In a previous post, Napa Valley with Kids, we raved about a wonderful marketplace called Oakville Grocery store and just as we get back to Dallas, we discovered the newly opened CiboDivino Marketplace and Caffé! Owners Daniele Puleo (of Daniele Osteria on Oaklawn and Inzo Italian Kitchen) and his wife, Christina, have recreated a similar gourmet experience paying special tribute to Daniele’s Sicilian Italian background.
But in true Texas style where everything is bigger, the Italian eatery, marketplace and bar designed by Ron Guest is a spacious 4,400 square foot including an additional 2,200 square foot patio and a wonderful green lawn space for outdoor picnicking at Sylvan Thirty in Oak Cliff.
Inside you’ll find an espresso bar, baked artisanal pastries, cases of prepared Italian foods like panini sandwiches, handmade pastas, assorted salads, appetizers, entrees and desserts, charcuterie and cheese trays.
The take-and-go concept is easy for families wanting a chef-prepared meal. So we weren’t surprise to learn that Chef/Managing Partner, Ryan Olmos was previously from Eatzi’s, another quick and healthy marketplace concept we love. A microwave is on hand for quick reheating to eat at one of the farm tables.
The store part features private label legumes, olive oils, vinegars, olives, sauces, sea salts, fresh cut flowers and retail gifts.
Then there’s the wine; a collection of close to 350 hand selected labels to make you feel like you’re in wine country all over again. Daniele and Christina Puleo’s passion for Californian and Italian wines are evident in the selection. There’s also local craft beers from Lakewood Brewing Co., Rahr and Sons and Community Brewing Co.
Our favorite part was the made-to-order Neapolitan pizzas. The pizza chef provided endless entertainment for curious Itty Bitty Foodies. They watched in awe as he spun and tossed dough into a perfect disc. They were excited to see all the condiments they ordered before he slid their creation into the glittering gold ‘disco’ wood-fired oven.
Pizzas came out with a thin crust that didn’t flop when you lifted out a piece.
Surprisingly, the let down came at the coffee bar. Our coffees were watery and lacking in flavor, despite the Lavazza Italian Coffee beans. The staff were so incredibly friendly and accommodating especially with our one non-cheese/non-tomato sauce eating child, we didn’t have the heart to send it back. Instead, it was a quick fix by adding more milk and an additional 30 seconds in the microwave.
CiboDivino will offer wine and cheese tastings every Saturday, host guest wine makers and feature cooking classes as well as other events. Just check at CiboDivino’s FB page for latest information.
Till our next Happy Meal!