Monday, February 04, 2008

Find in falcon

Here's a letter from a reader about a new Italian place out east:

A new place for you to check out and possibly add to your dining guide

There's a new little restaurant in Falcon that I believe is note-worthy. It's called the CIAO BELLA. It's on McLaughlin drive across the street from the Safeway.

The restaurant has 2 sections, one is the pizzaria, and although nothing fancy, their pizzas are the best around. The other section has a dozen tables or so, very quaint (nice little romantic atmosphere), and food is fantastic. The food is authentic Italian, all made from scratch, and the best I've ever had.

The management and wait staff are very personable, and we've made some new friends there.

The restaurant has become an instant hit in the area. If you go on Friday evenings and weekends, you can expect to wait awhile for a table. We typically go on Thursday evenings around 5, it's very quiet and very romantic.

Check it out, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Ken Kattau


Blogger GC said...

Overpriced and Underwhelming

Went for dinner and ate on the "full menu" side. We ordered bruchetta and calamari to start. The calamari looked like it came from Safeway's freezer (rubber rings) and such a small portion (about 10 little rings) for a big price.

Meals are outrageously priced for the quality and complication. Mediocre food at best. I believe I have tasted the same sauces out of packets at the nearby Safeway. If I have to season my food at the table, the restaurant has missed the mark. We went once - that was enough. Drinks, 4 dinners (2 were kids) and 2 appetizers cost over $75. Not worth the money and won't go again.

8:48 AM  
Blogger Warren Epstein said...

That's too bad. Falcon needs some good restaurants. Frankies II is pretty good, but what else is there?

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagre with GC..
I LOVE Cia Bella's. All the sauces are made from scratch and her Mozzarela and her desert are homemade.. You sir do not know good food. This is well worth the drive from the Springs.. try their Ditalini Nomma Gina or their Chicken Marsala..Yummmmmmmm Nice to have a place that food is not deep fried.

3:07 PM  
Anonymous ams1st said...

I was thoroughly unimpressed with Ciao Bella. The food was mediocre at best. I was raised in a very Italian community, and I went to CBs to find a taste of home. I was disappointed. As far as CO food goes, it's ok, but it's not up to par with any Italian food I grew up with. I was not impressed with the service, either. I got a meal to go and I was told it would be about 20 minutes. 45 minutes later, I was finally on my way home with barely an apology for the ridiculously long wait. Definatley not worth $25 and 45 minutes.

7:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought Ciao Bella was pretty decent. The prices may be a bit on the expensive side, but the portions are generous, the food is pretty good, and the service is mmuch improved over the previous establishment in that location (Mancinos, or something like that) which was the downfall of the place. But as for expensive, drive to town and back for any other decent Italian place and that's $10 worth of gas these days.

10:15 PM  
Anonymous Itaian Food Maniac said...

Im from Brooklyn. I know good Italian and this aint it. The only reason they are doing any business is because they are decent and there is no competition. The prices are way to high. I expect a place with prices like that to be better then a chain like Carrabbas. Not even close. The problem is in the ricotta with some dishes. just missing something with that ricotta. I like that they know the importance of ricotta in like a lasagna, but something was just not right. Sauces ok. But a true italian is the mix between the ricotta and the sauce. They will go out of business once the Italian chains start coming to Falcon unless they really look ata whatsa cookin. Just to say Im not a negative guy. I thought the pizza was real good. enuff

7:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ciao Bella does not have it. I am sorry but the sauces are just marginal and the pizza sauce is missing something. Crust is barely tasty. There delivery service is rediculous. This is a poser italian restraunt and needs to adjust some recipes and lower prices.

3:27 PM  
Anonymous iknowrealfood said...

I lived in the Veneto region of Italy for over three years and I rarely had a meal I didn't like. I've been working my way through Ciao Bella's menu and have not had a meal I didn't like yet. This is probably because the food is authentic. I'm not surprised that folks who know "NY Italian" or Americanized chain restuarant Italian would have a hard time relating to their food. The Tiramisu is fantastic. Service is occaisionally bumpy but just like in Italy once you are there the table is yours and you are not rushed. Falcon hardly deserves such good food. Bravo Ciao Bella's!!!

1:35 AM  
Anonymous hsteinle said...

Food was FANTASTIC. Best Italian food I've had in months. Also, the house Chianti would rival any expensive wine. Fantastic pasta, even greater sauces. Also a management and staff that will bend over backwards to make your visit an excellent food outing.

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Individuals who rave about this place, either work there, know the owners or have no clue about good food.

Last night I got hung up on three times before I was able to place my telephone order. That was not cool! Their pizza is great if a little salty. The prices are ASTRONOMICAL and I don't think worth it. I got the mushroom ravioli last night and the alfredo sauce tasted a little too funny. After one bite, it went in the trash along with the $14 I paid for it. Right before closing time I did takeout again. I got bad pasta. It tasted like it had been sitting too long and it went bad. Went straight into the trash. Haven't been back.

5:33 PM  

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