11244 104 Avenue NW, Edmonton
A little while ago, I finally went to Cibo Bistro. I’ve been wanting to go here for a while now, and then finally had the occasion to go. They generally are pretty busy in the evenings for dinner, so I recommend making reservations. They’re on open table, so it’s relatively easy! They’re located right in Oliver Square, and there’s an ample amount of parking.
The restaurant focuses on simple italian food. They cure their own meats, make their own cheese, and hand roll their own pasta. They also try to buy everything locally! They change their dishes seasonally, so some of the dishes from my review may no longer be served. For dishes, we got the Trio Di Bruschetta and grilled octopus for appetizers, and went with the Mezzaluna and Tagliatelle for entrées.
For three different bruschettas, there was pancetta, roasted fennel aioli, apple gremola; wild mushroom ragu, tartufo, moliterno; and 24-month prosciutto di parma, quail egg. This was probably my favourite dish of the night. Each of them had a lot of depth and elements to it. This is a fun dish to share and eat with someone.
The other appetizer we got was the grilled octopus. This was grilled octopus served with cavolo nero salad, toasted almonds, oranges, chili vinaigrette. The two appetizers were my favourite dishes of the night.This was probably one of the best octopus dishes that I’ve ever had. It was cooked perfectly, and was tender. It went really nicely with the salad and vinaigrette. Definitely recommend this dish.
One of the pastas we got was the mezzaluna. This was pasta stuffed with roasted cauliflower, taleggio, and 12-year old balsamico vecchio in a sauce. This was a relatively good pasta, but I’m not sure if it was worth 25 dollars. I always find that the balance between quality/quantity is difficult, but I didn’t feel like this was worth it. Especially since I just recently dined at XIX around the same time as Cibo Bistro, which are similar price range, I would much prefer to go back to XIX.
The other pasta we got was the Tagliatelle. This came with wild boar bolognese, basil oil, 2 year aged vacche rosse parmigiano. I preferred the mezzaluna over this pasta. This dish was a little bit underwhelming as well. The pasta was good, but there was not very much bolognese. Overall, I was left pretty unsatisfied.
Overall, my experience at Cibo Bistro was mediocre. The night started off really great with the appetizers, but the entrees were not on the same level. Their lunch menu and prices seem a lot more appealing to me, and I’ve heard great things about their lunch. If I were to eat here again for dinner, I would probably try multiple different appetizers. This seems to be the trend for Cibo in the most recent reviews that I’ve read. Maybe I came on an off night, but I’d definitely recommend trying this place out for lunch and trying one of their pastas!
Quality of food: 3.5 for pasta, 3.8 for appetizers /5