About Ciao Italia Ristorante - I - Drive
Orlando, FL 32821
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!
Italian, Organic, European
Hours of Operation:
Dinner nightly: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
International Drive and the Beach Line
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
We offer catering to go. Please contact us for details. email@example.com
Handicap Access available
I-trolley stop 29.
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.
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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
Vanessa, the proprietress, is always on the move trying to make all diners welcome and to ensure that they have a great dining experience.
The menu is authentic Italian and very tasty.
Domemic, our waiter was superb.
We try to dine here whenever we are in Orlando.
My wife and I and two other couples thoroughly enjoyed a Sunday night meal while visiting Orlando. The restaurant is located in a strip shopping center so it does not look like much from the outside but this is the perfect example of not judging a book by its cover. It is close to Sea World. Everything about the evening was memorable. The waitstaff was knowledgeable, efficient, friendly, and added to the enjoyment. We were able to bring in a bottle of wine and our main waiter was able to suggest a fantastic bottle (that was not on the list) to add to our meal. The restaurant and menu is true Italian without any modern nonsense going on and at reasonable prices - $15 to $25 or so. When asked, it was suggested that we order mussels and antipasto. Great call. If you like veal, you have to get the double cut veal chop. Wow! The black grouper special was excellent too. Creme brulee and cannoli with some really good coffee was a perfect ending to the meal. If you are in the area, you should definitely include Ciao Italia in your culinary plans!
We were visiting Orlando, one adult, 2 fifteen year olds. We usually use Open Table to assist in finding a good place to eat. We were optimistic that it would be a good pick (you really never know if from out of town) but Ciao exceeded our expectations. The wait staff was old style Italian, fast, friendly and helpful. The specials (we ordered 2) were great and we were extremely satisfied. The size of the restaurant was not too large, just right. No bar, but no matter. So glad we made a reservation, I would recommend it. Popular with the locals it looked like to us, a busy, well known place to eat.
This restaurant was very easy to get to and here plenty of free parking space which is rare on I-Drive around the convention center. I will always recommend this restaurant to work colleagues, family, and friend visiting the Orlando area. We had a lovely time and I would like to thank the staff and cooks for a great experience.
This was our first visit for Valentine's Day and one to remember. The signature entrée was the veal chop - the most tender and tastiest veal we've ever had...that alone deserves 5-stars. Other than the food the service was amazing. And my bill was a lot less than I expected. Well worth the trip....
Found this spot based on feedback on OpenTable. Pulled up and it was in a strip mall and didn't know what to expect, but we loved it. We were all from out of town, including one person from Canada. Everyone enjoyed their meal and the entire experience. We had wine, appetizers, salad, entrées and dessert. Our waiter was super helpful. Definitely a place I'll come back to next time I'm in town
Was in town for twice yearly convention, joined by family this time. Waa looking for place to bri g adult children. Walkable from hotel. Strip center didn't look appealing, but restaurant came highly recommended by colleague both for value and taste. WOW! If I could only give 10 stars for food I would! Had some of the best Italian food I've ever had. Trust me, I know. I travel extensively for business. Do not overlook if you're in town. I know I'll be back in September.
Exceptional, authentic Italian cuisine. I almost hate to review this place because I
like to keep these special places to myself. It is a must-try spot!! Every dish is delicious and
full of flavor. The staff is friendly and welcoming. The daily specials are incredible!!!
Great affordable wine list and the deserts are worth saving room for. Reservations are highly recommended as the word is getting out that this restaurant is a top choice in Orlando.
My wife and I have traveled the world and appreciate fine dining. This is one of the top 3 Italian restaurants we have enjoyed. there is an obvious passion about the food and service. Top notch in all catagories. If i lived in Orlando i would eat here once a week.
I go to Orlando at least 1-2 times/yr for conferences/conventions. I found Ciao Italia through a recommendation of a business partner 6 years ago and it is a "MUST VISIT" every time I'm in town. Being born & raised in NYC I have been able to have a wide range of great Italian food and Ciao Italia is every bit as good as what I'm used to in NYC!!! The service, food, atmosphere are all fantastic. The fact that's it's family owned and operated makes it even more special in a world filled with 'franchise' restaurants! Make sure to make a reservation, though, or you're going to be disappointed!
Each year my colleagues and I attend the FETC. We have eaten at Ciao for the past three years, and this will be our last. Last year the waiter refused to issue us separate checks and was quite rude. This year, we again mentioned, though a much smaller party, that we wanted separate checks. There were four of us. He went to the back and started complaining to another waiter. So, this establishment has lost our business. Nothing fancy about the food, except being over priced with quite rude waiters.
What a great hidden gem, tucked away in a shopping plaza Ciao is phenomenal! From the initial greeting by our waiter to the end of the meal the staff was attentive and provided quality service. I had the Seafood Pasta and hubby had the Veal Special - 20 oz stuffed with cheese, mushrooms and done to perfection. It was well worth the price and enough to take home to savor a second time.
For dessert we shared the Limoncello Marzapone Sponge Cake. Just the right portion and so very flavorful. Add this to your must eats list!
Good service. Bruschetta needed basil. Tomato sauce was under seasoned like Campbells tomato soup. Needed at least garlic. Chicken parmigiana arrived Luke warm. Cannoli filling good. Did not have Chianti Classico but recommended good Sicilian Red at same price. Bread and dip very good. Window seat look at sports bar smokers. Unlikely to return
Walking through the door, the service was great and that experience continued throughout our meal. The food was good. We have lived in Italy, so it is possible no Italian restaurant in the US can fit our standard for great food. The tiramisu and cappuccinos were great though. We found the spicy bread dipping sauce to be exceptional was well. My only gripe is with the lack of acknowledgement of our 18th wedding anniversary. I clearly annotated it in the Opentable special requirements section, however, the restaurant missed it. Not a show stopper, but disappointing. I felt it would be tacky (passive aggressive) to bring it up after the fact and look like I was trolling for a free dessert. I didn't feel the need to reconfirm prior to being seated because I've used OpenTable many times for special occasions and never been disappointed. I'd eat here again, but not for a special occasion.
This was a great restaurant. We were in town for New Years and heard that this was a place away from the tourist, and that was correct. It was a great meal with authentic Italian food. It was probably the best bruschetta that we have ever had. A great place for a date night that is not too expensive.
A great find -- don't be fooled by the exterior (strip mall, cheesy liquor store). The inside is lovely, family-run (you can feel it), and solid, solid food. The apps were better than the mains (for our one night anyway), but this is the kind of place that were it near our home, we'd likely become regulars. Great service, authentic, homemade pasta. Better than expected!
Enjoyed a nice dinner here on Christmas Eve with my husband and in-laws. It wasn't too crowded so we had great service and it created a nice atmosphere. We had a great waiter (I can't recall his name at the moment) Our meal included a bottle of wine, a few beers, apps, soup and salad, and main course, followed by desert. Everyone really enjoyed their food. It was just the right amount of food and it was a great price. Would like to go again!
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