Sausalito’s Cibo = food

5 November 09

| A Sausalito Treat |

Exterior of Cibo Caffe in Sausalito, California, USA

Lovely, historic Sausalito lies just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, in Marin County. It still has its colorful houseboats and more artists and interesting characters per capita than “normal” towns. Once it was a magnet for beatniks and bohemians and poets. Today it attracts mainly tourists. On Bridgeway, the town’s main street with “oh, wow!” vistas of downtown San Francisco across the bay, businesses are geared to visitors, not locals. The unspoken attitude seems to be: If Lucy and Bud from Sheboygan are here for the views and not the green stuff, why bother?

Pastry at Cibo Caffe in Sausalito, California, USA

Cibo: organic goodness

So we say bravo for Cibo, a modestly priced, stylish new caffe on Bridgeway (at the corner of Pine Street) that proudly posts on its chalkboard menu the many local and organic farms from which it buys its fresh ingredients—for breakfasts the likes of house-made granola with award-winning Straus organic yogurt, or poached eggs on toast served with creme fraîche, fingerling potatoes, delicata squash and baby root vegetables. Later in the day, you won’t go wrong with a dungeness crab or sauteed wild mushroom panini. For dinner, how about ricotta gnocchi or slow-roasted pork shoulder with polenta? Anytime is perfect for a little something from Cibo’s tempting selection of baked goods with a cup of freshly made drip coffee from Blue Bottle, the organic microroaster from nearby Oakland that we believe (and we’re not alone!) is the Bay Area’s best.

The inspiration for Cibo (which literally translates to food in Italian) is from Tera and Alfredo Ancona, from the family that has operated Angelino’s, an Italian restaurant in Sausalito, for 25 years. Cibo is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday till 9 p.m.

Another local tip: For a romp through Sausalito in its wild-and-crazy heyday, read The Earthquake Shack, a novel by Green Traveler Guides’ own Gary Diedrichs. It’s “a breathtakingly kaleidoscopic portrait of the salt-sprayed world of Sausalito,” in the words of a reviewer—and the plot turns on a ragtag Sausalito uprising to head off an environmental disaster.

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