I’m a bit wary now of disclosing when my meals get comped by the restaurant as I was previously rudely thrashed and slashed for being a ‘food blogger’. And for the record, I’ve paid 98.99% of the meals and rarely disclose that I’m a blogger at a restaurant.
So I’m putting it out there my meal at Bibo was comped which I wasn’t aware of until end of the meal. We also insisted in at least paying for the bottles of wine we got. I appreciate the gesture but it doesn’t mean that I’m not going to bite the hand that fed me.
Bibo is the latest addition to the ‘authentic’ Italian movement that seems to be popping up in Vancouver in the last few years. Its Kitsilano location also helps with its popularity. The restaurant uses quality authentic ingredients for its rustic Italian dishes. They hired a young pizza maker from Naples to make Neapolitan style pizzas and the pizzas are brought to your table uncut to keep the flavours. I saw the young man shake his head in disgust when we asked if we could get our pizza cut up….easier to share among a group of people! But I do appreciate his passion for making pizzas.
The room is a nod to the popular casual fine dining feel ie think Joeys or Moxies but a tad smaller. While we were there, a Fellini film was projected on the back wall which was a fun quirky addition to the atmosphere.
In general, the food we had was hit and miss but you could definitely all the dishes were fresh made.
To start, we got the colourful Bibo Italian Flag
The BiBo arrangement of Italian DOP* Burrata cheese with Arugula and fresh Italian tomato. As noted in its description, the Burrata cheese was exceptional and its a good dish to order to share.
Of course we had to order the pizza and face the wrath of the young pizza making phenom.
We ordered the Crudo pizza with extra anchovies…anchovies are awesome on pizza trust me. The Crudo a simple pizza of of mozzarella , prosciutto , arugula flakes, and parmesan. The crust was nicely crisp, light and chewy.
To continue our carb-athon, we ordered a couple of pastas. The first was the fresh made gnocchi with pesto
The gnocchi came out softer than expected. The pesto was made with fresh basil specially imported from Italy but even with the fresh herb I was surprised there was not much flavour to it.
Next we tried the simple bucatino which is rare pasta to find around town.
Bucatino is a type of thick hollow spaghetti and is usually served in a light tomato sauce. This was the preferred pasta of the night for us.
To end the night, we ordered the traditional tiramisu to share
This classic dessert is made of Italian savoiardi biscuits dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of egg yolks, italian mascarpone and flavored with liquor and cocoa. Maybe it’s Bibo’s take on it but the usual noticeable liquor taste to it wasn’t apparent. It also lacked the multi-level texture of smooth creaminess and crunch from the biscuits.
The owners take their restaurants and ingredients seriously. They ensure all if not most of their ingredients are fresh and are made in house…going as far as importing items from Italy.
Even though the managers knew we were there, we were treated differently. They were friendly when they did come by but most of the time I felt like we were ignored. I think they forgot that even though we are bloggers, we’re also their customers who happen to have a blog.
1835 West 4th Avenue