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Ciao Ciao Piadina Transports Italian Tradition of Aperitivo to La Jolla

The Italian restaurant and bar opens Thursday

The cocktail bar at Ciao Ciao Piadina in La Jolla

The glorious tradition of aperitivo, the Italian custom of whiling away an afternoon or evening with a glass of vino in hand and some complimentary snacks from the bar, has arrived in downtown La Jolla via Ciao Ciao Piadina, which opens this Thursday, April 1 on Pearl Street. The team behind the highly-anticipated bar and social club includes the owners of Ambrogio15 pizzeria, which is soon expanding to Del Mar Highlands, and Semola, their fast-casual pasta spot that’s reopening next month in the former Prepkitchen La Jolla space.

At Ciao Ciao Piadena, the stretch between 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. will be dedicated to aperitivo, offering $29 or $39 sets that include one drink plus unlimited free finger foods and small bites like olives, bruschetta, and imported meats and cheeses. Additional drinks, from natural and biodynamic wines including a private label prosecco to a range of spritzes, can be ordered a la carte along with any plates off the daytime menu, which centers around flatbread sandwiches called piadina, one of the official food products of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, as well as salads and other light snacks.

The 1,200-square-foot restaurant and bar, which will have both indoor and outdoor seating, plans to eventually extend its hours to include a breakfast menu of coffee and Italian pastries.

The cocktail bar and dining room at Ciao Ciao Piadina
Pink banquette seating at Ciao Ciao Piadina
An aperitivo snack tower on the bar at Ciao Ciao Piadina
Trio of spritz cocktails from Ciao Ciao Piadina
Assortment of salads and snacks from Ciao Ciao Piadina

Ciao Ciao Menu

Ciao Ciao Piadina

510 Pearl Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

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