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Ristorante Ciao Italia

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Mathieu de Layensplein 2, Leuven 3000, Belgium
+32 16 23 34 94
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Sint-Joris-Winge, Belgium
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65 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

This little restaurant in the shadow of Leuven’s cathedral is worth a visit, if you are looking for the classical Italian kitchen. You will find here real good pizzas and pastas. They are made to genuine Italian standards. Do not expect any novelties, but then, what is wrong with classical dishes? There is also a decent choice of meat and... More 

Thank Renet_58
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69 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

I really enjoy their pizza here. Great attention to details, ingredients are fresh and the pizza smells good! The service here is average. We had to wait almost an hour to get our pizza.

Thank Wisdommatters
Ichtegem, Belgium
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409 reviews
255 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016

This is an excellent italian restaurant. Very friendly people, nice menu with original italian dishes. They have ragu! Also they claim to serve the best ossobucco. Did not eat ossobucco because they had ragu but I believe them. Hope to come back to Leuven so I can try the ossobucco. Also original cocktails available. Came here because Würst was closed... More 

Thank Staessen
Brussels, Belgium
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190 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016

Ciao Italia is a typical small Italian restaurant. Basic recipes not high cuisine. The two owners (one from Sicily ) are friendly and try to be funny. You will have a unique opportunity to practice your Italian. Their Ducth/ English is very basic. The restaurant is well located in the main square of Leuven. The food was ok but nothing... More 

Thank Michel W
Brussels, Belgium
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17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 20 August 2016

This family restaurant is definitely heading in the wrong direction. They've reviewed recentely their menu for worse. Overpriced, small quantities, tasteless meals... We can't recommend (anylonger) such a place. A damn shame to discard 20 years of experience in such a way. This used to be a fair better business.

Thank Eatclub
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177 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2016

we have been coming here on and off for 20 years but not recently as the centre of Leuven is car user hostile, but an opportunity to see Tom Robinson band gave us time to eat ahead of the gig. Opens nice and early, very central, and the staff are the children of the owners who ran it 20 years... More 

Thank MikeWNewport_Uk
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56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2016 via mobile

It was a rainy night in Leuven. We needed something to eat in a hurry, and noticed that Ciao Italia was crowded with people. This is often a good sign, so we sat down. Nice, lively athmosphere, very charming Italian waiter. We manged to communicate despite some language difficulties. We ordered a starter with italian cheeses, sausages, sundried tomatoes, grilled... More 

Thank Hilskjef
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80 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2016 via mobile

We stopped in leuven for lunch while crossing belgium. Nice center with pedestrian streets. A lot of restaurants also. We went for Italian finally. Good attention to the kids. They shared spaghetti, enjoyed staters and candies. The skeat and lasagna were good although it is possible to find better. The service was nice and fast enough. Friday lunch time but... More 

Thank Emmanuel P
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439 reviews
227 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2016

Ciao Italia is situated on Mathieu de Layensplein (square) at the back of the gothic church in the centre of Leuven. It is run by two Italian brothers, Antonio and Guiseppe. It is not the kind of restaurant you would go to for a romantic meal or for a long talk over lunch or dinner. The place is small –... More 

Thank Trainbleu
Uckfield, UK
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414 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2015

We went for an impromptu meal, whilst at a conference - this restaurant looked good from the outside. The whole experience was a bit strange. I still cannot work out whether the waiter was trying to be funny, trying to play the authentic Italian or if he couldn't care less. But, in any event, the pizza was good.

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Restaurant Details

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Italian, Mediterranean, European, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
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Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
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  • Address: Mathieu de Layensplein 2, Leuven 3000, Belgium
  • Location: Europe  >  Belgium  >  Flanders  >  Flemish Brabant Province  >  Leuven
  • Phone Number: +32 16 23 34 94

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?