by Morris Bishop
(San Pedro de Alcantara)
The approach to Cibo
It was with anticipation that the six of us sat down to a meal at Cibo Italiano, having been tempted by the promise of some glorious operatic excerpts by a tenor that was new to me.
Unfortunately Lawrence, the executive chef, had fallen ill and would not be overseeing what came out of the kitchen this evening, and for this reason they had decided not to have the planned set menu, but to reverted to the normal A’La Carte menu.
With some 75 dishes, many of which are traditional Italian fair, it would be hard not to find something to please. In the event we ordered starters of Chargrilled Vegetables, Spaghetti Bolognese, Caesar Salad, and mains of Half Lobster, Roast Chicken, a Meat
Board, Goujons of Sole, and a Beef Entrecote, all accompanied with skinny fries, Parmesan Mash, and Mushy Pees. The only dissent as to the quality, were that the chicken had a smoky taste and the Sole was a bit measly in size. For my part, the Entrecote was excellent.
I found it strange that few of our selections were very Italian in nature. Indeed only half the menu was Italian based!
The very pleasant dining room and bar area were staffed by ‘experts in entertainment’ - nothing was too much trouble, indeed our waitress, Ivette (with an ‘I’) shepherds me though a selection of food that my Olive Oil intolerance could manage.
Then came the entertainment, starting off with an electric Violin artiste, and followed by tenor, Raul D’Abreu, singing well known arias. Unfortunately the volume of the sound equipment was set so high, that not only was it deafening, but distorted as well, to the point that after his first set, we decide, en mass to leave before his return for his second set. This after repeated requests for them to adjust the sound equipment. which manager Sabi passed on, but to no avail. Indeed the singer had such a powerful voice, that in truth, he didn’t need a microphone.
I find it unforgivable that this had driven us out, of what should have been, a joyous evening of music and food.
The Vital Stats:
Cibo (pronounced ‘Chibo’ are on the beginning of the Golden Mile to the west of Marbella,
On Boulevard Principal Alfonso Von Hohenlohe, 11, 29600, (on the round about opposite the BP station)
Street parking on the service road.
Reservations on 952900380
Bishlin Guide marks out of 5:
Please mention to the restaurateur that the restaurant was recommended in "MarbellaFamilyFun.com" Newsletter. To see even more reviews on the best restaurants in Marbella, check out The Bishlin Guide.
DATE: December 2016
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