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Review : Barbuzzo

October 15, 2010

photos borrowed from Barbuzzo’s website


Last night my dad and his friend were in town for a film series at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, so Scott and I met up with them for dinner at recently opened, Barbuzzo. As another Valeri Safran and Marcie Turney project, and their first to have a full liquor license, my expectations for greatness were definitely fulfilled.

The decor was lovely. Rustic farmhouse wood paired with industrial classic, a beautiful white marble bar, and giant reclaimed wood lighting fixtures were the highlights (no pun intended). This is a small space but it manages to not feel crammed. I love the open view of the pizza kitchen, where you can see small glass jars with various spices lined up awaiting their delicious destiny.

We ordered small, because we were unfortunately pressed for time, which only means we’ll be surely returning because the menu looks outstanding. We started with the cheese board, which showcased 5 varieties of goat cheese, each paired with a condiment such as marmalade, apple slices, and jam. I loved how they placed a “cheese cheat sheet” on the board so you know which you’re eating. We then moved onto our pizza selection, the Ouvo. A perfect pizza crust (Turney’s process described in her Grubstreet blog post, here), topped with brussel sprout leaves, guanicale, caciocavallo cheese, house stretched fior di latte, truffle and an egg to top it off. The result? Creamy, savory, melt in your mouth foodgasm.

I can’t wait to go back and try some of the pasta dishes, and find out exactly what “pig popcorn” is!

Visit Barbuzzo at 110 south 13th Street, Philadelphia. And check them out online at


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