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 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. It’s no wonder Ciao Bella is the best Italian restaurant in Baltimore!
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.
CIAO BELLA RESTAURANT - LITTLE ITALY BALTIMORE
236 South High Street
"THE BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT IN BALTIMORE"
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)
Off-Site Catering Available for Parties of 50 or more.
**Minimum credit card usage $20.00**
Hours of Operation
Sunday, Monday: 12:00pm–9pm
Friday, Saturday: 12:00pm–11pm
We are closed Monday, except for special events and private parties and holiday parties. Please allow 3 days notice.