A Casual European Mix

MTIl Buon Cibo's rustic design gives it the look of an old European cafe.
Il Buon Cibo is a cute little continental-style cafe that seems to draw patrons in with its casual, cozy atmosphere. Although it sports an Italian name, the design could easily be called French or, for that matter, just simply Old World. There's the familiar combination of raw brick and red walls; further rustic charm is generated with onion ropes and old botanical prints on the walls. Some modern contrast is provided by the spacious open kitchen that seems to occupy as much space as the dining area itself. Large windows provide for pleasant people-watching on busy Bolshaya Nikitskaya.

Il Buon Cibo is the kind of place you come for a casual bite to eat, a quick lunch or just a cup of coffee. The menu is brief but eclectic.

There's a small selection of typical breakfast offerings, such as omelets (90 rubles) and fried eggs (80 rubles), both of which are available with various savory additions (30 rubles). The syrniki cheese fritters (90 rubles) can also be supplemented with various toppings, such as honey, jam and sour cream for 20 rubles.

The diverse range of regular dishes is equally inexpensive and includes the Russian stolichny and vinegret salads (both 70 rubles), a hybrid herring and feta dish (170 rubles) and Italian mini mozzarella with cherry tomatoes (150 rubles). Mixing it up even further are several Georgian dishes such as satsivi (150 rubles) and khachapuri (80 rubles) and even some Indian offerings -- chicken tikka (150 rubles) and palak paneer (180 rubles).

Il Buon Cibo isn't really a beer kind of place and it serves just one bottled variety -- Heineken (90 rubles for 330 milliliters). There is a reasonable range of coffee, however, starting at 60 rubles for an espresso.

19/16 Bolshaya Nikitskaya Ul., Bldg. 1, 290-2254, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., M. Arbatskaya.