Ciao Bella

★★★★★
Authentic Italian cuisine is served at the family-friendly restaurant offering pastas, seafood and meat dishes at reasonable prices.

About Ciao Bella

Hours
Daily 5 p.m.-10 p.m.

Food

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It is located in a spot that is easy to miss. Service and atmosphere are okay. But what stands out is the homemade pasta and sauces. To die for!!!

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★★★★★

It is located in a spot that is easy to miss. Service and atmosphere are okay. But what stands out is the homemade pasta and sauces. To die for!!!

Pros: comfortable atmosphere

Cons: Large helpings!! You cannot stop stuffing yourself

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Ciao Bella is a little gem tucked away in a random corner. Keep driving past U Village, past the Baskin Robbins and then make a very awkward left hand turn into on coming traffic, and you are there!

If you find Ciao Bella you are in for a great meal. The lasagna is a house specialty and as they will tell you, a well known local anchorwoman orders it for her parties. The portions are enormous and the staff is very attentive. They have a full bar and a more than decent wine list.

I have a hard time trying new things here because the lasagna and Bolognese are so good, but I have ordered the "special" (which has been the special every time I've gone these last four years) which is a light red sauce with mussels, clams and calamari over spaghetti. This dish is gorgeous! Huge mussels and clams poke out of the birds nest of pasta, and the tender calamari is always cooked perfectly.

I can't say Ciao Bella is authentic to any region of Italy, but if you are looking for affordable, comfortable and consistent neighborhood dining you won't find a better option. It??s a hidden neighborhood favorite that hopefully doesn??t remain too hidden. If this same restaurant were in Belltown it would be packed and a lot pricier. Take a trip to Laurelhurst and visit the intimate and charming Ciao Bella.

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★★★★★

Ciao Bella is a little gem tucked away in a random corner. Keep driving past U Village, past the Baskin Robbins and then make a very awkward left hand turn into on coming traffic, and you are there!

If you find Ciao Bella you are in for a great meal. The lasagna is a house specialty and as they will tell you, a well known local anchorwoman orders it for her parties. The portions are enormous and the staff is very attentive. They have a full bar and a more than decent wine list.

I have a hard time trying new things here because the lasagna and Bolognese are so good, but I have ordered the "special" (which has been the special every time I've gone these last four years) which is a light red sauce with mussels, clams and calamari over spaghetti. This dish is gorgeous! Huge mussels and clams poke out of the birds nest of pasta, and the tender calamari is always cooked perfectly.

I can't say Ciao Bella is authentic to any region of Italy, but if you are looking for affordable, comfortable and consistent neighborhood dining you won't find a better option. It??s a hidden neighborhood favorite that hopefully doesn??t remain too hidden. If this same restaurant were in Belltown it would be packed and a lot pricier. Take a trip to Laurelhurst and visit the intimate and charming Ciao Bella.

Pros: Great food, attentive staff, reasonable price

Cons: The location is a little too tucked away

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Wide variety to choose from. Food is great and you get ample amounts. Parking in their new location is a bit better than before. Staff are friendly and often recommend their favorites~~

5
★★★★★

Wide variety to choose from. Food is great and you get ample amounts. Parking in their new location is a bit better than before. Staff are friendly and often recommend their favorites~~

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This is a hidden gem....The location would make you think otherwise(Across from mcdonalds) but the food is amazing...The resturant is cozy and very romantic...Get the lasanga it is the best i have ever had! cheap as well!

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★★★★★

This is a hidden gem....The location would make you think otherwise(Across from mcdonalds) but the food is amazing...The resturant is cozy and very romantic...Get the lasanga it is the best i have ever had! cheap as well!

Pros: food, ambience

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My boyfriend and I just love this place. The food is excellent always hits the spot. The service is also excellent and they go out of their way to make sure you are completely satisfied with your meal. Its a very cozy setting and romantic but also good for large groups too:) I highly recommend checkin it out!

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★★★★★

My boyfriend and I just love this place. The food is excellent always hits the spot. The service is also excellent and they go out of their way to make sure you are completely satisfied with your meal. Its a very cozy setting and romantic but also good for large groups too:) I highly recommend checkin it out!

Pros: Service excellent, excellent food

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My husband and I set out on a quest for a great Bolognese one nightand we found it! We were so impressed by the food, service and value that we will make this our regular neighborhood restaurant. The flavors were traditional yet refined and we felt pampered by our wait staff. They have also paid attention to every detaillighting, room layout, dishes. I have nothing but good things to say. These guys know how to run a restaurant.

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★★★★★

My husband and I set out on a quest for a great Bolognese one nightand we found it! We were so impressed by the food, service and value that we will make this our regular neighborhood restaurant. The flavors were traditional yet refined and we felt pampered by our wait staff. They have also paid attention to every detaillighting, room layout, dishes. I have nothing but good things to say. These guys know how to run a restaurant.

Pros: Quality for the price, Service

Cons: View of McDonald's

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This is the most delicious Italian food I have had in Seattle. The spinach ravioli is amazing. Service is fast, polite.

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★★★★★

This is the most delicious Italian food I have had in Seattle. The spinach ravioli is amazing. Service is fast, polite.

Pros: Food

Cons: In the U District

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Wonderful food, wine, and service make this place a must try. I have gone to this place enough to notice I am not the only regular!

Enjoy!

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★★★★★

Wonderful food, wine, and service make this place a must try. I have gone to this place enough to notice I am not the only regular!

Enjoy!

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This place really doesn't look great from outside, but once inside it has a real homey feel to it. It is quite cute and relaxing. Due to its close proximity to the University Village, I would definitely recommend stopping by here for dinner after a hard day of shopping.
The food is great. It is very good and can't wait for another chance to eat there. It is one of my favorite little Italian restraunts that I have been to.

