Ciao Italia Ristorante - I - Drive

4.5
739 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
OUR DINING ROOM WILL OPEN ON MONDAY, MAY 4. CURBSIDE PICKUP ALSO AVAILABLE — We are pleased to open our doors for dinner, but are delighted to still offer takeout. Please call (407) 354-0770 to place your takeout order or make your reservation.
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.
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TahirA
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, I always recommend Ciao to my friends !!

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Greg
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Create a dinner just for us which was so special and delicious

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ShaunO
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was second to none and the food was exceptional ! The waiter was attentive and knowledgeable. The restaurant was quiet and very private. I have to say, the highlight was the food ! Fantastic and delicious !

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vippandabear
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Due to the pandemic, the restaurant was empty. However, we were fortunate that the owner kept our reservation and didn't cancel. We had made a prior reservation to another location and they canceled, but things happen for a reason. By this happening, we where so fortunate to have had the one on one experience with the owner. Him and is staff took care of us like if we were in our own personal dinning room. We where celebrating a birthday and this birthday will always be remembered as an epic experience. All of our entries where superb in flavor and portion too. This restaurant has been open for 29 years and is dealing with this pandemic as best as possible and in doing so they are keeping there doors open to facilitate there patrons. If you want good authentic Italian cuisine and be treated as kings and queens, this is the place to make your next reservation. We live in Miami, so the next time we are in town we wouldn't have to think about twice to make our reservations with them. Thank you again for the wonderful, excellent and delicious cuisine.

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Really
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian Restaurant in town
Been going there for 20 years we love it
Service always on point

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vipDanielleTarantino
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Father’s Day dinner! Great food. Great staff! Can’t wait to go back!!

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vipTravelQueen
Orlando
13 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great meal with great food! The pricing for the food was very reasonable for what you get. I thought the wine pricing was a bit high though.

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GwendolynR
Fayetteville
26 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and wait staff! Thanks

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find. Excellent food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
17 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian place in town! Save room for dessert and coffee!

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vipLisat
Atlanta
75 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very safe at this time.
Best food always.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food and Ambiance. Friendly staff

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vipMichaelS
Las Vegas
19 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ciao is an excellent restaurant with authentic Italian food. The servers are well versed and will work with you to get exactly what you would like. Always a pleasant and tasty experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Food was awful service even worse.

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Mike
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In a part of Florida that is plagued by rude and horrific service, I was amazed and completely pleased by our experience at Ciao Italia Ristorante. Real italian food with real italian service made for a really great italian experience. Would highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly outstanding meal. Very authentic Italian. I thought I was back in Tuscany. Can’t wait to go back. Chicken Marsala melted in your mouth.

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vipPeaches53
Orlando
14 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We discovered this little gem on a whim looking for something different. We are local and thought we knew all the best Italian restaurants but clearly we didn’t. The food is excellent and very fresh. Homage hot crusty bread with dipping sauce comes with the meal. We then ordered a house salad which was very fresh lettuce with blue cheese, pine nuts and avocado in a citrus vinaigrette. I never have high expectations for a good salad and was really surprised. Excellent. I had the lemon chicken with artichokes and was really pleased. My husband had the Alfredo. Perfectly done and not too heavy as many restaurants make it. Dessert was a creamy Sicilian cannoli and a perfect cappuccino. The wine list is very good, not great, but there is something for everyone and reasonable price points. I would add this to your list of restaurants to try. You will hot be disappointed by the great food and excellent service.

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Josie
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience1

This restaurant accommodates large groups rather than couples. It advertises as being romantic but it is noisy and seating for 2 is not located in quiet locations. My meal was burnt and the veal was tough. To the restaurant’s credit, they did replace my meal with another selection when I notified them. Being from the East where there are excellent Italian restaurants, this one didn’t compare with other Italian restaurants I have eaten in. Service was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner in this wonderful Italian restaurant. The food was excellent. It reminded us of meals we've had in New Jersey

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Nick
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food and overall experience were average, nothing outstanding.

