A new gourmet deli and kitchen will open its doors on Newnham Street today, built on 40 years of food and business expertise in Bedford.
Based in the old ‘Fred’s Chippy’ on Newnham Street, the shop has been transformed into an open kitchen, deli counter and comfortable seating area.
Cibo Deli and Kitchen has been launched by the family behind AB Fruits, which was established by the late Antonio Bosco in Bedford in 1982.
And that heritage is honoured as you step through the door of the new premises, with a ‘wall of fame’ featuring old family photos.
The deli is being officially opened today by renowned chef, Pierre Koffmann, one of just a handful of chefs to have been awarded three Michelin stars.
Mr Koffmann and AB Fruits have worked together for many years and he offered to be part of the deli’s opening.
“Opening a deli is something we’ve always wanted to do, but until this year we hadn’t had the time,” co-owner, Roberto Bosco – Antonio’s son – told the Bedford Independent.
“Our aim is to bring a bit of what we do at AB Fruits – quality, well-sourced ingredients – to the town centre. We’ll have Italian and English charcuterie alongside handmade mozzarella, made by Valerio’s right here in Bedford.
Roberto explained that ‘Cibo’ is Italian for food and nourishment.
“Our new gastro-deli is based on using only the best quality ingredients we can source. Hand-picked regional wines from small producers in Italy to our very special Ligurian coffee.
“Handmade fresh pastas, ‘real’ eggs, milk and charcuterie from both English & Italian producers.
“We aim to create a warm, friendly atmosphere where customers can browse the food shelves and deli counter, or sit-in and enjoy our freshly prepared foods.
“Our special locally baked focaccia filled with gourmet ingredients truly are something else and we hope to bring something a little different to
“To have Pierre Koffmann here is very humbling for us as a small, independent Bedford business.”
Cibo’s chef, Gavin Austin, has worked with AB Fruits for the last decade and came on board as soon as Roberto told him about the concept. He is joined by sous chef, Charlotte, who is from just down the road in Ampthill.
Gavin has a background in fine dining and was keen to be part of the Cibo family. “It’s great to be working with the best products from AB Fruits and it’s such an amazing canvas to be working on,” said Gavin.
“I’m really looking forward to serving gourmet sandwiches, weekend breakfasts and setting up our Cibo and Friends events with some great guest chefs.”
Bedford at the heart of the business
“We’re very proud of our brand,” said Roberto. “There are not many businesses that have been in Bedford since 1982. We’re proud Bedfordians and wanted to put something back into the town. It’s such a great community.”
Everyone employed is from Bedford and other locals have lent a hand with the launch too. Taste Bedford co-founder and food stylist, Anne Harnan, helped the team create their stunning food photography and suppliers include Cibo’s Newnham Street neighbours, GCH Fishmongers and the Meat Shop on Queen’s Drive.
The collaboration with Companions Bakery has been particularly rewarding.
“I tasted some amazing bread when I was in in Italy,” said Roberto. “I’ve been working with Julian and the Companions team to replicate the same product and I think we’ve got it.”
And we cannot wait to try it, along with every single other item on the menu. Buon appetito!
Cibo Deli & Kitchen, 38 Newnham St Bedford, MK40 3JR
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