Ciao Gelato opening in new Lincoln Avenue location on Friday

Scott Franz
Lynne Romeo and her husband
Scott Franz

— A quick glance at Ciao Gelato’s Facebook page this week reveals just how excited Steamboat Springs residents and visitors are to see the local eatery and hangout back in business.

The post about Ciao’s revival on Lincoln Avenue was met with dozens of congratulations messages and promises to stop by, as well as more than 290 likes.

Ciao opens at 11 a.m. Friday in its new location right next to the Steamboat Smokehouse.

Lynne Romeo, who runs Ciao with her husband, Massimo, said she’s feeling really good about the restaurant’s third grand opening in downtown Steamboat.

“This is where we’ve always wanted to be,” Romeo said Thursday, hours before the first batches of gelato were being made. “It’s so much fun to get back into the routine. It’s just a whirlwind.”

Ciao closed in October after operating out of two different locations on Yampa Street.

Romeo said she’s looking forward to the smell of fresh baked breads and being part of the community again.

She added a lot of stars had to line up for Ciao to be able to set up shop in what used to be the Smokehouse’s banquet room.

“We’re pretty lucky to be close to them,” Romeo said. “We are so looking forward to a symbiotic relationship.”

Some of the gelato flavors Ciao is planning to have ready at the grand re-opening include forest berry and chocolate, salty caramel, dark chocolate, blueberry cheesecake, mango, Nutella, mint and chocolate.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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