No reservations for dinner? Hit the late night happy hour at 10:30pm at this crowded, popular spot. That’s what my friend and I were forced to do when we were met with a 1 1/2 hour waiting time during Barbuzzo’s dinner crowd at 7. The hostess also informed us that all of the open seating is posted on OpenTable, so early reservations are recommended for dinner. I observed that many of the Philadelphia trendy eats use OpenTable. I earned the most points through these online reservations from eating in Philadelphia for one week than I ever did for the past 3 years having opened the account!
I loved this amazing find so much that I ate here twice during my trip.
On two different occasions, I enjoyed the following dishes:
Seared Gnocchi: This entree is not available at the Happy Hour price, but is worth the experience. The Barbuzzo pancetta and chanterelle mushrooms are blended with the smooth and subtle flavors of caramelized apple and truffle butter.
Margherita Pizza: From the late night menu, this $10 dish comes on a thin crust with san marzanos, house stretched fior di latte, basil, and cooked with extra virgin olive oil. Pizza condiments include dried herbs and chili oil.
Sangria: I like my sangrias balanced with fruit and wine, so Barbuzzo’s version felt more like drinking a glass of iced red wine because the fruit flavor was so subtle. The happy hour glass is only $4.
Blood Orange Sorbet: Rich and explosive with citrus flavor.
Dim lit and with a simple and modern design, this place doesn’t need to be flashy because the food is delicious.
Barbuzzo is located in a trendy block on 13 Street, between Chestnut and Sansom. It rests confidently amongst other crowded hot spots restaurants like Lolita and Bindi, a gourmet grocery store called Grocery (what else?) and the cutest gift shop supporting Philadelphia apparel and knick knacks. I was surprised to learn that this entire 13th Street block is owned and was transformed by two female entrepreneurs: Chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran. Two impressive and savvy women who love Philadelphia as much as 13th Street.
Center City District
110 South 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-4532