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3 Russell Gardens, LONDON, W14 8EZ

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The epitome of the authentic neighbourhood Italian, long-serving Cibo is still a big hit with the savvy Holland Park-ers. Unassumingly tucked away in a little parade of shops and eateries, the modern glass-fronted venue is unexpectedly arty and shabby-chic inside; a 'one-off' with its wacky nude reliefs and huge mirrors dominating walls, and colourful ceramic vases lining the service bar. White linen proves the perfect backcloth for oversized, equally colourful dining plates, while sunny-natured Italian staff and all-Italian wines transport you straight to their homeland. Breads - from carta di musica to focaccia - and nibbles like olives and mini pizzas raise expectation from the off. Pasta is the real deal too - perhaps ravioli filled with well-flavoured duck in a wild mushroom sauce, while starters like marinated roast peppers, courgettes and aubergines, teamed with creamy mozzarella shout of the Mediterranean too. This is classically simple, skilful Italian cooking showing due respect of prime ingredients, flavour and precision. Mains like sparkling grilled swordfish simply served alongside baby tomatoes, olives and capers, and desserts (classics such as pannacotta and tiramis?) are equally convincing classics.

Further information

Tel: 020 7371 2085
& 7371 6271
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Days closed: Sun
Dates closed: Xmas, Etr BHs
Days closed for lunch: Sat

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Italian
Chef: Piero Borrell
Number of seats: 50
Children welcome.
Children's portions.


Restaurant price guide

A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £13.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.



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