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“Authentic Italian café with great food”
Review of Ciao Belli

Ciao Belli
Ranked #23 of 119 Restaurants in Lymington
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Child-friendly, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Delivery, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“Authentic Italian café with great food”
Reviewed 14 December 2013

Not only the best Italian café, with the best Italian food in the New Forest, and probably beyond, but the only one that’s the genuine article, run and staffed exclusively by Italians.

Luca and his team have done a marvellous job in less than 9 months since opening. The place is chock-a-block full of wonderful produce; meats, cheeses, pastries, ice cream, pasta, coffee, biscuits cake, chocolates, beer and a multitude of other authentic Italian foodstuffs both available to take away and to eat in the café.

I’ve now had several meals at Ciao Belli, principally pasta dishes and charcuterie as they are personal favourites, and each one has been absolutely delicious, prepared with both care and passion by the very talented duo in the kitchen, Dario & Carmella.

The service is excellent, fast and friendly, the facilities are scrupulously clean and the ambiance is always cheerful and welcoming. It’s the sort of place you would be equally at home popping in for a brief coffee or spending hours in the company of some friends. Luca and his team clearly work very hard to ensure that their customers have a great experience and are always attentive and on hand to assist or help out with any advice or information you might need.

If you want a quick espresso, a longer, more indulgent cappuccino with a pastry, a cold beer with a panino or some cold meats and cheese, an exquisite plate of pasta or a full on meal with a bottle of wine… and you want it all to taste like the best meal that you had on your last holiday in Italy, then this is the place to visit. They can even arrange Italian lessons for you if you wish!

You may have guessed that I’m a fan. My wife and I go to Italy on holiday every year and miss the country between visits, so Ciao Belli has been a godsend since it opened last April…. it’s just like being in Italy itself. In summary, I can’t recommend this wonderful place highly enough, and I advise you to try it before word spreads and you can’t get a seat!

One final thing. I don’t usually comment on other postings but there are four here for Ciao Belli that are misleading, and so for the sake of fairness and balance I feel I need to address them; one in May is unreasonable in its expectation as the café had only just opened; one in July is overly critical on scant evidence; one from September is judgemental and wholly without evidence, however the most unpleasant and inarticulate of the four is from the 12 December. All I wish to say about this comment is please take a look at the other contributions on Trip Advisor from this reviewer before coming to any conclusion.

  • Visited December 2013
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1 Thank James K
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English first
Lymington, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“Love it!”
Reviewed 21 November 2013

Absolutely loved it! Lovely stop and brilliant music ;) The food was delicious!
On Tuesday's mornings they have Italian lessons and even though I've only been to one, it was great!

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank AleQuiroz
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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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“A little bit of true Italy in Lymington”
Reviewed 27 October 2013

Wonderful host, tradition Italian food no pizza's in sight, great coffee, breakfasts mama home made, lunches and set evening menu delicious. Now exciting late evening opening on Fridays and Saturday fabulous antipasti with superb wine

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Barwicks_13
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Ipswich
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great little spot!”
Reviewed 26 October 2013 via mobile

Popped in for lunch and discovered an unexpected little gem! Food was delicious, best scrambled egg I've ever had, Caesar salad looked lovely and ravioli smelt amazing!
It feels like a very simple little deli but is not one to miss!

Visited October 2013
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Thank Sarah M
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London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“AMAZING”
Reviewed 26 October 2013

what a lovely addition to Lymington - the best scrabbled egg and smoked salmon I have ever tasted, lovely salads and pasta. Really friendly staff who couldn't be more helpful, i cannot wait to go back thank you for a fantastic lunch

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank girlvicar
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