I finally made it to Barbuzzo! This place has been on my list, and the stars aligned that I had time to visit. Woo hoo! The thing that finally threw me over the edge was when one of my coworkers came back from lunch, stopped at my desk, and told me, "I just had a religious experience. I went to Barbuzzo." Deal was sealed and I went two days later.

Dimly lit, tight yet comfortable space, friendly staff, great food= perfect date night. We started with the ricotta and charred bread which was closer to smooth melted cream than any grainy ricotta I've ever tasted. I needed a moment to close my eyes, to take in every note of this beautiful dish.

Next was the steak tartare. Admittedly, this was not my choosing. My guy loves it, and I was willing to try. Which I did but I have to say it wasn't my favorite. It tasted more to me like tuna with onions and I was not a fan at all. Nor was he... we didn't even finish it. BUT, it wasn't enough to deter me at all from loving our Barbuzzo experience.

The Brussels sprouts with pancetta, chile, and lemon were the best I've had in the city yet. And that's saying something, because I really really love Brussels sprouts!

The caciocavallo stuffed meatballs were everything you want a meatball to be: tender, moist, perfectly seasoned, and piping hot.

And finally, the pièce de résistance: the salted caramel budino. Do you know what it would taste like if angels and unicorns had babies? THIS.

Barbuzzo 110 S. 13th Street Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 546-9300