Mediterranean fare at Barbuzzo in Center City

PHILADELPHIA - September 28, 2010 With two other restaurants, a grocery, a flower shop and a gift boutique around 13th and Sansom, you'd think Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran would have enough on their hands.

Except that they both love pizza.

So, despite an upscale Mediterranean restaurant in the neighborhood, they decided to open Barbuzzo. It offers pizza and Mediterranean dinners done their way.

The long, contemporary room has a marble-topped bar and a wood-fired oven. The aroma from that makes its way outside. What goes into that oven is a series of creative pizzas made from imported Italian flour. Toppings might include farm-fresh Lancaster County eggs or house-made deli meats, as well as the traditional tomato and cheese. There's also a white sauce made from Chef Turney's secret recipe.

The kitchen also produces rustic favorites like meatballs, and a series of dinner entrees like chicken slow-roasted in the wood-fired oven.

Out front, the bar offers popularly-priced cocktails and a small, rotating selection of wines and draft beers.

The partners also own Bindi, an Indian restaurant, and Lolita, with Mexican cuisine. Chef Turney home-makes chocolates she sells in Verde, their flower shop. They also own gift shop Open House, and Grocery, full of house-made take-out items. All are in the immediate neighborhood around 13th and Sansom.

For now, Barbuzzo is open nightly for dinner at 5:00 p.m. It's possible that other meals could be added later. The exact address is 110 South 13th Street in Center City. For information, phone (215) 546-9300, or go to their website,

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