Pioneering Italians were not only the first to put tomatoes in cuisine, they were also the first people to take photographs of themselves pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Delight in their inventiveness with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Italian fare at Ciago’s.
Ciago’s serves up pizza, pasta, and other Italian specialties, all made from scratch with fresh ingredients and seasonal produce. The kitchen staff slings up a stable of elegant repasts, such as a honey-glazed salmon fillet ($12.95) or farfalle bowtie pasta with tangy vodka sauce ($12.95), handy for topping off half-finished tuxedo ensembles.
Burgers ($7.25–$8.50), sandwiches ($7.25–$9.50), and build-your-own pizzas ($7.75+) round out feasts kicked off with a greek salad ($8.25) or other scrumptious starters. Patrons looking for a midday pit stop can nab a Reuben with fries ($8.25), baked ziti with melted mozzarella ($11.50), and other speedy snacks from Ciago’s express lunch menu.
HDTVs hanging over Ciago’s classy polished wood bar invite guests to linger and catch a game, and the cool comfort of the covered outdoor patio encourages lazy afternoon noshing.
Over plates of Italian dishes and drinks, visitors to Ciago’s can spot multiple generations of the Candes family bustling between the kitchen, dining room, and full bar. The family and staff carry plates of veal parmesan and pizzas crowned with artichoke hearts, jalapeños, and eggplant, which diners wash down with more than 20 wines. Beneath spotlights at the 20-seat bar, patrons look up breathlessly at high-definition televisions as athletic events reach their conclusion and players are doused in Gatorade to prove they aren’t robots. Tabletops line up beneath the awning of the outdoor patio and snake out into sunnier areas dappled by the shade. Glittering strings of hanging lights illuminate the patio when night falls or when oversized passing parade floats eclipse the sun.
522 Saint Marys St.
Raleigh, North Carolina 27603Get Directions