Balinese cuisine is fantastic, but sometimes I just need something more familiar while I’m traveling. So, as I toured, every couple of days I said “sampai jumpa” (see you later) and then “ciao” and set out to find some of the best Italian food in Bali. I certainly wasn’t sorry that I had.
Further inland, tucked away with art galleries and guest houses, I discovered Zibiru Cucina Italiana while walking around one Friday evening. I was lured in by the drifting sounds of live jazz. I grabbed an amazing panini from Bottega, Zibiru’s marketplace, and made my reservations for the next night.
Zibiru’s quaint whitewashed storefront and lush courtyard make it a perfect little hideaway where everything smelt divine, from the fresh focaccia to the wealthy and rustic lamb ragu. The flavors believe in the Italian heritage of the chefs, and the care that they take with local ingredients. Choosing a dessert was almost impossible, but the Sorbetto al Limone was perfect on a warm evening.