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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!
Orlando, FL 32821
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
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.
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.
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.
We were underwhelmed by this restaurant, which had good reviews and sounded wonderfu. The waiter was very short with us. We asked for more bread, and were ignored til we asked a second time. The linguini with clams was very good, the lasagna was ok, nothing special. The chicken limoncello had hardly any chicken or artichokes in it. The rigatoni with eggplant had no sun dried tomatoes and hardly any eggplant. The portions were all very small. We were disappointed.
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
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