A new southern Italian spot, Osteria Cibo Rustico, recently opened in Toco Hills from Chris Hadermann and JP Piemonte, the team behind The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill and Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails. For folks who live in our area (Virginia Highlands and environs), this is a welcome addition to the restaurant scene. Sure, we have plenty of high end restaurants around here, but there are only so many that are so reasonably priced and family friendly without sacrificing quality.
I have a newfound love for any restaurant where I can have a nice evening out without springing for a babysitter. Cibo's strip center location in family friendly Toco Hills is a good indicator that babies are welcome. Fortunately, with it's pleasant dining room replete with exposed brick and low lighting, you forget its less than sexy location and actually feel like you're having a real, adult night out. Don't worry, Cibo isn't overrun with squawking kids by any stretch; I just want to highlight that you can feel comfortable toting yours along.
|The dining room at Cibo Rustico|
|Ricotta alle Erbe|
|Rigatoni alla Bolognese|
The real star was a gnocchi special. We were able to eat it on two separate occasions weeks apart, so hopefully it will become a permanent fixture. The chef is a real deal Italian, which is a rarity in Atlanta restaurants. He told us this gnocchi is his grandmother's recipe, and my own Italian American husband raved that this was some of the best gnocchi he's ever had in Atlanta. Since I've heard him complain about texture nearly every time he's had gnocchi, that's high praise. Funny enough, the gnocchi's biggest fan might be my 9 month old. The kid seriously went nuts for it, to the point that she cried when we wouldn't let her have any more of it. Clearly her Italian genes approve. My Italian American in-laws also raved about the gnocchi, so I'm just saying this stuff is approved by people who know!
|The amazing, incredible gnocchi|
Osteria Cibo Rustico
2945 North Druid Hills Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30329
*Full disclosure: Although my first meal was comped, I always endeavor to offer my unbiased opinion of the experience!