Cibo recently introduced their Italian street food line called Cibo di Strada. I’m not familiar with the street food of Italy so was pleasantly surprise with the choices that were new but still familiar. They are served in brown paper cones so you can easily eat them while strolling around. They also trumpeted their use of Caputo flour from Naples, Italy, the no.1 flour for pizzas in the world. The flour will make their pizzas even better.
Arancini (P249). Deep fried risotto balls that are Sicilain staples. There are 3 kinds of fillings, Bologna style beef and pork ragu with mozzarella, al telefono – tomatoes, basil mozzarella and parmigiano, and, porcini mushroom, gorgonzola and mozzarella. All of them were good but my favorite is the al telefono.
Arrosticini (P249/ 3 sticks). Grilled beef tenderloin cube skewers with chili flakes served with bread.
Fritto Misto (P249). Deep fried seafood and vegetables. Squid, shrimp, zucchini, eggplant and lemon coated in light batter, easy to eat but overall nothing special.
Pizza Frita (P249). These are Neapolitan favorites that are my choice for tops in the Cibo di Strada line. Deep fried dough pockets with either tomato, mozzarella, basil and smoked ham or bel paese (soft Italian cheese), mozzarella, fontina with groviera cream. It’s super hot since they only fry it upon order so I suggest having them cut it in half like the ones we had. The pizza fritta really shows off how good the Caputo flour is, the dough is chewy, flavorful but still light. Our hands down favorite is the one with smoked ham, we’ve gone back a few times and everyone we’ve introduced it too has loved it. Order it at your nearest Cibo store asap.
For dessert lovers, there is a special pizza fritta variant, the Nutella banana. No explanation necessary for Nutella lovers.
Panino Porchetta (P299). This sandwich is not a new item on the menu but it’s been ignored by people who usually go to Cibo for their favorite pizza and pasta dishes. I’ve had this sandwich as well as the rice version before and both were enjoyable. The sandwich gets it’s turn in the limelight so you can enjoy the slices of spiced roast pork with apple and pear mostarda and arugula in between a crusty roll.
The full Cibo di Strada line will only be available in SM Aura, but you can get the pizza frito at all the branches while the panino porchetta is already in their current menu.