make it a point to eat here when we visit Orlando, in fact we ate here twice in 10 days. Pasta fresh and daily pasta especially good. Save room for lemoncello cake, awesome. Ask for Fabiano.

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Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This restaurant is a little gem!! Forgot the look of the restaurant because the food is awesome!!

Now this restaurant is on my list of my favourite restaurant in Orlando!!

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ML
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been here several times always good

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious! Buffalo mozzarella on the caprese salad was incredible. All our dinner dishes were excellent - the veal special might be one of the best I’ve ever had. Next time we are in Orlando we will be going back!

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AS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fantastic evening -- great food, great service....

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BP
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and reasonably priced.

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JB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Being from the NYC area where the Italian food is the best ( outside of Italy ) I might be a little biased. The food was ok. My seafood linguine tasted pretty good but the shrimp and calamari was overdone. The mussels were very fishy, not very fresh. My espresso was very weak not robust like it should be. The cannoli was terrible, Missing the very flavor of its namesake.... cannelle

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PD
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great dinner place and very authentic Italian vibe

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c
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality Italian food, fresh salads, solid wine list, excellent eggplant parm, great service.

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BK
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still one of our favorites in Orlando. Friends we brought from Jax said they loved it and would be back also!!

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J
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Grouper was exceptional.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cumpleaños

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