Famed for several fantastic taste bud twisting restaurants in Philadelphia, Chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran have done it again! Best described as a place for “savory, urban dining,” Barbuzzo offers diners, creatively crafted and Mediterranean-inspired dishes based on the flavors of Italy, Portugal, Spain, and France. The restaurant itself is a welcoming space, not large- but encompasses a bar, wall decor built of shelve cubbies with glass jars full of colorful herbs and dried veggies, and offers outdoor seating in a comfortable 13th street setting. Tables for two are perfect for an intimate conversation and candle lit for a romantic ambiance.
Barbuzzo is a play on a Tuscan word for “full belly”
Barbuzzo’s drink menu is intriguing, they offer a variety of delicious and buzz boasting drinks. I tried the Cucumber Margarita, [cucumber, tequila, and house margarita juice blend] the juice was tangy and came equipt with a raw cucumber slice on the glass; classy looking drink with big taste - – their Little Italian Redhead sounds delicious as well [vodka, aperol, housemade lemonade].
Choosing an appetizer at Barbuzzo was quite the challenge as there are many mouth watering options to choose from. We decided to stay light and fresh, so we tried the Vegetable board, which offered us a selection of farmer’s market veggies [this dish changes on the regular as each day different famer's market veggies are chosen]. Our dish was a mixture of delicious fingerling potatoes and garlic, roasted eggplant topped with carmelized onions and parmesan cheese over a spicy tomato paste, garlic-asparagus-parmesan bruschetta, and crispy snap peas served with crushed almonds on top.
For the main course we indulged in the Asparago Pizza, just one of the many mouth watering pizza options. The Asparago was a made with shaved Asparagus, Barbuzzo Pancetta, secret white sauce, Fior Di Latte, truffle, and farm egg. It was NOT your ordinary pizza but certainly the flavor of desire if your an egg lover (specifically poached eggs). It tasted just as delicious as it looks.
We didn’t dig into dessert, though Barbuzzo’s Salted Caramel Budino comes highly recommended. We’ve heard it’s butterscotch pudding + chocolate crust + salted caramel, a combo that satisfies the sweet tooth!
The restaurant offers many beer/wine dinner pairing events, another way to get familiar with the food and spirits. It’s a great place to catch up with friends or simply try someting new. Fresh ingredients & great drinks, left us with a ‘Barbuzzo.’