Opened in 1997 by local restaurateur Rick Webb, Ciao Bella offers contemporary Italian cuisine and unparalleled service. Our passion and commitment is ... More
Opened in 1997 by local restaurateur Rick Webb, Ciao Bella offers contemporary Italian cuisine and unparalleled service. Our passion and commitment is to bring you handcrafted food, created with fresh, seasonal, organic and local ingredients. Every meal. Every day. The restaurant is dramatic, comfortable and surrounds you with the warmth of wood, original art and murals, hand wrought iron works and renowned hospitality. Whether it's a business lunch or a relaxed evening with friends, the entire Ciao Bella Team looks forward to welcoming you.
Three of our dinners were very good but I would definitely never order the veal dish. It was not up to any standard that I have ever had in an Italian restaurant. Would recommend the pesto sea bass and the free range chicken as well as the bruschetta trio.
Ciao Bella has exquisite lighting. Swirly-glass tubes over the bar are held up by sculpted iron hands that silhouette against the light in a striking, nearly surreal way. Lamps like big, goopy meringue drops hang over the pizza station. Recessed, ceiling-aimed bulbs are tucked into every nook and cranny. In the bathrooms the two pink art-glass lights that flank the mirror look like big aroused nipples, and seem to symbolize the undulating, sexy nature of the space. Every table boasts a little golden beaded lamp which casts a rosy, flattering glow on diners. Sitting in the midst of all this diffuse, elegant light you simply look marvelous.
Which is important, because you won't be able to hear a thing. The basketball-court-sized central room is separated from the open kitchen by a wood-burning oven and a couple of gigantic open doorways that funnel kitchen noise right to the dining room. Meanwhile there's always a hubbub in the front bar, and shouts and whoops ricochet off the marble floors and metal room dividers in such a way that when Ciao Bella is packed--as it is every single night from 7 to 10 and Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 11--you can only be heard by either shouting or placing your mouth directly in the ear of your dining companion.
Wife liked it. I thought it was ok until I got the check. For what I paid I could have gotten better value at Olive Garden. VERY noisy, which didn't add to the ambiance at all.
Waiter was very helpful. No Foster's beer.