Ok, I’m full now! Myself and good old Mr A decided to treat ourselves to a mini pay day splurge… plus, you know, I’ve been eating mega healthy, don’t want to be toooo good it is Friday after all! 3 courses each and a bottle of wine later, we are £60 lighter, probably 6lbs heavier, but extremely satisfied none the less.
The scene of the crime was Cibo, a family run Italian on Gloucester Road, Bristol, which prides itself on home made fresh pasta and the best Italian ingredients. The restaurant itself has a friendly feel with an element of 70’s kitsch to it. I felt like I was in a bona-fida Italian restaurant complete with bread-sticks and chefs exclaiming ‘mama-mia’ from the kitchen (which you walk through to get to the loo!). Mr A pointed out I had never been to Italy.
Check out my ‘arty’ photo of the decor:
To start we shared the calamari and smoked salmon crostini. Both were tasty, the calamari was in a light tempura-style batter and melt-in-the-mouth. I wolfed them down before remembering to take a photo!
Next came the Tagliatelle Umbra – fresh pasta with a pleasing bite, served with porcine wild mushrooms, white wine, Parmesan cheese and truffle oil, all folded into thin slices of Parma ham. Delicious, just on the right side of salty, and intensely mushroomy. The Parma ham was a welcome, but not entirely necessary addition.
Check out the classy tomato ‘flower’:
Then on to Desert. Well, what can I say? Possibly the best Tiramisu this side of Naples
And the profiteroles weren’t bad either!
Scores on the doors:
Value for money: 8 out of 10 – wasn’t the cheapest, but didn’t feel ripped off
Creaminess of the pudding: 11 out of 10 – hmmm, hmmm, hmmm
Authenticity: 10 out of 10 – Pope Frances would be welcome
Cibo Restaurant, 289 Gloucester Road, Bristol – visit Cibo website (link opens in new window)