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Ciao Cielo

171 Bay Street,
Port Melbourne VIC 3207
Tel : +61 3 96451568
Cuisine: Italian
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Price Range: $$$$
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Ciao Cielo, meaning “hello heaven”, is a shiny new Italian Meaning ‘hello heaven’, Ciao Cielo is certainly a site for sore eyes in Port Melbourne. The interiors’ sleek design, black and white portraits and soft boudoir light fixtures create some romance inside this cosy eatery, leaving the predominantly northern Italian fare to speak for itself. Expect pasta, hearty mains and plenty of insalata to share - just like in Milano, except a little closer to home.

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A short walk from the beachfront along Port Melbourne’s busy shopping and dining strip.

Ciao Cielo means “hello heaven”, which must be the phrase that occurs to many diners when they set foot in this sleek Italian restaurant. Chef Bryan Nelson (formerly Stokehouse, Walter’s Wine Bar) is at the helm and his silky house-made pasta is also hard to refuse. Lunch choices are kept simple – bruschetta, panini, arancini and a range of pasta – but the combinations are delicious, be they classic (orecchiette puttanesca, spinach and ricotta ravioli) or modern (goat’s cheese, onion and almond ravioli with caramelised pear and seeded mustard cream sauce).

Daily specials might include char grilled chicken salad with nectarine and prosciutto or crispy skinned salmon. Alternatively try the duck arancini filled with goat’s cheese and served with star anise and orange mayo. Weekend breakfasts are also popular, as is Ciao Cielo’s bolognese bar which offers fresh pasta with the traditional sauce every Friday and Saturday night. For dessert it’s hard to go past the artisanal gelati made with real fruit and nuts, but also tempting are house-made tiramisu, muscat and vanilla creme brulee and churros served with Lindt dipping chocolate. With stunning food, chatty, friendly staff and a stylish interior straight out of Milano, this little ristorante is all class.

Now open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Saturdays and also breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Angela Costanzo
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This restaurant is a gem. Have often popped in for lunch but dines last night with a bunch of serious foodies - and it was such a hit. The arancini is wonderful, as was the steak - cooked to perfection. Excellent wine list and professional friendly service makes this place a regular destinationreview  25/01/2013

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It's hard to stand out in the crowd - and Melbourne has a crowded restaurant scene. So you need to be very good at what you do - and Ciao Cielo is just that. It's not pretentious or showy, and relies on excellent food, bursting with flavour and refined style. Service is just as honest, with genuine warmth for the customers. I would recommend their Beetroot and ricotta ravioli with Moreton Bay bug tails and truffle butter to anyone!review  08/12/2011

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