Putting My Pumpkin to Shame

It’s no secret that I have a love affair with Philadelphia’s restaurant scene. Even though we won’t be heading back there until this time next year, I still like to keep track of what the Philly foodies are keeping track of.

Source. Just north of Sansom Street on 13th Street in Midtown Village lies Barbuzzo, a mediterranean-style restaurant owned by the owners of, well, the entire block. Chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran literally transformed  the block from something out of the play Rent into the beautiful strip of city it is today with their six stores and restaurants [and a new Spanish wine bar, Jamonera, coming shortly!], until Stephen Starr came around and sullied it up again with his campy, classless joint full of rude stuffy staff and…well, that’s a story for another day. Barbuzzo consistently makes “best of” lists, including Philadelphia Magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants list.

Barbuzzo serves up delicious lunches [salads, pizzas, sandwiches, antipasti], small plates, a late-night menu, and the best old-fashioned I’ve had in Philly to-date: made with peach bitters and marinated cherries. No really, just look at the menu. Moreover, Turney and Safran ensure that they’re keeping in line with the seasons and utilizing what’s available locally, which brings me to the reason I’m posting about this today:


Photo source. Take a look at one of their new, fall offerings: “Chestnut and Sheep’s Milk Ricotta Cannelloni.” I’m sorry, what? Tell me more.

“Barbuzzo’s fall menu boasts this cannelloni that’s wrought with housemade pasta, sheep’s milk ricotta, chestnuts, roasted pumpkin, sage brown butter and pine nuts.”

Ok, stop talking or I’m phlying to Philly today. This dish was featured in Grub Street Philadelphia‘s Appetizing Autumn spread, which covered 15 to-die-for dishes now available in the city. I urge you to take a look. And take a trip to Barbuzzo, now.

Now, I’ll reflect on my sad, sad pumpkin recipes and hang my head as I drive to class wearing twelve sweatshirts and snow pants. And yes, I definitely did order a North Face fleece yesterday.


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Courtney grew up in Reading, PA, and has lived in New York City (where she earned a bachelor's degree at NYU), Prague, Philadelphia, and Charlottesville (where she received a J.D. from UVa Law). Courtney and her new husband will settle in Philadelphia following a six-week Euro-trip extravaganza in September of 2012. Courtney's interests include music, writing, criticism, fitness, travel, cooking, and sports. Please enjoy the blog. LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/courtney-marello/1a/375/b30 Tumblr: http://abarrelofoddsandends.tumblr.com/


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