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★★★★★

This place really doesn't look great from outside, but once inside it has a real homey feel to it. It is quite cute and relaxing. Due to its close proximity to the University Village, I would definitely recommend stopping by here for dinner after a hard day of shopping.
The food is great. It is very good and can't wait for another chance to eat there. It is one of my favorite little Italian restraunts that I have been to.

Pros: Inexpensive, Charming, Taste

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07DEC04 was classic Seattle December cold-into-the-bones, wet, no sun, no fun; so avoid sushi/sashimi on this day of infamy. Why not be the renevant to an old favorite haunt?? The friendly staff promptly brought Pinot Grigio and menu. The waiter's suggested the menu's Osso Buco versus a special risotto with lamb sausage. Epiphany on a plate!! Mounded Milanese risotto with assertive saffron kick was topped with another huge mound of sauced satin silky smooth long-long braised veal (probably hind) shank......then topped by a heady toothsome Gremolata of parsley, rare garlic and citrus zest. The whole, served very hot, shot bolts of intense warmth into my deeply chilled bones for half-hour. Maybe the deep red fruity Montepulicano wine didn't diminish the effect either. Satiety; so I succumbed to taking a doggie's dessert box------like most diners leaving, grinning. I anxiously look toward my next visit; you should be there too!!

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★★★★★

07DEC04 was classic Seattle December cold-into-the-bones, wet, no sun, no fun; so avoid sushi/sashimi on this day of infamy. Why not be the renevant to an old favorite haunt?? The friendly staff promptly brought Pinot Grigio and menu. The waiter's suggested the menu's Osso Buco versus a special risotto with lamb sausage. Epiphany on a plate!! Mounded Milanese risotto with assertive saffron kick was topped with another huge mound of sauced satin silky smooth long-long braised veal (probably hind) shank......then topped by a heady toothsome Gremolata of parsley, rare garlic and citrus zest. The whole, served very hot, shot bolts of intense warmth into my deeply chilled bones for half-hour. Maybe the deep red fruity Montepulicano wine didn't diminish the effect either. Satiety; so I succumbed to taking a doggie's dessert box------like most diners leaving, grinning. I anxiously look toward my next visit; you should be there too!!

Pros: robust flavors, exciting specials, large portions

Cons: , limited wines by glas

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In yuppiefied Seattle, it used to be you had your choice: skimpy quantities of pricey but sublime food, or vast quantities of ghastly, inedible food. Ciao Bella is one of those rare, welcoming places where you can get two full meals out of an order of one of their delicious, easily affordable, well-prepared Italian standards. You'll never believe, with all its homey, Tuscan touches that this place used to be a daycare, and before that, a garage. If you're craving a platter of real, authentic, slow-simmered Bolognese like Mamma used to make, this is where you must go. The desserts are inventive and tasty. A great place for large groups or to bring out-of-town guests. They sure don't let you leave hungry.

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★★★★★

In yuppiefied Seattle, it used to be you had your choice: skimpy quantities of pricey but sublime food, or vast quantities of ghastly, inedible food. Ciao Bella is one of those rare, welcoming places where you can get two full meals out of an order of one of their delicious, easily affordable, well-prepared Italian standards. You'll never believe, with all its homey, Tuscan touches that this place used to be a daycare, and before that, a garage. If you're craving a platter of real, authentic, slow-simmered Bolognese like Mamma used to make, this is where you must go. The desserts are inventive and tasty. A great place for large groups or to bring out-of-town guests. They sure don't let you leave hungry.

Pros: Great prices, Simple excellence, Huge portions

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this place is awesome! the first time i went i was impressed with service, food, ambiance, the whole experience. the second time i went i realized this could easily be my favorite! each dish had so much flavor and tasted so fresh, you know you are getting authentic itallian for a reasonable price, and you can bring the kids! i took my 7 year old and he fit in just fine. so whether it is a romantic date for 2 or a casual family dinner you'll feel at home and taken care of here.

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★★★★★

this place is awesome! the first time i went i was impressed with service, food, ambiance, the whole experience. the second time i went i realized this could easily be my favorite! each dish had so much flavor and tasted so fresh, you know you are getting authentic itallian for a reasonable price, and you can bring the kids! i took my 7 year old and he fit in just fine. so whether it is a romantic date for 2 or a casual family dinner you'll feel at home and taken care of here.

Pros: service

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I've loved everything I've EVER ordered at Ciao Bella. I lived in Seattle 7 years ago & used to frequent this great place. Now that I've moved away, I try to make special shopping trips that of course require a dinner break @ Ciao Bella. 7 years later & the food is still awesome! Everyone I've taken has been impressed.
Wait staff is always accomodating... they always make my favorite, even when it's not featured as a special!

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★★★★★

I've loved everything I've EVER ordered at Ciao Bella. I lived in Seattle 7 years ago & used to frequent this great place. Now that I've moved away, I try to make special shopping trips that of course require a dinner break @ Ciao Bella. 7 years later & the food is still awesome! Everyone I've taken has been impressed.
Wait staff is always accomodating... they always make my favorite, even when it's not featured as a special!

Pros: good parking, easy to find, friendly service

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I can't say enough about how comforting it is to dine here. I've tried many of the pasta dishes and have always loved it. This place is often overlooked, but it's definitely a worthy Italian restaurant.

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★★★★☆

I can't say enough about how comforting it is to dine here. I've tried many of the pasta dishes and have always loved it. This place is often overlooked, but it's definitely a worthy Italian restaurant.

 

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