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“Top notch pizza in a not-so-top notch part of downtown” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cibo

Cibo
603 N 5th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003 (Central City)
(602) 526-0210
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Ranked #86 of 2,574 Restaurants in Phoenix
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Central City
Portland
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118 restaurant reviews
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
“Top notch pizza in a not-so-top notch part of downtown”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

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.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Gilbert, Arizona, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“A downtown must!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

I have eaten here many times and it never disappoints! I usually split a pizza with someone and then split a nutella and strawberry crepe as well. The crepes are AMAZING! You can sit indoors or outdoors on the extremely large patio area. The patio area is just like being in someones amazingly landscaped backyard. I cannot say enough good about it. It's perfect for dates or going with friends. I wouldn't really recommend it with smaller kids because the wait can be lengthy after 6:00.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hyde Park, New York
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“Disappointed”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

I'm visiting Phoenix and my sister took us to Cibo. The ambiance was nice but the food was disappointing. The menu is limited mostly to pseudo pizza that is heavy and greasy. The menu items had Italian sounding names, but the pizza wasn't Italian or appetizing.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Lovely!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Great burrata, amazing pizza, wonderful atmosphere, charming owner, can't wait to come back with more friends.

Visited March 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“great pizza place in downtown Phoenix”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

this pizza place is the best pizza place in downtown Phoenix bar none! It is in an old house that has been turned into a restaurant. The inside of the house is very cool, but my favorite place to sit is outside in the front yard. The fall and spring are the best times to sit outside in Phoenix. However I seem to see people using the front yard even through the summer.

The ambience is great, but the food is great as well. I don't think you can really go wrong. It is obvious that the people who run this place take pride in their food quality.

I think there is a much more well known place inherited square called pizza Bianco. Well this restaurant blows the doors off of that place. Cibo gives a much better value for the money.the food here is actually tasty and impressive. Believe it or not, the prices here are not as high as Pizza Bianco. Everything about this place is better.

Every time I go to Cibo I walk away happy. You cannot go wrong by spending an evening in this restaurant.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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