Cibo Pizzeria: An Urban Classic

by Mike Hunter



Chic and urban may be the best way to describe Cibo (pronounced CHEE-boh), a Downtown Phoenix pizzeria, but it hardly embodies the appeal. That must be done by describing the food, which is truly authentic and creatively delicious.

The old early-20th-century bungalow-style home has been transformed into a comfortable, urban hot spot with many rooms and a unique Old World charm that is so rare in the Valley. Walk into a small entry area with a quaint bar that is the hub for the many rooms that make up the dining area throughout. Tables deliberately planned in each room allow for plenty of space for parties of any number and are perfect for two to four coming in for lunch. Views of the outdoor patios set in front of the city backdrop give a feeling that something important is going on here. Which it is — incredible Italian sandwiches that will please any palate.

The pizzas are the true draw, but there’s only a limited menu during lunch. The homemade dough is topped with the finest ingredients and wood fired to perfection. The “Margherita” is made with the signature light tomato sauce and mozzarella topped with basil and is likely the lightest of the three or so pizzas served at lunch. The sandwiches are made on saltimbocca bread that is baked fresh with every order in the wood-burning oven. Each is served with a choice of the house salad, fruit salad or chips. Hot favorites include the “PLT” with toasted prosciutto, mixed greens, tomato and spicy roasted bell pepper aioli, and the “Salsiccia” made with Sicilian sausage, roasted bell peppers, sautéed onions and mozzarella. On the cold side, the “Caprese” with sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and pesto dressing is a delicious way to experience the freshness and home-baked breads. The salads are full of flavor and many of Italy’s famed ingredients, like tomatoes, shaved parmigiano, mozzarella
and even pine nuts. Not to be missed is the “Sardegna” made with baby spinach topped with goat cheese, caramelized walnuts and sliced strawberries, with Cibo’s prosecco dressing.

This quaint urban spot is a great destination for clients and those who are inspired by Phoenix history. The food and service will impress and the experience will be one to repeat many times.   

Cibo Urban Pizzeria
603 N. 5th Ave., Phoenix
(602) 441-2697

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