Well, this will be a bit of a mixed bag, so here goes:
Went to Cibo Trattoria on a Saturday night,as we were going to a show at the Orpheum, and the restaurant is right across the street. We knew nothing about this place, save what we had read on-line. Overall the experience was a bit of a disappointment. First of all, the value for dollar in our humble opinion was not good. We spent over $160 and did not even order a bottle of wine, as well we were double charged for one of our desserts! ( I did not notice this unfortunately until we had left). The food was solid, and the pre-theatre menu selections that my wife ordered were outstanding, but the service was spotty. No drink orders taken when we first sat down, and we felt "rushed" to get in, order, eat and get out. Now, to be fair to the restaurant we were late for our reservation by 20 minutes, (our sitter was late, sorry it happens!) so we called and informed them that we were going to be a bit late, and they very graciously saved us a table, BUT still, no one likes feeling rushed, however I do understand they need to do as many seatings as possible on the weekend - so fair game.
Where we felt the place failed was in an overall air of "pretentiousness". The restaurant is quite small, so our seats were very close to other diners, for us, too close. As well the wait staff seemed disconnected - for instance they had 3 ladies that would bring the food and drink, and out of order. One other item of note, my wife orderd a Caesar, (the cocktail) and the wait staff informed her "Sorry Ma'am we do not serve those here because there are too many additives in Clamato juice, and we only serve locally sourced and additive free organic items at Cibo. O.K. Now we are big supporters of locally grown, and organic, but really? It's a cocktail, it has alcohol in it, not exactly "healthy". This is like vegetarians who smoke cigarettes!
Just a little too pretentious for us.
Although the "ambience and service was lacking, again to be fair, the food was solid, with some dishes (My skirt steak, and the wifes stuffed rottollo (not sure of spelling?) as well as the deserts) were outstanding. Fresh, good portions, and beautifully flavoured.
The deserts (pannacotta and a lemon and blood orange tart) in particular were very well done, perfect way to cleanse the palate after the heavy flavours of the beef and goat cheeses. As well they seemed to have a very extensive wine list, so although we are not that in to wine, if you are, you probably would have appreciated it much more than we could.
In closing, we will likley not return. Not enough value for the money, and we are just not that in to "pretentiousness"!
However, on a quiter weeknight, this place could be a gem for those who value local fresh ingredients and good wine pairings.