We wanted a change from our usual Long Branch restaurants, so we gave Ciao a try. Based on the reviews in Trip Advisor, we made a reservation. From comments around us, most of the patrons seemed to be repeat customers, a good sign. There were a few walk-ins, who filled the outside tables quickly. Warm bread with butter or balsamic/olive oil was followed by a huge, delicious spinach salad, which we split. The scallops were perfect, accompanied by asparagus and encrusted risotto; the veal chop was very tender, served with mashed potatoes and seasoned carrots. Staff was friendly, helpful and served at just the right pace. We did entertain ordering from the dessert menu, but were too full to order. BTW, the coffee was wonderful. All in all, we gave Ciao two-thumbs up.
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