Chef Anthony Strong Back with Cibi Cotti, a Family-Style Pop-Up Dinner Series


Kyoto-style spaghetti with duck, ginger, Parmigiano, and sansho pepper. Photo courtesy of Cibi Cotti.


Tortelli neri with salt cod, ‘nduja, and celery hearts. Photo courtesy of Cibi Cotti.

After former Locanda chef Anthony Strong tried and then bagged his Young Fava delivery concept, I’ve been waiting to see what’s next from this talented chef. He’s currently entering lease negotiations on a space for a brick-and-mortar concept—more on that soon—but in the meantime, he really wants to be cooking and testing dishes. Starting this weekend is Cibi Cotti, his pop-up dinner series that runs Friday through Sunday evenings. For $75 per person (plus service), 24 guests can enjoy a multicourse Italian dinner served family-style. And it’s going to be abundant, like 9-10 courses. Yeah, he’s a feeder.

Don’t expect “traditional” Italian dishes—Strong is having fun, doing his own style and playing around. But he knows all about delicious, so it should rock. The name means “cooked food,” and that’s what he’s excited to be doing again—just cooking up some food. And he wants it to feel like a party.

You can get tickets on Tock for this weekend now, and they will be selling the second round early next week—sign up for the mailing list for a heads-up when they go on sale.

It’s BYOB (but you can also order wine from Local Mission Cellar at the event, which is just a couple of blocks away, and they will get it for you). Bring enough to share! Dinner is Fri-Sun at 7pm. 2670 Harrison St. at 23rd St.