Jan 26, 2024 - Food and Drink

New restaurant Cibo brings fancy vibes, huge portions

Five ribs stacked on top of a plate of french fries

Pomegranate rib perfection. Photos: Everett Cook/Axios

👋 Everett here. The new restaurant at the Cambria Hotel, Cibo, has an in-house DJ, soaring ceilings, locally sourced ingredients for its modern Mediterranean menu and $15 cocktails.

  • A judgmental person (me) might assume that also means pretentious food and small portions — but Cibo bucked all my expectations.

What I ate: While Cibo's parameters for Mediterranean food are a little loose, the restaurant does have dishes like moussaka, tabbouleh and lamb chops.

  • A friend and I who stopped for lunch can recommend the deliciously balanced pomegranate ribs ($25), a loaded antipasto starter ($28) and the Wait a Minute, a fancy coffee cocktail ($16).
  • The fried scallion chicken ended up being a pretty standard chicken sandwich ($17), but the Brussels sprouts ($10) were maybe the best I've ever had.

Of note: While this ended up being a pretty pricey lunch, it also provided two days' worth of leftovers. Can't remember the last time that happened — especially from a fancy new hotel restaurant.

If you go: Open daily at 600 W. Lafayette. Hours vary.

Antipasto plate stocked with meats, cheeses, giardiniera, fig jam and focaccia
Antipasto plate stocked with meats, cheeses, giardiniera, fig jam and focaccia.

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