About Ciao Italia Ristorante - I - Drive

Ciao Italia Ristorante was founded in 1991, in Orlando, Fl, by Antonio and Josie Navarra. Both natives of Italy, Antonio from Salerno and Josie from Palermo. Today, the Navarra family business not only consists of Antonio and Josie, but their three children as well, Carmen, Vincenzo and Vanessa. Each member is a key factor at Ciao, and what has made this restaurant one of the oldest restaurants on International Drive today, and which is why 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!

6149 Westwood blvd
Orlando, FL 32821
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, European, Organic

Hours of Operation:
Dinner nightly:
Monday: Saturday 5pm - 10:30pm
Sunday: Sunday 5pm-10pm

Cross Street:
International Drive and Westwood Blvd

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(407) 354-0770

Website:
http://www.ciaoitaliaonline.com/

Catering:
We offer catering to go. Please contact us for details. info@ciaoitaliaonline.com

Parking Details:
Handicap Access available

Public Transit:
I-trolley stop 29.

Executive Chef:
Vincenzo Navarra

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Christmas Eve, New Years Eve, Valentines Day, September dining month.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Open on Thanksgiving Day from 5pm-10pm
Offering our regular dinner menu

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Open Christmas Eve from 5pm-10pm
Offering regular dinner menu

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Open Christmas Day from 5pm-10pm
Offering regular dinner menu

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Open from 5pm-10pm
Offering Regular dinner menu

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Private Dining

At Ciao, a traditional Italian ambiance is on hand to greet you, whose friendly staff will cater for your every need. Head back to Italy not only with the amazing food, but with the true Italian feel you receive on arrival.

Ciao Italia Ristorante - I - Drive Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

75% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (7)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Romantic (5)
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Authentic (5)
Casual (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Business Meals (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Great for Lunch (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Cozy (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Service was impeccable and friendly. Cloth tablecloths are always lovely. The food was fantastic. Will return every time I am in the area.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Amazing meal and service! Will definitely return to this Orlando gem!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Very good dining, good service and good atmosphere

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

great food and friendly staff...be wary of the specials as they are very expensive.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The signature dish— veal chop — was the worst that I have ever eaten. Instead if a thick veal chop butterflies and filled with cheese, it was thin slices of veal with a nearly textured and rolled up and shoved into a bone. The meat quality was very poor. I paid $60 for it— what a rip off. Waiter was excellent.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Nice local restaurant, enjoyed the experience. Service very good, food very good. Wine list is a bit over priced, ask and understand price of specials announced at table before ordering.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food was authentic. Highly recommend the restaurant.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Delicious food and nice dinner atmosphere. First waiter wasn't very friendly, didn't even list the evening specials for us (although we heard him list then out for another table just 15 minutes later). Shift must have changed because second waiter who took over after meal was served was delightful and engaging. If it weren't for him I would have rated service a 1.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We did the magical dining and the food was excellent and the service was great. This was a first time there and we would definitely make the drive to go there again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The food was ok. The bread was extremely hard and crusty. It couldn't absorb the oil very easily. The shrimp and scallop dish over pasta in a Grand Marnier sauce was disappointing. The shrimp and scallops had no sear and therefore, no flavor. The sauce was tasteless. Three out of four ordered this dish. Also the shrimp still had tail shells on which always irks me.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Truly exceptional, authenticate Italian food. Eggplant parmesan was superb and not one I have seen before. Great service. This place is passionate about their customers.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Food and service was spectacular. Pollo limoncello was amazing

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·Dined on September 1, 2017

We had great hopes upon entering, as the aromas coming from the kitchen were delicious !
Our server, Sandro, was outstanding. He was attentive without being obtrusive.
The appetizers were excellent, but the entrees were only fair. My pasta was bland, my friend's chicken was more lemon than buttery. We were on the Magical Dining plan, which had limited selections, but we would not return for regular menu. Sorry

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 (Orlando)·Dined on September 1, 2017

First time for all three couples. Everyone enjoyed their meal. The food was delicious, service was outstanding. Will be back soon.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Food was very good and service was outstanding.

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Excellent service! Delicious food. Favorite restaurant when we are staying in Orlando!

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on July 25, 2017

We have been going to this restaurant over the years when we have gone to Orlando. It is wonderful food and good service. They just did a redo of the restaurant and the shopping plaza. It is very nice

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Miami)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Friendly staff. Good wine. Good food

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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Waiters are snobs. Not appropriate for a restaurant located in a strip mall in Orlando.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Nothing special. Waiter needs to listen and quit trying the hard sell. Having been once before, I was truly disappointed with the experience this evening.

