A Cozy, Romantic Piece of Italy
By Miss Jane
Ciro Restaurant offers northern Italian cuisine with romantic flair. With soul classics often playing softly in the background, the ambiance of this restaurant is both cozy and intimate. A perfect place to have a meal with the one you love or to catch up with friends over drinks–and the drinks aren’t too hard on the pocket, starting at $9.
The Captain Yellow Parrot has a great mix of pineapple mango rum, pineapple juice, and Sprite. Another standout is the restaurant’s signature Ciro Mimosa, which has a wonderful light citrus taste. The Caipirinhi, made with Sagatiba Cachaca (a Brazilian liquor), muddled lime, strawberries, and sugar is also a must-try.
My chosen appetizer, the stuffed eggplant, was deliciously hearty with a great red sauce. It had the perfect combination of cheese and eggplant and was just the right intro for any main course on the menu.
Entrées that will have you licking the plate include the Ciro Lasagna and the Rigattoni Siciliana. The lasagna had a robust tomato sauce with just the right hint of herbs and spices. The portion also was just enough to leave you satisfied but not too bulky like some Italian restaurant portions can be.
The Rigattoni Siciliana, a pasta dish served with shaved ricotta salata (a wonderful Italian cheese), has a red sauce worth savoring. You’ll want to dip your bread in this sauce until its finished.
This restaurant definitely saves the best for last, with a dessert said to be “better than sex.” When put to the test, let’s just say the Chocolate Lava Divine, a warm fudge brownie served with a strawberry sauce and whipped cream, will have you closing your eyes and saying, “Mmmmm… orgasmic!”
Specials: On Mondays, the restaurant offers half priced bottles of wine.
Ciro also offers a great prix fixe dinner with three courses at $28.95.