If you’re a food enthusiast in the Philippines, you’ve likely heard of the culinary gem that is CIBO Italian restaurant. About a year ago, CIBO Italian restaurant opened at the Ayala Malls Capitol Central in Bacolod City. CIBO stands for something nostalgic for me, as I have been to their Glorietta branch in Makati City several times before in the late 90s. Sure, the restaurant is roomier and much brighter with modern design implements. But there is just something about the place that warms the heart. Find out more.
Needless to say, the food at CIBO Italian restaurant is inspired. Owned by the premier and multi-awarded Chef Margarita “Gaita” Fores who has Negrense roots, the restaurant did not happen by chance. It was born out of Chef Gaita’s love for Italian cuisine and her passion for preparing fresh dishes from natural ingredients following slow food processes. The restaurant at Ayala Mall Capitol Central is their first branch outside of Metro Manila.
CIBO Italian Restaurant: Culinary Excellence on Every Plate
What truly sets CIBO Italian Restaurant apart from the crowd is its dedication to culinary excellence. Each dish is a work of art, meticulously crafted to capture the essence of Italian cuisine.
Here are some of the restaurant’s standout offerings that our family loves:
The spinaci zola (spinach dip) is a crowd favorite antipasti.
Needless to say, this big slab of tender rib-eye steak that’s cooked just right is our family’s central favorite. Our kids love their steak medium, so they really hate it when we are served well-done meats even though we requested it differently. Our youngest daughter exclaimed, “Best steak I have tasted so far!” hahaha
The freshly made pizzas at CIBO are always a hit, whether for snacks or meals. We chose the Pizza Gamberetti just because we like shrimp.
CIBO has several kinds of pasta, with the penne al telefono and carbonara topping the list.
Best Italian Desserts
As they say, DESSERTS is STRESSED spelled backward. Don’t be stressed. Instead, enjoy two of the most famous Italian desserts–the pannacotta and tiramisu. Pannacotta comes with many different toppings.
Sourcing the Finest Ingredients
At CIBO, the quality of ingredients is paramount. Chef Gaita has gone to great lengths to source the finest local as well as imported ingredients, with many directly sourced from the farmers themselves. She wants to ensure that every dish is authentic, as her palate was trained from growing up consuming Italian food from Italian-owned restaurants in New York as well as her rigorous training from Italy as a chef.
The result is a menu that’s not only delicious and authentic but also a testament to the commitment to using the freshest possible produce, cooking without shortcuts, and preserving the integrity of the dishes.
With more than 20 company-owned branches already and more restaurant openings to look forward to in the coming months, CIBO is proof that there is room and demand for real food in our society.
Where is CIBO in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
Embark on a memorable culinary journey at CIBO Italian restaurant, where every bite is a celebration of Italy’s rich flavors and traditions. Buon appetito!
CIBO now has 2 branches in Bacolod, namely:
Ayala Malls Capitol Central
Along Gatuslao Street, Bacolod City
SM City Bacolod
North Wing Atrium