Part of the successful Metro Group, Cibo Italiano offers authentic Italian cuisine at reasonable prices. Situated at the end of the Golden Mile, the restaurant features an attractive décor, giving it an airy and relaxed ambience. Even though Cibo is quite spacious, it still has an intimate feel with several areas where diners can enjoy privacy within their own dining booth. Seating is well laid-out and suitable for any kind of diner. From parties and family groups to romantic meals, Cibo can accommodate all requirements and preferences.
There is ample outdoor seating for al fresco dining, where you can sit down the side of the restaurant or out the front – and take in Marbella’s buzzy atmosphere. Both terraces are delightfully decorated and are covered by awnings, allowing you to dine outside all year round. The menu offers a wide range of dishes from pastas, risottos, seafood and meats to pizzas (gluten-free pizzas are also available) and salads. Cibo pride themselves on their authentic Italian food and sensible prices, and this is certainly the case with pizzas ranging from just €9.50 to €14, and many of the pasta dishes coming in at around €15. All the dishes we tried were generously portioned and creatively placed on the plate. As a starter, a must-try is the antipasti sharing plate, which was beautifully presented on a wooden board with salami di Napoli, Parma ham, Caprese salad, crispy prawns, bruschetta and char-grilled vegetables served with a tasty dip – and all of this for just €20.
Their desserts are all homemade and highly indulgent, with the likes of the typically Italian tiramisu, a dark chocolate and salted caramel pot, limoncello cheesecake and panna cotta; while for the savoury palette there is the assortment of Italian cheeses with onion relish and candied walnuts.
A surprising feature on the menu is their Sunday lunch for only €14.95. It comes with slow-roasted beef served with vegetables, Yorkshire pudding, whole roasted garlic cloves, crunchy roast potatoes and gravy, and is a big
hit with the locals and regular visitors.
If you enjoy live music, then Cibo is the place to visit on a Thursday. It is quite popular so best to reserve a table.