About Ciao Bella

A Family Tradition

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 crab meat. 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 has been owned by the Gambino Family of Baltimore Maryland. Anthony Gambino Sr. and Tony Gambino Jr. Co-founded Ciao Bella in 1991. Lisa Gambino is now operating the restaurant with the heirs Nicholas and Gabriella Gambino. In 2000, when Mr. Anthony Gambino Sr. passed away, the family knew they would carry on his legacy. They offer a warm and welcoming atmosphere with good, affordable, and homemade Italian dishes of Sicily. Bringing both contemporary and many traditions of their heritage. It’s no wonder Ciao Bella is the best Italian restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Restaurant has also expanded to hosting banquet parties, special occasions, and private events in the banquet rooms, Restaurant has 2 large banquet rooms each capable of accommodating 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.


236 South High Street



Fine Italian Cuisine - 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 Occasion in one of our 3 private banquet rooms, whether it be a Business Meeting, Bridal Shower, Wedding Rehearsal Dinner, Private Party, whatever the occasion- Ciao Bella is the Place. Special party packages available and customized to your occasion.

We Validate Parking (Restaurant Bill Credit)

Or... Valet Parking Available! $10

 Off-Site Catering Available for Parties of 50 or more.

 **Minimum credit card usage $20.00**

The owner Tony was extremely nice and attentive, along with our waitress and the chef. Our meals were great, you can tell everything was fresh and homemade.  We will definitely come back again next time we are in town.



Hours of Operation

Monday-Thursday 12-10
Friday & Saturday 12-11
Sunday 12-9