Barbaro's mushroom pizza — Photo courtesy of Kimberly Suta
Barbaro in San Antonio isn’t just any pizza joint. Think of it more as a pizza speakeasy, a new neighborhood bar that features craft beer and absolutely fantastic pizza, salads and desserts showcasing the finest ingredients in combinations you wouldn’t come up with on your own. (But they make perfect sense once they’re on your palate.)
If pizza had its own Oscars, Barbaro would be the Scarlett Johansson of the evening – sexy, sophisticated, clever and unique. We’d like to add cheesy, but you get our meaning.
The restaurant recently moved into the quaint Monte Vista neighborhood, next to Lilly’s cookies on McCullough. It is yet another brilliant culinary creation birthed by the restaurateurs of The Monterey and Hot Joy. We couldn’t be any more delighted!
When searching for pizza in San Antonio, no doubt you’ll run across great Yelp reviews about Dough, Grimaldi’s and the like, but do not be swayed.
So, why is Barbaro’s so great? Let’s start with the sourdough crust. The dough is made locally by Bakery Lorraine. The dough is well seasoned and charred to perfection so that it comes out equal parts crispy and chewy. Again, the ingredients are exceptional in quality. And while you can certainly build your own pizza by choosing the ingredients, you are encouraged to trust Barbaro’s visionaries and choose one of their house pizzas.
Fall in love with the Lobster and Oyster Mushrooms Pizza, made with fior de latte, boucheron, porcini oil and chives. Other scrumptious options include the Smoked Mozzarella and Benton’s Country Ham Pizza with hot sauce, red onion and cilantro or the Taleggio, Hash Browns, Kale and Honey Pizza. What?! Kale and honey together on a pizza? Yes, it’s true. And it’s so wonderfully delightful!
For those of you looking for something a little bit lighter, Barbaro has some excellent salad and cheese options. The plating is as beautiful as a fine dining establishment, and here again, the freshness, flavor and unique ingredients married together are just outstanding.
The Cold-Roasted Cauliflower Salad, for example, with pumpkin seed caponata, ricotta salata and basil comes with a simple yet flavorful dressing of sherry vinaigrette that brings the dish together and somehow manages to turn cauliflower into a dish we’re not afraid to call delicious.
As for dessert, be sure to try the Rose Water and Amaretto Panna Cotta with salted almonds and mint. It’s divine!
You cannot say enough great things about Barbaro. This neighborhood eatery is a must when in San Antonio – for a quick business lunch, romantic date night or just a place to hang with friends.
With the well-designed décor of distressed tables, leather chairs and vintage-looking lighting fixtures, you get the feeling Barbaro has been around for a while, and there's no doubt it will be!