A day in Cibo is a day as an Italian—not a tourist. As Don Giovanni’s kitchen takeover at Per Tutti draws to an end, the multi-award-winning team have announced they’ll be taking over the Deansgate/Castlefield site permanently.
Closing from the 5th to 9th of February for refurbishment, the team have plans to completely revamp and refresh the 100-cover restaurant with a whopping £250k overhaul planned: exchanging one Italian name for another as Per Tutti (‘For All’) becomes Cibo (pronounced chee-bo, an informal Italian word meaning ‘food’.)
Drawing on the style of charismatic southern Italian city Naples for interior inspiration, expect bright colours, luxurious wallpaper and high-end everything as Don Giovanni perform a full refresh. Whilst Cibo is set to be just as stylish as Don Giovanni, we expect a slightly younger and cooler edge from the group’s new cafe-style site.
The interior isn’t the only thing that will be changing next month, so will the food offering: exchanging Don Gio’s authentic, Italian classics for some more exotic and experimental fare under the new management of Head Chef Salvatore Galdo. With a strong focus on fresh fish dishes and a straight-up pledge to stay away from anything frozen, he is set on breathing new life into the kitchen. Taking inspiration from his hometown, fresh flavours and simple cooking take priority at every turn on Galdo’s menu at Cibo.
Think seared king scallops topped with grated pecorino, veal with lemon and sage with grilled Venetian white polenta, and sexed-up Calamari Fritti with baby octopus, king prawns and whitebait.
“First and foremost, where possible we will be using all-Italian products and cooking them in the proper Italian way: meaning more simply, like we do at home, with an emphasis on strong and full flavours. I want to recreate for the Manchester market the original taste of Italy like my grandma taught me to make. “This mean’s we’ll be utilising a different style of cooking: no long prep, nothing will be pre-cooked and we won’t be using any frozen fish, I only want to work with fresh produce and to see minimal waste coming out of my kitchen.” – Head Chef Salvatore Galdo.
Cibo will also be open for breakfast and brunch, Italian-style, every morning. This menu will run from 8.30am to 11 am in the week, extended until 1 pm on Saturday and Sundays. With classic bennys, healthy fruit salads and other flavoursome European delights on offer, opt to fuel up or indulge depending on your mood.
As well as a new look and a new menu, Cibo is also offering diners a promotional soft launch* deal for 30% off food when booked online throughout February (excluding Valentine’s day). before opening fully to the public at the beginning of March.
*Soft launch offer available from 10th – 30% off, excluding set menus, Valentine’s day and breakfasts, must book in advance online Cibo open from 10th February for soft launch bookings.
New opening hours: Monday- Thursday 8.30am-10.30pm // Friday & Saturday 8.30am-11pm // Sunday 8.30am-10.30pm
Cibo, 3-11 Liverpool Rd, Manchester M3 4NW
0161 834 9741