Ciao Amore

Restaurants, Italian Lower West Side
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Ciao Amore
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It’s tough to critique an Italian spot in a neighborhood with only one other similar option (Pilsen might have a plethora of taquerias, but Little Italy it ain’t). Still, while former Caro Mio chef Cesar Pineda might have honorable ambitions, they’re tough to appreciate when the food is mediocre and the room seems dated. Standards like calamari and arancini are fine but not memorable, lobster gets lost amid filler in its ravioli pocket, and braciole is both tough and underseasoned. Barring a drastic turnaround, the surrounding taquerias should remain unscathed by this competition.

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Venue name: Ciao Amore
Contact:
Address: 1134 W 18th St
Chicago
60608
Cross street: at May St
Opening hours: Lunch (Tue–Fri), dinner (closed Mon)
Transport: Bus: 8, 18, 60, 62, 168.
Price: Average main course: $19
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outstanding food specially the gnocchi. Great value ,BYOB make it perfect


Not only the best food but also a kind and very human business owner. Cesar always goes above and beyond to please his customers but also to be an engaged member of his community.


AMAZING place to come and have the best paella in the entire world! the Chef Cesar Pineda will make you feel like family, the whole menu is delicious, if you want to celebrate a private, romantic event this is also the place! they are BYOB and definitely the best place to eat, drink and have the best time in Pilsen.


Truly authentic Italian cuisine .romantic BYOB at the heart of pilsen 💛💚💜💙❤