opened earlier this summer in Regent Square, serving contemporary Italian cuisine. Described as upscale-casual, the cozy, 36-seat BYOB showcases ingredients sourced from local vendors and area farmers markets.
Executive Chef Eric Schwarzmeier says although many items at Cibo are traditional Italian dishes, he enjoys being able to experiment with different flavors in the kitchen.
"If something's a little Greek nobody's going to slap me on my hand," Schwarzmeier says. "A lot of things are traditional [just like people's] grandmas probably did it, but then I also play on other things, and I'm not scared to mix-and-match."
Schwarzmeier, 26, trained for the past 10 years at La Cucina Flegrea in Squirrel Hill and now enjoys the freedom of creating his own menu, one that changes nearly every day.
Menu items include grilled salmon with asparagus rissotto, zuppe de pesce; veal scaloppini with forest mushrooms in a white wine butter sauce; and Penne Pasta Cibo, sausage, fennel and onion in a parmesan cream sauce.
Cibo is owned by husband and wife duo, Cindy and Dino DeFlavio, also of the Regent Square institution D's Six Pax & Dogz.
"We wanted to serve [Regent Square]," Cindy DeFlavio says. "The neighborhood and surrounding areas, these are such wonderful communities with wonderful people, and everyone likes to have a local spot."
Cibo is open Monday through Saturday, 5pm to 10pm. BYOB. Reservations are not required, but recommended. 1103 South Braddock Avenue, Regent Square, 15218, 412-871-5923.
Writer: Andrew Moore
Source: Eric Schwarzmeier and Cindy DeFlavio, Cibo Restaurant