Hours: Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday
Closed Sunday, Monday
Open late: Friday & Saturday till 11
Bright Italian restaurant in Pilsen.
With most entrees between $16 and $22, Ciao Amore offers a high-value, high-quality dining experience, and it's BYO with no corkage fee. Chef Cesar Pineda responded enthusiastically to our request to just bring whatever was looking good. A salad of green beans, mozzarella, oregano, and garlic dressed in balsamic had marvelously simple flavors. Ciao Amore’s zuppa Barese—the chef's mother is a native of Bari—was a rich and substantial cream soup of hard-boiled egg, noodles, and potato. Vegan-friendly minestrone was more like a dense vegetable stew infused with roasted garlic, a savory take on a classic. Ethereal house-made gnocchi with cheese and pesto were draped in a fantastically lush spinach cream sauce. Osso buco had delicate texture and sturdy taste and, laid on a bed of cavatelli splashed with a light vegetable-studded tomato sauce, was beautifully balanced.
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