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Pizzeria Barbarella!

koshfoodie Jan 2, 2012 04:50 PM

Wondering if anyone has been and some feedback.

I have been waiting for this place to open for months!!

Looking forward to hear what you have to say.

  1. LotusRapper Jan 2, 2012 04:57 PM

    I would have liked to been at their pre-opening :-/

    And if that's anything:


    I'm sure they'll be out with flying colours !

    1. fmed Jan 2, 2012 08:08 PM

      Next week is his target. Look for his Facebook page.

      I have been and the pizza is very good.

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      1. re: fmed
        jcolvin Jan 3, 2012 12:46 PM

        It's kinda ridiculous that so many good pizza places have opened all at once. We suffered for *how many* years? with no decent pizza and suddenly there are more than you can shake a stick at. Not that I'm complaining ...

        1. re: jcolvin
          LotusRapper Jan 3, 2012 01:12 PM

          Now I'm waiting for world-class southern & BBQ outlets to be all over the place :-)

      2. NoMoreSnuggles Jan 11, 2012 11:55 AM

        We went last night (their first official dinner service!) and really enjoyed the food. Of course, it'll take them a little while to work out the kinks but it is still exciting to me.

        A few observations: the pizzas are smaller than at Ah-Beetz. Very similar in size to Neopolitano-style pizza places that have opened up in the past year.

        We tried to diavola (spicy salami and ollives), the amatriciana (pancetta and onions), and the salsiccia (sausage and peppers). All were very solid. The ingredients, unsurprisingly are of the best quality - mostly made in-house. Terry Deane has always been very particular about what goes on his pies and in what ratios, and it shows. I love how they use a mixture of cheese to achieve balanced flavour and texture.

        The crust like at Ah-Beetz, has a wonderful depth of flavour. I think I prefer a tiny bit more puffiness at the ends of my New York-style pizza but it's so much better than 99.99% of the pizza out there.

        Being opening night, I won't ding them on service or timing but I will say that it was full of food nerds last night and that I still waited less time than I have in the past at Ah-Beetz when it was just a 2-person operation.

        Last night was pizza only so I can't comment on the rest of the menu (yet). They are also waiting on their liquor license (BC Liquor Board!!!!!), and probably have a lot more planned for the decor as it's pretty bare in there (I spotted art not yet mounted to the walls).

        They posted on their FB that they will not be accepting takeout orders for the time being - probably until they get stuff settled with their timing. They were having problems with their phones last night anyway.

        Worth a visit of course! Can't wait to see what they do this year.

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        1. re: NoMoreSnuggles
          Quattrociocchi Jan 11, 2012 01:33 PM

          How large is the restaurant?

          1. re: Quattrociocchi
            NoMoreSnuggles Jan 12, 2012 12:34 PM

            Not very big. There's maybe a dozen 4-top tables in the whole place, though there is a long bar in the centre that I think it meant to be more social, though they didn't have bar stools on opening night.

            1. re: NoMoreSnuggles
              LotusRapper Jan 12, 2012 01:15 PM

              604Foodtography's pre-opening review has a few pics of the space:


          2. re: NoMoreSnuggles
            vandan Jan 12, 2012 05:18 PM

            just wondering how the prices are compared to Nicili, Nook et al ?

            1. re: vandan
              NoMoreSnuggles Jan 17, 2012 09:22 AM

              It's closely priced to all the fancy pizza places that have opened in town, with pizzas ranging 12-16. Nicli and Verace both have higher top ends which makes them seem more expensive but we're really only talking about $1-2 differences...

              1. re: NoMoreSnuggles
                LotusRapper Jan 17, 2012 10:41 AM

                FWIW, our dominant go-to pizzeria is Firewood on Cambie because they're a stone's throw from us. Daily special (large) is now $16. Menu-standard medium pies (12") range from $16-17.25, and large pies (14") range from $20.10-21.75.

                It's time I start diversifying my pizzerias .......

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