“It's a nice romantic restaurant.”
“The tiramisu was excellent, and we also enjoyed the warm chocolate cake.”
“Tony the manager has a great understanding of wine.”
“Starting well with excellent italian food great brick oven and owners always controlling every plate comin out of the kitchen.”
“it's my new favorite italian restaurant.”
“Won't be back, the food was just okay for the ridiculous prices, don't waste your money.”
“Our waiter, Nick was amazing.”
“It was extremely overpriced and very bad service!”
“The service was awful, taking 20 minutes for a waiter to come over then we waited an hour for two pizzas!”
Honest Italian. In a city that is anything but short of Italian eateries (restaurants, ristoranti, trattorias or whatever they choose to call themselves) Da Ciro is the sort of neighborhood gastro-biz that stands out due to food and the way it is served. Granted, DaCiro is not --and does not pretend to be-- an expense account destination that turns out exquisitely crafted dishes that might be unknown to most Italians in their home country. But if you're in the mood for well prepared pastas, fresh salads, crisp individual pizzas and tasy entres, then DaCiro is a good place to satisfy an appetite and enjoy a well-mixed drink (the wine list is, imho, rather overpriced). You can dine on fine tablecloths and a more hushed atmosphere on the upper level or enjoy a pub-like environment on the ground floor --at a table or at the bar. Especially recommended are the dishes cooked in a genuine wood-fired oven. Out of it, among other dishes, comes a crispy roast baby chicken that is invariably hard to beat for flavor and tenderness. Desserts, as in most Italian places, are fine but hardly the highlight of a dining experience. Great place for a date, conversation or just the simple enjoyment of a nice cocktail and correspondingly tasty meal. BTW, other reviewers who praised the robbiola focaccia perfumed with truffled oil are right on the mark; it's an unusual treat.
I have seen mixed reviews on the web, but had to try this place, as I love Italian. What I realized after being there for ten minutes was, everyone has a bad day. The service was spot on. They were not all over us, but we got everything we needed promptly.
The food is good, very good. I have been to Da Ciro a couple of times now and have not been disappointed. They make their own sauces, and fresh mozzarella cheese (how can you go wrong.)
Pricey?!? Welcome to Manhattan, you honestly must not be from around here if you think Da Ciro is pricey. Try the Foccacia Robiola, it is worth EVERY PENNY!!!!
I for one will be going back!
Stay Far, Far Away.
I don't know how this place is described as having "regional Italian cooking." Unless that is, Chef Boyardee and the region of Canned, Tasteless Food is considered the origin of fine dining. Let's start with the prices. I have no issues with spending good money for an excellent meal. Here, your money will not be well-spent. I had the chicken, which was as bland as eating a brown paper bag. Similarly, the people with whom I dined were disappointing with their pasta, which was mushy and covered with what was described as a "ragout"." They should change their menu to described it as Spaghetti with Lumps of Tasteless Slop.
As for the service. this was even worse than the food. Our waiter, Marco, was arrogant and patronizing from the moment we walked in. I suspect this was because we were dining with three adults and one toddler. However, there was no cause for being treated in such a way. We have been dining out with our son since he was a baby, and he has never been allowed to be rude or disruptive in restaurants. He does not climb on tables, scream bloody murder during a meal, or throw food. The simple fact that he was a child seemed to somehow offend Marco. During our meal, Marco approached us and snidely told us that we needed to stop our car alarm from going off- a minivan parked out front with a car seat in it. We do not own a mini-van. That was, to be cliche, the last straw. We demanded our check, had our food packed, and left. I called later than evening to speak to a manager, and Marco was put on the phone and pretended to be the manager. Again, he was rude and confrontational. When I asked for his name, he said "No. Why do you need it? So you can go and write a review?" I told him no, I simply wanted an apology for the way in which we were treated. Thankfully, his name was on our check. I called later that evening to speak to the owner, at which time Marco got on the phone again, and continued to maintain the F-you attitude.
I don't know why this place is getting good reviews. Living half time in Philadelphia, I can recognize a good Italian restaurant. To be frank, this place sucks. Big time. Between the cost, lack of service, and crappy food, I say try something else. Penelope, which is right up the street, is AMAZING!!
great place. This place is a must try. Great food, serivce and of course drinks. Just ask the waiter what to order and they will take good care of you. Best italian food in murray hill.
We love Da Ciro!. We go to Da Ciro almost every Saturday night and love it! The food is always consistent. I wouldn't order the specials because sometimes they can be pricey. The black linguine with seafood is amazing. It's a nice romantic restaurant. The owner is really nice will always greet the regulars when they come in.
Wow!. Da Ciro Restaurant is a real gem! If you like great food, great service, and a truly welcoming atmosphere, you have got to go there. Go, and you too will become a regular. This is the kind of place that when you walk in you are part of the family. Take the train, get in a cab, unbuckle your belt and enjoy one of the places that is truly worth going out for!
Best place in town!!!!!!!!. Best place anywhere, Amazing place I thing the reviews on the past the are wrong, I went to this place last night and I have the best food and service, very good prizes and quality.
going down the hill.....
...really sorry for it but this is an old story!!! Starting well with excellent italian food great brick oven and owners always controlling every plate comin out of the kitchen....
...but after some years things are changed...money ruin everything i guess!!!
Overpriced ( a plate of orecchiette brocoli and sausage 21 $$!!!!???), inconsistent food not cured into details like it use to be!!! focaccia was burned too cheesy (it was the signature plate) not to speak of the octopus (to be sent back)....and wine choice is limited and again very overpriced. Really sorry for that....
Best Foccaccia anywhere!!!!!!!!. This is my favorite italian restaurant in Mannhattan. I've been going to Da Ciro for the past seven years and have never once had a bad dish. They also have the best tiramisu you'll find anywhere.
BEST PIZZA EVER!. If you are looking to try something you will never forget and NEVER be able to cook yourself, this place is the where its at....the foccacia robiola pizza. It is to die for and you will find yourself craving it again and again. The restaurant is so homey and there are always familiar faces when you go. It has become a regular spot for me and my friends. Sit and eat at the bar, make instant friends, or chat it up with the friendly bartender. Tony the manager has a great understanding of wine.....go there to learn a thing or two. Pastas are fantastic and an all time favorite of mine is the grilled (in the woodburning oven) octupus.
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