Coco Lez­zone

DINE and Destinations - - MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE -

Ciao fits Yorkville like the glass slip­per fit Cin­derella. After a few short years, this so­cia­ble Ital­ian eatery and wine bar has be­come a fix­ture in Yorkville. We have de­cided on our favourite ta­bles and our favourite dishes. And there are many. It’s an easy-go­ing lunch or din­ner haven, seven days a week.

Nick Di Donato of Lib­erty En­ter­tain­ment Group has cre­ated the best of both worlds: the glitz of Yorkville in leather and suede booths, leather chairs and heavy butcher block ta­bles, plus com­fort food, rooted in Naples: lin­guine with clams, orec­chi­ette with rap­ini and spicy sausage, ravi­oli, lasagna, pasta long and short. State of the art pizza ovens that cost as much as a nice car turn out your pizza in min­utes, and there is a page of selec­tions to choose from. The food boasts big flavours and hearty spic­ing, soul­ful but still healthy. I favour the whole grilled fish, ul­tra-fresh branzino, glissed with herbs and olive oil, sim­ple roast chicken and the unique se­lec­tion of sal­ads.

Even with all the square feet that must be trod, the staff never shows any­thing but smil­ing, un­tir­ing ef­fi­ciency. There is the open pa­tio, the closed pa­tio, the rock­ing lounge down­stairs—with its Ital­ian style Salume­ria—the main floor and bar, and the mez­za­nine din­ing room. A space and a menu to suit ev­ery mood.

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