Cibo E Beve, Italian for “Eat and Drink” is a new Italian eatery from the owners of 101 Concepts (Food 101 and Meehan’s). Located in Sandy Springs in the Fountain Oaks shopping center, Cibo E Beve (pronounced chee-boh bevay) is just a couple doors down from Food 101. This modern Italian restaurant is run by Chef Linda Harrell, who has twenty years culinary experience and was Chef de cuisine at Buckhead’s Anitca Posta. I was invited to the media preview last week. Don’t have time to read the post? Watch the Cibo E Beve video instead.
The wine and cocktail menu is extensive with a bevy of Italian wines and specialty cocktails like the Yellow Fever (pictured at the top of this post), which includes one of my favorite ingredients, St. Germain, and the Chatham County Line with Peach infused whiskey, maple syrup and a Georgia peach. Servers are very adept and helping you make a wine selection if you aren’t sure what to order. Just give them idea of what you like, and they’ll come back with a couple choice selections which are sure to please.
The menu is divided into Small plates, Pies, Pastas and Main plates. We started things off with the Hamachi Crudo, a lovely piece of Yellowtail, which was followed up by a Cibo Meatball and one of Chef’s signature dishes, the Arancini Siciliani, safrron risotto fritters filled with buffalo mozzarella and parmesan, the flavor was absolutely titillating. This is a must order if you visit Cibo E Beve. I’d love to spend some more time exploring the small plates menu, especially items like the Octopus or Lamb belly with Polenta.
Next up were the pies: Margherita and Quattro Formaggi. The Margherita was light and delicious, the San Marzano tomatoes, make all the difference, in my opinion. The Quattro Formaggi, or four cheese, was equally delightful, and I loved the addition of the fire roasted Mortadella, which the additional meat was kind of a surprise, but a good one. I’m anxious to try the Soppresate pizza on a return visit.
There are eight different pastas on the menu, half of which are vegetarian, as well as some of the small bites and pizzas being vegetarian, so there is no problem accommodating herbivores as well as carnivores. We sampled two of the meat-centric pastas during the media preview: Bucatini with bacon and pancetta, and Orecchiette with turnip greens, sausage and asaigo. My favorite was latter, with the turnip greens making for an unexpected but good combination with the sausage. However, I’d love to try the house special – Rigatoni with gorgonzola dolce and pistachio cream.
Mains include Veal, Scallops, Halibut, Salmon, Lamb Shank Osso Buco and the obligatory chicken. I was torn between our two dining options: Scallops or Lamb Osso Buco. However, since it was quite warm out, I decided to keep things light with the scallops. The three scallops were wonderfully prepared and served on shallot risotto with white chocolate veloute, although I tasted some sort of Asian influence in the sauce that I can’t quite put my finger on. One my dining companions shared a taste of the lamb shank with me and it was heavenly, just about melting in my mouth.
Cibo E Beve is an excellent choice for meeting up with a friend for drinks and to share a couple small plates or pizza. If you want to have an Italian feast, Cibo E Beve has got you covered there too with authentic pizzas, pastas and main dishes. This new Italian eatery is definitely worth putting on your must visit list. Dining room seating is only 70 people max, so reservations are a must for weekends.
4969 Roswell Road, Suite 245
Sandy Springs, GA 30345
404 250 8988
Cibo E Beve Website