An elegant, relaxing space with huge glass windows, sunny yellow seating and crisp white tablecloths, Cibo has become the go-to place for authentic Italian food in the city centre since it opened in 2018.
Now, a new restaurant is open, in Manchester’s historic Great Northern building on Deansgate – and this one is even bigger and better.
Owners have invested over £600,000 into the renovations for the new Cibo site, which has only been open a few months but is already proving as popular as the Liverpool Road original.
With a menu full of Italian favourites prepared with heart and soul, it’s easy to see why.
A star attraction is the bottomless brunch – Italian style, of course.
The menu offers three exceptional courses of tasty Italian specialities as well as a range of bottomless drink options from crisp prosecco and fruity mimosas to bubblegum flavoured cocktails, all for £45.
And for a real treat, you can upgrade to the Premium option (£60), which includes Cibo’s famous showstopping Penne Reggiano cheese wheel among the dishes on offer.
This delicious and much-loved creation sees penne pasta dressed with rich cream and sage and flambéed with cognac in a Parmesan wheel in front of you for a touch of theatre at the table, with heady truffle oil adding a touch of luxury.
Other mains on offer include salmon Adriatico – a grilled Atlantic salmon fillet served with tender asparagus and baby prawns in a rich cream sauce.
There’s also plump parcels of egg ravioli stuffed with ricotta and spinach in a beautifully buttery sage sauce, and folded calzone pizza filled with tomato, mozzarella, Italian salami, ham and mushrooms.
Starters, meanwhile, include Cibo’s hugely popular burrata made from mozzarella and cream, with juicy sweet cherry tomatoes and homemade caramelised balsamic vinegar dressing.
Alternatively, there’s polpette – beef meatballs in a lightly spiced tomato sauce with toasted bread – or, must-try for seafood fans, seared king scallops topped with grated Parmigiano and finished under the grill so the cheese melts.
You can add on a selection of sides, too, from fresh salads and vegetables to crisp golden rosemary roast potatoes with Parmesan.
But be sure to leave room for a classic Italian treat of a pudding, whether it’s creme brulee, creamy panna cotta or indulgent tiramisu.
For a taste of sunshine in stylish surroundings, you can’t beat Cibo.