Last night, I had the pleasure of visiting Barbuzzo: a one week old Mediterranean small plates themed restaurant on 13th and Sansom in Center City, Philadelphia. [Select photos from Barbuzzo website]
Upon entering the space, I was welcomed with a rustic, old world ambiance. I had a few minutes before my friends arrived so I took a quick look around. My one complaint is that the tables are very very close together. I did, however, love the open kitchen. I also loved the fact that there were two bars at which to be seated: one, a conventional bar serving select wines, imported beer, and cocktails, and the other, overlooking the kitchen.
My first thought? This is a perfect ‘solo-dining’ location.
I’m always confused by the small plates…I want to yell out “But how small is small?!” I looked around and realized that one plate is perfectly suitable for one person…probably no leftovers, though. If you’re particularly hungry, I’d go for a salad (perhaps the Burrata? Or Fresh Ricotta with Figs(Below)) and another plate.
Attention: a ‘side’ of bread is $2…no bottomless bread basket, here.
I ordered the Grilled Bronzino plate. The fish was excellent, as were the local oyster mushrooms that graced the plate.
When offered to taste my friends’ house made pasta dishes, I happily complied.
The Caserecce was delicious. The prominence of mint and red pepper was perfect.
And the Gnocchi? While very rich, the consistency of the gnocchi was extremely well done. And again with the local oyster mushrooms. I can’t get enough of them.
I was very impressed with Barbuzzo…a great addition to the 13th street restaurant clan. I applaud their use of local, seasonal vegetables . For a brand new restaurant, the response was fabulous. Each dish I saw looked delicious… The response to the artisan chocolates from the table nearby “These are spectacular! The best part of the night”.
I definitely recommend Barbuzzo for a true taste of classic Mediterranean flavors in the heart of Philadelphia.