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 (Denver)·Dined on June 12, 2017

This is a great family owned Italian restaurant that has great food and affordable prices. Service was great. I would go back for sure.

Tags: Cozy, Kid-friendly, Authentic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Love Ciao Italia! Maybe my favorite find in Orlando thus far!
Everyone is so genuine and kind. For instance, I took my grandma there while she was visiting from New York and she STILL raves about Ciao Italia (sometimes forgetting the restaurant is in Florida) and the service.

Sean is our favorite, but everyone is wonderful. We recently dined with friends, a party of 10 total, and casually requested Sean (if he was available)! Ciao Italia called to confirm the party reservation AND told us (much to my embarrassed dismay) that it happened to be Sean's day off - but he was coming in just for us! Despite my flailing efforts to keep Sean from coming in so he might enjoy his day off, he insisted on coming in for our reservation. I did not feel that his willingness was forced, fake, or anything less than completely genuine. The thoughtfulness of Sean and the restaurant did not go unnoticed. You don't come across such kindness every day.

The food portions are generous, the service is impeccable, diner dressing attire can vary from casual to formal, prices are reasonable, and we love supporting local restaurants. Cannot recommend enough!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Everything was lovely from the tables to the service and of course, the food!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Very enjoyable evening with friends. Service was impeccable and food was so good!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Food and service was excellent seems like a place local people go. Took a client we both had fabulous meals. Well priced and was great to be out of the conference location.
Don't confused by the strip mall location, I would absolutely recommend this place (and already have) as a note, only beer and wine.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Authentic, Business Meals
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on June 3, 2017

We don't live in Orlando but whenever we are in town we eat here. The food is authentic Italian and so are the waiters. If friends of ours are going to Orlando I tell
then to eat here and they have all loved it.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Our friends really liked their meal. My husband and I split our meal, it came out cold and was smothered in butter when it was to be clams in a white wine sauce. We would not return to tjis restaurant.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Salads & entrees very good. Excellent service.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on May 21, 2017

We had an excellent meal. The food was excellent as was the wine. We will be back.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Fantastic service, friendly and knowledgeable server, great menu.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Sandro was our waiter and knows his job well, he was a perfect gentleman! The food was spectacular too, and I would go back anytime I'm in Orlando. Thanks so much for a great dining experience.

Tags: Late-night Find, Cozy, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 10, 2017

There is no bar or alcohol available.( this does not influence what follows) My wife had mozzerella caprese and eggplant parm that she said was good. I had bruschetta and lasagna that was the worst I ever had. One piece of the appetizer was enough and the other three were left. The lasagna was a soggy mess with terrible sauce and most of that was left. The service was good. Chose this place because of good reviews and for my wife it was ok but for me it was a really bad experience and I could not recommend it.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 10, 2017

An 'old fashioned' setting and the welcome greeting appropriate for that 'come in' type of dining experience. While I was eager to dive into authentic Italian, I missed the rich, thick red sauces and the chunks of sausages that comes with a hardy penne pasta experience. Sausage sliced so thin you could call it pepperoni is not 'old Italian'. The eggplant parmesan was thin and dozed in the same weak sauce with little cheese or substance to formation. The side dish of spaghetti along side the eggplant just didn't fit the bill for an authentic presentation. Now many will say I'm a food snob, so be it...but I've tasted the best of New York, Chicago and Italy....sauces need to be rich and savory, where the garlic, basil and onions are so readily identifiable on your palate that you let the roasted red tomato sauce linger in your mouth. I do
want to try their fare again...to be fair. But I won't go with the same expectations.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 7, 2017

We went to Caio to celebrate my A.S. graduation. Emilio, our server was attentive but not intrusive. The food was fresh and delicious. Great selection of food for every pallet and reasonably priced. So happy we finally found another little Italian restaurant for a date night.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Food was amazing!!! Just be sure to ask how much the specials are since not printed, very pricey!!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Our favorite like homd

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Best Italian food in the area. Great service and a wonderful staff.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Dallas)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Great atmosphere with true Italians. Portions are large. Veal chop was out of this world.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on April 25, 2017

I am in Orlando for trade shows 2-3 times per year and am always on the lookout for great places to eat. The area around I-Drive is filled with either really expensive options, hotel restaurants or family places. This gem is a like your favorite local Italian place near your house. I eat here every time I am in town. I've had multiple business dinners here over the years and it always pleases the whole crowd. I always say I'm going to order from the regular menu and then they tell me the specials and I end up choosing one of those, however this time I had the linguine and clams and it was delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Great Italian
Authentic dishes
Local feel
Welcoming

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