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Ciro's Italian Ristorante is a family-owned business that has served the University neighborhood since 1995. We specialize in providing homemade Italian cuisine in a sophisticated, but never stuffy, atmosphere. Ciro's is the perfect place to impress a date or celebrate a family event. We have a semi-private dining area and we also offer catering. Bring your family to our family.
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Phone: (704) 510-9106

Fax Number: (704) 510-9106

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cash, all major credit cards, amex, discover, master card, visa
The Shoppes At University Pl
University City North
Italian Restaurants, Mediterranean Restaurants, Caterers, Take Out Restaurants, Pizza, Restaurants
Other Information:

Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Mediterranean, Caterers, Take Out, Italian, European, Continental, Pizza

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Specialties: Family Events

Price Range : Average

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Very good Italian food.Tastes like home cooking.Felt like I was back in Little Italy in NY.Owners are from Booklyn and Italy.Service was great.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Family Italian

Been there several times and never disappointed. Love the owner that plays the accordion. Food is always good and plentiful. Atmosphere is more family than romantic but at this stage in my life that is what I am looking for. Oh yea, do not forget to take a walk around the lake after dinner.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Two bad experiences

I wish I could say I say I had a five star experience - I love Italian food - but unfortunately I can not. I first ate at this restaurant almost five years ago where my mother found a giant fly wiggling in her salad leaves. After a few years and finally erasing that image from my mind, I went back a few weeks ago only to have another bad experience. We waited for a long time to have anyone seat us, they were out of soup, and the waiter brought me the wrong dish. He apologized and comped the meal, but he could not fix the fact that I had to watch my husband eat, and then he had to watch me eat, since the timing was all messed up. Why two stars vs. one? The food was good, although nothing special. But I don't think I'll be trying this place again.


Provided by Citysearch - 
My Favorite Restaurant EVER!!!

I have been coming to Ciro's since I was in the 5th grade and the first time I walked in I was mesmorized by the unique decorations of moons and suns. You sit down and they give you fresh hot bread (if you're lucky you come on a day when thje owner makes the bread!) The service is very friendly and you always feel as if you are number one. The meals are delicious, i almost always get the cheese ravioli in an alfredo sauce. My mom loves the portabello mushroom sandwhich (only available for lunch) and my dad loves the chicken marsala. They don't rush you out the door and the seating is not crowded so you can enjoy the company of those you came with. dessert is delicious if you have room for it. i never do :) but once for my birthday i got canolis and they were delicious. If you are looking for the most bang for your buck, along with authentic food, then you CANNOT miss out on Ciro's!!!!


Provided by Citysearch - 
Sadly Disappointed

Being Italian and from New York (Long Island) I have difficulty recommending this restaurant. Upon entering you notice an almost uncomfortable decor with tiled floors, unattractive walls and furniture. The prices on the menu certainly would demand a quality meal, but I was not impressed with their plain basic gravies, bland bread and pre-prepared appetizers. In my opinion the owners of this restaurant are focused on providing large quantities of easily forgettable food at high prices and high profit. It is puzzling to me how others can claim this restaurant is so good and most of all authentically Italian, maybe they have not been exposed to good Italian restaurants (olive garden and macaroni grill are not good Italian restaurants). This restaurant clearly serves basic Italian-American comfort food, in gigantic American portions, if this is what you are looking for you will find it here, if not save your money and dine elsewhere.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Authentic Italian cuisine, excellent service, good value!!!

After traveling around Charlotte a good 2 - 3 hours we found Ciro's by mistake when we had decided to go back to the hotel were the convention was being held. Upon entry the place was packed and I thought that we would be there for at least an hour before being seated. To our surprise the Owner (originally from Italy) came over and introduced himself and ask if we had been waiting long (This was after about 5 minutes). During our chat, the attendant called our name and seated us (approx. 10 minutes). The atmosphere was excellent, the owner even played several Italian selections on his accordion. Very romantic. My wife and I had an excellent dinner and the service was great. I would highly recommend this restaurant to any visitor at University Place in Charlotte. And for any racing fan there is a unique story between the owner and famed racing personality/former driver Benny Parsons. So drop by and read the article on the right hand wall as soon as you enter.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Italian in town

Great food, moderate prices and ny family has been going there for over 10 years. All entries are good but I personally love the Veal Marsala and Shrimp Fra Diablo. Specials are excellent but are more costly, usually around $20. Pablo (owner) plays the accordian nightly and helps give the place a family friendly atmosphere. You don't need a reservation but it is helpful if you have a large party. Pizza is NY style and I recommend it highly. This is one of my favorite places to eat in Charlotte.

Update 5/2009
While the quality is still pretty good, sadly the prices keep going up and you don't even get a salad anymore with the price of a meal. Personally, I like butter with my bread and I find it disappointing that it is no longer a option. The waiters and waitresses are all pretty new and are ok at best. Years ago, the staff was friendlier and could describe the ""specials"" with the appearance that they actually may have tried and enjoyed the food. I would now rate Ciro's a star less than my original review.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Wonderful food, wonderful service

I'll never go to Macaroni Grill anymore.. for the same price, I can go to Ciros and enjoy great food, live accordion music and friendly service. My only complaint about my visit was that the tomato in the caprese appetizer had been refrigerated, so it had an icy texture and dull flavor. The bread was fresh and airy. The salad had fresh, delicious croutons and the wonderful house creamy italian dressing. The entree, a house special with cheese tortellini, was absolutely fantastic, especially the fresh basil on top. The chocolate mousse was also great and the prices are very reasonable. I will be back!


Provided by Citysearch - 
The Best

I have made a mission to try all the italian restaurants i can find. CIRO'S tops them all in food and value. Places like Carraba's and even worse Olive Garden are garbage. I've tried Franky's and several others. CIRO'S is hands down the best italian food! It will not hurt your wallet either.


Provided by Citysearch - 
family feeling

artie and paulo make you feel like you are at home with family.the food is always hot when served,very consistant every visit.the tiramisu is the best in town.the pasta and chicken dishes are my favorites.we had my sons rehersal wedding dinner there for 55 people on a friday night and the service was just like dining for two.excellent.

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Ciro's Italian Restaurant

8927 J M Keynes DrCharlotteNC 28262

(704) 510-0012

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