Venetian-inspired eating comes to Didsbury Village. Offering a menu that includes dishes not found anywhere else in the UK outside London, Cibo is fast attracting fans from across the area as well as Didsbury locals looking for a regular favourite.
A new arrival in the village, the restaurant is light and airy, offering a modern interior with a touch of industrial chic. A slate grey and rich cream colour palette sets off the exposed brickwork and polished wood floors, and a spiral staircase leads up to a private dining area with sun terrace. The menu concentrates on north Italian cooking, and combines authentic rustic dishes with a selection of chichetti, the Ventian version of tapas. The emphasis throughout is on using the best and freshest ingredients to create dishes that are simple but full of flavour. Suppliers deliver seven days a week, and the Cibo team make fresh pasta, bread and desserts daily.
Dishes are small, the idea being that you order a selection. You can ask to have everything served at once, or a dish at a time.
The intriguing chichetti menu offers a great selection of Venetian snacks and a chance to try something different. Dishes include stuffed artichoke wrapped in lardo, baccala montecato, and scamiorza wrapped in speck. If you don’t know what these are – and, unless you’re fluent in Italian food you probably don’t – the best way to learn is to take advantage of the 6 for £10 offer and find out first hand. Individually, the chichetti plates cost £2.
There’s a tempting anti pasti selection, including fillet of beef carpaccio with Caesar dressing (£8) and mixed chargrilled Italian vegetables (£5.50). If you like meatballs you’re in the right place – there are four different options including lamb and pistaccio and beef and tomato (both £5).
The meat section of the menu offers robust flavours such as slow braised ox cheek with black peppercorns (£7.50) and chargrilled chicken with lemon and thyme (£10). Fish lovers won’t go far wrong, with dishes on offer including octopus braised with tomato and peas (£8) and halibut with prosecco and asparagus. The pasta section offers luxurious options such as ravioli neri filled with crab (£6.50), gnocchi with venison ragu (£7), and asparagus risotto (£6), whilst pizza in miniature is provided with pizettes including mozzarella and wild mushroom (£5.50) and focaccia filled with mortadella and cacioca curd cheese( £7).
This being an Italian restaurant, it would be wrong to leave without dessert. There’s a small but irresistible selection of treats, including Sicilian cannoli – sweet pastry with a ricotta and cream based filling -(£5), chocolate hazelnut cake (£5), and of course, the Cibo cheese board (£7).
Whether you’re looking for an easy lunch, a full dinner or simply fancy grazing at any point in between, Cibo fits the bill perfectly. And with the drinks selection including inventive cocktails as well as good Italian wines, you’re sure to find something suitable to wash down every dish.
Cibo Restaurant, Manchester
10 – 12 Warbuton Street, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 6WA