SARA SAYS: Where we’re din­ing now—ital­ian

DINE and Destinations - - CONTENTS -

Cre­ate a blueprint for suc­cess and folks take no­tice. Now CIBO on King West has two sib­lings in Toronto, lo­cated in the top lo­ca­tions in town: Yorkville and Yonge/eglin­ton. From the minute the doors opened, there has not been a quiet day. They’re serv­ing food that’s meant to be en­joyed in­stead of un­der­stood. The rus­tic Ital­ian menu of­fers pasta, long and short, pizza, plain and fancy, veal, seafood, whole fish, roast chicken and in­ven­tive sal­ads. Sun­days, Bub­bles and Brunch. Tues­day, Lob­ster and Lin­guine. Thurs­day, Club So­ciale. Food you can trust.

Each lo­ca­tion has its own daz­zling style—cre­ated by de­signer Na­dia di Donato—an ex­trav­a­gant mix of ca­sual glam­our that seems to bring out the light­heart­ed­ness in the clien­tele. In the Yonge/eglin­ton lo­ca­tion, there is a Wine An­gel, float­ing high above the two-story wine cel­lar, who will find the bot­tle you’ve or­dered, glide down and hand it to your server. Seat­ing is at the bar, in the main room or up in the mez­za­nine from where you can sur­vey the en­tire scene. The King W. floor-to-ceil­ing, glassed-in wine room in­vites you in to have a taste and a nib­ble of Parmi­giano Reg­giano from a gi­ant wheel. In each lo­ca­tion, there are sur­prises to de­light the senses. Fresh pasta is made be­fore you; the piz­zaiolo tosses the dough in the air, preparing it for the open pizza oven. This is din­ing for plea­sure.

If you are in South Florida, you’ll find sev­eral Cibo lo­ca­tions. Hap­pily, they have kept the same menu.

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