Newly minted and an im­me­di­ate blueprint for suc­cess, Cibo is the fresh­est face on the block. They’re serv­ing food that’s made to be en­joyed in­stead of com­pre­hended. The rus­tic Ital­ian menu of­fers pasta, long and short; pizza, plain and fancy; veal, seafood, whole fish, roast chicken and in­ven­tive sal­ads. Food you can trust.

De­signer Na­dia di Donato has cre­ated an ex­trav­a­gant mix of ca­sual glam­our in a vast space crafted from rus­tic wood, nat­u­ral stone, orig­i­nal ex­posed brick with butcher block ta­bles. Oh, look, here is a mini pas­ti­fi­cio where a sea­soned pasta maker from Rome makes fresh pasta; and there is the piz­zaiolo, toss­ing the dough in the air, pre­par­ing it for the glass walled open pizza oven; and wow, you can’t miss the floor to ceil­ing, glass wine room. Go right in, have a tast­ing and nib­ble some chunks of Parmi­giano Reg­giano from the gi­ant wheel. At the open kitchen, they hand turn the char­cu­terie slicer to order.

The pri­vate din­ing rooms are so invit­ing you will im­me­di­ately want to plan a party. One more thing, hang on tightly to the handrail as you take the stairs to the fa­cil­i­ties. The huge paint­ings are provoca­tive stun­ners. But I don’t want to spoil the sur­prises for you—there is much more to dis­cover.

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