The people of Italy were the first to discover food, ending a millennium's worth of confusion regarding what to do with wheat fields, vegetable gardens, and bologna trees. Fill the belly with mankind's most important discovery with today's Groupon to Ristorante Ciao in Dearborn. Choose between the following options:
* For $25, you get $50 worth of Italian fare for dinner.
* For $7, you get $15 worth of Italian fare for lunch.
Ristorante Ciao endows diners with the flavors of authentic Italian cuisine in a lavish space newly remodeled to emanate with the charm of old-world Italy. Commence the dinner feast with an appetizer of calamari fritti accompanied by a roasted chili pepper sauce ($9), and follow it up with a stone-oven-baked pizza, fettuccine alfredo ($11+ for lunch, $15+ for dinner), or a sonnet recounting the tragic life of a common squid. Entrees range from the salmone di patate alle erbe, an herb-and-potato-crusted Atlantic salmon served with fire-roasted pepper sauce, rice, and veggies ($22) to the new york strip steak, which looms over wild mushrooms, rosemary-whipped potatoes, and veggies ($25). Or, swing by for lunch to sip on spoonfuls or industrial vat-fuls of the chef's signature mushroom and asiago cheese soup ($3–$4) and nosh on bites of the garlic-and-pesto-toned pollo e verdure sandwich, which comes stuffed with tender chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, and asiago and gorgonzola cheeses ($8).
Ristorante Ciao splits its dining areas into two rooms, inviting diners to enjoy its delicious cuisine in separate and distinct atmospheres. The first room sports white tablecloths, a red brick wall, and a stone bar backed by a warm-colored mosaic, while the second situates patrons amidst opulent burgundy drapes, jet-black tables and chairs, an extravagant wine rack, and Renaissance-style walls lined with Italian art and pictures of Mona Lisa singing karaoke.
At Ristorante Ciao, the aromas of cheesy baked pastas and pizzas waft from a stone oven to mingle with the scent of steaks, seafood, and chicken sizzling beneath the broiler. Amid this scintillating perfume, chefs concoct hearty Italian fare infused with imported cheeses, fresh produce, and rich sauces.
Inside the dining area, Roman-style frescos adorn stonewalls and exposed bricks. Burgundy drapes seclude leather chairs and upholstered booths, creating an intimate atmosphere for dinner dates or clandestine meetings about overthrowing a caesar salad. From behind the full bar, bartenders pour cocktails and glasses of wine from an extensive list culled from Italy, France, Chile, and California. Two private banquet areas house seating for up to 100 guests, and the restaurant’s catering crew also eagerly scurries to offsite celebrations.
West Downtown Dearborn
22023 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn, Michigan 48124