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.View Private Dining Details
Discovered this place last year while on vacation in Orlando and it was outstanding so we dined here again this year and it just as good as we remembered. We intend on going back a couple of more times while we're here this year. The Linguine Frutti di Mare is excellent. We're from Elmwood Park, IL where Italian Restaurants rule Chicago and Ciao Italia beats them all.
Very nice inside and we'll kept secret! This place is exceptional.
As we went to dinner... our waiter questioned our Black friend that was with us if he could afford a 60 dollar veal special! It just wasn’t right- things that was said and he did in directly that our waited did. He was judging and profiling our Black friend! It wasn’t professional on his part at all!
Found this restaurant on the Ooen Table app because I needed a reservation in busy Orlando for 5 adults without a wait. They seated us right away which was great although the table was too large making it hard for conversation. The wait staff was attentive but not friendly.
The menu is diverse with traditional southern Italian fare. We chose a seafood special pasta, ravioli, rigatoni and eggplant dishes.
The seafood pasta was by far the best dish, loaded with different fish and seafood. The rigatoni dishes and ravioli were skimpy in my opinion. Plus most entrees do not come with any sides. They did put a wonderful crusty ciabatta on the table with a dipping oil.
The eggplant was disappointing. It was stacked high but was extremely salty and so heavy on the breading I could not taste the thinly sliced eggplant. The side of spaghetti was good and the marinara flavorful.
The salad was just ok but pricey at $7 for what you got.
For these reasons I gave the restaurant an overall three stars.
Their signature stuffed veal chop was just outstanding, and the other dishes were excellent as well. It's a small, quaint place located in a strip mall. Don't let that stop you though...we were there for a business meal, and the food was delicious and experience was very enjoyable. The only drawback for us was that they only serve wine and beer. So if you're looking to enjoy a cocktail or two before dinner, you'd better try somewhere else.
The standard menu items were well priced, but the special items were extremely over priced for what we got. Check price of special items at time of ordering.
The menu has a good variety of classic Italian fare. Signature 20 ounce pork chop was excellent.
The stuffed veal chop is my favorite restaurant meal in the country. Excellent service and incredible menu options.
Staff was authentic and helpful. The food was delicious and the menu was appropriate. It was a bit noisy but that could be because people there were enjoying themselves.
Everything for husband and myself was excellent. Both friends ordered the signature lasagna. They both said very over salted but everything else was terrific and service could not be better.
Food very good, small portions, service lacking, very noisy
Great food! Quick service!
Could not chew the veal parm. Charged extra for a serving of sauce which was very sparingly served with the meal. Total unhappiness
Great service and good food. Watch out for the specials as they are very expensive
Best Italian restaurant in Orlando. We go any time we have business in Orlando. Excellent food
Excellent, as always. We visit every year during our vacation.
This restaurant was amazing. I have Celiac and went on the recommendation that they had great gluten free options. I ordered the special...shrimp, scallops, and salmon over pasta with a vodka cream sauce (subbing out the past for gluten free pasta). It was the best gluten free pasta I have ever had! I can't wait to go back again next year when I am back in town.
The appetizers was great and the special veal chop awesome. All pasta was delicious. AAA for the service, specialty by Tony.
Great food, great service. I went there twice in the same week on business. Everyone I have brought there loved it.
Unassuming location within a strip mall, but a pleasant surprise when walking in. Traditional italian cuisine, well done and priced. Service was excellent.
Love this place. My fiancé and I love to spend special dates here. Food is amazing! Service is on point! Every single time
BEWARE OF THE UP-SELL!!!!
We planned a business meal at this restaurant based on their menu and their reviews. We were greeted very nicely by a very attentive wait staff. They proceeded to heavily sell their "specials" for the day which included their "signature dish" the veal chop. The description made this dish difficult to turn down and both my colleague and I ordered it after considering what was described by the waiter as the "alternative" dish - the stuffed pork chop. The pork chop menu price was a reasonable $25. No mention was made of the price of the veal chop in the up-sell routine.
We very much enjoyed our substantial veal chop dinners however we were absolutely flabbergasted by the price (not mentioned in the up-sell scam) of $60/ meal. This was about 2-3x the price of ANYTHING on the printed menu. I have to admit, that I didn't ask the price for their signature dish, but the wait staff offered not even a hint that the price of the extravagance would be doubling the price of our meal. It's a shame, the restaurant is not bad overall but the practice of up-selling unsuspecting diners to meals that double the top price on the menu is unacceptable in my book. Thus I give this establishment 1 star for value.
Fantastic place. We went for Valentine's and it wasn't as packed as we expected. Very attentive service and the food was delicious. Great romantic place. Will definitely return.
The food was so good. Real home family flavor. And the service and people were great.
Best meal we've had so far on our vacation.
Papa is a great guy!
We were in Orlando for a conference and it was a school holiday week. Every restaurant was busy and noisy. Ciao was no different, but the ambiance, service and food made up for it. We'd dine at Ciao again but would pick a quieter time of the year.
We are disappointed. We were looking forward to a great dinner on our last night in Orlando and were sorely disappointed. The tomato sauce tasted like it came from a can it was just red sauce with no herbs or flavor. The water smelled bad so we ordered bottled mineral water. Only good thing was the service.
This restaurant is a hidden gem! The food, ambiance and service were impeccable.
Tony was a super waiter. Very patient and knowledgeable. We had the chef’s salad which was quite special, followed by the eggplant parm, veal parm, chicken scallopine and several pasta dishes. Everything was amazing.
Amazing service and the best Italian food!
Always a great meal here. Amazing food, wonderful service, favorite restaurant in Orlando.
Tonney was a great waiter and very attentive. The meal was delicious and we plan to come back soon!
Ugly ambiance, empty restaurante, nobody eating when I went
Food and presentation was superb! Penne with cherry tomato sauce, broccoli, sausage. So perfect. Grouper with shrimp, fettuccini, Bechamel sauce. Scrumptious! Best Italian I have been to.
Delicious meals. Fresh and perfectly prepared. Efficient waitstaff. Everything was perfect except for noise level. Loud!!
We enjoyed a wonderful meal! The food was excellent. We had a round table for 8 people which makes visiting much easier. I will go back twice when we are in town next year! The veal scallopini and the veal chop are a must!
Excellent dining experience! The staff and food were outstanding. Would highly recommend this restaurant to all!
We were about 20 minutes late due to traffic but they still accommodated us promptly
Food was excellent. Service was prompt and attentive without being intrusive.
Always go when in Orlando....good food and service. I like the family owned atmosphere
Very good food. Authentic Italian at reasonable prices. Service reasonable but could be a tad better.