Restaurants & Bars Prairie Provinces

Cibo - yyc

NumberFive | | Jun 1, 2012 08:34 PM

Just had dinner at the newest creation from the folks that brought us Bonterra, and very pleased with the first impression.

The place is on 17th, just next to Farm, and is slightly inconspicuous from the outside. That said, once you get inside, it's a great space. Fun and happening bar/lounge space downstairs where there are some high tables both large and small, as well as space to sit at the bar or in front of their pizza bar (in front of the pizza oven where they make the pizzas), and then the dining area upstairs.

The menu appears to be based on simple and fresh. They have about 15 different 'small' plate appetizers that you can get at $4 for 1, $11 for 3, or $18 for 5, which all come with small fried pieces of bread to either dip, or place on. We ordered 3 of them and were very happy with the flavors in all 3, particularly the roasted eggplant and goat cheese dip.

After that, they have about half-a-dozen salads, half-a-dozen meat dishes, about 8 different pastas, and about a dozen different pizzas to choose from.

Having pre-checked the dessert menu (and being satisfied with the appetizers), my wife ordered a pasta dish, and I went with a pizza. The pasta she ordered was a Farfelle with sundried tomato, artichokes, chicken, pine nuts and basil, while the pizza I ordered was a bit of a "guy-special", wild-boar bacon, italian sausage and salami. We felt both were spot-on, well flavored, and fresh. The crust on the pizza in particular was really good. Right combination of crispy, soft and chewy.

Finally for dessert my wife had the nutella (with chopped hazelnuts) calzone, while I had a dessert (of which I forgot the name) that was basically 3 fresh fried donut balls accompanied by lemon curd and raspberry sauce. My wife (like many women I think) is a nutella-junky, so she loved hers, although I think I had chose the real winner, as mine was a fantastic finish to the meal. We also had a couple of coffees, which we were pleased to learn is sourced from P&S.

For the two of us, all in for the whole meal, including a couple of glasses of wine it came to $85 before tip, great value for for what we thought was good, fresh food in a nice space.

Would love to hear other thoughts as more folks get to this place in the future.

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