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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
Starting our vacation with rose & a wonderful dinner. Started with the smoked trout tartine & the beet salad. Followed by the bucatini with scallops and my favorite the special sweet corn & ricotta ravioli. Ended with the best desert in Philly - The Budino. Can't wait to come back again.
Barbuzzo lived up to its reputation as being a great place for interesting Italian food. Portions were larger than other places of similar caliber, and the menu selection was great. One of our party has Celiac's and is lactose intolerant and our server was very knowledgeable and helpful in guiding her to menu items that she could safely eat. We enjoyed everything and I will definitely be back!
Dishes were creative and very tasty. Each person in my party of 3 very much enjoyed her meal. My gin and tonic was appropriately strong. Could have offered bitters or simple syrup. I'm happy to have discovered this restaurant. I will return. Only complaint was that the restaurant was uncomfortably warm.
Once again, I had an amazing meal at Barbuzzo! Each course from the whipped ricotta to the Salted Caramel Bundino (both are musts) were delicious. By only complaints were that the bread with the whipped ricotta was burnt rather than just grilled, my martini was not a full glass, and the service was surprisingly not that great. Our waiter did not seem informed about the ingredients in certain dishes and non of the waitstaff seemed to be friendly or even smile. I do however appreciate how Barbuzzo was willing to accommodate me by putting the pork on the side of our dishes, since I do not eat red meat. Overall we had a great dinner and will definitely go back.
My parents had tried this place on a recent visit to Philly and completely raved about the food, so I was excited to try it myself for a recent special occasion. I'm thrilled to say it didn't disappoint! The cocktails were really solid, the vegetable dishes were beautiful, and the one seafood option I tried (grilled octopus) was stunning. The one thing that left us a liiiittle cold, in comparison to everything else, was the asparagus pizza--the crust wasn't terribly well-flavored, and while the toppings were lovely, the kitchen's liberal hand with the truffle oil made that the dominant note. (Don't get me wrong, we happily consumed it and took home some leftovers that made a great cold-pizza dinner the next day. It was just the weakest dish among the several we tried.) While I sometimes find small plate/tapas/family style places a little grating for the high-price-to-small-portion ratio, I felt that Barbuzzo's offerings were much more generous than other trendy Center City spots with similar models. And: delicious. The fig bread pudding was hands-down the best dessert I've had this year.
Overall: very nice atmosphere, gorgeous food, and while it's not exactly budget-friendly, it felt like we absolutely got what we paid for. You'll definitely want to make a reservation, probably at least a week in advance--when booking on a Friday for a table the following Monday, there was precisely one time slot available.
This was a last minute reservation on a holiday weekend and we were pleasantly surprised. I was not aware that the restaurant was a Tapas style restaurant when I made the reservation - not sure if the menu or Open Table indicated this. We were promptly seated and our waiter was VERY professional. He advised that the options on the menu were considered Tapas style and would serve 2 people, he suggested ordering two dishes each and then sharing. We were worried that we'd leave hungry as we were expecting a full meal, but this was not the case. The Tapas dishes were hearty and delicious - fresh w/ locally sourced ingredients and creative! We had an enjoyable meal, the ambiance was authentic and fun and the service was notable. I'd definitely try again!
Definitely didn't live up to the previous reviews. The Ovo pizza was burnt, had limited & inconsistent toppings, and the char overpowered the one grape and tiny amount of Gorgonzola on each slice (that was 1/4 of the pizza). Meatballs and pasta were ok, but not great. While the food was ok, it was nowhere near as good as expected based on previous reviews or based on pricing.
I recently ate at the restaurant.We have eaten there in February and I liked it so much that I booked a reservation for my mother in-laws bday. It was very loud and unsettling.The kale salad was good, but very little goat cheese..The pasta with crab was very pedestrian too much separation of flavors.The orrichett dish was better last time. My son's margarit pizza was good. Overall, I didn't feel it was a good value for the food we ate..On the fence as to whether or not I'd come back...
We arrived for lunch at noon when they opened so the restaurant was relatively quiet and not crowded. The noise level rose between 12:30-1:30 but there were still empty tables and we lingered and chatted until close to 2. Our waitress was accommodating and did not pressure us. The menu offerings were varied and interesting and we both enjoyed our selections. I ordered the Mediterranean sampler plate and it was excellent and quite large.
The menu is small but covers a wide range of Italian foods. Our group ordered a cheese flight, pizza, salad, and a sandwich. Everything was fresh, well prepared, and delicious. Not super high end, but not cheap either.
Atmosphere is casual and the location is pretty central.
Food was delicious, make sure you eat the bundino. It was very noisy in the restaurant and tables were closer together than I would have liked. That being said, this is expected of a restaurant in a major city and so can't discredit them for having this issue. Only aspect of the restaurant I did not like was that it was much darker inside than I would have liked. At the first table we were seated at I needed the light off of my phone screen to read the menu. We asked the host to move to a table closer to the window, they were extremely accommodating. However, I did notice that the people that were seated at our old table had the same issue and were struggling to read the menu. All in all this place has wonderful food, a well decorated interior, and great service. If they turned up the lights just a tad they would be a 10/10 instead of a 9.9/10.
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