Downtown Dining

Italian market debuts in downtown Dallas with pizza, wine, and patio

Italian market debuts in downtown Dallas with pizza, wine, and patio

Cibo Divino
They'll have a station with pasta and pizza. Photo courtesy of CiboDivino

The downtown Dallas dining scene gets a new one via CiboDivino, a Marketplace that has opened its "Centro" location in Bryan Tower, at 2001 Bryan St.

This is the second location of a concept founded at Dallas' Sylvan Thirty complex in 2015 by husband-and-wife Daniele and Christina Puleo, who created the first location to evoke the Italian markets that Daniele, a native of Sicily, frequented while growing up.

They've added new and exclusive features to the Centro location, including:

  • scratch-made and customizable salads and paninis
  • Italian pastas and pizza by the slice, served by the pound
  • 120-plus retail wines available and Italian wines served by the glass
  • full-service café and coffee bar featuring Lavazza coffee and Italian coffee drinks
  • grab-and-go snacks ready to eat
  • private event space (shared with Bryan Tower)

Centro is also home to the only Roman-style pizza in Dallas, serving scissor-cut slices. Wikipedia says that there is no officially agreed upon definition of Roman pizza, but it usually refers to pizza that has a thicker base, similar to focaccia, and is served in rectangular slices.

In a release, a representative from Spire Realty, the real estate developer of Bryan Tower, says that Cibo was exactly what the building needed.

"We’ve known for a long time that we wanted a ground-level restaurant in Bryan Tower, but it was important that we found the right concept and restaurateur," says Spire Realty president Jon Ruff. "We wanted a restaurant that was identifiable, that provided the highest quality food at reasonable prices and was supported by restaurateurs that wanted to be downtown and believed in the building."

"We couldn't have dreamt of more perfect partners than Christina and Daniele, and I am excited to have the opportunity to experience their fantastic food and the beautiful environment they created," Ruff says.

Like the original Marketplace location, Centro will serves proteins, fish, seafood, and vegetables from partners Red Bird Farms, Olmos Famous Organics, Sun E Farms, and 44 Farms, whose meats they hand cut, a rarity in Dallas.

Centro will be open weekdays, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Monday through Friday. The 4,000-square-foot space can seat 100 people, with available indoor seating and outdoor seating on a turf-lined patio.