Cibo

Price guide: Mid-range

83 Pontcanna Street, Cardiff, CF11 9HS

Price guide: Mid-range

By Dave Jenkins, your Cardiff expert

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#9 of 20
expert-rated restaurants in Cardiff
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.5
4.5
Ambience:
4.6
4.6
Service:
4.3
4.3
Location:
4.2
4.2
Value for money:
4.1
4.1
Recommended for:
Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Foodies, Mature travellers, Design and architecture, No fuss, People watching, Sightseeing

Expert review of Cibo

Cardiff's most authentic Italian restaurant

Whatever corner of the city you find yourself in, you won’t be far from an Italian family-run restaurant, Cardiff is decorated with them. This one is my favourite, though, thanks to its understated, almost rustic decor, their impressive menu and the lively Italian family who run it. Once you step inside it genuinely feels like being in a Napolitan street cafe.

Food and drink: 

One hundred per cent traditional, unashamed Italian food, here; it’s hearty, wholesome and generous in size. The pizzas’ crusts are admirably thin and the vegetables are always cooked with care. Besides an interesting range of Welsh ciders, the full English breakfast is the only real exception from their authentic national selection, and even then you can choose an Italian sausage.

Recommended dishes: 

It’s difficult to look further than the pizzas when they’re cooked this well. Or indeed the calzone folded pizzas. Their pasta dishes have always been impressive - the spaghetti Siciliana is a most noteworthy option for vegetarians – and no one should dine without their potato salad as a side.

Ambience: 

The cafe’s outdoor terrace and back garden make a great backdrop for daytime indulgence, and cosy escapism can be found inside during the colder months. During the evening, the small venue is a more vibrant affair and pretty much always full.

Service: 

The family running around, barking orders at each other certainly adds to the atmosphere. They always seem busy but never leave you waiting too long.

Location: 

Pontcanna is about 20 minutes walk west of the centre. A daytime visit will reward you with a great stroll through the park.

Price advice: 

Pizzas usually cost £9.50 and most pasta dishes are under £10. The antipasto is £7.

Tables to book: 

It’s such a small restaurant it doesn’t matter where you sit. The back of the restaurant is fun, raised on a mezzanine level you can gaze out over the happy eaters down below.

More information on Cibo:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Café, Coffee shop, Restaurant
Food:
Italian
Address:
83 Pontcanna Street, Cardiff, CF11 9HS
Telephone:
+44 29 20232226
Website:
http://eatoutincardiff.org/cibo.aspx
Serves:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Open 12pm-9pm on Mon and 10am-9pm from Tue to Sun
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

Have you been to Cibo? Would you recommended it?