Posted by: Leap of Faith | March 4, 2010

Ciro to Hero

Since I’ve been practically blogging about food the past few days, let me indulge you one more time with, what else, another food entry!  Yipee, burp! 😳

Wednesdays, which is the last working day of the week here in Saudi Arabia, is usually our chance to meet up and have dinner with my Filipino colleagues in the bank.  Since there is only a limited selection of restuarants here in the Kingdom, we normally eat in the same places all the time.  If our budget permits, we eat in Western-themed restuarants (i.e. TGIF, Chili’s, Applebees, Tony Romas, etc).  However, since this is not always the case, we also content ourselves with other cheaper, but often even more delicious, Asian-themed alternatives.

Last night was different since we discovered Ciro’s Pomodoro, a newly opened Italian restaurant in the Al Khobar Corniche, which is an international franchise of a London-based chain owned by restauranteur Ciro Orsini.  The original store is located in the famous Knightsbridge but they also have other stores in Los Angeles, Athens, Bucharest, Kiev, Beijing and the Middle East (Bahrain, Dubai and Abu Dhabi).

The restaurant’s exterior is cleverly decorated with – guess what – a giant tomato!

While the elevator, furniture and kitchen all screamed trendy and unique. 

The menu included a good selection of Italian dishes… 

… but we decided to try out these…

… a selection of breads and tomato salsa, pesto and garlic dip…

… Mushroom and Prawn Risotto and Tagliatelle Al Funghi…

… and, err,  tomato juice for Pinky!

The food prices were on the high side at around SR70/USD20 per order (plus tax) and the servings were not enough to share. But the smiles we had all night could only mean one thing – that we enjoyed what we ate – even though it may take a while before we save up again for another repeat. 😉

Thankfully, our dining experience was good –  a perfect example of a zero Ciro to hero if you ask me!


More than the price of the food, the only thing that is seriously annoying about this place is seeing the various photographs of the owner – as he mingled with all the Hollywood celebrities and famous personalities  – cover  ALL the walls (and menu, see picture above) of the restaurant!  I mean, how social climber-ish and vain can one be?! 
















  1. foods look so great. ang sarap and ganda ng kuha ng pics. have a nice meal and weekend!

    • Thanks so much, Jess. The food was good – my wife and I like the Prawn Risotto. I suggest you try it when you have the chance.

      May you have great weekend too!

  2. Looking forward to the next risotto dinner – yum! 🙂

    • Me too!

  3. so how do you rate the foof mr. food critic? we’ve never been there. maybe i can hustle ric to take us there. ;p

    • The food was actually good – although it would have been better if the servings were bigger. You have to try it with Ric!

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