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About Barbuzzo Restaurant
Barbuzzo is a Mediterranean restaurant and bar located in the trendy Midtown Village area of center city. We serve small plates intended to share. With a wood-burning oven for pizzas & roasting, Barbuzzo’s menu features rustic, hand crafted regional fare such as: Grilled Octopus with fingerlings, roasted peppers & soppressata; Parsnip ravioli with duck ragu and roasted pears; Uovo Pizza with brussel leaves, guanciale, & truffle farm egg. Menu items range in price from $3 to $32. Barbuzzo has a full bar featuring Mediterranean wines, craft beers and cocktails. We have bar and counter seating overlooking the open kitchen available for walk ins.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Mediterranean, Italian, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday to Saturday: 12pm-3pm
Dinner: Nightly: 5pm - 12am
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Garage parking available on Sansom Street between 11th & 12th Streets.
Broad Street Line - Walnut Locust Station
Marcie B Turney
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
Barbuzzo Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
We were seated immediately. Food came out in a timely fashion and they even went the extra step to provide cheese filled olives for my martini. Overall great experience, duck appetizer was amazing pappardelle pasta was good, I had higher expectations, but my date loved the steak. We were right in the front and had a great time chatting and people watching.
I really enjoyed my food. We ordered:
-- Ricotta - very good, don't know that I need to order it again
-- Grilled Asparagus - Excellent
-- Stuffed Meatballs - Fantastic
-- White pizza with Brussel Sprouts - Unbelievably delicious, it was uniquely extraordianary
I Heard great things about the restaurant and was excited to try it. Food service at all was underwhelming. Had the asparagus salad and the asparagus was very tough when we mentioned it to the waiter he said nothing then when he brought us our pizza he said he asked the cook for more asparagus...it was a nice gesture but that wasn't what we really wanted and a few were more tender but most were tough. The sauce on the salad was delicious ...the margherita pizza was so so. Not blown away.
Went for restaurant week lunch, was so impressed with the beet salad, the ricotta, the tufoli: SO much flavor!!! I wish there had been more pork on the tufoli, but what I had was amazing, and you can't beat the price. Also, the budino is worth its weight in gold; best thing I've ever eaten.
The ambience was really nice! We had a reservation and were seated immediately. It was very busy late Saturday night, so I would recommend a reservation... or you will probably wait a while. However, I should note that it took about fifteen minutes for our waitress to see us. We were really thirsty and hungry, so that was sort of a bummer.
When we ordered, she was perfectly pleasant and attentive. The food came out relatively quickly. I ordered the Octopus... and I was expecting the traditional presentation that you would normally get from Greek restaurants. However, the octopus was cut up and placed within this salad of fennel, dill, potatoes, and a pureed white cannelli bean. I was sort of disappointed at first, especially since it was $15 and the serving was on a small plate. However, it was DELICIOUS! My boyfriend got a pizza, which he said was good. That was a solid value at $13, I think.
Overall, be prepared to order more than just one exclusive plate for yourself if you want to be full. The food was crafted very well and was incredibly tasty. Just don't come starving, or you'll have to wait a good chunk of time while hungry, and then have to order multiple things to satiate your hunger.
Our visit was during restaurant week, so the place was mobbed. The restaurant is small, cramped and very loud, so we opted to sit outside. Unfortunately, and no fault of the restaurant, the air reeked of sewage. I expected that the restaurant would want to turn tables quickly, but did not expect to receive the first course before getting water! The food was disappointing overall. It was okay, but not Philly Top 50 quality. I was not impressed and would not return.
Had 5:15 dinner reservations. Did not realize it was restaurant week which made it even more interesting. We both had the meatballs. They were DELICIOUS! They came with bread. Honestly I was full - that would be perfect for lunch. Next I had the chicken dish and my friend had the mushroom pizza. My dish was just ok, not nothing special. My friend said her pizza was just okay. The crust was good but the center was soggy, not firm. I had the tiramisu and she had the house dessert. They were both DELICIOUS! The atmosphere was energetic, especially by the time we left. The place is narrow so getting to the restroom was a bit of a feat as you had a very narrow walkway between the tables and the bar. Other than that I would recommend this place.
The food is wonderful and so is the service. However, the noise level at peak times is so bad you cannot have a normal conversation. So go for the food but not for a relaxing time. Or go mid afternoon. There are no bad dishes: we especially like the vegetarian selections and the meatballs, go figure!
This visit we chose to sit outdoors to avoid the noisy main dining area. Cocktails were great (the Sanguinello is a favorite), the first courses were amazing - sheep ricotta and beet salad, and the service was good. And what is not to like about their signature dessert, budino!!! Will definitely be back.
The food was excellent. We were very displeased with our waitress, as well as the size of the portions given the price we paid. We waited entirely too long for our cocktails. Our waitress offered no explanation nor did she apologize We commented that we felt that seven tortellini was more of an appetizer than an entrée. Her response was a condescending eye roll, and asked if we wanted to see the menu and order something else. Our bill of over $120 was high considering what we received and the poor service given.
Overall the food was good. The Octopus salad was disappointing as there was barely any octopus and the dressing was too vinegary. The wine list was limited. The service was attentive. It was very noisy and the tables were VERY close together. I wouldn't recommend it for an intimate date evening, but it was lively even on a Wednesday evening.
Upon walking into the restaurant, you are met with a bar to the left and tables to the right. Further back, you see an open kitchen with additional tables. The ambiance is dim but not overly so. The drink menu is diverse, so everyone in your party who has a preference should be able to find what they like. Our waiter was great and went over the restaurant's recommendation for 2-3 items off the menu per person due to having smaller servings. We ended up ordering 2 pasta dishes and 1 dessert, and it was the perfect portion for the 2 of us this evening. However, had I been with other friends or my fiance a minimum of 3-4 dishes would have been appropriate.
Barbuzzo defines family style a little differently; yes everything is placed in the center of your table for sharing however in addition to that dishes are brought out as soon as they are finished in the kitchen. My only comment about the serving method is that the tables are small so if you have a party of 2, realistically you will only be getting 2 dishes at a time unless you are seated at a 4 top table.
The pasta that we had was amazingly delicious as was the dessert and I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a nice place to eat in downtown.
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