October 29, 2005
Ciao Bella is open for lunch and dinner on weekdays and brunch and dinner on weekends. Brunch lends itself towards egg dishes and fare that is easily complimented by tomatos or garlic. There are no pancakes on the menu, but few would miss them if they cared more for savory breakfast food as opposed to sweeter fare. Lunch and dinner menus have a plethora of pasta dishes as well as other traditional Italian fare. The Spaghetti al Pomodoro has a light tomato-basil sauce that is perfect if you want to continue on a shopping adventure on Newbury Street after you eat. The minestrone soup that is typically on the menu has great flavor and is a great way to warm up on a chilly Boston day.
The decor and interior of Ciao Bella leave something to be desired. The plain grey walls and unimaginative art and photos on the walls almost make patrons feel cold. The tables make you feel like you're in a greasy-spoon diner and not a nice Italian restaurant, which the owners are attempting to convey with thier menu and pricing. On nice days, Ciao Bella has an outdoor patio area that is a nice option for dining, but don't expect much of a sensual experience if weather forces you to dine indoors.
The service at Ciao Bella is friendly and professional. Dishes are brought out in a timely manner and are well presented. Overall this restaurant experience is okay, but if you want better Italian food in classier decor, you best head to one of the many other Italian options in Boston.
From journal Boston: Adventures on Newbury Street