Ciao Ristorante and Bar

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15 reviews
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$30 and under
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Cited best new restaurant in Connecticut by Rupert Pupkin of the New York Times!!
Ciao! Ristorante & Bar invites you to come and experience our contemporary take on your favorite traditional Italian dishes. Enjoy our fresh, home-style cooking, handcrafted cocktails, and relaxing yet elegant atmosphere. Offering the perfect setting for any occasion or celebration!
Ciao presents our diners with a spacious bar that is stocked with a fine selection of wine and cocktails, nightly specials, soft live music on select weekends, outdoor dining, catering and a private banquet room for any type of gathering.
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New England
6 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dining experience. Food was plentiful and delicious. Staff was very accommodating.

1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the chicken/eggplant/spinach,mozzarella w/ziti and it was excellent. I have dined at your restaurant several times now and have never been disappointed. I would like to see this dish as a standard on menu and not just a hit or miss special. My wife was also impressed with her meal.

1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service, but on the expensive side. Fun Dean Martin singer!

1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the first time going to your restaurant which I thought was a great Experience overall , great food great service great atmosphere , our server was very friendly and she always was checking with us if we needed anything. I would definitely recommend Ciao Ristorante to friend, And I Will definitely be back.

1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on a whim not expecting much and was absolutely astounded. The food was second to none - actually NY city quality. Great atmosphere with a crooner channeling Frank and Dean in the back ground. Don't change a thing!

1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect lunch with friends. Good service, plenty of space. Good wine and food. We will be back soon.

Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was excellent but I haven’t felt so rushed in a very long time. The server was friendly but wanted to clear plates before we were finished. She rushed our order & when one of us wasn’t ready with a decision she hovered. Someone else asked me if I wanted my dinner wrapped when I wasn’t even halfway finished. Ironically, when she brought the check, she said “no rush”. Hopefully some additional training will help.

1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly and attentive waistaff and good was excellent. We will definitely be back.

New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had Brunch while sitting outdoors on a beautiful day. The service was excellent the food and drinks were very good. Would certainly recommend this as an enjoyable eating experience

New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

My wife and I reserved a booth for a Saturday night dinner, our first time dining at this relatively new establishment. The main indoor dining area is fairly small and merged with the large bar. So as people filled the bar the noise level got pretty loud. There are a few booths and a few isolated tables in this industrial looking space with unfinished ceiling and stark cement floor. The look seems to be going for that neo-Italian warehouse vibe, lots of black and generally a minimalist decor. Vaguely chic. The bar has a large television which you see easily from the dining area. There was music playing but it was hard to hear over the din. Service was prompt and professional from start to finish. The menu includes s good assortment of Italian-American favorites including plenty of appetizers, salads and entrees. There’s also a lengthy list of specials that included some unique options. I chose the Fettuccini Chicken Scarpariello because I like spicy dishes. It was good except it disappointed on the heat meter, almost no spiciness. The pasta itself was very good, the sausage was also somewhat bland but overall it was solid. My wife had a pasta and eggplant dish that was also good. Both entrees were very generous portions. We had the arugula salad which was plenty for two people and had a tasty lemony dressing with parmesan shavings, olives and tomato. Our appetizer was calamari with cherry peppers & Gorgonzola, and it was very good. The restaurant has solid glass walls on two sides and offers a good sized outdoor dining space which includes a few booths as well. They offer dinner accommodations for large parties (up to 80 people) in a separate room off the bar area. Parking is plentiful. The food was good, pricing pretty normal for quality dining, food came out quickly, a few beers on tap and a fair wine list that seemed a tad pricey (no Chianti offered surprisingly) so I’d go back again but it was not compelling.

San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service wasn't great, and they added a 20% tip on a table of 3.

New England
14 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Found Ciao on Opentable and it’s the best Italian around. Great new addition. Outside seating will be bred at this summer.

New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Ciao and were quite pleased by the modern design and decorations. We made reservations for two on a rainy Saturday, but upon arrival we were led to a small corner by the kitchen door at the bar area. The owner, Frank, must have seen the huge disappointment on our faces (we did not like the seating offered to us at all) and asked us to wait at the bar cause a big party was about to leave and promised us better seats. He also treated us for drinks while we were waiting which was really nice of him. We finally sat down by the semi-booths by the bar. I had Pinot Grigio and my husband had Margaritas on the rocks which he really liked. For appetizer he ordered Broccoli rabe with beans and that was a pretty big portion. I opted for the Chicken Milanese special, and it was such a big entrée that we decided to share, but the both of us together could not finish it, even had leftover to take home. It really was a delicious meal. We will definitely return, hopefully in warmer weather soon to enjoy the spacious patio. Ciao is really a modern gem in Thomaston, CT.

New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and decor. Service very pleasant and helpful. Just two things that would have made it perfect. One, have specials written down. Ours was a large party and so specials needed to be repeated. Second, check on water glass refills. Thanks for the warm welcome.

New England
2 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal