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CIBO, Red Bank

HillJ Jul 24, 2010 08:06 AM

287 Highway 35 North
Red Bank
732 219 8800

Here’s a place that needs your attention. Outstanding pizza, including gluten-free choices. With friends we popped in to an empty dining room and tried the vegetarian, the pesto and the white pizza. Outstanding, super reasonable prices and if you like thin & crisp the crust will wow you. If you enjoy the addition of fresh greens added to a just out of the brick oven pizza concept, give this place a try.

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  1. seal RE: HillJ Jul 24, 2010 08:47 AM

    Thanks for the rec HillJ. Where exactly is this place? Is it on the Middletown side of the bridge and, like Nicholas, just has a Red Bank mailing address?

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      HillJ RE: seal Jul 24, 2010 12:47 PM

      My pleasure seal! Heading away from the RB bridge onto 35 N keep an eye out for the PTherapy bldg and then the word Trezzo (I believe) for the small strip mall next door. Cibo is in the same mini mall on the end.

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        HillJ RE: HillJ Jul 27, 2010 10:11 AM

        Went back today for lunch & the PT bldg is actually AFTER the mini mall where Cibo is, northbound.

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      coldsolderjoint RE: HillJ Jul 26, 2010 06:40 AM

      I was going to put up a review of this place but forgot. I agree with your comments. This pizza is really good. I've gone a few times. This beats the other thin crust brick oven place in the area. Staff is very nice and the food comes out quick. Dining room decor is very nice, you wouldn't think it looks like that from the outside.

      But its more of a bit fancier restaurant as opposed to a pizzeria though. No delivery, more limited menu, and the price is a bit more than your local mom and pop place. Not trying to knock the place though, I really like it for the thin crust fix.

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        J M S RE: coldsolderjoint Jul 29, 2010 10:07 AM

        Got a medium 1/2 pesto 1/2 caprese lunch and was very disappointed. The pizza was $22 (tip included) which is outrageous. The dough was pretty burnt, yes they do say "all pizzas are cooked well done unless specified", but this was cooked beyond well done. The pesto and caprese were both very soupy. Only good thing was the crust, although burnt, it was chewy and real good.

        If the pizza was $12 for a medium maybe i would go back and try another kind, but at $18 it was way overpriced.

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          HillJ RE: J M S Jul 29, 2010 10:43 AM

          J M S, $18.00 for a custom order 1/2 pesto-1/2 caprese doesn't surprise me. I ordered a custom pizza last week and paid closer to $25.00 for a large.

          That said, I am sorry to hear your mixed review/experience though. Crust burnt...but chewy and real good..is a yea/nay. I may not continue to custom order but I'll continue to enjoy the menu offerings. I love their crust.

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            xny556cip RE: HillJ Aug 1, 2010 03:06 PM

            This IMO is the best i've found in the County to date.It is much better than I remember the Bradley Beach one ,but they may have changed the dough regimen sice I was there a few years ago and never returned.The dough here is light and tender.Depending on who is manning the oven and how much attention they a paying will determine the quality of the cooking.I've had three to date - one was good,one was o.k. and one was burnt.I put it down to teething problems as none of them were ordered while they were busy.I do not like the way they put the cheese down first and add the basil after cooking ,but thats a personal thing and i realise that they are going after a different style than my preferred Neapolitan.I hope they do well as they are the best of the new bunch to open in the past six months.
            I tried the other new place in town last week,and that was mobbed on Friday night.It must have been the cougar bartenders,'cause everything else was a let down.Roman style wafer thin in a place that was originally promoting itself as Neapolitan.(Poor) style over substance.If there was a "Jersey Shore" for the viagara generation then this would have been the hangout.

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              cantkick RE: xny556cip Aug 1, 2010 03:46 PM

              What place are you referring to?

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                xny556cip RE: cantkick Aug 1, 2010 03:52 PM


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                  HillJ RE: xny556cip Aug 1, 2010 05:23 PM

                  now that's funny.

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        cantkick RE: HillJ Aug 13, 2010 02:51 PM

        Their pizza prices seem way out of line. They are about $5 more than the norm for the area, with a couple decent places within a quarter mile. Are they so good that paying a third to a half more is worth it?

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          bentwrench RE: cantkick May 30, 2012 03:31 AM

          I agree . The Pizza was good . But not worth the extra $5 , And the fact the large pie was not enough to feed 2 Adults and 2 kids .

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          rosie41 RE: HillJ Aug 13, 2010 03:40 PM

          Just returned from Cibo in Middletown(Red Bank), NJ. Excellent thin, crisp, coal fired pizza (done the way it's prepared in Naples). My husband and I shared a salad (the CIBO Classic Salad) and we consumed an entire large CBO original pizza (fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce, fresh basil, olive oil). Normally at any other pizza place we would take home about half of the pie, but this pizza has a thin and easy-to-eat crust. It is BYO. Our bill came out to under $25--very afforadable. We will definitely be going back.

          1. seal RE: HillJ Aug 14, 2010 10:59 AM

            Stopped by at noon today for lunch and found out the hard way they are only open for dinner.

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              HillJ RE: seal Aug 15, 2010 05:45 AM

              huh? When did they stop serving lunch? I'm going to call over there.

            2. seal RE: HillJ Nov 2, 2010 12:40 PM

              Finally made it there and had a pie. Very good neopolitan style pizza. Took about two minutes to cook like it should. All in all, a nice pie well worth the trip. I'll be back soon.

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                HillJ RE: seal Nov 2, 2010 12:58 PM

                Happy to hear you had a nice first visit, seal.

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                  jrztomato RE: HillJ Nov 3, 2010 07:38 AM

                  I went there last Friday night and while the pie and the crust were very good the salad was mediocre and the staff were a little clueless.

                  I look forward to going back but I think I will take the pies to go.

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                    coldsolderjoint RE: jrztomato Nov 6, 2010 09:59 AM

                    The Thing with their take out is that the pie is so thin, it looses heat very quickly. I took one to Port Monmouth, and it was cold by the time I got home. Still good in terms of flavor any everything, but cold. LOL

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                rickster71 RE: HillJ Nov 5, 2010 07:53 AM

                We'll have to check it out.
                To avoid confusion; that's not Red Bank it's in Middletown.

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                  HillJ RE: rickster71 Nov 5, 2010 08:04 AM

                  Thanks for posting the clarification. The borderline always confuses me and Cibo is listed in several diff books as middletown and red bank. Getting back there to enjoy their pies..again soon myself.

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                    equal_Mark RE: HillJ Nov 6, 2010 03:38 PM

                    Businesses in that area like CIBO and Nicholas are served by the Red Bank post office, which helps perpetuate the confusion...

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                  MichelleM131 RE: HillJ Nov 6, 2010 03:31 PM

                  How thin is this pizza? Is it Pete and Elda's thin?

                  Pete and Elda's
                  96 Woodland Ave, Neptune City, NJ 07753

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                    bgut1 RE: MichelleM131 Nov 7, 2010 05:07 PM

                    If it's anything like the one served at its sister restaurant CBO in Bradley Beach, the answer thankfully is no.

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                      bgut1 RE: bgut1 Dec 22, 2010 07:09 PM

                      Add me to the list of those impressed with this restaurant. Having been a fan of the Bradley Beach location (which they no longer operate), I had pretty high expectations. I wasn't disappointed. The size and look of the room is a significant improvement over the prior location. As far as the food is concerned, the menu at CIBO contained many of the old standbys along with new salad and entree offerings. We decided to switch up on salads and order the homemade mozzarella and tomato salad over arugula as well as a large whole wheat (half Bianca) pie. You can't ask for more in a salad (fresh greens and creamy mozz) or a pie (a nice crust with flavorful toppings). Everything inclusive of the attentive service was top notch. I look forward to returning very soon.

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                        HillJ RE: bgut1 Dec 23, 2010 05:54 AM

                        bgut1, I am happy to hear you enjoyed Cibo! Let's hope this one sticks around!
                        My last pie was a shrimp and salad topped pizza on whole wheat, requested custom for a small party and it was absolutely delicious. I agree about the salads being fresh and well made. We stop just for salad on occasion.

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                          MGZ RE: bgut1 Dec 23, 2010 05:59 AM

                          Are you saying the Bradley Beach location is closed? New owners? Has it changed recently?

                          (Honestly, I'm not likely to be in Middletown looking for a pizza, but the Bradley information is important to me.)

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                            bgut1 RE: MGZ Dec 23, 2010 06:55 AM

                            MGZ - I'm not aware that the Bradley Beach location has closed only that the owner of CIBO is no longer involved there.

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                              ngz914 RE: MGZ Dec 24, 2010 04:16 PM

                              yeah, sad to say bradley closed last week heard lease wasnt renewed after ten years but owner relocated to red bank/middletown with same staff and coal brick oven. Seats 76 people,and an extended menu.

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                                Papa Bing RE: ngz914 Dec 26, 2010 04:30 AM

                                Anyone know where in Red Bank/Middletown? Is it a new location?

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                                  HillJ RE: Papa Bing Dec 26, 2010 06:29 AM

                                  The address is in the OP; Hwy 35 northbound in a short strip mall AFTER the physical therapy office.

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                                    cantkick RE: HillJ Dec 26, 2010 01:38 PM

                                    Actually in Middletown, just a RB postal address. It's about a half mile north of the bridge, just past the light at Pine.

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                                      ngz914 RE: cantkick Dec 26, 2010 04:37 PM

                                      Address is 287 hway 35 no in the trezzas liquor plaza phone # 732.219.8800 just pass pine st.

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                                        HillJ RE: ngz914 Dec 26, 2010 07:30 PM

                                        Just as written in the OP. I hope you all enjoy the food!

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                                briellefoodie RE: MGZ Dec 26, 2010 10:20 AM

                                The old CFBO from Bradley Beach is now in Pt. Pleasant - on Arnold Ave across from Spano's.

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                          foodmanexpert RE: HillJ Jan 29, 2011 04:43 PM

                          I have been to this Cibo and the one that was formally in Bradley Beach and I think the restaurant is 50/50... sometimes its good sometimes its not no consistency, all pizza eaters know much of the flavor should be in the sauce, IT is not here, very bland, the crust is soggy, never ever had a crisp pie from here. the salads they are good, but hard to mess up lettuce and oil. the decorations are great looks fantastic, just like a burlesque bar. but if you are interested in paying a high price for a mediocre pie then more power to ya but my dollar needs to be stretched, far from them at that.... and HILLJ are you a secret undercover owner because you are very appreciative of good comments and get crazy at not good ones

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                            HillJ RE: foodmanexpert Jan 29, 2011 06:19 PM

                            That is too funny and so off the mark. I'm not an owner, just not quick to criticize. I want businesses to succeed. And folks who criticize without even tasting well, that usually rubs me the wrong way. If you read my posts you'll see I have my peeves. But, please if you want to ask me something directly-just do so. Secret undercover.........that's rich.

                            eta: foodmanexpert, I do agree with you on the decor, it's tacky and very unpizzeria. (oh my, did I just find...fault?, ha!)

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                            lcarlisi RE: HillJ Aug 22, 2011 11:11 AM

                            I was all excited about trying this restaurant because I am a lover of brick/coal oven pizza. Not many to be found in the area so I was hoping for a new place to go to.

                            Walking in, I was impressed with the decor and ambiance and it smelled amazing. We ordered the 4 seasons...fresh mozzarella, sauce, artichoke, olives, mushrooms, oven roasted tomatoes. My sister asked to have eggplant added on as well.

                            The sauce was mediocre at best, the mushrooms were completely raw, artichokes and eggplant were very vinegary, tomatoes were not oven roasted...they were just sliced tomatoes placed on the pizza and olives were plain black pitted olives right out of a can. I was SO disappointed. I'm 1st generation Italian who has traveled to Italy plenty of times and have family members who make better pizza at home. One thing I did think was very good was the crust, it was thin crispy and very tasty but that's about all I can say.

                            I've actually had better pies at Bertucci's in Holmdel..who would have ever thought!

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                              HillJ RE: HillJ Apr 27, 2012 10:23 AM

                              What we thought was a vacation break turns out to be a closed establishment.

                              Cibo is closed.

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                                HillJ RE: HillJ May 31, 2012 03:41 PM

                                Noticed on a drive by definate signs of a new owner, new signage.

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                                  aklein RE: HillJ May 31, 2012 06:50 PM

                                  Think I read in another thread that a BBQ biz is taking over the space left by CIBO

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                                    TomT RE: aklein Jun 3, 2012 10:06 PM

                                    the bbq place is next door to CIBO, in the old convenience store place, next to the liquor store. Don't know if they are even open yet?

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