The new Cibo Trattoria at the Moda
Hotel has finally opened and in the interest of due diligence, we
ordered everything on the menu. Herewith, our favourite things.
10. That its helmed by nimble young ex-London chef Neil Taylor who is a
huge breath of fresh air in this citys Italian dining scene.
9. Lofty ceilings, original red mosaic floors, a grand white marble
entrance and floating fireplace.
8. Full flavours that come from broths (brodos) rather than sauces, so
everything is light and bright and big-city fabulous.
7. The crispy polenta that disappeared almost as fast as the deep-fried
courgette blossoms (so delicate they need to be picked at night).
6. Handmade pastas like spinach-ricotta ravioli and the English pea and
mint risotto that would convert even a committed carnivore.
5. Ling cod and salmon that were cooked to crispy perfection.
4. Full-flavoured olive oil (30 were tasted before they made their
choice) to accompany bread made with imported Italian flour.
3. Oversized pop-art inspired silk screens that bring to mind Les
2. Custom music soundtrack to keep the vibe groovy right through dessert.
1. That its kitty corner to the Orpheum theatre, so we wont have to
subsist on potato chips at the next concert we attend.
Cibo Trattoria at the Moda Hotel, 900 Seymour St., Vancouver,