Ciao! (A Zomato Meet-up)

dsc_0147BoozyFoodie – she said:

This is basically a copy of my ZOMATO review (just warning you so that you don’t feel cheated ;)) I decided to create a seperate category for Zomato meet-ups on the blog, because we do realise that it is a tad different from having a ‘normal’ lunch or dinner out. A

But I wanted to share Noble Savage’s awesome photos as well – it wasn’t part of the Zomato write-up, wanted to get that done ASAP after our foodie meetup 🙂

I was quite excited to be invited to Ciao! as part of a Zomato Meetup (our first!  If I can just add that piece of info).  Friends of ours are regular visitors to Ciao! and it has been on our ‘to check out’ list for a while.

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Loved the warm and welcoming decor, with little bits of detail that make you look twice (like the crates on the ceiling of the room we dined in.

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We were welcomed with some sangria – interestingly infused with cinnamon sticks instead of fruit, like a chilled gluhwein 😉  The wine list is quite good as well – it was good to find a few gems listed (like Fairview’s The Goatfather – a quirky and very drinkable favourite!).

We tried a platter of starters (including fried brinjals, calamari fritti, caprese pesto salad, and foccaccia – feta and herb and piccante).

I really enjoyed the calamari fritti – a great combination of deep fried squid heads and sweet chili jam, caprese is always a winner, and the piccante focaccia that had a bit of a bite, not too spicy – juuuust right 🙂  And then… mains!

Fillet Halloumi, Panzerotti, Pavia Pizza (light gorgonzola and avo), Sesame Chicken Salad and Polpeta Pizza (mini meatballs).  I simply loved the Pavia Pizza – the base can be a little more crispy, but it was quite tasty – so much we even had an extra slice ;).  And now… this was my HIGHLIGHT of the menu – the desserts!

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Perfect crack on the crème brulee, gorgeous traditional Italian cheesecake and the most divine Amaretto cheesecake.  Seriously delicious.  And for the brave – espresso and grappa!  It was really a great night out!

Would like to go back for a weekend lunch and see what the “normal” service and vibe is like 🙂

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It was such a fun night out with our new Zomato Buddies, it was actually a good thing that we were seated in a seperate area, because the noise levels went throught the roof!  LOL!  It must be all the carbs raising everyone’s serotonin levels 😉  Always a good thing!  #LoveCarbs!

Ciao! Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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