Ciao Italia Ristorante - I - Drive

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$30 and under
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Italian
Founded in 1991, Ciao Italia has Been Orlando's Best Locally owned Run Italian Restaurant for almost 3 decades. 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 and Awarded most romantic Restaurant. Ciao Italia intimate low profile setting and amazing food have been a Celebrity Favorite for over 20 years.

Serving Homemade pasta, Prime Seafood, and homemade desserts. Famed for our Stuffed Veal Chop chop, Pollo Ciao Italia, and our Pappardelle with Wild Boar Pasta. We also offer a Kids menu for ages under 10.

Our restaurant is perfect for a Casual dining night out, Special occasions, Business dinners, and Corporate events.
The Navarra Group looks forward to serving you soon!
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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

We will be Open on Thanksgiving Day! Enjoy the holiday Italian Style. Featuring our regular dinner menu and nightly specials from 5pm-10pm

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

We will be Open on Christmas Eve! Enjoy the holiday Italian Style. Featuring our regular dinner menu and nightly specials from 5pm-10pm

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

We will be Open on Christmas Day! Enjoy the holiday Italian Style. Featuring our regular dinner menu and nightly specials from 5pm-10pm

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

We will be Open on New Year's Eve! Enjoy the holiday Italian Style. Featuring our regular dinner menu and nightly specials from 5pm-10pm

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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What 657 People Are Saying
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Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Our group all enjoyed their meals.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG. Incredible food and service!

TW
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal and service! If you want to stay away from all the chain restaurants in this part of Orlando, this is the place.

RD
Orlando
88 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

A rule of thumb is that disappointing bread service and dessert can spoil an otherwise good meal. The converse is not true. Ciao Bella's excellent bread and outstanding limoncello cake could not salvage merely acceptable Caesar and caprese salad appetizers and very disappointing veal and pork chop entrees. Both arrived with limp, soggy batter that screamed microwave and the veal's lemon butter sauce was mouth puckering.

SH
Tahoe
17 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 1

Way to loud

MG
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

There is a detailed google review that i posted immediately after leaving this horrible experience. I would recommend everyone save your money, there are wonderful Italian restaurants out there.

D
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Staff was attentive and very engaging

L
Atlanta
60 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Off season. Little gem hidden from crazy part of I-drive. Food is fantastic!

CL
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was blown away. I had no idea when I pulled up to a strip mall restaurant that I would enjoy one of the best Italian meals I've ever had. Impeccable service, nice wine list, informed staff - it gets no better! This will be a destination restaurant on my next trip to Orlando.

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for Magical Dining. The food and service Wes excellent. One of the quietist restaurants I have been in
recently. Very friendly staff.

RC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The service was good,
The food was very good but the portions were of uneven size even though the food order was identical. I would return here in the future.

BK
Cleveland
57 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

we were visiting Orlando and lucked out with this place.
Great Italian food and excellent service. Only downside is no bar - wine only - but that is a small sacrifice for the excellent experience!

E
Tulsa
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good. The service was great. The ambiance was ok. It was in a soup mall, but once you were inside, it felt quite quaint.

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

Have been to this restaurant 2 years ago. It was excellent. This time it was not good at all. The food did not taste fresh. After about 15 minutes we were the only people in the restaurant. We were celebrating our anniversary and got nothing complimentary. Will never go again!

j
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good Food with variations on traditional Italian dishes.

S
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shawn provides great service.
Thank You

CC
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great little restaurant on I-Drive in Orlando. Always good food.

CS
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent find in Orlando. Great food at a moderate price point. I had 10 people in my group and everyone raves about the meal.

TM
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, long-time family run Italian restaurant, really sets it apart from the many chain restaurants in the area. Service was excellent, food was superb!

JR
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful menu, not your cookie cutter recipes, truly homemade. Service very good nice quiet place where you can converse with each other. Portion kinda small for Italian but we were satisfied. Tiramisu best I’ve ever had!!

AR
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice Place. Will definitely return. Good food, service

SW
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch food and service!!! Highly recommend for family or date night. Loved it all!

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Didn’t know what to expect, as this place is situated in a strip mall. Don’t let that scare you! This place was so delicious and family friendly. We were the only diners with children, but the kids menu was adequate and our kids loved the food. My wife and I shared the special, 20oz stuffed veal chop and it was fantastic. The wine was also delicious. If we lived in the area, we’d be back for sure.

GZ
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and outstanding food. If you like Italian, this place is a must visit.

AB
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The waiter was terrific, the food was ok, there was only one waiter for about 40 people on one side of the restaurant which was not enough. The noise level in the restaurant is uncomfortably loud.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and service treats you like family

J
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again the food was spot on and service impeccable.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Can not wait to visit again!!

B
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Do not order the veal. It is not milk fed despite menu claim. Horrible soggy Milanese! Wait staff looked oblivious and just tired. They likely could care less knowing it’s a tourist area and no repeat comeback!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Arrived in Orlando and was starving, luckily enough we stumbled upon Ciao Italia. Staff was welcoming and the food was delicious! No complaints except it was a little pricey but you could taste the quality and the pride they take in the food they serve. My stomach and taste buds are definitely not complaining!

AS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, attractively presented. Warm friendly staff.

e
Salt Lake City
45 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a great find in the Orlando area. Skip the chain offerings and head to this local, family owned gem. Though you can easily miss the strip-mall location, you would also be missing out on some of the best service and incredible Italian cuisine that Orlando has to offer. All three entrees were worth returning for within the same week.
Service was excellent and the staff was friendly and truly welcoming as you would expect from a family owned operation that has been open for a long time.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lithe bit pricy but not bad

F
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Restaurant was very nice but the service wasn't good you didn't get enough food for your money wouldn't recommend this restaurant

PS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great Italian food locally sourced. Great service.

Unfortunately the restaurant is in a crummy strip mall with a bad parking lot.

OT
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is fantastic along with the service. A definite hole in the wall as you see the beat up parking lot, walking into gorgeous ambiance, dark table cloths, authentic Italian food with an amazing staff. It’s worth the trip. I’ve been here multiple times, one time I would never forget was when I ordered a pasta dish with shrimp and scallops. I’m not a fan of shrimp so just asked for scallops only. They gave me some extra scallops to make up for it. I swear it felt like they gave me almost a dozen scallops, it’s insane for the value.

EJ
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great service and very good food!! everyone left satisfied

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was very nice, the place was clean, prices were good. However, the food was only ok. It wasn't bad, but it was nothing to write home about. It was decent Italian food and close to Sea World.

FS
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Here in Orlando for a conference and we wanted traditionally prepared Italian food without the hotel restaurant atmosphere that is pervasive here.

This place was spot on. Our waiter was a wonderful older Italian man with a great disposition and a good sense of humor. The way he described the dishes and specials made you want to order everything.

Then the food comes out. My friend had a lamb chop that was cooked to absolute perfection and served with really savory accompaniments. I ordered a pasta dish with rabbe and sausage that had a sauce that reminded me of food we had while in Italy. Everything tasted fresh, was well seasoned and the portions were perfect.

Then desert. The lemonchiello marscapone cake and ricotta cheesecake was so good I'll deal with the calories later. This restaurant made the trip here worth it. Bravo to the chef.

j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant with great food and service. Excellent atmosphere and quiet.

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