CIBO Trattoria Authentic Italian reinvented

CIBO Trattoria Authentic Italian reinvented


It had been awhile since I had dined at Cibo Trattoria. For me a handy spot for a light dinner before heading to the Orpheum. Or a cozy romantic place for a dinner for two. Luckily it remains both of those things with it’s recent reinvention. Under the capable hand of Mark Taylor, formerly of Cru on Broadway and more recently of Siena on 12th Avenue (where he is missed by those of us who live in the ‘hood).


Chefs Josh Gonneau and Jonathan Chovancek


On April 11 I was fortunate to be included in a media dinner. I was looking forward to rediscovering this downtown gem and I was not disappointed.  The room remains it’s cozy, casually elegant, small seat restaurant that I favour. The kind of place where they remember you and greet you with a warm welcome.The kitchen is expertly presided over by Chefs Josh Gonneau and Johnathan Chovancek. Chovancek returning to his roots for which we are extremely grateful. Bartender/sommelier Sabrine Dhaliwal chose excellent wines to pair with the mouth watering dishes.


cibo Trattoria Media Dinner menu

Welcome Cocktail

saie key:  jack daniels, cointreau, jasmine green tea, lemon, buttered sling contessa bitters, topped with ginger beer



Wine: Fèlsina Bruit, Toscana

burrata and prosciutto di parma

warm focaccia, sourdough, tuscan olive oi. parmesan passatina di cici

beef carpaccio

tellicherry black pepper seared, confit tomatoes, sicilian capers, pickles, mustard aioli

albacore tuna crudo

shave fennel, pickled radish, orvieto olive oil

Wine: Pecorino, “Sagno” 2014, Platinum Italia, Abruzzo



all famiglia

vincisgrassi al forno [v]

baked abruzzo heritage durum wheat pasta, grilled portobello, spicy tomatoes, black pepper goat cheese cream



ricotta gnocchetti

braised oxtail, grilled mushrooms, san marzano tomatoes



chitarra alla vongole

stinging nettle pesto, early spring vegetables



all famiglia



triangle island halibut

buttermilk polenta, grilled asparagus



chianti braised lamb

gorgonzola farrotto, balsamic cipolini agrodolce, parmesan gremolata

Wine: Chardonnay, MacRostie, 2013, Sonoma Coast, California




organic crème fraiche panna cotta

caramelized apples, burnt honey caramel, amaretti



tiramisu “cibo”

molten chocolate brownie, marsala & espresso bitters



chocolate budino

dark chocolate budino, white chocolate & anise semi freddo, mascarpone cream, pink pepper meringues

Wine:  vin Santo del Chianti, 2009 Rocca delle Macle, Toscana


All of the dishes were excellent, well prepared and attractively presented, but for me there were a few that were standouts; including burrata and prosciutto di parma, the chitarra alla vongole was over the top, the halibut moist and flavourful and the organic crème fraiche panna cotta perfection. Wine pairings sublime.

If, like me, you haven’t been in awhile do yourself a favour and try Cibo Trattoria again soon. If you’ve never been you are missing out. Ideal for a romantic dinner for two, pre- theatre, a family celebration or just because.

Reservations recommended: (604) 602-9570

About Cibo Trattoria

Located in the chic Moda Hotel in the heart of downtown Vancouver’s arts and culture district, Cibo Trattoria is the ideal destination for an enjoyable Italian dining experience. True to its “trattoria” name, Cibo’s 40-seat, cozy dining room is the perfect spot for any occasion or social gathering; where patrons enjoy casual, rustic Italian cuisine in a warm, inviting atmosphere. Cibo Trattoria specializes in authentic cuisine with local and organic ingredients. For more information visit:


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