When one of our neighbors told us about the food at Ciro's, we decided to check it out. The place is small, with a pizza delivery sort of counter, and a very dark little restaurant that seats maybe 20. We stood at the door for a good while before anyone even addressed us; once we finally managed to do pirouettes for the waiter/host, he pretentiously asked if we had reservations (you have to see the place to see how laughable that was to us). The kids were really looking forward to dinner and it was somewhat late, so we decided to stick around, although on first impression, our insticts told us to head for the nearest exit (there's only one; I told you, it's small). the place is dark & uninviting; the service was poor at best, and we did notice that other "regulars" without reservations seemed to be greeted delightfully and given a table without the hassle that we received.
I can't lie about the food. It was delicious, and tasted home made all the way. The kids loved the creamy italian dressing, and we loved our lasagna, chicken parm, and the rolls were yummy.
Hence, if you don't mind crappy service and attention, this is the place for Italian food in Pinecrest. However, if your goal is similar to ours where you go out to eat to have a pleasant, inviting experience, go to Papa Ricco's on 144th. You won't be nearly as disappointed as we were!