Situated in serene Oozells Square in Birmingham city centre, Cielo is definitely not your ordinary Italian. From the modern, slick interior to the exquisitely presented dishes, the award-winning Cielo exceeds all expectations; perhaps that’s why it has been dubbed the best restaurant on planet earth by reviewers on TripAdvisor. This winning combination has also seen the restaurant named Best Italian Restaurant at the English Italian Awards.
The chefs pride themselves on their innovative dishes, made using fresh, seasonal produce. Both the attractive fixed-price menu and à la carte options include classic Italian favourites with enticing twists. The seared black pearl scallops with black pudding, smoked pancetta, salmon caviar and a drizzle of white wine is a mouth-wateringly good starter that’s presented with impressive attention to detail – something that sets this Italian apart. The flavoursome goat’s cheese gratin with toasted pine nuts, wild rocket, beetroot Carpaccio and balsamic reduction is another starter that looks just as good as it tastes.
It wouldn’t be an Italian restaurant without a delicious selection of pasta and risotto dishes, which can be served as starters or mains. The penne pasta accompanied by chorizo, fresh basil, fresh chilli, shallots and pomodoro sauce is a popular dish that’s perfectly balanced. Another highlight is the grilled monkfish tail with roasted courgettes, broad beans and shellfish sauce. If you’d prefer a sumptuous meat main, look to the Gressingham duck breast with sweet potato fondant, sautéed hispi cabbage and Grand Marnier to satisfy your palate. For dessert, diners can choose from a varied selection of traditional Italian sweets. The creamy tiramisu is a firm favourite, and with good reason. The fruity crème brûlée served with physalis and glazed orange segments is another ideal way to conclude a visit to Cielo.
The friendly service adds to the relaxed dining experience; attentive staff come with plenty of recommendations to help guide you through the enticing menu without being intrusive or pretentious. Always exploring traditional Italian flavour combinations and adding inventive and impressive twists, Cielo is not to be missed.