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Meet the Chef

Picture of Bryan Nelson.

Bryan Nelson

Bryan started his apprenticeship at 17 with the River Seafood Grill restaurant in Southgate, then finished his apprenticeship at Walters Wine Bar with renowned chef Ryan Clift. Following that he worked at the Stokehouse upstairs for the period they had two hats. He did a brief stint at St Andrews in Brighton before taking the helm as head chef at A la Greque where he spent three years before extensively travelling Europe on a gastronomic tour for 18 months before opening Ciao Cielo, 8 years ago.

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Value for money
Marco Mason

dined on Sat, 4 May 2019

Nice place with very nice food that you rarely get in other restaurants, such as sardines & trout.... favorites of mine. So I was very pleased. For service..., probably one of the best experiences. Overall very nice and we will be bac.
Sharon Young

dined on Fri, 20 Sep 2019

Really good food and service as usual!

dined on Fri, 6 Sep 2019

The chefs ‘inspiration caramel parsnip’ desert may be the best desert I have ever had. Great night, not our first visit, definitely not our last
Ray Evans

dined on Fri, 9 Aug 2019

An excellent lunch and great cosy Aron cold day

dined on Wed, 31 Jul 2019

It was very nice. Good service. Thank you for having us.

dined on Thu, 4 Jul 2019

Our waiter was great and i requested a table near the fire and got the best table so was happy

dined on Sun, 30 Jun 2019

Lovely open fire. Creative Italian food. Really nice decor and ambiance. Slightly pricey. Enjoyed the afternoon where we took our time and weren’t hurried along. Worth a try

dined on Sat, 29 Jun 2019

Beautiful food in every single details in a cosy warm restaurant. What else you’d ask for in a wet winter afternoon? Thank you for a lovely afternoon.
Sharon Young

dined on Sat, 22 Jun 2019

Great scampi and very good service.

dined on Fri, 31 May 2019

Great restaurant
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About Ciao Cielo

Italian for love From the front windows pops Ciao Cielo’s 1940s art deco style, looking all the parts of a little slice of Europe. Atmospherically lit with walls adorned with mirrors and vintage black and white portraits, Ciao Cielo is one of Port Melbourne’s best kept secrets, a cosy neighbourhood gem that is the perfect place to spend a romantic dinner or catching up with a friend. And the menu is equally as elegant. A petite menu of lovingly cooked Italian dishes is on offer. Delicious entrees such as the herby calamari or the zesty bruschetta are a fine start. Traditional gnocchi and spaghetti dishes get their own distinct approach of flavour (the potato gnocchi with roast pumpkin and walnut is a big step up – sorry Nonna!). There’s a neat little choice of meat dishes for something more substantial, such as the steak or BBQ quails, but methinks the slow roasted lamb shoulder’s where it’s at. With thoughtful staff to put you at ease, this sure to make for a special night out where one can share old memories and make new ones. Best dish: lamb shoulder



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