Complete Bliss at Ciano
Ciano is located in the old Beppe space and although the name has changed the cozy warm, low lit atmosphere still remains. It was early evening, a day after a holiday so the place was virtually empty. I took a seat at the bar and started out with a Crostino of Pesto and Spicy Burrata.
The Burrata was as creamy as ever with just a little kick of spice and a super garlicky pesto bottom. Talk about a nice start to the meal. I thought about ordering a few more when my bread basket arrived.
Not actually a basket but a plate of grilled garlic bread and salty focaccia with some truffle butter and chili oil for dipping. Thanks goodness I didn’t order more crostini. After munching away on the focaccia I would never had room left for my Pappardelle with Duck Bolognese, Oregano and Pecorino di Noce.
I had been worried this dish would be too rich for me but I was amazed at the perfect balance of flavors. I loved all the different textures in the dish and I ended up eating every last bite. Even using some of the bread to make sure I got it all. There’s nothing better than when a craving gets satisfied and here it was more than satisfied. I was beyond content and just perfectly full.
Some other notes about Ciano- I loved the music. It made the whole place very relaxing and inviting however the pacing of the food was a bit off. My assaggini came before the bread and my entrée arrived before I had even finished my single crostini. So that could use a little work and although the wine list was lovely it definitely is on the pricy side. However I will be checking back into Ciano. I loved Chef Gallante while he was at Cru so I’m more than happy to see him cooking in my neighborhood. Next time I need a guest however so I can try out those veal meatballs as well.