Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Philly Restaurant Week-Barbuzzo

A couple of friends and I decided we wanted to go to dinner for Philly restaurant week. It’s a week in Philly Sun-Fri where you can get a three course lunch for $25 and a three course dinner for $35. We were debating between Barbuzzo and Tinto, but I’m really happy we decided on Barbuzzo. At Barbuzzo we actually got four courses.

For the first course we each got two Crostini, Smashed Fava-Goat Cheese Crostini and Smoky Chickpea Crostini. The Crostini were a perfect start to the dinner. As a table we agreed that the Chickpea Crostini were the best. 

For our second course we had a choice between Sheep’s Milk Ricotta, Roasted Beets, and a Meatball Slider. My friend and I choose the Ricotta, while our other friend choose the Meatball Slider. If I were a meat-eater this choice would have been much more difficult. The meatball slider smelled amazing and my friend said it was great. However, I think the Ricotta would have won it for me anyway. It was hands down the best Ricotta Cheese I’ve ever had in my life. I didn’t even need the bread, I could have just eaten it with a spoon. It was so smooth and creamy, it melted in my mouth. My other friend agreed that it was amazing.

For the main course we had the choice of House Extruded Tufoli, Oven Roasted Murrays Chicken Breast, Grilled Bronzino, Pan Seared Gnocchi (could be made veg), or Capricciosa Pizza (could be made veg). Surprisingly, we all choose the Gnocchi, but I asked for mine to be made vegetarian. It was made with prosciutto, mushrooms, and homemade truffle butter. It was good, but my gnocchi and my mothers are better. The others really loved it though and thought my standards were too high and I have to agree.

For the dessert course we had a choice of Blood Orange Tiramisu or Salted Caramel Budino. We all choose the Budino, and thank god we did because we practically licked the jar when we were done. The budino is a layer of chocolate cookie crust, a thick and rich butterscotch pudding, salted caramel and whipped cream in a small (too small in my opinion) mason jar. We could have not asked for a better ending to our evening at Barbuzzo, it was so simple, but yet so flavorful. It just blew me away. I had no idea I would leave a changed woman, but I am. The Budino at Barbuzzo is simply one of the best desserts I’ve ever had…It is to die for!

I would honestly pay full price for any of their menu items and I will definitely be back for the budino!

110 South 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-546-9300


  1. i wanted to go here for RW, but they were booked solid the nite i wanted. went to sister restie lolita instead (which is delish if you've never been). i need to get to barbuzzo!!

  2. I'll go with you! I could eat the ricotta and budino every day, I would be a house but I definitely want to go again!