Written by Steve Caston for North Simcoe Community News
CiaoChowCiao Wood Oven Eatery
Part of this new addition to Washago is the CiaoChowCiao Wood Oven Eatery. Todd Frenette and Theresa Filicetti are the proud proprietors of the eatery. The couple are Washago residents, who, after spending years employed in the technology industry, decided to retire to the cottage. They both love to cook and had been thinking about developing a new business in the food industry. They heard about Rod and Mary's new undertaking and the rest is history.
CiaoChowCiao (which translates to "hello, eat, goodbye") is located to the back of the Canoe Fresh Food Market. Todd told me that he built the 500 square foot kitchen himself, with the help of friends. The centre-piece of the bistro is the massive (2000 pound) wood fired pizza oven. The frame for the oven was built by a local welder and it's on wheels! This was done to simplify the exact positioning required for installation, and enable future refinements to the layout of the kitchen.
The oven runs at 900°F and cooks a pizza in 90 seconds! Only the finest ingredients are used, including Gran Mugnaio "00" flour, which is largely regarded as the best flour in the world, especially for making the perfect Italian pizza. Todd and Theresa are getting into the rhythm of running a restaurant, response has been fantastic and they have been selling out of everything on a daily basis!
CiaoChowCiao boasts a vast array of pizzas, including dessert pizza, a hot table (with pastas and meats), a soup and stew table (soups coming during the colder weather), deli, deli wraps, sweets, salads, breakfast fare and an espresso bar! They are open daily from 10 am with pizza and hot table foods available after 11 am.
The Canoe Fresh Food Market and CiaoChowCiao are located in Washago at 3384 Muskoka Street. Open Monday to Thursday 8 am to 8 pm, Friday 8 am to 9 pm, Saturday 8 am to 8 pm and Sunday 10 am to 6 pm.