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Riverside Gem Stroll along Waterfront Drive and you’ll see Cibo, our newest café moderno. It’s hard to miss - hugging the stylish new Mere Hotel and hovering over the water! That’s because Cibo’s home is a former boathouse perched along the Assiniboine River since 1904. Extending funky east-side Exchange culture even further east, Eatz Enterprise, which also helms Moxie’s and Shark Club, has repurposed this historic building for charming urban-style drinks and dining. Working with gorgeous brickwork, soaring ceilings and magical riverside views, Cibo lives up to its Italian namesake; Cibo is “cibo” in form and function; that is to say, jazzed - especially about food. The menu offers a streamlined selection of (mainly) Italian drinks, appetizers and bigger plates for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night snacking. Classic Cuppa Jo to start: latte. Hot ‘n’ creamy. Perfect. For appetizers, Arancini features moist risotto rolled up with herbs and cheese, then fried golden crisp. A trio of the hardball-sized delights are gobbled up. And Bruschetta, bruschetta, bruschetta! The third is the charm! From a selection of share friendly taste combinations, you select three. Our choices: soft blue cheese, pear and candied walnut, and grilled vegetable and Trappist cheese, and Buffalo mozzarella, tomato and basil. Generously topped with cheese, chunky fruit and vegetables and leafy herbs, these crisp poppers are a major highlight. For mains, the lure of comfort fare is irresistible. First: THE Burger. The “THE” status is apt: a hefty charbroil-style beef patty is sandwiched in a bun loaded with lettuce and tomato, with accents of pickled shallot and supple cheesy reggiano aioli. Everything stays down to earth, thanks to a pile of classic shoestring fries. And no Bolognese regrets. Cibo’s interpretation is supple and satisfying. Fine ground beef and pork mingle with vibrant tomato and then get twirled up in soft fettuccini. Unifying this wholesome dish is a rich veal jus. More jus? A juicy Montalto Pinot Grigio; Blossoming with notes of pear and honey, the Italian vintage pairs easy with almost everything on the menu. To finish: “Chocolate 5 Ways.” Flourless, creamed, crumbled, shaved and brittled, it’s a jazzy taste and texture rollercoaster that will leave you hungry for more. (Cibo looks to have the best patio spot in the city, too! Hint! Hint!)

Cibo Waterfront Café 339 Waterfront Dr. 204-594-0339 Summer 2014 | STYLE MANITOBA | 23

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