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Have a seat in the European-style courtyard or make new friends at the communal table inside. Known for its authentic Italian pizza and gelato, it equally excels at a select menu of pastas, seafood,... Read More
Have a seat in the European-style courtyard or make new friends at the communal table inside. Known for its authentic Italian pizza and gelato, it equally excels at a select menu of pastas, seafood, meats and sandwiches. The chefs recently updated menus as an Italian gastro wine bar. New on the lunch menu are small sandwiches served on pizza dough bread and baked in Barbatella's wood oven. These are no ordinary sandwiches; herb-marinated octopus with burrata and tomato-black truffle jam or spaghetti carbonara with crispy pancetta and egg yolk parmesan, for instance. Pizza remains a staple, but in small pizzette format at lunch, with toppings such as grilled eggplant with sausage, tomato and buffalo mozzarella. On the dinner menu, small plate selections include olives stuffed with spreadable salami and Asiago cheese; and figs and burrata on ciabatta bruschetta. Seafood lovers go for the Ligurian seafood platter: Maine lobster, shrimp, octopus, mussels and spaghettini in light tomato brodo.
- Best for Pizza Because: Barbatella takes pizzeria to a whole new level with fresh and unusual ingredients.
- Best for Group Friendly Because: A communal dining table is available indoors, plus there's lots of room in the courtyard to group up.
- Best for Italian Because: Barbatella creates an atmosphere of convivial Italian feasting that is truly original.