Cibo Espresso well known for their coffee, gelati and sweet treats have launched a winter menu with hearty hot food to warm your soul and feed your appetite. I received a kind invitation to try out their new menu items this winter so off we went for Saturday lunch at the Hyde Park cafe. It was a busy afternoon for them and yet service was still fantastic. Despite the rain and cold the tables were filled while some were in the corner awaiting their takeaway coffee. We had just been up all night watching quarter final matches of the World Cup and the coffee was unbearably tempting, an absolute necessity at this point. My panda eyes were a dead giveaway!
We decided to sit outside because the super warm and cozy inside will see my sleepy head drop into the bowl of meatballs. For a thirst quencher and some fizz to refresh us, the sparkling water did the trick. Our much needed coffee orders were underway.
The star of this new menu is none other than meatballs that “make you remember nonna’s meatballs” so the first dish we had was Polpette (Italian for meatballs). They were tender beef meatballs in a rich Napoli sauce topped with parmesan cheese served with toasted focaccia to mop the sauce up. Everybody loves meatballs! Kids, adults, teenagers even fussy eaters. These meatballs were in fact tender and delicious. I liked the Napoli sauce and parmesan, can’t have anything like that with no parmesan, I’m a parmesan nut (just like I’m a peanut butter maniac). It was actually quite a filling lunch, you get six meatballs per serve with a slice of toasted focaccia at $6.50.
Alas our coffee arrived and not long after, some sweet treats from the winter menu.
Torta di Carote was on the menu which excited Mr. Foodie, while I like cheesecakes and tiramisu he likes carrot cake, really. The only time he eats vegetables, in a cake. This is a traditional Venetian carrot cake with soft cream cheese icing and sprinkled with crunchy walnuts. It went down a treat with our coffee. The cake was moist and delicious. I’m not a huge icing fan in general but I ate it anyway!
Also newly available are two small sweet treats perfect for that little something to have with an afternoon coffee. Bacino and Piccino.Bacino is a hazelnut truffle rolled in crushed hazelnuts with a smooth chocolate centre. Chocolaty and smooth with a nice crunch in every bite from the nuts. Piccino is a chocolate fudge slice with almonds and pistachios. This was my favourite out of the two, biting into rich chocolate and letting it melt in your mouth is divine.
The winter menu also features a savoury tart – Crostata di Uova, an Italian tart of golden pastry filled with egg, cheese, zucchini, capsicum and herbs. It sounded and looked delicious but we couldn’t stomach anymore. With my caffeine hit, belly filled and photos taken, it was a lovely lunch at the Cibo Hyde Park. There are 21 locations across Adelaide almost all of which will have the full winter menu so head down and try it out!
Disclaimer: Foodie Ling was invited to sample Cibo Espresso’s new winter menu at no cost but all opinions are genuine and my own.