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Ciao Wine Bar offers a truly authentic Italian experience in a contemporary yet soulful environment in the heart of Toronto's Yorkville District. This new Italian eatery and wine bar, created by the Liberty Entertainment Group, offers traditional Italian fare in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. While Ciao encompasses over 8,000 sq. ft. over three different levels and seats 250, the space remains warm and inviting. The lower level has been transformed into an underground "rustic cellar" with arched brick walls, vaulted ceilings and vintage viewing wine racks. The focal point of the lower level is the alabaster pizza bar. The mezzanine level, with stone + glass walls, rustic wood finishes and butcher block table tops make Ciao ideal for a casual relaxed meal yet elegant enough for a...
Ciao Wine Bar offers a truly authentic Italian experience in a contemporary yet soulful environment in the heart of Toronto's Yorkville District. This new Italian eatery and wine bar, created by the Liberty Entertainment Group, offers traditional Italian fare in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. While Ciao encompasses over 8,000 sq. ft. over three different levels and seats 250, the space remains warm and inviting. The lower level has been transformed into an underground "rustic cellar" with arched brick walls, vaulted ceilings and vintage viewing wine racks. The focal point of the lower level is the alabaster pizza bar. The mezzanine level, with stone + glass walls, rustic wood finishes and butcher block table tops make Ciao ideal for a casual relaxed meal yet elegant enough for a special night out. Street level seating opens onto Yorkville Avenue where diners can linger over a glass of wine late into the evening.
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Review: Hello Ciao

 
By Adam Waxman, reviewed on March 11, 2010

The wait is over. Liberty Entertainment Group has successfully swept away the ghosts of Movenpick and Flow. Now this prime location is Ciao. Those seeking an alternative to high-cost Yorkville dining will find a warm welcome and cozy seating on leather and tan suede...

The wait is over. Liberty Entertainment Group has successfully swept away the ghosts of Movenpick and Flow. Now this prime location is Ciao. Those seeking an alternative to high-cost Yorkville dining will find a warm welcome and cozy seating on leather and tan suede banquettes and chairs. Illuminated by clever polished wood light fixtures, the room seems to be more open and spacious than before.

The menu is designed for sharing, with prices that are reasonable enough to convince you to order many dishes. Three slices of Baked Eggplant ($11) cut length wise are lusciously layered with melting bocconcini and parmigiano in a savoury tomato sauce. Displayed like a flower in bloom, Tuna Carpaccio ($16) is topped with a refreshing medley of sliced fennel, capers, and sweet wedges of orange. Three stone-oven baked artichokes ($11) are stuffed with parmigiano and Italian parsley ($11), and we peel them down, like Russian dolls, to their meaty centres.

Pasta is listed as lunga (long), corta (short), and fresco (fresh). Ravioli ($17) stuffed with aged ricotta cheese, pesto, and sundried tomatoes is al dente, and each pillow is lavished with a rich tomato sauce. Pappardelle ($21) with slow cooked lamb ragu, and pecorini shavings, is mouth watering with a kick of spice, and makes us sing: there's no pasta like fresh pasta!

Pizza is prepared in a fiery stone-oven and served either at an alabaster pizza bar within the "rustic cellar" of arched brick walls, or at the table. Eager for a slice, we order the Di Nicolino ($18) of tomato, arugula, fior di latte, and prosciutto di parma. The first week, the pizza left something to be desired. Now, when the cooks have gotten the hang of the oven, the crust is crisp, toppings are tasty, and cheese and sauce melt together.

The Bacci Bomb of chocolate hazelnut mouse and toasted hazelnuts is divine. Along with a good coffee, this people watching destination is a perfect perch.

Ciao Wine Bar
Price: Very reasonable
Atmosphere: Elegant, cozy
Hint: Ask about daily dinner specials. Veal Milanese is awesome!
Wine & Spirits: Unique cocktail menu
Reservations: Advised
Wheelchair accessible: No

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