1. I enjoyed this restaurant. It had a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Everyone was kind and helpful. The owner even came and talked to us to see how we were doing. The pizza was delicious. Next time I'll have to go with one of their more adventurous flavors. There is outdoor seating. 10/09/12 Grace Y, Seattle
2. Ciao is a simple traditional family restaurant with a nice casual decor and friendly staff. We stopped for lunch and my wife and I both the zuppa tuscana with our lunch and it was very good with the house homemade sausage and finely cute kale. The side salad with Gorgonzola cram dressing was very tasty which was garnished with a caper berry. The boys shared a five cheese pizza which was named the Ciao Moo and they both had three pieces and they finished up with a scoop of gelato each which they both enjoyed immensely. 10/13/12 Josh P. Oak Harbor
3. I had the good fortune to be introduced to Ciao this weekend because the band I play in had a gig there this past Saturday.
I struggled on an empty stomach for the 2 hours while we played because the smells wafting up to the 2nd floor, where we played, from the downstairs kitchen, were so delicious, redolent as they were of great Italian sections of cities like Boston's North End. I'm surprised at the lower ratings of most of the reviews, and believe they stem from most of them being written in the first month or two of the restaurant's opening last year. Maybe they got off to a rocky start; if so, I'd say they've adjusted nicely. I ate the spicy shrimp, the cioppino and a ceasar salad. My bandmates ate the pasta and meatballs
All in all, food was delicious and service was excellent and the atmosphere lively. I'm looking forward to going again with the family.
Now that the summer is upon us, the deck overlooking Penn Cove and Mt. Baker off in the distance will be the prime seating at sunset. 05/14/12 Russell S. Langley, WA
4. It's all relative. Yes, by standards of Milano, Napoli, or even Seattle, Ciao would be considered at best an average pizza. But they are in Coupeville, and by comparison with what is normally found here (much less in the food wasteland that is Oak Harbor), we found it pretty damn good.
My pizza of choice, the Ciao Bello, was well made with a tasty crust, good ingredients (though the pepperoncini were an odd addition) and rucola, which everyone who knows Italian pizza knows enhances the dish. Bonus points for serving it with a decent set of cutlery. One improvement: pop some peppers in a bottle of olive oil and offer to guests who like a bit moister, hot pizza.
Unlike some of the other Yelpers, we experienced very fine service, including a warm goodbye from the guy who likely was the owner. Loved the fact that they had rigged up pizza boxes to serve as curtains.
We will go back, for the view, for the service, and for the food. 09/04/11 Tony M. Seattle , WA
5. We'd planned a short trip to Whidbey, but after 3 hours at Deception Pass with only a few cheese sandwiches and grapes, the little natives were getting hungry. We stopped here on a total whim, since it had the right items listed on the windows: espresso - pizza. Bingo. We had one pie (the Ciao Down), which was quite tasty: they spice the red sauce a bit so it's yummy and unexpected. The kids (4 and 7) were dismayed that they had to roll up their slices: if you don't, all the toppings slide right off, since the crust is thin.
But... they inhaled two slices each. It was truly a very decent pizza. You can't beat the flavor of slightly fire-charred dough. Yum!
Finished the meal with two scoops of gelato from Gelatiamo (although the mint-chocolate chip could've been Dryers, the choco-hazelnut was lovely). Didn't try the coffee, but for a nice, tasty, fresh meal, I'll be up for coming here again. 09/22/12 Olga O., Mountlake Terrace, WA
6. The pizza is amazing. I was surprised and blown away at the same time. The salad was super fresh and the creamy Gorgonzola and green goddess dressings were creamy goodness. The chef sat us upstairs with a beautiful view of Penn Cove. I am really surprised of the sub par reviews. We had the best meal we've had a restaurant in a long time. And the prices were cheap, comparative to what they would be in the city. 09/10/11 Brian N., Bothell, WA