Visit the Old World at CiaoCristina!
CiaoCristina!, Toluca Lake’s truly authentic restaurant and pizzeria, is approaching its third year. Our recipes are inspired by the Forementon family of Venexia, handed down from generations of the family. Brought to California by Chef Cristina, who was born in Venexia (Venice), Italy, CiaoCristina! offers the finest Northern Italian food in the area. We feature a full bar, a reasonably priced wine list, and an assortment of over 30+ beers, 22 of which are on direct draught!
Located in Toluca Lake’s former red light district across the street from Warner Bros. Studios, CiaoCristina! has been delighting not only our neighbors but film industry professionals as well — especially those who are vegans!
Start your trip to Italy, no TSA, with one of our salads, including several with handmade Burrata, a fresh mozzarella ball stuffed with mozzarella and cream…. Sorry, no Caesar: It’s not Italian….
Our pasta dishes include not only traditional Italian pastas imported from Italy but also whole wheat — gluten free — risotto, ravioli, and gnocchi. All our sauces are made fresh in-house and bring you closer to the Academia with every bite.
Though known for her Venetian-style lasagna and eggplant Parmigiano, Cristina also has brought Old World flavors to her chicken dishes, such as Saltimbocca di Pollo and Petto di Pollo al Marsala con Funghi. Other secondi include a wild grilled salmon and a flat iron steak with a juniper berry reduction.
As an appetizer or main dish, our pizza has been voted “Best in Burbank” by Cristina’s mother, Sara. Our dough is crafted daily as is our focaccia, bread sticks, and garlic rolls (OK — not Italian, but delicious).
CiaoCristina! is located at 4201 W. Olive Ave. in Burbank. Give them a call at (818) 563-2426. Finish your experience with our handcrafted gelato, the best espresso around, and a Limoncello. Ciao! A Presto!