Who We Are

Ciao Bella Restaurant is a Family Owned Restaurant since 1991, started by the Founder:  Anthony Charles Gambino from Palermo, Sicily. 

Mr. Gambino was searching for a name for his restaurant when he remembered a friend, who always greeted him or said farewell with a robust "Ciao bello. “Ciao' means hello or goodbye and `bella' means beautiful.   

Mr. Gambino started out preparing Northern & Southern Italian specialties.  Many of the Southern Italian dishes he had learned from his mother, who was born and raised in Palermo. The restaurant's signature dishes included veal Marsala, veal parmigiana and a dish of his own invention called Veal Chesapeake, which features veal and crabmeat.  He began his career in the food business in the 1950s, working for Joe Corbi Pizza, and later opened Nino's Pizza in Owings Mills and Eldersburg. After selling the pizzerias, he opened Ciao Bella.

The restaurant is now owned and operated by Anthony Gambino’s only son - Anthony Joseph Gambino – Owner & Chef.  Anthony Gambino (Tony) has been working with his Father since the restaurant opened in 1991 and in 2001 when  Mr. Anthony Gambino Sr. passed  away ;  Tony Gambino’s mission became to carry on his father’s legacy, and offer a warm welcoming atmosphere with good affordable homemade Italian dishes of Sicily.

The Restaurant has also expanded to hosting banquet parties, special occassions, and  private events in the banquet rooms, Restaurant has 2 large banquet rooms each capable of accomodating 50-75 people, Special Menu's and Catering options available for any event to meet your demands and price budget.

Happy Hour offered in the Lounge -Sunday - Thursday 4:00 - 7:00 pm. offering 1/2 price drinks and small plate appetizer menu.



**Minimum credit card usage $20.00**




  • Saturday, November 5, 2016

    CIAO BELLA 25th Anniversary Celebration

    CIAO BELLA 25th Anniversary Celebration


    Please join me in celebration of 25 years in business operating as Ciao Bella Restaurant one of Little Italy's finest family owned Italian Cusine!

    Celebrations begin on Friday November 4 -Happy Hour Specials starting at 6:00 pm

    Saturday special entertainment by the famous well known Pianoist & Vocals of Retro Ray & Sue Betty (vocalist) -advanced dinner reservations required reservations starring at 6:00 pm - entertainment beginning at 8:00 pm. Ciao Bella will be providing complimentary Hors d'oeuvres during intermission around 9:00 pm.

    Look forward to seeing all my family friends and supporters.


236 South High Street
Baltimore, MD 21202 410-685-7733

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Fine Italian Cusine - Family Owned & Operated since 1991 - Open 7 days a week .

Dine in or Order out and have delivered to the comforts of your own home with Order-up or Grubhub.

Happy Hour Monday-Friday 5:00-7:00 pm

Let Ciao Bella host your Private Event or Special Occassion in one of our 3 private banqute rooms, whether it be a Business Meeting,Bridal Shower, Wedding Rehersal Dinner,Private Party, Whatever the occassion- Ciao Bella is the Place. Special party packages available and customized to your occassion.

Valet Parking 7 days a week or garage parking at the Little Italy Parking Garage (Off Eastern Avenue - 2 blocks away- $4.00 all day) 


**Minimum credit card usage $20.00**

Hours of Operation

Sunday: 11:30am9pm

MondayThursday: 11:30am10pm

Friday, Saturday: 11:30am11pm

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