Written By Guest Writer Places / Restaurants / Vancouver Oct 8, 2014 Italian Escape in Kitsilano: Bibo Pizzeria con Cucina SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestWhile the new renovations, red lighting and the waiters’ black tie attire create a formal yet elegant environment, married owners Michela and Andrea Bini warmly welcomed me as if I were family arriving for Sunday dinner.Their buffalo mozzarella, porcini mushrooms, olives, oils, meats and even their staff, all come from Italy. Most of the ingredients are grown and made at her family’s farm in Italy. Michela explains that these Italian ties are what keep “Bibo authentic, real, Italian food.”The dishes are simple, the quality of ingredients make them exquisite. My starter, prosciutto, cantaloupe, and DOP buffalo mozzarella was just as Andrea described it, “simple but exploding with flavours.” The mozzarella, made from the milk of water buffalos near Naples, had a firm outside but a smooth, buttery inside. After my first bite, I couldn’t wait to have even more of it on my soon-to-arrive pizza.From my table I watched my Formula One pizza (a classic margherita pizza) come out of the wood-burning oven. The sauce, basil, and “the best cheese ever made” (according to Michela) worked together to create a dish too good for words (since my mouth was full pizza). The ravioli alla Piemontese, Michela’s favourite, was delicious; the cream sauce was light, and did not overpower the taste of the beef-stuffed handmade pastas. And, to make the dish even better, it was served in a bowl made out of cheese and, there’s no such thing as too much cheese. Once it was time for dessert, the lights dimmed and the black and white Italian film playing above the bar ended. The tiramisu would delight non-coffee and coffee drinkers alike, while the panna cotta had a creamy melt in your mouth texture that I simply could not get enough of. To finish off the meal, chocolate bricks were served, which seemed to be crushed cookies held together by cocoa. The cocoa kept the dessert from being too sweet, and they were the perfect treat to end this rich, flavourful meal.Every few months, Andrea and Michela visit their homes and the far corners of Italy to discover new recipes, ingredients, producers, and techniques to keep their Italian food contemporary and authentic. They also check up on their vineyard where their Bibo wine is made. After they’ve checked in on their own farm, they tour the county looking for other producers and artisan groceries who have products they deem worth of selling at Bibo. They sell sauces, dips, pastas and cheeses , which are all displayed by the door. I couldn’t’t resist a jar of pesto. BiBo Pizzeria con Cucina1835 West 4th AvenueVancouver, B.C. V6J 1M4P. 604.568.6177Reservations acceptedWebsite— Samantha HarrisSamantha is a Toronto native who has retired the snow boots for rain boots. She have a weakness for peanut butter and an addiction to coffee. She has written for the BC Lions, The UBC Thunderbirds, TAXI Vancouver and the few individuals that follow my oh so amazing blog. She is a recent graduate from the UBC Creative Writing Program, however, as a varsity rower, more of her time was spent in spandex and in the gym than in the library on her laptop.bibokitsalanoVancouver SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Events / Press Release / Workshop November 5, 2018 Press Release: Young Agrarians Land Linking Workshop Nov. 24 Press Release: Fort Berens Estate Winery Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Pierson of the Vintage Consulting Group as their new ... Read More Shops / Victoria March 7, 2018 Beyond The Food Court: Fujiya From tuna sashimi to instant ramen, Japanese cuisine thrives in Western Canada. Victorians experience few barriers in accessibility to original ... Read More Restaurants / Sponsored February 23, 2018 6 Dishes You Have To Try in 2018 Do you consider yourself a foodie? If trying out new dishes is one of your favorite things to do, this article is for you. We’ll explore some of ... Read More Chefs / Events January 25, 2018 Wine, Beer, Foodie and Fun-lovers Celebrate Parksville Uncorked It’s time to raise your glass and toast the exceptional wines, beers, ciders and cuisine of British Columbia at the 10th annual Parksville Uncorked ... Read More Travel / Wine Travel January 8, 2018 COWICHAN: Vancouver Island’s Food, Wine & Cultural Heartland On your drive to Tofino, you’ll pass through Cowichan. Road tripping Up Island? Sure, you’ll have to go through Cowichan. ... Read More First Look / Restaurants / Victoria January 3, 2018 Pierogi Power at Sült Pierogi Bar “Sült” has etymological roots across Europe. In Gaelic, it refers to pork fat or a dish made of it. In Hungarian, it translates to “fried” ... Read More Comments are closed.