Via Cibo
By David McPherson

Italian Street Food

Get set for food the way your Nonna made. Prepped before your eyes, Via Cibo serves up Italian street food in a casual atmosphere. The dining room's long communal table promotes conversation with friends, family, and strangers alike over the homemade food. Original photographs of Italian streetscapes adorn the walls to create an authentic European ambience, while the open kitchen adds to the homey atmosphere.

Via Cibo has over 25 employees, which might seem like a large staff for a 55-seat establishment. "When you're making everything fresh and you're open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, you need all the help you can get,” explains general manager Mark Rousseau.

We are serving up food the way my Italian grandmother served food. We want our customers to experience the same care and hospitality that they would get eating at home. - Mark Rousseau, general manager
Via Cibo, Italian Cuisine, Toronto Restaurant
Via Cibo General Manager Mark Rousseau serves Italian street food.

Fall off the Bone Veal Seals the Deal

Via Cibo's diverse food menu offers a variety of crowd-pleasing Italian dishes, including pastas, pizzas, salads and sandwiches. The Osso Buco Panino is the restaurant's signature sandwich. The savoury delicacy features tender braised veal, caramelized onions, arugula, Fontina cheese and roasted garlic aioli. The veal is sourced directly from a nearby farm and is then slow roasted off the bone overnight. The same sauce is also used in the restaurant's ragu pasta.

The sandwich is what sealed the deal for Mark when he took the job in 2014. “It’s delicious,” he says. “I tried it and was like, ‘Oh my god!’ That’s what sold me.”

All of the food at Via Cibo is fresh and local, including the cheeses, meats and breads. Mark estimates 75 to 80 per cent of the restaurant's menu items are made in-house. “This is a very food-focused location,” he says. “We are serving up food the way my Italian grandmother served food. We want our customers to experience the same care and hospitality that they would get eating at home.”

Via Cibo, Italian Cuisine, Toronto Restaurant
Via Cibo's famed Osso Buco Panino

Quick-Serve Casual

Via Cibo is a unique restaurant model that Mark describes as "quick-serve casual." As the restaurant's general manager, he works on the food line and also serves and greets customers.

“We serve high-quality food, fast and fresh with table service. We also talk with our guests,” he explains. “There is nothing really like it in the Toronto market."

Via Cibo, Italian Cuisine, Toronto Restaurant
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