When great food and award-winning wines are served in a beautiful setting, the experience is bound to be memorable. Guiseppe “Joe” Scalzo has created that experience at Ciao Bella, where authentic Italian dining is true to his family’s roots in their native town of Calabria, Italy. Scalzo discovered the joys of cooking working at a small restaurant in Florence, Italy—and then brought it to the U.S.
After studying international business at Loyola College in Chicago, Scalzo
was more than ready to successfully take the helm at two Chicago restaurants. Next, it
was time to bring the flavors of fine Italian cuisine to northwest Indiana “Having a place where people can share love and friendship over good food that’s prepared with experience and skill is something beautiful,” says Scalzo.
Ciao Bella offers authentic Italian fare from family recipes reflecting different regions in Italy. Scalzo creates dishes embracing the Mediterranean diet, and patrons are delighted with his new ideas for specialty dinners with fresh ingredients. The Rigatoni Boscaiola is Joe’s mother’s recipe; the Pollo alla Romana (Chicken Romano) is another family favorite; and the recipe for award-winning lasagna is from a chef in Bologna. During Lent, there will be fish specials every Friday, prepared with fresh fish flown in daily as always.
No wonder Scalzo was featured in Gourmet magazine!
Make memories at Ciao Bella
Ciao Bella is also a great place to gather for graduations, rehearsal dinners and other special occasions. “You and your friends and family can come here and enjoy a wonderful meal in a beautiful atmosphere.”
Experience great pairings of food and wine with a truly superb wine list. Last year Wine Spectator magazine honored Ciao Bella with an Award of Excellence for one of the best wine lists in the world. Each Wednesday Scalzo offers a budget-friendly half off all wines $40 and over.
Ciao Bella is an elegant yet cozy atmosphere, for everything from an intimate dinner for two to a banquet for 100.
Sports events in the bar area are congenial and exciting, with four large-screen TVs. For Scalzo, every detail is important, from the newly expanded bar area to its 450-year-old doors custom-made in Ireland. And every occasion is made memorable with Ciao Bella’s professional and friendly waitstaff.