Osteria Cibo Rustico is here to introduce us to the fresher, healthier side of Italian eating. Their entire menu calls upon the rustic traditions of the Italian countryside, where farmers use what they have on-hand to make inventive, delicious eats.When we imagine a traditional Italian meal, we envision endless piles of pasta, covered in thick tomato and cream sauces and topped off with a few meatballs. (We also envision the inevitable food coma that follows.) Luckily for us, Osteria Cibo Rustico is here to introduce us to the fresher, healthier side of Italian eating. Their entire menu calls upon the rustico traditions of the Italian countryside, where farmers use what they have on-hand to make inventive, deliciously fresh eats. Cut open one of Osteria Cibo Rustico’s meatballs and see the difference (and taste it, too) – yes, there is certified Angus beef, but also incorporated? Fresh onions, garlic, carrots and celery. One bite convinces us that our days of haughty, upscale Italian meals are behind us. We’d much rather pass the days casually dining with friends, sharing bottles of wine and chowing down on their green bean salad (with toasted almonds, blue cheese and homemade balsamic vinaigrette) or vegetarian Gigli Primavera.
Osteria Cibo Rustico's menu is a fusion of both Southern and Northern Italian cuisines. The tastes of the south? Straight from Nonna Amelia’s cookbook. The Northern infusion comes straight from Chef Stefano Franciosi’s roots. Meaning we get a well-rounded taste of l’Italia every time we enter Cibo Rustico’s doors. The Fried Polenta is stuff dreams are made of, with grilled onions puréed into the polenta itself before it’s fried to a light, crispy finish. Looking for something lighter (though equally delcious)? We’re partial to the Carciofi Fritti. These Roman artichokes are served alongside a spicy Calabrian chili sauce. Follow up the apps with a serving of Fusilli alla Napoletana or a Siciliana sandwich, wash it down with a glass of wine or a refreshing Cucumber Mule – we may have just eaten our way to amoré.
Pesce alla Toscana, $16.95
Carciofi Fritti, $7.95
Caprese Napoli, $7.95
Gigli Primavera, $11.95
Cucumber Mule, $8
Monday through Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Monday through Sunday, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.