For a city as large as Phoenix is, it sure has a barren downtown. Get away from the sports arenas and you can walk for blocks without encountering a place to eat. Happily, we walked for about 20 minutes after a ballgame and sought out Cibo. It doesn't open until 5pm for dinner, so we had to cool our heels for a while, as did others, on their porch until they opened. But the wait was worth it. The service was friendly, the wine was good and the hand-crafted pizzas, using high-quality ingredients from Italy.
The restaurant is an old house, so there isn't a lot of interior seating. (I believe they have an outdoor section which may be larger.) It's cozy but by the time we left it was also getting busy.
The Antipassto Speciale was aptly named. Many great flavors all on one plate meant for sharing. My wife and I ordered two pizzas (they come sized for one person) and shared them. the Prosciutto Crudo pizza was elegant in its simplicity. The Di Notte pizza was an amalgamation of several cheeses with spicy salami. Both were superb -- just great combinations of flavors.
Such a simple meal, but it ended up being the gastromonical highlight of our week in Phoenix.
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