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vipJaneL
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely dinner at our secret family run Italian restaurant. As we had the 4 year old with us We dined early.Skyler had a nice bowl of spaghetti. We tried several starters best was caprese salad. The signature dish Veal chop was a lovely stuffed chop tho the marsala was touch over salted as was the sauce on my Veal marsala over pasta .
The pappardelle with mushrooms seemed to have shredded beef in the gravy and few if any mushrooms.
We had a divine Tartuffo for desert.9

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was good but service was very slow.

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vipAndrewM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice Italian meal with great service. I am pretty sure every waiter in the whole restaurant helped out in one way or another during our meal. Each person either ran a plate from the kitchen , filled up a water glass or provided a needed item.

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daleb
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ciao Italia is the best Italian restaurant in Florida. Incredible food and excellent wine selection.

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vipRGSDLS
Kansas City
16 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The strip mall location made me a bit suspect, but trusted the Open Table 2019 "Favorite" recommendation and was pleased with the experience. The restaurant was full when we arrived at 7pm and still 3/4 full when we were leaving at 9pm... on a Tuesday! It seemed as if there were many locals eating, which was a positive sign, and contributed to a vibrant feel and noise level.

The food was very good, a healthy pour of wine for the price, and food came out quickly and temperature appropriate. We chose the fish special and wasn't disappointed. The parfait like dessert was light, cool, and a good finish.

The only irritation was our waiter, who was a bit brusque and seemed eager for us to get our food ordered. We were there for a leisurely 2 hour dinner and it seemed like he wanted us out of there in 1 hour. Very professional mind you, but we felt like we were being rushed, especially at the beginning. We were there just under 2 hours and enjoyed our meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service and atmosphere with yummy food!

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CoraT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Exelente comida:)

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Anniversary

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vipKiki
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister and I were having girls night out and selected this restaurant. Their food was spectacular, the staff was so friendly and everyone went out of their way to make it an exceptional experience. Absolutely wonderful from our arrival to when we left!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

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vipLisaT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent services very at Ciao Italia! Love the Caprese salad and the sautéed calamari!

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vipTOML
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fettuccine Alfredo

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MarylouD
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great family owned restaurant. Will definitely be back.

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Mib999999
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went back to try the Veal chop. What a treat that was. Almost melted in my mouth. Veal chop butterflied and stuffed with cheese and procuisto. Then baked and covered with a congac and mushroom sauce. 20 ounces of pure pleasure. Wife had the wild boar pasta. The sauce flavor was outstanding. Every bite caused you to savor this dish

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412412
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was terrific. Wait service was great. The hostess was extremely rude. We were about 10 min late due to trolley that never came. The hostess immediately sighed and said we were late. No sooner then when we sat, the hostess came over and promptly told us we had to be done eating by 7 because we arrived late and they had another seating. This was at 5:30; we were done before 6:30.

We were certainly late and we apologized, but the hostess did not need to act that way. Aside from the hostess it was an otherwise nice evening at Ciao Otalia.

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vipBillF
Tampa
29 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian. Superb dishes, fair portions, affordable prices.

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vipJohnZ
Miami
214 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great homemade Italian food at reasonable prices.
Wine and beer only but they had some great value wine options.

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vipMikeinbed
Montreal
38 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice dinner. Good food and very attentive service.

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Mib999999
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was friendly and first rate. Food was excellent.

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vipLL04dl10
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always di e here when in the Orlando area. This time 3 nights in 9 days. Also steered friends this way. Everyone very much enjoyed the total experience - excellent cuisine, exceptional service and beautiful surroundings.

FAQs

Ciao Italia Ristorante - I - Drive offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (407) 354-0770.

Ciao Italia Ristorante - I - Drive is rated 4.5 stars by 739 OpenTable diners.

Ciao Italia Ristorante - I - Drive does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://squareup.com/gift/EG5TTANTMZN3M/order.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.