Barbuzzo. Our favorite restaurant so far. I know this is a dark picture, but I don’t want to use a flash in a restaurant. I’m trying not to be that guy.

These are Brussels sprouts. I love this vegetable when it’s treated right, but when it’s abused, I pretty much hate it. These Brussels sprouts were home-schooled.

Most likely blanched, then pan seared with house-cured pancetta, (yes they cure their own meats here,) and covered in parmigiano reggiano, this is about as easy as they can get. And as delicious.

Pizza Uovo at Barbuzzo Philadelphia (dinner tonight…)

Brussel sprout leaves, guanciale, “secret white sauce”, parmesan, fior di latte, truffled farm egg, dried sicilian oregano.

The oregano is brought to the table dried and still on the stem.  You pick it off and crush it between your fingers over the pizza.  One, it makes the pizza taste even better, and two… your hands smell like oregano, and you’ll never hear me complain about that.


Barbuzzo, Philadelphia, PA, USA

After having heard so many great things about Barbuzzo, I finally had the chance to try the restaurant. Even though I made the reservation a week in advance, I only managed to get the 9 pm slot. That pretty much told me how popular the restaurant is.  

When I arrived at Barbuzzo, the place was actually much smaller than I thought.  It was very crowded. We were seated at a very small table. So it was a little cramped for me throughout the meal especially I had to put my camera on my lap the whole time. Before visiting, I asked my friend to recommend me a number of dishes. Looking at the menu, I pretty much just ordered all the dishes I was recommended. We started off with the beets salad with goat cheese and pistachio. I was never a big fan of beets. However, the pistachio with kale was delicious. The bone marrow came second. The dish was served in the bone and crostini. It was pretty good, but I still prefer the one at Bibou. Our third dish was the foie mousse. The liver was well-made. It paired really nicely with the crostini on the side. In my another attempt to convert my girlfriend to like pasta, I ordered the gnocchi with brown butter. It was very nicely done. The trumpet mushroom and pancetta worked well with the gnocchi. The last entree was the meatball. At this point, I was the only one eating the meatball. So this dish was just a little too heavy for me. After the meal, we finished it off with the salted caramel dessert as recommended by my friend. I had to say Barbuzzo ended my meal with a bang. I loved this dessert. It really grew on me. The combination of sea salt, dark chocolate, and vanilla bean caramel was perfect.

Barbuzzo was another great option in Philly. The meatball tripped me up a little because it was very heavy for me.  However, a lot of the dishes were delicious. The restaurant is a great place to go out for a drink and have great food with friends.

Rating: 9.0/10