I took some friends from out of town to Ciano for dinner Sat. night, was worried it might be a "scene" as it just opened and would be mobbed/disorganized because of the newness and, especially when they telephoned at 3:00 and asked if we could come at 8:30 for our 8:00 reservation, which we preferred not to. That being said, when we walked in promptly at 8:00 we were immediately seated in a nice round booth (there we 5 of us) by the open wood burning stove, which did give off a bit of heat to the one seat closest to it. My husband sat there, he liked the warmth, I on the other hand would have melted.
So, onto the food, the bread coming out of that stove is amazing, you could make a whole meal out of it, especially with the ricotta spread that accompanies it, but we did restrain and ordered salads to start, the caesar was another "wow", the anchovies were tender and not that salty, my dh has the veal meatballs on a bed of polenta, another thumbs up. For mains, we all had different pastas with the exception of one friend who ordered the roast chicken, who shared. That roast chicken was tender and cooked to perfection, I would go back just to have that, and I rarely order chicken out. I had the pasta with the duck bolanese, very rich but good, my husband has gnocchis in a butter/black truffle sauce, which were good, but not the most wow, our other two friends had the pasta with sausage and the ravioli, both cleaned their plates. For dessert we shared a tiramisu, which was semi-frozen, we wiped the plate clean.
The service was excellent, our server Cheryl was a lot of fun, no attitude at all, we also had two bottles of wine which the sommelier helped us with, again, great attitude and was very helpful with wines in our price range ($40-$50). They also have two prices for wines, you can get 1/2 bottles so if you'd like to mix, they make it very easy.
Dinner for the five of us came out to $300.00. I thought it was reasonable for the quality, service, etc., will definitely go back.
45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010
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