Cibo e Vino announces new management

Cibo e Vino is excited to announce the appointment of Rakesh Hans as the restaurant’s new owner and head chef, effective as of next Tuesday, 4 September 2012.

Hans will be taking the baton from previous owner Ian Wijaya and head chef Paul Toogood who established Cibo e Vino six years ago to become Castle Hill’s best rated restaurant according to the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2012.

Bringing with him a plethora of experience from kitchens such as Carpaccio on Leichhardt’s Norton Street, Il Sapore Restaurant at Campsie, and Eatalia Restaurant at North Strathfield, Hans will be introducing a morning café service to cater to local commuters. He will continue Ian and Paul’s vision of serving quality modern Italian food at an affordable price point.

Cibo e Vino customers can expect to be delighted as Hans will be sprucing up the menu with the colourful flavours of Rome to include Italian stone-based pizzas, and more!

For those that are part of the Cibo e Vino fries appreciation group on Facebook, don’t worry – Cibo’s famous fries will remain on the menu!

“I’ve dined at Cibo e Vino many times before as a customer and have always loved the ambiance and menu; I’m thrilled that Ian and Paul have entrusted me to take Cibo e Vino to new heights” says Hans.

Please join us this week for Ian and Paul’s last week in the Cibo e Vino kitchen – call (02) 8002 0912 to book.

Stay tuned for more!

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Cibo e Vino in The Daily Telegraph!

Cibo e Vino yesterday received a full-page article in The Daily Telegraph! Grant describes our  ‘Cooking For Friends’ class as clever and Paul’s at-home cooking tips as practical. Have a look below!

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Local spotlight: Pine Tea And Coffee

We’re so proud to be a part of The Hills community here at Cibo e Vino and from time to time, love to turn the spotlight on some of our other Hills partners.

This week, we want to showcase Pine Tea and Coffee, from whom we stock our teas and coffees! Pine Tea and Coffee are not only local, however, they’re also one of the best!

As a business, they are the winners of the 2012 Hills Local Business Awards’ Most Outstanding Specialised Local Business and their individual blends have been recognised as one of Sydney’s top beans!

With over 50 years experience, the team at Pine Tea and Coffee are experts of their field so why not pop into Cibo e Vino today and join us for a cuppa!

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Cooking For Friends media class

Whew! It’s the middle of the month already?? Our team at Cibo e Vino have been so busy running around with the new cooking classes, time has really flown away from us!

Most recently, we held a media class with the amazing folks over from The Daily Telegraph, Hills Shire Times and a couple of our favourite bloggers, Gourmantic and Angie Lives To Eat And Cook.

The editorial pieces are still trickling in so keep an eye out for them!

In the meantime, here are some behind the scenes pics we managed to snap on the day with our iPhones…

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behind the scenes II


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The new Winter (Menu)

Spring is the traditional season of new beginnings but here at Cibo e Vino, we like to get the jump on things. Not only are we excited to create new dishes around the freshest, seasonal ingredients but our Winter menu is a true reflection of the artisanal pasta house we promised you we’d be.

This comes from the feedback we’ve received from our amazing customers for cheaper, more convenient food and there’s nothing we love more than to know we’re doing right by the people who let us keep doing what we love to do best: make delicious food!

Overall, we’ve heard you guys ask for more quality, more variety and more chocolate. So we’ve especially featured some of the following menu items just for those requests.

  • To share: Prosciutto, salami, marinated olives, pickles, reggiano parmesan and warm herb bread- our cold meats are now sourced from traditional Italian suppliers, Salumi. We’re always reviewing our suppliers to make sure you only get served the best quality.
  • Mains: House-made agnolotti with wild boar and truffle pecorino. We repeat: wild boar and truffle pecorino.
  • Dessert: Hot chocolate pudding with amarena cherries and vanilla ice-cream. During menu trials, all we heard from our testers were, “Mmmm…!” so we’re fairly confident this one’s a winner!

Click to view the full menu and choose what you’ll be nomming on next!

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Cooking Classes are here!

The team at Cibo e Vino are ecstatic to announce the launch of our Winter-Spring cooking classes! Brewing since January, we’ve been whittling and refining down the ideas and finally, it’s come to fruition!

It’s simple: learn how to tailor restaurant quality dishes for your home kitchen.

What’s more, invite 3 guests along to dine on what you’ve cooked and be impressed by your skills.

Learn how to make dishes exclusive from and featured on Cibo e Vino’s menu for simple yet impactful dishes to serve up at your next dinner party.

We can’t wait to get you guys into our kitchen and show you why we’re so excited to be doing what we do everyday!

For more info, click to download our information pack

To view availability or to book, click to go to our booking page

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Cibo e Vino is the top eat in the(sydney)magazine

cibo e vino sydney magazine

Cibo e Vino is the leading mention in this May’s issue of the(sydney)magazine. In the Sydney Morning Herald supplement, Cibo e Vino is top of the list when it comes to Castle Hill Eat & Drink!

“Cibo e Vino scores a respectable 13.5/20 in the 2012 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide and its intimate space and honest-sized servings of rustic Italian fare have made it a favourite among the locals…”

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Mother’s Day Lunch

We love our mums and we’re betting so do you!

That’s why on Sunday, May 13 (Mother’s Day!), Cibo e Vino will be opening especially for you and your mum! Usually closed on Sundays, Cibo will open between 11:30am – 2:30pm for your mum’s special lunch.

A casual dining experience with no set menu restrictions, make your lunch all about good food and let your mum do the choosing!

Bookings are highly recommended so call us on 8002 0912 now!

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Kids Eat Free, Permanently!

We loved having kids eat for free during the school holidays and we hear you did too! Thanks to the fantastic feedback we’ve been getting, we’re excited to announce that back to school doesn’t have to mean back to boring dinners. We’re keeping our free children’s meals going for customers who dine early! So if you’re dining at 5:30pm on Saturdays or 6pm Wednesday-Friday, your child can eat for free. Pop in soon!


  1. 1 free kids meal with every adult main course ordered
  2. Children 12 and under only
  3. Not valid with any other offer

Call us on (02) 8002 0912 to make your dinner booking.

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Kids Eat Free this Autumn school holidays

We’re bringing back our KIDS EAT FREE special this Autumn school holidays!


  • Kids eat free any day during April 11 – 21
  • 1 free kids meal with every adult main course ordered
  • Children 12 and under only
  • Not valid with any other offer

Call us on (02) 8002 0912 to make your dinner booking.

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