Zio Cecio

4.7
416 reviews
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Italian
Zio Cecio is an Italian affair with a Sardinian twist; dine on a selection of antipasti platters, or featured pastas and risottos prepared with fresh seasonal vegetables. Or enjoy wood-fire pizzas and signature entrees featuring organic beef, lamb pork, chicken and fresh seafood accompanied by festive wines and specialty cocktails.
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1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such great food, and fantastic staff! I can’t think of a negative thing about the experience.

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F
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The patio is a bit too casual. It's more suitable for families with young kids. The food is excellent. The one downside is the smell of sewer. I suspect it's because it rained hard the day before and it wasn't overwhelming but present nonetheless. Service was excellent.

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E
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious, always delightful.

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WB
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amaizing dinner/celebration! The food was excellent, and the attention/service outstanding! Our favorite italian place

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l
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow .... simply amazing from the time I drove up , to the greeting by the owner ... Mr.Gilbert your party is waiting . We shared the octopus and it was amazing . We got the sea salt encrusted Branzino , filleted table side , amazing ! The grilled vegetables, amazing , guess you get the point , start to finish an amazing dinner. Oh and the Trio of desserts were a great way to end the evening. I will of course return , highly highly recommend them.

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening and how can you beat dining with Roger Staubach and Phil Romano on either side of you! Chef Francesco is the best!!

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MK
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was ok, but nothing to write home about for us. Lasagna was just ok and not worthy of $20 price tag. Pizza was just ok too.

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NK
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, small authentic Italian restaurant. Service is excellent and food is outstanding. Homemade pasta, excellent entrees and wonderful wine list. Great place!

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G
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Italian restaurant, good food and wine. Very quite for a romantic dinner

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S
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good along with the service. It had been a while since I had been there, but met all of my expectations!

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OT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience -excellent good and service and nice relaxed atmosphere.

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PM
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent as always, the table side presentation of the Fresh Branzino was Excellent.
Great regional Sardinian Wines

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MW
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service - always a winner!! A favorite...

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The red snapper for two was so fresh and delicious. The food here is excellent.

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WR
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

“Market Price “ lasagna. Really?

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

The service was phenomenal. Chris is an excellent bartender with great recommendations! The food is really incredible! It is always a great experience dining here!

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L
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

My wife and I both had a risotto dish. Her’s was the veggie version and was bland. Mine was the seafood version and seafood didn’t taste fresh.

Ambience - odd music selection not especially conducive to a date night atmosphere.

Positive - service was good and everyone was friendly.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always incredible

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AS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian food, wonderful wait staff and the best valet in the business!

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

I made a reservation through Open Table, and mentioned that it was for my wife’s birthday. I wanted the main dining room, and I wanted the waiter to acknowledge the birthday. We have been there many times before, and this visit was a disappointment for me. A friend asked me if I would recommend, and I did not. I have fined in the front section a few times, but find that it is not intimate, and louder than the dining room. All in all, it was not a positive experience for my wife’s birthday. Not sure I will go back.

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s
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come to Zio Cecio every year for our anniversary and it has always impressed. Chef Cecio cooks everything fresh from scratch and all authentic Sicilian meals and it is absolutely delicious! Wait staff is top notch and the space is very warm, romantic and inviting!

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DM
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Food was oily.. could not taste the squid ink.. the red sauce was over powering. Our waiter was brand new.. we waited too long for everything. He had to go ask questions to his manager constantly.

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AG
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed the food. My wife is very picky about Italian food and she is looking forward to coming back to try more.

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MW
Dallas
37 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The place is nice enough, and the menu offers a variety of choices, but there wasn't much flavor to anything we had--even the salad. Just kind of a bland experience you might expect at The Oliver Garden or something of that order.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful venue ❤️

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MM
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful dinner. Food was excellent. Service was great. We would recommend to anyone.

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C
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

It started with me being told I had no reservations and "You must have booked for the wrong day".
Five minutes later I showed him my confirmation and he finally found my reservation. He did apologize but never should have been to quick to blame me.

The ambiance is poor as the inside is FAR to bright and generic. We sat on the patio which was pleasant until they closed the windows and then the outside lights beamed in on us like a spotlight. It was terrible!

Service...at least our waiter was horrible. We were ignored and needed wine, water and bread and NOTHING happened. The waiter for the table next to us went back and forth EIGHT times in the meantime and we had to ask him for our waiter. The restaurant wasn't even half full and there were no groups, so there was no excuse for bad service.

I have no idea how this restaurant gets 5 stars. The food was very good...but given the poor ambiance and bad service, I won't be going back. Too bad because Cafe Italia was incredible in ever way. Best food, service and ambiance ever. This restaurant can't begin to compare.

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E
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neighborhood jewel with a citywide reputation.

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OT
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the experience. Food was tasty and the service was good.

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EJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites. Small. Quite. Value for the food and the ambiance. Professional very nice friendly staff.

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JH
Austin
43 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Felt like our dinner was less flavorful than the last time we were there however. Would love to taste it bumped up a bit

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LC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Calamari mix was very good. The salad was nothing to write home about. We shared the chicken with wild mushrooms and it was FANTASTIC. The desserts were also very good. We ordered the trio - expecting mini desserts but got full portions. The creme brulee was delicious! Cheesecake and tiramisu were also very good but we were stuffed!

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St. Louis
27 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurant in the area of love field, the service and the food was awesome

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T
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always! Specials are great and service is top notch.

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L
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Francesco Farris has continued his fine tradition of bona fide fresh Italian (Sardinian) cuisine. Great atmosphere and always fresh food!!

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was fantastic. Great presentation.

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PO
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome made in house pasta with all the delicious flavors from Sardinia. It simply does not get any better. From the first courses through the desserts and a wonderful wine list for added pleasure...this is a must try when in Dallas.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent location; great service; fantastic owner

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l
Dallas
33 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We greatly enjoyed the friendly efficient service & good Sardinian/Italian food. Some of the best Italian food in all of Dallas. My partner’s pasta wa particularly yum. Presentation of both dishes was excellent.

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JM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistent experience. Food and service were great. We closed the place down and the staff was very accommodating. Will definitely put this in the rotation.

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