By Denise DePaolo
“Life is too short, and I’m Italian. I’d much rather eat pasta and drink wine than be a size 0.” – Sophia Bush
Ciao! is located right on Rapid City’s Main Street Square. Its proximity to the city’s professional community – and downtown shoppers – makes the order-at-the-counter fast casual concept especially appropriate. The restaurant has an open, airy Tuscan farmhouse feel. The seating area is comfortable and plentiful, with the type of décor you find in most Italian restaurants – hand-painted plates, countryside landscapes and wrought iron details in the wall hangings and fixtures.
When we approached the counter to order lunch on a Monday, we were greeted by a friendly employee who was happy to give recommendations. After some debate, our order consisted of what she told us were two of the most popular pastas – the Creamy Pesto Penne and Spaghetti with Giant Meatball. We also ordered the Tuscan Farmhouse salad. It was a little disappointing that they were out of the pizza sticks, which sounded delightful (dough stuffed with pepperoni and cheese, topped with garlic and other cheese), but we blazed on.
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