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Ciao Italia Casual Italian

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5370 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228-2070
+1 941-383-0010
16:30 - 22:00
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Holbrook, New York
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Acceptable pizza for FL. Ate outside, which was nice. Wait staff was very friendly. Pizza took a bit long to get.

Thank Michael W
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57 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Dining on Longboat Key in season has become a nightmare. Just too crowded. But since it takes a hour to get off the key people are forced to stay and find dining on the key. They are now down to three Italian restaurants and Ciao is the smallest thus the most crowded. Do not call during evening business hours, the... More 

Thank hotel-hopper
cleveland ohio
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have always enjoyed the food. Early dining is very reasonable and the portions are adequate. The pizza is very good. The wait staff is very nice and helpful. You have to wait for seating since the restaurant is small.

Thank mrsmyrn
Bradenton, Florida
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66 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was looking for something nearby and a friend recommend Ciao for pizza. The restaurant is quite quaint and small and seating is rather tight. Casual and at 8:30pm it was quite full. I wanted to keep it simple so I ordered the Popeye pizza - ricotta, mozz, paremsan, garlic and spinach. I have to say I was really impressed by... More 

Thank altomeal
Holmes Beach, Florida
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71 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had two couples go for early dinner in season. All 4 of us had different entrees and everyone was pleased with their meal. The mussels appetizer (red) was delicious and shared by all. The one person who hbad the pizza said it was outstanding. Our other entrees were pasta and shrimp and were very good. We ate outside in... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I like the early bird because the portion of food is just right. Otherwise I am always bringing home leftovers. Pizza is very good. I ask for a crispy bottom.

Thank Enaid3456
Bradenton, Florida
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195 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our favorite spot for "A little bit of Italy" on Longboat Key. Indoor and outdoor seating reminds us of the restaurants of Venice. A talented kitchen and efficient and accommodating wait staff make for a pleasant evening of fine dining.

Thank Jack A
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went with family. No kids menu but pizza and regular kid friendly Italian dishes. Went around 5 and got the early bird special that runs from 4:30-6. Entree, salad, and bread included. Kids had a pizza and it was very good. Food was overall good. Price was excellent. Had outdoor seating. Pleasant surprise for a strip mall restaurant.

Thank Patrick L
Longboat Key, Florida
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24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been to Ciao several times, both for dine-in and take-out. The pizza are wonderful. We tried the bianco with mushrooms, which was very good. But our favorite is the Sinatra, loaded with assorted Italian meat and cheese. At Happy Hour, the house wine is 2 for1, so it is a very reasonable evening, We also did take-out dinners... More 

Thank Marguerite A
Longboat Key, Florida
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spend 3 weeks in LBK each year and visit this restaurant primarily for the pizza. Sometimes the pizza is really good and sometimes it is okay. We keep going back as there aren't many good pizza places in this area. Prices reasonable - service so so. Early bird pasta specials (e.g. shrimp scampi) is embarrassing and could not feed... More 

Thank Gina C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5370 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228-2070
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Longboat Key
  • Phone Number: +1 941-383-0010

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?