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Ciao! Deli & Pizzeria

891 W. Baker St. Costa Mesa, CA 92626 | Costa Mesa | 714-979-8669

Location Description:

The Ciao folks take the commonplace and push it toward the divine. That pizza: thick, with great-wonderful cheese that melts to a creaminess almost unknown to local Italian-American pizzerias. Most pizzas need toppings to mask the limp cheese, the rancid marinara, the forgettable crust, but Ciao’s excels—I ordered a slice of cheese pizza and, for the first time I can remember, didn’t put any red flakes or Parmesan cheese on it. Pastas are perfectly al dente; the subs, filling and nuanced. And the garlic knots, hunks of bread dusted with garlic, are wonderful. Authentic? Not in the least—and no one cares, busy as they are chowing down.

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  • Cuisine(s): Deli, Pasta, Pizza, Sandwiches
  • Hours: Sun, Tue-Thu 11:30am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-10pm
  • Price: $$
  • Serving: Dinner, Lunch
  • Alcohol: Beer/Wine
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Parking: Free, Lot Available, Street
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Attire: Casual
  • Features: Delivery, Kid Friendly, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • Food: Reviewed
    "I've turned into a food snob," managing editor Nick Schou told me as he watched me scarf down a bowl of caesar salad at Ciao! Deli & Pizzeria in Costa Mesa. It was a small bowl, part of the...
  • Stick a Fork In It: On the Line
    Our time with Carmina comes to a close as she shares a family recipe. While the pasta choice is left up to you, we're thinking spaghetti, a la Lady and the Tramp. If you're not salivating by...
  • Stick a Fork In It: On the Line
    When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, it's time to visit bella Carmina Casso at Ciao! She reminisces about the day she felt liberated, as well as her Chi-town roots. The homespun...
  • Stick a Fork In It: On the Line
    Ask and you shall receive, at least for one Forker's request to have us go On the Line with Ciao! Deli & Pizzeria in Costa Mesa. A husband-and-wife operation, Carmina and Ray Casso roll...

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