After a bout of the stomach flu, I am back! My apologies for the lack of posting the last 5 days, but, you can take solace in the fact that I’ve got a bunch of exciting posts coming up.
The first starting with what is perhaps my favourite restaurant in town.
Anna had a couple friends in from Edmonton so we took it upon ourselves to show them a good time. And what’s better than gorging and pigging out on the most delish Italian food?
In my mind, Cibo was the only place to go. That, or its sister-restaurant Posto pizza if you’re really hankering for some pizza.
At Cibo, the selection is pretty wide and family-style sharing is encouraged.
As if it even requires mentioning… I ALWAYS order the pizza. The crust gets me every time. Chewy, salty, crunchy. *salivating as we speak* Everywhere else I go, I always find myself biting into the crust longing for that hint of salt that makes your mouth water.
Anyway, we started off the evening with a few bevies as we poked our way through the night’s specials.
Absolutely starving from our day at the women’s show, we ordered a few scodellinas to get things going.
The modern bruschetta with crunchy baby toasts.
Massive arancini balls stuffed with mushroom risotto.
Thin slices of salty prosciutto, drizzled with balsamic vinegar and grana padano.
And, roasted golden beets with hazelnuts and goat cheese.
These guys look small, but they pack a big punch. It quickly became a group endeavour to make our way through.
Afterwards, I took advantage of our seat near the kitchen to take a snoop through the the night’s creations.
The main courses were the focus of the night. These ladies had a few bad dining experiences in Calgary, so we were set to show them that us foodies aren’t totally out of our minds.
Most of us ordered pizza or pasta – classic Italian, with the exception of Cole who decided to change things up.
^ Note the thumbs up ^
He went for the Italian pork dish, a brined and marinated pork shoulder, paired with spiced apple and whopping dishes of cauliflower mash and carrots.
The meat was tender as we pulled it apart bite by bite.
The pizzas were the bomb. There is no other way to put it.
I stuck with the classic Margherita pizza because why ruin a good thing? I will vouch for this bad boy time and time again, especially when it comes loaded with that soft, gooey fresh mozzarella.
The other ladies selected a loaded pear and gorgonzola pizza and the pesto pappardelle.
Bursting at the seams, we couldn’t help ourselves but order a trio of the finest Fiasco Gelato for dessert. Just a little something something to cleanse our palates :p
Needless to say it was a good night. I can always trust this place to step up their game and deliver when it counts. And for that reason, it’s received my highest recommendation for out of town guests (especially for those with a modest budget!).
Cibo is located in the heart of 17th Ave, so, you can count on it being ridiculously busy. If I’ve peaked your interest, you’ll want to head over to Open Table and make yourself a reso – preferably days in advance (especially for large groups). And if you require a quieter seating arrangement, or your group is really really large, they do have a private dining area.
PS – they have some wicked pizza specials both from 3-5pm and 2 hours before closing if you’re more the spontaneous type.