Cibo Wine Bar Opens In Fort Lauderdale, Featuring Rustic Italian Cuisine, House-Cured Salumi…And Wine Angels
Wine angels have descended upon Fort Lauderdale, and they have brought us Cibo Wine Bar.
The high-end eatery, which opened Nov. 20, serves rustic Italian cuisine using a traditional approach to both classics and modern dishes.
Cibo Wine Bar restaurants are certified by Italy's “Marchio Ospitalita Italiana," which recognizes restaurants outside of Italy that meet the highest standards of Italian authenticity.
The Fort Lauderdale restaurant opened as a response to requests from guests traveling from Broward to dine at the two Miami-area locations, according to Nick Di Donato, president and CEO of Liberty Entertainment Group, which owns Cibo Wine Bar.
"A number of people are familiar with the locations in Coral Gables and South Beach and are happy to have a Cibo Wine Bar location close to home," he said.
The industrial chic restaurant employs an open kitchen concept, where guests can see pasta and pizza being prepared by hand, along with a glass-enclosed wine room that houses more than 1,500 wine bottles.
So where do the wine angels come in?
"Our wine angels are a signature element at Cibo Wine Bar. They elegantly glide on a hydraulic lift to retrieve bottles from the wine cellar," restaurant representative Stacey Hawkins said.
The new Fort Lauderdale location also has Cibo Wine Bar's first in-house salumeria. The walk-in refrigerator, which is visible to guests dining at Cibo, will soon allow the eatery to cure its own selection of meats. Currently, their cured meats are imported from Italy. Cibo Wine Bar also bakes its own bread daily in a stone oven.
The restaurant's design features a custom mural by graphic artist Andrew Reid with the words, "Life is Beautiful" painted onto a 40-foot-wide white brick wall. And the atmosphere is enhanced by furniture crafted from rustic wood, natural stone and metal accents, alongside exposed brick and butcher block table tops.
As of last weekend, Cibo Wine Bar has launched its Italian Bubbles and Brunch on Sundays, which for $35 includes a buffet-style selection of made-to-order pizzas, pastas and eggs; salads; cheeses and fruits; meats cured in-house and more. The new weekly meal deal also features champagne specials.
Cibo Wine Bar is open daily for lunch and dinner. On Lobster Tuesday, Cibo Wine Bar offers fresh 1.5-pound lobster dishes for $22, and the Quattro-Sette Thursday deal lets customers enjoy half-off wine by the glass and signature cocktails from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Di Donata said he is excited for locals to embrace the restaurant as their own.
"We feel that much like the Coral Gables location, Fort Lauderdale is not only a tourist destination but is also a very close-knit community of permanent residents," he said. "We look forward to becoming that neighborhood spot for locals to enjoy fine quality, fresh made Italian cuisine.”
Cibo Wine Bar; 4100 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale