Speaking of Italian food that's been needlessly spiced and tarted up, Cibo has made a step towards the dark side. (To see sambamaster's post on Austin diners who won't accept Italian food that's austerely prepared: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/42475... ).
Here's a link to Cibo's new menu:
The change is treated as great news by local media, who are echoing management’s spin:
With the exception of the fegatini appetizer, the restaurant seems to have eliminated all interesting items that I previously enjoyed there:
I find this depressing. I'm not saying that none of the new dishes *can* be good. I'm saying that they don't sound appealing to me. I lived for two years in Italy (Lazio and Campania), so I crave Italian food like what I had there. Like sambamaster, I’ve searched for it at all the usual suspects in town (excluding chains). The old Cibo came closest to delivering. . . for too short a short time.