July 21 – Cibo Pizzeria
Cibo Pizzeria 603 N 5th Ave Phoenix, AZ 85003 602.441.2697 http://www.cibophoenix.com Although the Double Ds did not get together in July due to schedules, Bill and I did have a chance to try a new place with some great friends, Thom and Susan. I would be despondent if I did not take this opportunity to remember our experiences. Cibo is a fun little pizzeria in historic downtown Phoenix that follows a trend of converting old homes into stylish and initmate restaurants. Cibo delivers a quaint atmosphere filled with character which includes patio seating that is covered by twinkling lights. If we had we not arrived on a night of a monsoon storm with pelting rain, we may have taken advantage of the of the charming outside area. Cibo has quite a following and while we arrived at 8pm and the wait was only a few minutes, we have heard that if you wish to dine earlier, be prepared to wait…a long time. We started with the Burrata which is fresh mozzarella with a creamy heart topped with a balsamic glaze and served with black label prosciutto crudo and toasted bread. The crunchiness of the toast with the creaminess of the delectable mozzarella was a fantastic combination! We also tried the summer special salad which was greens tossed in a vinaigrette with grilled peaches, cherries, beets and goat cheese. The flavors were fantastic and the whole salad was very refreshing in the Arizona heat. For the main dishes, Bill ordered the Salsiccia Pizza with tomato sauce, sausage, and mozzarella while I ordered the Vegetariana Pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella, mushrooms, artichokes, zucchini and roasted red peppers. The pizzas were good but after having pizza from Vito’s in Mesa, it is really hard for anything else to measure up to heaven on a pie. The wine selections are all Italian varieties with a selection of Italian and local beers as well. I tried the Candoni Pinot Noir and it was the first Italian wine I can remember really enjoying. We followed up dinner with a couple of espressos and shared a warm crepe filled with Nutella and strawberries, topped with powdered sugar and chocolate sauce. We also opted to add fresh whipped cream and a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream. This was definately unexpected and the warm crepe just melts in your mouth. It was a warm, fresh, flavorful, and fabulous ending to dinner. Overall the experience was good. While we can’t say that we were overwhelmed by the flavors of the dishes, the evening was very enjoyable due to the cute location and most of all because of the great company. Cincin!