Don Giovanni completes takeover of Per Tutti on Liverpool Road
AS Don Giovanni’s kitchen takeover at Per Tutti draws to an end, the multi-award-winning team have re-opened this week with a permanent, 100-cover restaurant.
They've exchanged one Italian name for another as Per Tutti (‘for all’) becomes Cibo (pronounced chee-bo, an informal Italian word meaning ‘food’). The team have completely revamped and refreshed the restaurant with a whopping £250k overhaul.
Drawing on the style of charismatic southern Italian city Naples for interior inspiration, Cibo has a cafe-style setting defined by bright colours, luxurious wallpaper and high-end fittings. Whilst it maintains the stylish feel of Don Giovanni, the Cibo team have given it a slightly younger and cooler edge.
The interior isn’t the only thing that has changed. The food offering exchanges Don Gio’s authentic, Italian classics for some more exotic and experimental fare under the new management of head chef Salvatore Galdo. With a strong focus on fresh fish dishes, and a straight-up pledge to stay away from anything frozen, he is set on breathing new life into the kitchen.
"I only want to work with fresh produce and to see minimal waste coming out of my kitchen"
Taking inspiration from his hometown, fresh flavours and simple cooking take priority at every turn on Galdo’s menu. Think seared king scallops topped with grated pecorino, veal with lemon and sage with grilled Venetian white polenta, and sexed-up calamari fritti with baby octopus, king prawns and white bait.
Said Galdo, “First and foremost, where possible we will be using all-Italian products and cooking them in the proper Italian way: meaning more simply, like we do at home, with an emphasis on strong and full flavours. I want to recreate for the Manchester market the original taste of Italy, like my grandma taught me to make.
“This mean’s we’ll be utilising a different style of cooking: no long prep, nothing will be pre-cooked and we won’t be using any frozen fish, I only want to work with fresh produce and to see minimal waste coming out of my kitchen.”
Cibo is also open for breakfast and brunch, Italian-style, every morning. This menu runs from 8.30am to 11am in the week, extended until 1pm on Saturday and Sundays. With classic bennys, healthy fruit salads and other flavoursome European delights on offer, you can either fuel up or indulge, depending on your mood.
As well as a new look and a new menu, Cibo is also offering diners a promotional soft launch* deal for 30% off food when booked online throughout February, before opening fully at the beginning of March.
Cibo is now open for soft launch bookings. New opening hours: Monday-Thursday 8.30am-10.30pm, Friday and Saturday, 8.30am-11pm, Sunday 8.30am-10.30pm.
*Soft launch offer available from 10 – 28 February. 30% off, excluding set menus, Valentine's Day and breakfasts. Must book in advance.