Ciao Bella building in Little Italy says ciao to new owners

The building that houses Little Italy’s Ciao Bella restaurant has sold for $1.05 million, the previous owner confirmed.

Anthony Gambino, chef and owner of Ciao Bella, said he sold the building, located at 236 S. High St., because he was tired of maintaining it. The new owners will renovate the building, which includes six upstairs apartments. But the restaurant, he says, will stay open.

“We’re not going anywhere,” he said. “We’re in our 26th year, but we have 20 more.”

According to property records, a limited liability company based in Baltimore bought the building last month for just over $1 million. In 2007, the building sold for $1,980,000.

“I took a little bit of a decrease,” Gambino said.

Each summer, Little Italy hosts an outdoor movie screening series where films are projected on the side of Ciao Bella. Gambino said he hopes the screenings will continue, but that it’s dependent on some of the neighboring restaurants.

“Little Italy needs to maintain its ambience,” he said.

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