New Zealand Home & Building, October-November 1998
ciao bella — There's a constant buzz at this relaxed Christchurch eatery
There's a constant buzz at this relaxed Christchurch eatery.
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As you'd expect of a restaurant located in a building owned by architects, Christchurch's hip new eatery, Ciao, pays as much attention to the surroundings as to the menu.
Situated in the ground floor of Warren & Mahoney Architects' offices in Victoria Street, Ciao is essentially three establishments in one - a cafe/restaurant, deli and bar. Warren & Mahoney architect Kerry Mason was responsible for the clean, contemporary fit-out, working closely with Ciao's four owners to create an interior that would complement his firm's revamp of the old MAF building.
The atmosphere here buzzes at any hour of the day, with communal tables and outdoor seating contributing to the relaxed, friendly mood of the place. Sunlight bathes the pale timber tables by day, and at night the restaurant's distinctive red neon sign becomes a beacon on Victoria Street.
Ciao is at 131 Victoria St, phone 03-371 7288. Open seven days from 8.30am until late.page breakpage breakpage breakpage break