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Ciro's Italian Grill

The interior of Ciro's new, expanded location has a courtyard feel to it, with a large bar at the center as the focal point. This family-owned place serves up generous portions of traditional Italian food, along with more Americanized dishes, with lots of personal attention to guests on the side. The roasted red pepper soup and the pesto salad make great beginnings. Outstanding pasta dishes are available in almost endless permutations: Choose your favorite pasta from a list of nine available and combine it with one of 16 choices. Weekend brunch is a nice addition.